15 - 16 Oct 2016
Maitland Croquet Club
The Maitland Mutual Ricochet Challenge
The Maitland Croquet Club conducted the World’s first Individual Doubles Ricochet Challenge over two days 15th and 16th October. This novel event was sponsored by the Maitland Mutual.
32 players were divided into 4 groups of 8 ranked (as best we could) by GC and AC handicaps. Each player in each group partnered every other member of the group in a doubles match within the group. This meant 7 doubles matches were played over the 2 days. Each match was 1¼ hours or 14 points. 5 peg outs occurred over the competition. Each player in a pair accumulated the score of the team and carried that score into the next round. The block winner was the player with the most accumulated hoops.
The competition went well, weather was great and the players enjoyed the unique challenge of the format. Everyone learnt more about the playing of Ricochet.
The organisers were so pleased with the Individual Pairs concept that the Club will now investigate how it can be improved for next time and how it can be used as a basis for a GC Competition.
Blue Group: Winner Alan Gray (Newcastle National Park) Runner - Up Chris Williamson (Toronto)
Red Group: Winner Margaret Gray (Newcastle National Park) Runner - Up Fred Harvey (Maitland)
Green Group: Winner Ken Green (Maitland) Runner Up Wendy Harvey (Newcastle National Park)
Yellow Group: Winner Barbara Passfield (Maitland) Runner Up Margaret McGill (Maitland) and Elaine McDiarmid (Newcastle National Park).
Margaret and Elaine played one day each. This group finished with 3 players tied on the same score and the winner and runner - up were decided with a centre peg shoot out. The unlucky third Cecily Mahoney (Gloucester) received a consolation prize courtesy of the Mutual.