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Croquet Tournament Results

SUMMARY 2005

EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
3 and Under Weekend Peter Landrebe Rosemary Graham
3 and Under Plate Event Peter Tavender Max Wiltshire
Senior Citizens Week Janelle Wood Lydia Mitchell
Fransted Trophy Stephen Howes Pam Gentle
Rookies and Novices Brian Smith John Love
Kylie Scotter Brian Smith - Eastwood Glynn Gill - Cheltenham
Win Dickinson Memorial Trophy Robyn Stock Pam Gentle
   
Bronze Singles Brian Smith John Fransen
Silver Singles Neil Hardie Barbara Bidencope
Gold Singles Ken Edwards Tim Murphy
Platinum Singles Nick Chapman Chris Wilson
Silver Doubles Alix Verge & Margaret Durham Kath Coull & Betty Daniel
Gold Doubles Janelle Wood & Paul Taylor David Archer & Mac Thomson
   
Bronze Brooch Graham Cullen John Harris
Silver Brooch Alix Verge Alison Sharpe
Gold Brooch Jim Neale Pam Gentle
   
Bronze Pennants Cammeray Nowra
Silver Pennants Royal Sydney Jamberoo
Gold Pennants Nowra Warrawee
Premier Pennants National Park Cheltenham
   
Bronze Handicap Singles Pat Nosworthy Ted Griffin
Silver Handicap Singles Wal Fernance Mac Thomson
Gold Handicap Singles not played
   
NSW State Handicap - Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy Barbara Bidencope John Harris
NSW Championships - Womens Open Singles Lorraine Le Blang Christine Pont
NSW Championships - Mens Open Singles Dennis Faggotter Tony Hall
NSW Championships - Open Singles Tony Hall Tim Murphy
NSW Championships - Open Doubles Geof McDonald & John Levick Nick Chapman & Peter Landrebe
NSW Championships - Y Event Geof McDonald Pam Gentle
NSW Championships - Plate Event John Eddes John Levick
NSW Golf Croquet Championship - Doubles * Judy Cleine & John Ballantyne Ron & Ros Johnstone
NSW Golf Croquet Championship - Singles * Max Wiltshire Ron Johnstone
   
Eva Short Memorial Womens Trophy Lorraine Le Blang Robyn Stock
Selectors 10 Tim Murphy Nick Macoun
Champion of Champions Peter Landrebe Chloe Aberley
A.C.A. Bronze Medal Peter Landrebe Geof McDonald
Elsie Wall Memorial Trophy Barbara Bidencope  
President's Award Elizabeth News  
* results not available


DETAILED RESULTS 2005


3 and Under Weekend, 12th - 13th February 2005

The 3 and Under tournament was held 12 and 13 February, 2005 with eighteen competitors in three blocks. Saturday was a VERY long day with play commencing at 7.30 a.m. and all competitors playing 5 games and finishing after 6.00 p.m. Two blocks were at Tempe and one at Mosman (thank you Mosman for allowing the use of your lawns at short notice). Play in all games was of a high standard with most games being a very close tussle.

The Block winners and runners up were as follows:

Block A - Peter Landrebe, runner up Rosemary Graham
Block B - Dennis Faggotter, runner up Steven Harden
Block C - Tony Hall, runner up Christine Pont

On the Sunday the top four players in each block played a knockout format with players five and six playing in the plate.

