Club tournament results

Taree Wild Fig Carnival
8-10 May 2013
Taree Croquet Club
Taree Wild Fig Carnival was played on 8, 9 & 10 May 2013. This year the Wild Fig Carnival format was changed as Golf Croquet Doubles was introduced to a previously all Association event.

There were seven entrants for Association singles, and eight pairs for Golf Croquet Doubles, making a total of 23 entrants in all. Entrants belonged to Clubs from Sawtell to Toronto. Most players arrived on Tuesday afternoon for a practice on the lawns. Some had played at Taree in previous carnivals, while some were newcomers whom Taree was very pleased to welcome to their Club.

Association singles were played on one court as a round robin, with 2 x 2 hour games each day. Handicap play was followed and wins were shared amongst all players. The final result hinged on the outcome of the last game which was close and ended with a margin of one.

The Golf Croquet Doubles was also a handicap event. It was played as a round robin on Wednesday and Thursday with the top four pairs playing a further round robin on Friday to determine the eventual winner. The other four pairs played a consolation round robin on Friday so that each pair enjoyed 10 games of croquet over the 3 days of the Carnival.

In the Golf event the wins were also shared amongst all players, with some pairs playing their best croquet on Friday. A number of feisty contests were witnessed during the Carnival.

We were lucky to have three beautiful warm, sunny days for the Carnival the only shock was a sudden downpour in the middle of Wednesday, which soaked the players on courts.

Many players joined with some Taree Croquet Club members to enjoy a dinner at the local “Sailo’s Restaurant” on Thursday evening.

The Carnival concluded with finger food and presentation of prizes after the final game on Friday. The prizes were presented by Taree Croquet Club Patron Wendy McKeough who spoke of the Centenary of Rail Celebrations in Taree the next day.

Taree Wild Fig Management team are very appreciative of the many visiting players who very willingly volunteered to referee during the Carnival. Taree members who refereed are also thanked for their contribution. Without these two groups of referees the carnival would not run smoothly.

Much appreciated also, are the Taree Club members who spent time in the kitchen preparing lunches and the always available snacks, tea and coffee, those who prepared the courts each morning and those who assisted in other ways to the efficient running of the Carnival.

The two courts used in the Carnival were in excellent condition thanks to our Green keeper Phill Sage.

Croquet players familiar with Taree’s courts should be aware that our Golf Croquet Singles Carnival in October will probably be the last use of our notorious ‘sloping’ Court 1 before its reconstruction.

Results of the carnival are:

Golf Croquet Doubles
Winners: Marie and Bill Munns (Toronto)
Runners-up: Liz and Ted Lyng (Toronto)

Association Singles
Winner: Ray Hall (Taree)
Runner-up: Tom Akre (Taree)

Helen Maybury (Taree Secretary)
Tom Akre (TWF Manager)