|Heritage Association Tournament
18-20 Nov 2011
Maitland Croquet Club
Maitland Croquet Club’s annual Association Tournament was held on the 18, 19 and 20th of November 2011.
Bob Hokin waits while John Levick attempts a
hoop framed by the delightful Maitland scenery
Generous sponsorship from THE MAITLAND MUTUAL BUILDING SOCIETY enabled the club to provide excellent prizes and refreshments for all competitors.
Block A saw some exceptional croquet played by Martyn Prins, Steve Harden, John Levick, John Deeves, Larry Bryant and Trevor Black. Tamworth player Steve Harden and Maitland’s Trevor Black each had four wins and an equal net. Trevor secured first place with a win over Steve.
Martyn Prins, Trevor Black (eventual winner Block A),
Steve Thornton and referee Joan Boyle enjoyed the weather,
the scenery and the competition
In Block B Judy Squelch from Newcastle pegged out on three occasions but a loss to Peter Smith (Maitland) allowed "One Shot Pete", who won three games by a single shot, to complete the Carnival undefeated and pocket the first prize. Strong opposition was offered by Kurt Beck, Alan Pearson, Killara’s Pat Goldrick and Bob "The Nightwatchman" Hokin (Taree).
Block C was closely contested with Bill Munns (Toronto) and Maitland’s John Purnell and Steve Thornton finishing with 4 wins each. On a countback Steve Thornton edged out Bill for victory. It was great to have Glenda Chaplyn (Strathfield) and Toronto’s Ian Lucas and Glen Coulton providing strong opposition in this block.
Steve Thornton (eventual winner of Block C) prepares for
a delicate shot watched by fans from Maitland
Thank you to all at Maitland Club who contributed to the success of this carnival, and especially to the unsung heroes of every carnival, the referees, Joan Boyle, Margaret Thompson, Pam Ingham and Fred Harvey.
Margaret Thompson came all the way from Nelson Bay
to referee and look beautiful too
The undoubted highlight of the carnival was the spirit in which all games were played. Thank you to all competitors for your wonderful attitude towards the game and your fellow competitors.
Referees certainly appear to lead an unhurried life
if the relaxed Fred Harvey, here chatting to
Tamworth's Steve Harden, is any indication.
Life goes on as usual in the background
Thank you for coming and we hope to see you all again in November next year.
Jamberoo Player John Deeves' clearing shot is watched carefully
by referee Pam Ingham while opponent Larry Bryant
keeps in the shade and upcoming player John Purnell
follows his ball across the lawn
Larry Bryant put everything and then some into
this shot on Maitland's relatively slow lawns
Peter Smith (winner Block B) sets up a long roll on lawn 4
Time limits are obviously not a worry for Bob Hokin and Kurt Beck
as they wait for John Levick to clear "4 back"