The winner was Peter Landrebe who defeated Rosemary Graham 26 - 15
The winner of the Plate was Peter Tavender, defeating Max Wiltshire 26 - 4

  PLAYERS RESULTS
3 and Under
Block A
PL JB GM JB NH RG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Peter Landrebe 1 26tpo2626tp2626tp513053771
Jonathan Bowen 217 262623192111112-14
Geoff McDonald 32121 192626211310493
John Ballantyne 4141326 1323189123-346
Neil Hartley 51261326 1267114-475
Rosemary Graham 6026132626 39195-42
   
3 and Under
Block B
CA DF PT LLe MW SH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Chloe Aberley 1 1326tp2622123999093
Dennis Faggotter 226 15262623411666501
Peter Tavender 3826 212612293100-75
Lorraine Le Blang 412526 2626395104-94
Max Wiltshire 5180713 11049126-776
Steven Harden 62622261826 311884342
   
3 and Under
Block C
SM TH GOD CP JN JL Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Stephen Meatheringham 1 2618192226311168433
Tony Hall 213 26262626411773411
Garry O'Dell 32110 22239285118-334
Christine Pont 4201626 2626411494202
Jim Neale 513212215 26197113-165
John Levick 613261216 158113-556

3 and Under - X Draw
B3C. Aberley
 C. Aberley
26-21
DT. Hall
26-24
HP. Landrebe
26 -15
 P. Landrebe
26-15
A4J. Bowen
 
C1T. Hall
 
B2S. Harden
 S. Harden
17-14
EP. Landrebe
26-22
C4G. O'Dell
 
A1P. Landrebe
 
A2R. Graham
 R. Graham
26TP-4
FR. Graham
26-8
IR. Graham
26TP-0
B4L. Le Blang
 
C2C. Pont
 
A3G. McDonald
 S. Meatheringham
26-2
GD. Faggotter
23-6
C3S. Meatheringham
 
B1D. Faggotter
 

3 and Under - Plate
C5J. Neale
 J. Ballantyne
26-14
 P. Tavender
26-15
 P. Tavender
26-4
A6J. Ballantyne
 
B5P. Tavender
 
C6J. Levick
 M. Wiltshire
23-19
 M. Wiltshire
26-11
B6M. Wiltshire
 
A5N. Hartley
 


Silver Doubles, 14th - 18th February 2005

The NSW Silver Doubles was played in usual February weather - very hot! Even so the players enjoyed their games, having to play each other twice, as not enough entries were received - come on Silver players where are you? Please come to Tempe and make the competitions more interesting for all players.

Alix Verge had breaks of one 6 and three 5s, Margaret Durham had a 5 and a 6, Mary Fernance had one 5. Margaret Durham, Kath Coull and Alix Verge played forward games setting up the court nicely throughout the competition.

The winners were Alix Verge and Margaret Durham.

Runners up were Kath Coull and Betty Daniel.

Congratulations to the winners and indeed all the players who came to make the competition. There is one stalwart who we should mention, she is always fronting up for competitions, regardless of the weather she just loves to play - Marie Waterman - good on you Marie!

Rita Johnson - Maitland
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking

Silver
Doubles
PLAYERS RESULTS
WF&MF AV&MD MW&WR BD&KC Games Points Place
1 2 3 4 Played Won For Against Nett
Wal & Mary Fernance 1   10
12
6
14
7
9
6 2 58 71 -13 3
Alix Verge & Margaret Durham 2 15
9
  22
26
14
10
6 5 96 56 40 1
Marie Waterman & Win Russell 3 13
12
12
5
  10
2
6 1 54 96 -42 4
Betty Daniels & Kath Coull 4 8
14
9
8
13
15
  6 4 67 52 -15 2


Win Dickinson Memorial Trophy, 21st - 25th February 2005

All the players played their games in a friendly and enjoyable manner. There were quite a lot breaks made during the matches by most of the players, which was great to watch. Two of the games were nail biters and very close. The first was between Janelle Wood and Robyn Stock, it went as follows: Janelle had one clip on 3 back, came on to play, made a break of 9 with black and stopped on Rover. Robyn came on, yellow was on 2 back, played red and made a break of 12 leaving red on the peg. Janelle came on missed her roquet by a cat's whisker, on came Robyn made her roquet and went on to win by 26 - 19.

