Victorian Women's and Men’s Association Croquet Championships
The Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea hosted the Association Croquet Women’s and Men’s Championships on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September. We had some interstate players – Nerida Taylor and Tim Murphy from NSW and Dwayne McCormick from SA. Also, it was great to have Greg Fletcher playing again. He is living in Germany and playing a few tournaments while on a shortish visit to Australia.
There was a field of 6 in the Women’s event and so they all played each other in a round robin. Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) and Tricia Devlin (Castlemaine) both won 4 out of their 5 games and played off in the final. Tricia got a bit of a start with both balls but lost the innings. Elaine played some great shots to start her first break of 9 including a take-off the full length of the lawn and then a superb 30-yard rush from corner 3 to hoop 1. Her second break was equally impressive. Elaine won the final 21-4 for her 4th Victorian AC Women’s Championship.
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.
Posted on: 2023-09-09
News Type: General
Robert Fletcher success in England
Croquet Victoria congratulates Robert Fletcher on taking out the 2023 British Golf Croquet Open. Robert defeated Reg Bamford of South Africa, 7-0 & 7-5 in the final.
Robert began his Championship campaign with wins over Richard Bilton and Aston Wade of England before beating Stephen Mulliner, also of England 7-5 & 7-5 to qualify for the final.
Robert then teamed up with Englishmen Dominic Nunns to win the Doubles event.
The Fletcher/Nunns combination were successful in the final over Stephen Mulliner (England) and Jenny Clarke (New Zealand) 7-6, 4-7 and 7-3.
Adding to his Golf Croquet success, Robert teamed up with Englishmen, Stephen Mulliner to take out the British Association Croquet Doubles Championship.
He followed this up by making the semi-finals of the WCF Association Croquet Open Championship.
Association Croquet – Brian Reither Challenge Cup 2023
The Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea hosted the Brian Reither Challenge Cup on the weekend of 9th and 10th September. This is the third year the event has been run and it is named in honour of Croquet Victoria Life Member, Brian Reither. Brian kindly offered to be Tournament Manager this year.
There was a field of 10 playing in two round robin blocks of five. In Block A, Robert Fletcher won all four of his games while Greg Hill lost only one game, which was to Robert. In Block B, the 3rd seed Lachlan Berryman was the standout winning all his games. Second place getter in the block was Greg Fletcher with 3 wins from 4 games. Greg completed two triple peels whilst Lachlan completed one.