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26 September 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Club Handicap Doubles Championships

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September saw 16 members of Nowra croquet club enjoying the club's handicap doubles championship in perfect Spring weather.

The format of the competition was a single round robin in two blocks of four couples then a knock out for the finals.

The winners of the red block were David Knott and Di Milne winning all 3 of their games second with the late pairing of Sylvia Sheffield and Ralph Tankard .

The blue block was extremely close, Paul and Robynn Wormleaton beat Ann and Wayne Worrall on a countback and Ann and Wayne beat Norma Windley and Marie McLean on a countback .

The knock out played of Saturday afternoon was won by Ralph and Sylvia from Ann and Wayne, all members who were knocked out in the first two rounds stayed on to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and watch the semi-finals and finals

Article and photograph courtesy of club captain Margaret Sawers.

L-R Winners, Ralph Tankard and Sylvia Sheffield and runners up Anne and Wayne Worrall
25 September 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Raising Funds and Having Fun with Probus

On Monday 24th September, 2018 Nowra Club hosted our annual visit from Probus Clubs within the Shoalhaven area. Clubs from St. Georges Basin, Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven mens, Shoalhaven Heads and of course, Nowra. We had 56 players and an additional 36 non players from the clubs. The players enjoyed golf croquet, under the watchful eyes of our club members. Whilst some of our members were demonstrating “being friendly “ others were showing the “nasty side of croquet” in a fun and friendly manner. Much laughter could be heard from the four half courts set up to meet the demand of the visitors. The weather was cool, with a slight shower which did not deter the players!.

Our club provided complimentary tea and coffee, whilst the Probus catering team provided a wonderfull lunch of meats and salads, followed by sweets. Play continued after lunch.

Whilst our members were having fun with the visitors. we were raising funds through our normal green fees for visitors and a successful raffle with prizes donated by club members.

The day was a great success through the hard work of club members and resulting in one group showing interest to hold a smaller day once a month, whilst several showed interest in becoming members of our club

Article and photos by Bob Williamson, President/Publicity

Some of the early players showing their excitement
Club member Larry Becroft watches
L_R Margaret Hamblion, Anne Lowenstein, Jan Chappelow and Margaret Turner
L-R Evonne Potts, Pat Maidment, Terry Wright, Club Treasurer Karen James. and Mina Wright
L-R Julie Angove, Vivian Shih, Fae Lloyd, Joan Davoren, and cub member Ralph Tankard
L-R Club Captain, Margaret Sawers, John Tobin, Michael and Jane Miezio, and Jean Tobin
Enjoying the instruction
L-R Bruce and Glynis Wallsmith, Club Secretary Norma Windley, Norma Fiddes, Lindsay Evans
L-R Anna Stewart, Beverly Walker, Jim Stewart, club member Don Sawers, Llois Shorten
L-R Ian McKinnon, club members David Turvey and Geoff Herne, Therasa McKinnon, Wendy Francis, Kevin Cummins
25 August 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Club hosts Division One State Titles on behalf of Croquet N.S.W.

Over five days the Nowra club was given the honour of hosting Double and Singles Golf Croquet titles at their lawns at Bomaderry. The doubles of eight pairs were contested over the weekend of 18 and 19 August 2018 under very difficult conditions of strong winds and cold temperatures.

The winners were David Hanbidge of Nowra on a handicap of minus three and his partner Jamie Gumbrell of Canberra on minus one. During the weekend Jamie had his 18th birthday!! whilst David will be representing Australia in Croquet in Egypt!! later in the year. The runners up in the doubles were Peter Freer of Canberra and Liz Montague of Killara

Following on the doubles, the singles were held on Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 August, under much better conditions enabling players to show their skills as State division one players. In all eleven players contested the singles event, with Peter Freer of Canberra, winning from David Woods from Sutherland.

Visitors for the titles came from Canberra, Sutherland, Wollongong, Toronto, Royal Sydney and players from Nowra. Visiting referees, Ric Mills from Orange and June Hodge from Shepparton officiated during the games.

The State Secretary, Stephen Thornton congratulated Nowra Club on the way the titles were conducted and its looking forward to having more titles held at Nowra once four new courts are established at Bomaderry. Other visitors were impressed with the number of local club members attending to view some great golf croquet.

Bob Williamson

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Eighteen year old Jamie Gumbrell (Canberra) running the hoop with pink on his way to winning the doubles event watched by onlookers
Nowra Club captain, jumping yellow to win the hoop
Jamie Gumbrell, discussing tactics with partner David Hanbidge (nowra) watched by Margaret Sawers and Larry Becroft both from Nowra
Visitor Ros Johnstone of Sutherland jumps white over green under the watchful eye of referee Ric Mills of Orange
Doubles runners up Liz Montague (Killara) and Peter Freer( Canberra ) with CNSW Secretary Steve Thornton
Doubles winners David Hanbidge (Nowra) and Jamie Gumbrell (Canberra) with Steve Thornton (CNSW)
Singles winner Peter Freer (Canberra) congratulating David Woods (Sutherland) with Nowra Captain Margaret Sawers
19 July 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
CNSW Ricochet Singles Championships

The CNSW Ricochet Singles championships were played at Nowra Croquet club Monday 16th to Wednesday 18thh July 2018. 9 players from Mt Sugarloaf, Chatswood, Killara and Nowra competed in a single round robin,18-point games timed at 1hour 30 minutes with additional 15 minutes for double banking.

Going into the last round of games both Glyn Williams and Brenda Wild were on 6 wins and Ted Woodley (who had only played two games of Ricochet before playing in the championships) and Graeme Lovell were on 5 wins.

Glyn beat Brenda 18/7 to become the 2018 Ricochet champion with seven wins out of 8 games, Ted beat Tony McArthur 15/12 to take second place from Brenda on a count back. 20 games were pegged out throughout the tournament Block

Narrative courtesy of Margaret Sawers

Bob Williamson

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Competitors,Tony McArthur, Brenda Wild,Ted Woodley
Diane Milne,Glyn Williams, Margaret Sawers, Graeme Lovell, Greg Deakin, Dianne Bonnitcha
Glyn Williams on his way to winning the title
Ted Woodley on his way as runner up
18 July 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts CNSW Ricochet Doubles 14th and 15 July 2018

Again Nowra was given the privilege to hosting the doubles event, with eight players contesting the event.

The event ran over 2 days, with 18 hoop games which were timed. Visiting players included Dianne Bonnitcha (Sutherland), Greg Deakin (Killara), Tony McArthur (Sutherland), Brenda Wild(Mt Sugarloaf). The remaining players were from Nowra and included Graeme Lovell being his first Ricochet State event and Margaret Sawers and Glyn Williams who were previous State winners last year.

At the completion of the competition, Margaret Sawers teamed with Glyn Williams were outright winners again with 6/6 games and the runners ups Dianne Bonnitcha 3/6 games.

Bob Williamson

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Winners Margaret Sawers and Glyn Willams
Runners up Dianne Bonnitcha and Graeme Lovell
Back row, Dianne Milne Greg Deakin Tony McArthur and Brenda Wild
Brenda Wild with the winners
18 July 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Holds Juniors Training Day

On Friday the 13th of July, 2018 six young people from the Nowra area, enjoyed a morning of learning the basic skills of croquet. Under the watchful eyes of Jackie McDonald, CNSW State Co-ordinator of under 21s, friendly and informative instructions were given to the visitors. Skills were practiced and well as enjoying a lunch provided by the club.

Bob Williamson

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