The second game was between Pam Gentle and Janelle Wood. Pam made a break of 9 with Blue, on came Janelle she missed her roquet with red, Pam played black and made 12 hoops, Janelle played red and roqueted yellow, made 12 hoops and was hoping to peg out the black ball - instead Janelle wired herself with the two balls, on came Pam ran the next two hoops and pegged out, the final score being 26 - 21 Pam the winner.

We had a couple of extremely hot days and the ladies were affected by them especially playing 3 games on one day, some felt it was too much playing the 3 games during February which seems to be the hottest month of the year.

Congratulations to the winner Robyn Stock and to the runner up Pam Gentle, and indeed to all the players for their efforts and many thanks to the referees/umpires who always are ready to stand up and be there for the players.

Managers
Rita Johnson - Maitland Club
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking Club

Win Dickinson
Memorial Trophy
PLAYERS RESULTS
RS PG MB JW CW JMcD JP Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Robyn Stock 1   26 22 26 26 26 26 6 152 53 99 1
Pam Gentle 2 9   26 26 26 26 26 5 139 86 53 2
Margaret Burke 3 17 19   22 26 26 25 4 135 94 41 3
Janelle Wood 4 19 21 19   26 18 20 3 123 103 20 4
Claire Wilson 5 0 0 11 10   19 9 1 49 141 -92 7
Jacky McDonald 6 2 10 7 8 11   17 1 55 127 -72 6
Jean Pack 7 6 10 9 11 26 12   1 74 123 -49 5


Gold Doubles, 4th - 6th March 2005

The NSW Gold Doubles was played at Tempe. We welcomed Jill Edwards back from her holiday cruising around South America, which she enjoyed very much and we were envious of her. There were a couple of bright sparks playing which brightened up the events and gave us a laugh, we all need a laugh now and then.

On the last day of the competition and the last matches, there were 4 teams who had lost only 1 game each, their net points were as follows:
Bill Coull & Jack Daniel on +18
Janelle Wood & Paul Taylor on +13
David Archer & Mac Thompson on +12
John Hanscom & Fay Stove on +11
so you can see how close this competition was.

The scores of those games were:
D. Archer & M. Thompson 23 Defeated J. Hanscom & F. Stove 16
J. Wood & P. Taylor 24 Defeated W. Coull & J. Daniell 13

Overall winners being J. Wood & P. Taylor
and the runners up D. Archer & M. Thompson

Congratulations to the winners, we hope to see you all line up for next years Gold Doubles and maybe some extra players come and enjoy, not only the games but the fun and happy, friendly gatherings we have at Tempe.

Thanks go to all referees for their help during the games.

Managers
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking
Rita Johnson - Maitland

Gold
Doubles
PLAYERS RESULTS
WP&JE BC&JD JW&PT JH&FS DA&MT Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
Warren Porter & Jill Edwards 1   9 12 10 9 0 40 94 -54 5
Bill Coull & Jack Daniel 2 26   13 18 18 2 75 68 7 3
Janelle Wood & Paul Taylor 3 22 24   13 17 3 76 52 24 1
John Hanscomb & Fay Stove 4 20 16 16   16 2 68 64 4 4
David Archer & Mac Thompson 5 26 19 11 23   3 79 60 19 2


Rookies and Novices, 7th - 11th March 2005

Congratulations to Brian Smith from Eastwood, who won all of his matches pegging out four of the six matches.

One match between Brian Smith and John Love, was a real cliff hanger - going into extra time, it was eventually won by Brian Smith 15 to 14 with John Love playing an excellent match.

Every player played their games in a very sportsman like manner.

To all of the players, this was their first major competition and with referees, they handled it very well, they have gone away feeling they have learnt a little of the art of croquet.

Congratulations to all.

Under the guidance of the tournament referee Margot Johnson the players were shown how to set the hoops to championship standard, thank you Margot.

