Club tournament results

Open Doubles Golf Croquet Tournament
13-15 Mar 2011
Maitland Croquet Club
Don Rankin, Micheal & Mary Bone and Leslie Joass
during a break in play
The River Reality Group Golf Croquet Open Doubles Tournament was held over three days from Sunday 13th March to Tuesday 15th March 2011 at the Maitland Croquet Club’s lawns.

Sixty Two players from fifteen clubs spread from the North Coast to the South Coast attended. The clubs represented were Branxton, Cammeray, EDSACC, Jamberoo, Macquarie City, Mount Sugarloaf, Myall Park, Newcastle National Park, Sawtell, Sutherland, Taree, Toronto, Urunga, Wollongong and Maitland. The pairs were divided into four groups who played a round of level play followed by a round of handicap play. The competition was fierce as was the weather, which recorded a temperature of 33c on the first day. Fortunately the following days were slightly cooler but the competition lost none of its heat.

Dennis Faggotter
getting very excited following his shot
Group A contained players in the handicap range from 5 to 0 and included Australian and NSW representatives. The two highest scoring pair of John Compton and Peter Smith (Maitland) and Pam Gentle and Dennis Faggotter (Maitland & Cammeray) was locked together on even games won until the final game played by the Compton/Smith team defeated Barry Wells and Steve Thornton. John and Peter were the winners of the group with eleven games won, with Pam and Dennis runners-up with ten games won.

Peter Smith
making a point with Rita Murphy
Group B was a hard fought competition resulting in four pairs all winning eight games each and three pairs winning seven games each. Not bad considering that there were only eight pairs in the group. Winners on final net hoops were Brenda and Roger Evans (Jamberoo) and Sylvia and Dennis Shipp (EDSACC)

sad croquet player drying his eyes
- pity he picked the bloke next to him as his partner
Group C was also a hard fought competition with the winners, Ann and Greg Freeman (Branxton), scoring nine games won. Three pairs won eight games each with John Pace and Robyn Compton (Maitland) declared runners-up on a count back. Two other teams finished on seven games each.

Group D was unfortunate with one player withdrawing due to ill health on the first day but it was still a battle for the first place with two teams each on eight games won. Don Rankin and Leslie Joass (Mount Sugarloaf) were the winners on final net hoops and Clare Clark and Helen Haines (Branxton) were runners-up.

Our sponsor this year was River Realty Group and we thank them for supporting croquet in Maitland. A big thank you for a job well done to Lyn Dooley (Tournament Manager) and her assistant Robyn Compton and all those members who assisted in the mechanics of the event.

Terry Cheetham

play in progress on Lawn 2 for Group B teams