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Goulburn Valley Croquet Association


Region Director
Marjorie Grant
goulburnvalleyca @ gmail . com

Region President
Lea Grant
goulburnvalleyca @ gmail . com

Region Secretary
Trish Pedrotti
0427 214 914
goulburnvalleyca @ gmail . com

Region Treasurer
Sue van Lunenburg
goulburnvalleyca @ gmail . com

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Affiliated clubs

Deniliquin Croquet Club

Euroa Croquet Club

Kyabram Croquet Club

Echuca Moama Croquet Club

Mooroopna Croquet Club

Numurkah Croquet Club

Rich River Croquet Club

Shepparton Croquet Club

Constitution document

Goulburn Valley Constitution

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Goulburn Valley information

GVCA GC Champion of Champions

Our GC Champion of Champions was held April 9 & 10 at Shepparton Croquet Club. The closeness of games demonstrated the spread of good players over the clubs of GVCA. Div 1 had 9 out of 10 games finish 7-6 or 7-5, Div 2 had 7 out of 10 and in Div 3 there were 8. John James of Deniliquin won Div 1, winning all 4 games. John Young of Shepparton was one game behind on 3 wins. Div 2 winner was Dave Maher of Rich River who won 3 out of 4 games. Mary James of Deniliquin, Wayne Comer of Shepparton and Ian Londey of Numurkah won 2 games, with Mary having the best net hoop score of 4. Doc Ryant of Rich River won Div 3, winning 4 out of 5 games. Brian Dudley of Deniliquin, Geoff Vallance of Shepparton and Tony Potts of Kyabram all had 3 wins, and Brian took runner up position with 3 net hoops. Divisional winners played at Cairnlea in the Regional Championships. Unfortunately John withdrew due to ill health, but Dave won 5 out of 11 games, and Doc came in equal 3rd with 8 wins from 12.

GVCA GC Singles Tournament

GVCA's GC Open Singles Tournament was held at Numurkah Croquet Club on March 23 & 24. The weather was kind and the courts were in great condition. We were pleased to welcome 42 players from 18 clubs in Victoria, NSW & ACT. Divisions were played in two blocks, and block winners played off to determine divisional winner and runner up. Block winners Div 1 were Robert Jurey (Numurkah) & John Young (Shepparton), Div 2 Rod Bensley (Howlong) & Wilma Freeman (Sale), Div 3 Doug Nielsen (Howlong) & Helen Brierley (Rich River). Block runners up were Russ Smyth (Rich River), John James (Deniliquin), Jason Threlfall (Mooroopna), David Staff (Benalla), Janine Sisson (Mornington) & Mick Oliver (Yarrawonga). In the playoffs John Young was Div 1 winner over Robert Jurey scoring 7-3. Rod Bensley won Div 2 from Wilma Freeman 7-2, & Div 3 went to Doug Nielsen over Helen Brierley 7-4. Thanks go to Tournament Managers John & Jeanette Young, June Hoge & her team of refs and the Numurkah Croquet Club

GVCA Champion of Champions

Our Champion of Champions was held at Rich River on March 15 & 16. Club Champions from Echuca-Moama, Mooroopna, Numurkah, Rich River and Shepparton vied for the honour of representing GVCA in the Vic Regional Championships in Traralgon in April. Competition was fierce and results in each division came down to the last game. Kenn Boal (Rich River) played well in Div 1, taking the honours with Kevin Maloney (Shepparton) runner up. 3 players competed in Div 2 and before the last game Russ Smyth (Rich River)and Cheryl O'Dwyer (Numurkah) had won 2 games each. In the last game, Russ took the title with Cheryl runner up in the division. Div 3 was won by John Young (Shepparton) and runner up was John Alstin (Echuca Moama) after 4 players competed in a round robin. Div 4 also had 4 players in a round robin. Dave Maher (Rich River) took the win ahead of Jeanette Young (Mooroopna). Thank you to Rich River Croquet Club, organisers, referees, hostesses and all who contributed to a great day

GVCA AC Singles Tournament

Division 4 of the GVCA Association Croquet Open Singles Tournament was played at Rich River Croquet Club on May 27 & 28 2021. Due to the Victorian Covid-19 lockdown Divisions 1 & 2 competition on May 29 & 30 had to be cancelled. We enjoyed some close competition in the Div 4 round robin. Our winner was John James of Deniliquin who played very strongly to win all four of his games, pegging out in two of them and scoring 91 hoops. Runner up was Bruce Shaw of Maryborough who won three out of his four games, pegging out in all three, and only losing to John. Bruce finished with 94 hoops. Third place went to John Murdoch of Quarry Hill and fourth to Dave Maher of Rich River. Well done to all players who competed with friendly rivalry and great spirits. Thank you to tournament manager Marjorie Grant and her team of helpers for putting together a successful, if shortened, tournament.

GVCA GC Singles Tournament

The GVCA GC Open Singles Tournament was held at Rich River on May 19 & 20 2021. The tournament attracted 43 players from 20 clubs around Vic & NSW and was played in three Divs based on handicaps. Each division was in two blocks of round robin games and the block winners played off in a final to determine division winners and runners up. Div 1 block winners Russ Smyth of Rich River and John James of Deniliquin faced each other in a very close encounter which held spectators’ attention until the last stroke. Russ took the win with 7 hoops to John’s 6. Block winners in Div 2, Ian Fasham of Sorrento and Dave Maher of Rich River also played a close match, with Dave coming through as the winner at hoop 12, beating Ian 7 hoops to 5. In Div 3 Clint Chandler of Ballarat Western was undefeated in his block’s round robin and faced Alan Holding of Rich River in the block playoff. Clint won the game 7 hoops to 3, remaining undefeated for the tournament. LtoR: Clint Alan Russ John Ian Dave

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Association tournament info

GVCA AC @ Rich River 2022

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(16.0 to 20.0) Dates 26 May 22 - 27 May 22
(14.0 to 10.0) Dates 26 May 22 - 27 May 22
(4.5 to 9.0) Dates 28 May 22 - 29 May 22
(-3.0 to 4.0) Dates 28 May 22 - 29 May 22

Contact - Marjorie Grant 03 5480 9985 grantmlo @ outlook . com

GVCA Association @ Rich River 2021

Winner (range 16.0 to 20.0)
John James (Deniliquin)

Runner-up: Bruce Shaw (Maryborough)

Contact - Jenny Kneebone 0400 565 258 ajkneebone5 @ bigpond . com

Golf tournament info

GVCA @ Numurkah 2022

Winner (range -6.0 to 20.0)
John Young (Shepparton)

Runner-up: Robert Jurey (Numurkah)

Winner (range -6.0 to 20.0)
Rodney Bensley (Howlong Golf Resort)

Runner-up: Wilma Freeman (Sale)

Winner (range -6.0 to 20.0)
Douglas Nielsen (Howlong Golf Resort)

Runner-up: Helen Brierley (Rich River)

Contact - John Young 0448442231 jyoung1908 @ gmail . com

GVCA @ Rich River (Singles) 2021

Winner (range -6.0 to 5.0)
Russell Smyth (Rich River)

Runner-up: John James (Deniliquin)

Winner (range 6.0 to 8.0)
David Maher (Rich River)

Runner-up: Ian Fasham (Sorrento)

Winner (range 9.0 to 20.0)
Clint Chandler (Ballarat Western)

Runner-up: Alan Holding (Rich River)

Contact - Bev Floyd 0400799987 floyds . kb @ bigpond . com