Managers
Rita Johnson - Maitland
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking

Rookies
and
Novices
PLAYERS RESULTS
JL GD RM BS Games Points Place
1 2 3 4 Played Won For Against Nett
John Love 1   9
13
15
18
2
14
6 3 71 68 3 2
Geoffrey Davison2 13
6
  10
18
6
9
6 3 62 63 -1 3
Robin Murphy 3 13
3
7
5
  4
3
6 0 35 97 -62 4
Brian Smith 4 18
15
18
11
18
18
  6 6 98 38 60 1


Senior Citizens Week, 14th - 18th March 2005

The Senior Citizens Tournament was played in extremely hot weather for two days, rain on one day and blustery on another.

There were a lot of breaks made during the week. Janelle made a break of 11 without taking any bisques, Stephen Howes made a break of 12 using only 3 balls. Mac Thompson played a forward game with great hoop and rush placement.

Fred Harvey played Stephen Howes after time being called - Fred had 1 clip on rover and 1 clip on the peg, Stephen went in with 1 clip on rover and yellow on penult, he played yellow, roqueted red, made penult, peeled red and yellow through rover, did not get a position to peg out both balls, so he roqueted black and pegged his yellow ball out, final score 25 - 24 to Stephen.

The Winner - Janelle Wood, Cheltenham
The Runner up - Lydia Mitchell, Sydney

Congratulations to the winner and runner up and also to all the players, as any of four players could have been the winner on the beginning of the last day the other two players were Mac Thomson from Warrawee and Stephen Howes from Cammeray. We would like to thank the players for coming early and setting up the lawns and tidying up after all the games every day. Thanks also to our Referees who were willing to come, two of the ladies came to referee from Maitland and Toronto - much appreciated.

Managers
Josephine McGrath
Rita Johnson

Senior
Citizens
Week
PLAYERS RESULTS
AG WG MM MW HT SH LM FH JW MT Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Ann Gash 1   14 21 23 23 15 10 16 10 14 1 146 227 -81 10
Wal Gaskell 2 26   26 18 19 17 8 21 11 3 4 149 175 -26 7
Michael Mills 3 26 16   20 23 12 16 20 12 26 4 171 195 -24 6
Marie Waterman 4 19 23 25   18 9 11 24 11 14 4 154 182 -28 8
Harry Taylor 5 26 16 20 9   9 21 26 20 9 2 156 197 -41 9
Stephen Howes 6 26 24 26 26 26   13 25 23 15 6 204 163 41 4
Lydia Mitchell 7 26 14 14 22 22 26   15 23 22 7 184 129 55 2
Fred Harvey 8 26 16 26 23 14 24 16   6 26 4 177 185 -8 5
Janelle Wood 9 26 26 26 22 26 26 17 26   8 7 203 142 61 1
Mac Thomson 10 26 26 11 19 26 25 17 12 26   6 188 137 51 3


Fransted Trophy, 25th - 28th March 2005

The Fransted Trophy was held from 25th to 28th March 2005, one game played between Pam Gentle and Ros Johnstone was closely contested with Pam winning close to time.

John Fransen went to four back, 5 hoops early, missed the hoop, took a bisque and tried again, made the hoop at which point his opponent pointed out his error, but it did not matter to John as he finally won 26 to 12, John's opponent was victim to court 3 hoop 1 being jawed twice, this was only bettered by Ron Johnstone getting caught 3 times in that same hoop, in spite of that Ron still made the semi-final.

Stephen Howes was undefeated in his block and also the finals. There were several breaks made throughout the events.

In the semi-finals between Stephen Howes and Harry Taylor, Stephen pegged out his strikers ball and then took eight attempts to peg out his other ball; maybe there is a lesson to be learnt here. Stephen won his semi-final 26 to 14.

The other semi-final was between Pam Gentle and Ron Johnstone, and would you believe Pam also pegged out her strikers ball, but in her next turn with a very long shot the ball hit the peg - magnificently done. Pam won her semi-final 26 to 13.

