|58th Association Croquet Carnival|
22-26 Jul 2013
Port Macquarie Croquet Club
Our 58th annual association carnival was held at our Buller Street courts from 22 - 26 July in near perfect weather for the five days of competition. Thirty players from sixteen NSW clubs made up the five blocks of round robin competition. There were some nail biting finishes with twelve of the games being won by one point, the winners were:
Block A: Winner: Jim Hicks (Port Macquarie); Runner-up: John Deeves (Nowra)
Block B: Winner: Peter Smith (Maitland); Runner-up: Jim Elston (Milton-Ulladulla)
Block C: Fay Simpson (Killara); Runner-up: John Piggott (Urunga)
Block D: Winner: Glen Coulton (Toronto); Runner-up: Margaret Gray (Newcastle/ National Park)
Block E: Paul Mitchell (Port Macquarie); Runner-up: David Gibson (Manly)
Fay Simpson and Paul Mitchell won all their games. I would like to add that Paul only started playing association croquet earlier this year and this is the first singles competition that he has entered.
As Tournament Referee Bridget Earle was able to appoint a referee in charge for every game, thanks to players and the following who volunteered: Robin Shenton, John Watson, Kurt Beck, Thyra Neilson, Lynette Bryant and Barbara Piggott.
The three social events held during the five days were very enjoyable and well attended. During the days players were very well looked after by our silent workers who supplied us with vast quantities of homemade cakes, slices, scones and soups.
Also during the carnival Herman Camphuis took hundreds of photos, some of which I am sharing with you, for the players to take as a souvenir of what was a most enjoyable five days.