|Sweet Pea Golf Croquet Tournament|
12 - 14 Mar 2015
Maitland Croquet Club
Very warm, humid weather greeted players on Thursday morning as 72 players, organised into six "blocks", each containing 6 pairs of players, set about competing in the first of two rounds of round-robin play. This first round consisted of “level” play (no handicap assistance) while the second round was to consist of “handicap play”.
At the end of 2 days and 180 1hr+ games, the winners and runners up were presented with their prizes sponsored by the Bradford Hotel.
Block A was won by John Levick (one of the most decorated players in Australia) and local John Compton who took the overall honours after sharing the lead following round 1. Goffredo Giacomoni and Jack Cohen (Sydney) were runners-up closely followed by local team of Pam Gentle and Trevor Black.
Block B was an extremely close event with Bill and Marie Munns (Toronto) closely following local pairing of Julie and Stephen Thornton. Both teams won 7 games and were separated by 9 net hoop points.
Robert Knox and Keith Harvey (Toronto) had a run-away win leaving Brenda Wild and Glenda Yardy two games behind in Block C.
Husband and wife pairing of Robert and Mary Greig (Forster) took the final honours in Block D after trailing John Edman and Jan Tiedman (Newcastle) at the end of round one, however consistency saw Greg Deakin (Killara) and Ingrid Cohen (Sydney) pop up into second place for a nice prize.
A great return to form by the Macquarie City team of Carol Goodman and Sandra Johnson saw them sweep the field away with a very convincing 9 game win, leaving Toronto’s Pam Wiemers and Margaret Pedemont to a creditable 2nd spot in Block E.
Another husband and wife pairing took the money home in Block F. Don and Gael Rankin (Mt Sugarloaf) were delighted to be undefeated. Carol Hudson and Helen Enright (Branxton) were runners up.
A number of serious misfortunes during the days just prior to the event meant that some players volunteered to enter the event at the last moment. They had not had the opportunity to prepare as they would have wished, however they acquitted themselves extremely well and showed great sportsmanship.
The overall standard of play once again has risen from last year especially following the NSW Division 2 Championships recently held at Taree and the Forster Tournament which finished on Tuesday.
As usual Maitland lawns were in excellent conditions and the hoops were testing to say the least.
Tournament manager Peter Smith was delighted with the numbers entered and the high standard of play.