Now for the final; Stephen Howes got in and went around to rover using two of his bisques, Pam Gentle came on and made a long roquet but could not make it to hoop 1 as Stephen still had a ball on hoop 1 and two and a half bisques. Stephen finally pegged out with one hour and twenty minutes to spare, the final score being:

Stephen Howes 26 the winner and Pam Gentle 2 the runner up.

One of our referees, who shall remain nameless, had to get up early and in the dark on Monday, put her shirt on inside out, oh well that is something different.

Congratulations to Stephen Howes, he played great croquet, and also to Pam Gentle who played nicely.

Thanks to all the referees for their help in refereeing and also help with this report, thanks to the players for setting out and pulling up the hoops plus tidying up each day after the games.

Managers
Rita Johnson - Maitland
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking

Fransted Trophy
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
SH PS RJ PG JF TM PG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Stephen Howes1 262126262621614668781
Pamela Saul29 73121212155127-727
Ros Johnstone32023 20126212102113-115
Pam Gentle4122621 2623264134107272
John Fransen512162623 26174120100203
Tim Murphy6026262612 264116100164
Patricia Goldrick71510129127 065123-586
   
Fransted Trophy
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
AG RJ HT MW LF NH MB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Ann Gash1 826261526173118123-55
Ron Johnstone226 262626626513681551
Harry Taylor31912 232520264125115102
Marie Waterman4141112 171026290114-246
Lesley Fransen526191812 2321311911454
Neil Hardie61626191713 20311110383
Margaret Burke722514101818 187136-497

Fransted Trophy - Finals
A1Stephen Howes
 Stephen Howes
26-14
 Stephen Howes
26-2
B2Harry Taylor
A2Pam Gentle
 Pam Gentle
26-13
B1Ron Johnstone


Bronze Singles, 11th - 15th April 2005

Bronze Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
BS PS MT LF AG PN JL RJ JF MW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Brian Smith1 18181818181818818815288641
Pamela Saul25 1811171813181414712897313
Margery Turtle363 1315111812212392130-388
Lesley Fransen4141812 181518185145132114184
Ann Gash54161111 1816414161110153-4310
Patricia Nosworthy6133151813 16141218412212205
John Love7611751817 6810288151-639
Roselyn Johnstone881018718818 14144115118-36
John Fransen9185181818131818 9713595402
Marie Waterman1014131313184161018 4119125-67


Silver Singles, 18th - 20th April 2005

Silver Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
NH MT JM PG BB MD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Neil Hardie1 11191714836948211
Mac Thompson212 71419153676433
Jacky McDonald3713 920122615744
Patricia Goldrick49916 81225476-226
Barbara Bidencope5620226 213757052
Margaret Durham6141113109 25768-115


Gold Singles, 29th April - 1st May 2005

The Gold Singles was held in perfect weather. There were some very good roquets made throughout the games, and one you donít often see in croquet, they tell me it was an air swing - clever!

In block B we had one player who won 5 games and 5 players who won 2 games so that block was very close. In one of the semi finals between Larry Bryant and Tim Murphy, Tim made a break of 9 and set up a leave, Larry came on and made only 1 hoop, from then on it was Tim getting one or two hoops and Larry getting no hoops, eventually Tim got the red ball on to the peg with yellow on penault the score then being 21-1.

Itís Larry to play now and he took the blue ball around to one back and missed the hoop, Tim stayed on his same score, Larry played the black ball and got around to one back he then peeled the blue ball through one back and went on to rover with the black ball and, trying to beat the clock, he made a leave forgetting that Tim had a lift and contact, left the black ball with a rush to two back where his blue clip was, on comes Tim and he picks up the yellow ball took croquet and was able to peg out, the score being 26-18, it really was an "I canít win" game, it could have gone either way.

The final between Ken Edwards and Tim Murphy was a very even game between the two players as you can see, the score being 17-16 with Ken being the winner and Tim the runner up. Congrats to Ken Edwards and also to Tim Murphy for an exciting game.

