Victorian Men's and Women's Golf Championships
The Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea hosted the Men’s and Women’s Victorian Golf Championships on the weekend of 5th and 6th August. Players from throughout the state attended with players from Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Howlong, Portland, Geelong, Gippsland, Bendigo Metropolitan and outer Melbourne in attendance.
Although a little cool and windy on Saturday – weather improved slightly on Sunday with the competition being completed in cool but dry conditions. Thanks again to the Cairnlea team who provided courts in such great condition- special thanks to Lester, Kevin, Owen, Chas, Suhail and Stephen who do so much behind the scene work in preparation and upkeep.
Thanks must go to all who attended and made the event so competitive- a high standard of croquet was on offer and the finalists proved to have a strong battle to win their way through the competition. Mention must also be made to some of the 1st time competitors – Rosie Scott from Traralgon, Kerry Anne Jones from Brimbank, Antoinette Green from Portland , Ruth Iser ( Quarry Hill) and welcome back to Chelsea Williams post her maternity break. It is all these competitors who help to make such a strong field and successful tournament.
The final 8 draw brought out the best in many players both male and female and competition was close as shown by the scores and length of games. Congratulations to all finalists.
AN ENTHUSIASTIC SEASON OPENING
An enthusiastic crowd attended the Croquet Victoria Season Opening at the Victorian Croquet Centre on Wednesday 2 August.
We welcomed Kevin Beard back from competing in the World Association Croquet championship, to run the first hoop with great aplomb.
Posted on: 2023-09-06
News Type: General
The Vic Selectors invite was held last weekend the 12th and 13th of August at Cairnlea.
15 players competed in the tournament which consisted of a round robin competition with the 1st 2 placegetters of each block then in a semifinal and final event. The remaining players competed in further round robin games.
The 19-point finals proved a very tough event to win with the final winner Andy Barbero from Wangaratta winning outright with no losses for the tournament which was an outstanding result.
Phill Shattock from Ringwood proved a very tough opponent though – just going down by 2 hoops in a very hard fought and seesawing game – Final score was 10-8.
Left Winner Andy Barbero and Right Runner up Phil Shattock
The play off for 3rd place was just as difficult with John Thomson (Lilydale) 10 hoops defeating John Carr (Mornington)- 9 hoops.
Congratulations must go to all competitors who travelled for the weekend to compete and make this weekend so successful- we had participants from Drysdale, Ringwood, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Geelong, Quarry Hill, Sandringham, Warragul and Monash.
Thanks again to our referees – Ian Matthew (Williamstown) Tom Dixon (Sandringham), Janet Cavanagh (Alexandra, Ballarat), Terry Wilson (Wangaratta).
On this weekend Vic A played the Vic State Side and presentation of the Vic team was made on Sunday morning with all in attendance for the event. Thanks, must be made to those players who stepped up to compete in the Vic A side as many of these players would have also been included in the selectors invitation.
Thanks again to all players and officials for making this weekend so successful and credit to the large number of players who stayed on late into the afternoon to see the conclusion of the men’s final and presentations.
Vic Selectors Invitational 2023
”Carnival of Croquet“ at Cairnlea
A very successful and enjoyable weekend was held at the ” Carnival of Croquet “ on August 19th to 20th. Many participants came to Cairnlea for the 1st time and enjoyed the weekend of fun. Thanks to participants Rosie and Lynette who travelled from Traralgon, Janet and Margaret from Bacchus Marsh , Melinda, and Ray from Queenscliff, David and Clare from Kew , Loretta from Mooroopna and the Eaglehawk club who supported the weekend along with local participants who took time out to improve knowledge and skills.
Thanks sincerely to Kevin Beard for AC coaching, Elaine Coverdale for Gateball coaching and special thanks to Sarina and Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt for their coaching expertise in Golf croquet, Aussie, Ricochet and Snake in the Grass. The skill and expertise of these coaches put everyone at ease and ensured we all had a positive and fun experience. Part of the fun was meeting all the new faces and learning about their croquet experiences and travel.
HORSHAM CROQUET CLUB OPENING DAY held on Thursday 17/8/2023
Di Trotter from triple H Community Radio opened the Horsham Croquet Club by “running” the first blue ball through the hoop for our season 2023-2024
Unfortunately, the Weather was rather cold and damp, although 26 Club members managed to brave the conditions before lunch and played 2 13/hoop games. After lunch every one stayed nice and warm inside the air-conditioned club room and enjoyed a lovely social chat as the weather definitely was not going to improve.
After a tasty afternoon tea and a cuppa was served up for all to enjoy, everyone went home rather tired to rest their weary bodies (not necessary from playing croquet though)
Thanks to all who helped in any way making this day possible.