|Golf Croquet Carnival
13 - 15 May 2014
Toronto Croquet Club
After day 1 of the Annual Toronto Association Croquet carnival (May 13-15) was washed out by overnight rain, the three day program was compressed into two glorious days with the wonderful co-operation of all players.
In a dramatic return to form following a debilitating period of illness, Port Macquarie's Jim Hicks sailed through A division, posting a perfect score in every game. His victims included current Australian Women's champion, Alix Verge (Coogee), who finished second, with Newcastle's Hall of Famer, John Levick, third.
The B division was won by Toronto's Nerida Taylor from Maitland's Peter Smith and C division by Sawtell's rising star, Derek Burrows who also remained undefeated throughout. Runner up was Alix Verge's Coogee club mate and protegee, and regular visitor to these parts, Val Lloyd.
The very efficient croquet handicapping system ensured that Jim, Derek and Val all had their handicaps trimmed appropriately.
The visiting players congratulated Toronto Croquet Club on the conditions and services it provided in successfully completing a three day carnival in only two days.
Following the 3 day Association Tournament the one day doubles tournament was played in beautiful weather.
Block A was won in fine style by Toronto’s Bill Munns and his partner Brenda Wild from Mt Sugarloaf club from Alix Verge and Val Lloyd from Coogee. A very close match was held between these two teams with the victor winning 7-6.
In Group B Keith Harvey (Toronto) and John Edman (Newcastle National Park) were the winners in a closely contested game with only 3 hoops difference in the first 3 places.
Newcastle National Park pair Enid Norris and Judy Nicod won Group C while Fay and Ron Bell from Mount Sugarloaf were successful in Group D and Maureen Dick and Helen Enright took home the trophy to Branxton for Group E.
Croquet was the winner with good competition and a very social atmosphere for all days of competition.