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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

4 June 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts CAT Croquet

On a cold winters afternoon, club members introduced visitors to CAT Croquet ie "come and try" croquet. A number of the visitors enjoyed the two hour session, which was followed by a wonderful afternoon tea provided by the members. After the afternoon tea, visitors expressed their willingness to join our club (for the food or the game?) The organisers of the event were happy with the result.

Bob Williamson

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Visitors Alain and Michael Fletcher, watched by Larry Becroft and David Turvey
Visitors Jenny and Jim Dawson with club member Doug Houssenloge
CAT participants!!
Some of the early finishers
7 May 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
World Croquet Day at Nowra Club

Brian Mitchell donated $100 prize money to celebrate world Croquet day and his return to Croquet after his liver transplant. The format for the competition was single knock out level play

15 Nowra members played in the event, the shot of the day was Brian's second shot after being away from the game for several weeks. David Turvey played Blue to a position in front of hoop 1 Brian played red, David Played Black then Brian played yellow intending to take out blue, yellow ricocheted off blue and scored the hoop to the applause of the onlookers.

Brian in block 1 looked like winning his own competition until he encountered Graeme Lovell in the third round, Graeme beat Brian 7/4

In the second block Don Sawers won all three of his games to make it to the finals and was beaten 7/3 by Graeme

Margaret Sawers

L-R: Don Sawers, Brian Mitchell and Graham Lovell (pic Margaret Sawers)
23 April 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts a Wake for Nic Russell

On a request of Nicís family a wake for held at the Nowra Croquet Courts as a fitting reminder to Nic. Nic's elderly mother flew from England for the funeral which was also attended to by Nowra Croquet Members. whilst others prepared a light luncheon at the club house . During the course of the luncheon, members met with Nicís relatives, whilst the young people attending were entertained with some fun croquet. (Wake pictures courtesy of Karen James, Treasurer)

Bob Williamson

Our Club lost a much liked member on the 1st of April, with the passing of Nic Russell, a member of some 6 years standing. Although Nic was handicapped through his failing health he always had a smile and a good word and played his game with tenacity and was an enjoyable competitor . Nic represented our club in the winning 3rd grade Pennants team in 2017. A sad loss to our club.
14 November 2017

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24 October 2017 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts Four Day GC Singles Tournament

Commencing on the 20th October, under rainy conditions Nowra hosted the Singles G.C.tournament, However the following three days were fine, for the competitors to show their croquet skills in a friendly and competitive manner.

Clubs from Pt.Macquarie, Wollongong ,Sutherland, Young, Killara, Pt. Hacking, EDSAC, Toronto, Jamberoo and replacement players from Nowra enjoyed meeting up and making new friendships.

Whilst players competed, onlookers enjoyed the continual morning teas with a social evening on the Saturday evening.

The results were interesting with the Nowra players becoming some winners and runner ups in the four blocks contested.

Upon analysis it is considered that the efforts of Nowra players put into the skills and drills sessions provided by our club is paying dividends!!!

Bob Williamson

Starting off in the wet!!!
A great day to play croquet
Unusual style of jumping by Kevin Davies of Toronto, watched by Pat Poynter of Nowra
Practicing for Santa ?? Kevin Davies Toronto and Graeme Lovell Nowra
Roslyn Baird of Wollongong jumps pink over Green
Block Green, Winner Phil Pickard, Runner up Bernie McAlary Wollongong and Club Captain Margaret Sawers
Winner Purple Block Larry Becroft Nowra Runner up Greg Deaking Killara with Margaret Sawers
Winner of Yellow Block, Graeme Lovell Nowra, Runner up Brian Mitchell Nowra with Margaret Sawers
Winner of Pink Block Karen Tiek Jamberoo and runner up Paul Wormleaten Nowra with Margaret Sawers
3 October 2017 - Queanbeyan Croquet Club
Peter Freer has just become the 2017 GC Champion at Queanbeyan CC, winning a best of three final against Richard Meacock.

Eight players contested the event, demonstrating the resurgence of competitive croquet at Queanbeyan, which now has over 20 members (and new windows thanks to a Council grant, and a very flat second lawn acquired from the Bowls Club).

Peter will now play in the NSW GC Champion of (Club) Champions at Tempe on 21-23 October.

Queanbeyan is expected to shortly hold its AC Championship, with Nick Chapman & Alan Honey likely to star.
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