Sawtell Croquet Club hosted the NSW State Ricochet Croquet tournament from 24 June to 28 June. The five-day event attracted competitors from the Hunter Valley, Central Coast, the Clarence Valley, Lismore, Ballina and Ipswich. The tournament consisted of two days of doubles and three days of singles. All games were played for two hours with most competitors playing three games each day. So players who competed in both the singles and the doubles played as many as a dozen games over the five days, a real test of stamina and concentration.
The doubles were won by Peter Deeth and Wayne Gadke from Coutts Crossing Croquet Club who defeated locals Gary Urqhuart and Graeme Marshall in a hotly contested competition. Several doubles games were decided by a golden hoop as both teams were on the same score at the end of the two hours.
The singles were won by Ray Chapman, Ballina Cherry St Croquet Club from Michael Hasting, Sawtell Croquet Club in the best of three final.
All entrants enjoyed the Sawtell courts in the beautiful and quiet parkland setting.
Runners up Doubles (red shirts) Gary Urquhart and Graeme Marshall - Sawtell
Winners Doubles - Peter Deeth (L) and Wayne Gadke (R) Coutts Crossing
Singles L to R Winner Ray Chapman Ballina Cherry Street, Michael Hasting Sawtell, 3rd Phyllis Waters Lismore, 4th Mary Hughes Ballina