It was wonderful to see the players stay and watch the finals especially as there were country players staying also, we are sure the finalists appreciated it.

When games are played on days when the Concordia club is open we get a lot of interested people wanting to know about our game of croquet, we started with one man and ended up with about eight people asking what the players were doing all in one area.

Managers
Rita Johnson - Maitland
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking

Gold Singles
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
KE JW WG DS TM HS Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Ken Edwards1 1826262616511248641
Janelle Wood217 2312171628597-123
Wal Gaskell3222 2671527297-254
David Simmonds421710 420253100-475
Tim Murphy515262626 26411957622
Heather Smallbone6121412103 05193-426
   
Gold Singles
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
VA LB FH JD JP BC Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Vic Aberley1 1826152616210178232
Larry Bryant222 26262626512648781
Fred Harvey3110 261226275100-255
John Deeves4261010 261528797-103
Jean Pack5217264 2627598-234
Bill Coull617312268 266109-436

Gold Singles - Finals
A1Ken Edwards
 Ken Edwards
26-11
 Ken Edwards
17-16
B2Vic Aberley
A2Tim Murphy
 Tim Murphy
26-18
B1Larry Bryant


Platinum Singles, 21st - 23rd May 2005

Twelve players contested the platinum singles played at HQ at Mackey Park from May 21-23. It was good to see a number of players from the country visiting the big smoke to play in the event.

Block A was dominated by Nick Chapman who easily won all 5 games completing one triple peel but failing in the other games after looking a good chance. Based on handicaps there were some surprise results in the other games which resulted in Pam Gentle being runner up in the block in her first competition at this level. Pam had 3 wins as did John Gilhooly but finished ahead of John on a net points count back. There were two games won by a point after time when the loser in each case had appeared to be in a winning position: one game was lost by playing a wrong ball after time. The runner up position in this block was determined by the last two games to be finished with both games finishing in the dark; Pam Gentle beat Ken Edwards and John Gilhooly lost to Ron Johnstone with Ron pegging out when players, balls and peg were no visible from the sideline.

Block B was more evenly contested with Chris Wilson winning the block with 5 wins. John Ballantyne and Michael Bidencope both had 3 wins with John being the runner up on a net points countback. Stewart Johnston playing in his first competition at this level performed well and could have been runner up if he had won his last game well.

The semi finals were won fairly easily. Nick Chapman beat John Ballantyne 26-9, although John did have his chances. A 40 cm missed roquet at 2 back whilst making a good break proved very costly for John. Chris Wilson beat Pam Gentle 26-5 when Pam seemed to find the hoops getting narrower than the balls.

The final was an all Canberra affair with Nick Chapman playing Chris Wilson. In an interesting and seesawing game both players had chances and broke down for various reasons or missed shots they would normally get. Chris appeared to be heading for possible victory with a clip on 4 back and a short hoop approach to 3 back (with Nick on peg and 3) but an over rolled hoop approach ruined it, as Nick hit the lift and finished the game in that turn for a 26-27 win.

Generally attacking croquet was played with 26 of the 33 games being pegged out.

Although there were some cold mornings with the early starts the weather was perfect throughout the event and the players and spectators enjoyed good croquet.

John Eddes
Manager

Platinum Singles
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
NC JN PG KE RJ JG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Nick Chapman1 2626262626tp5130211091
Jim Neale20 18261421179106-275
Pam Gentle3826 2624133979702
Ken Edwards42616 2012156110-546
Ron Johnstone510261519 26296103-74
John Gilhooly6122221319 37798-213
   
Platinum Singles
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
JB NH CW MB SJ MB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
John Ballantyne1 2611261326310285172
Neil Hartley23 026261527098-285
Chris Wilson32626 262022512029911
Margaret Burke41142 1717051130-796
Stewart Johnston526161326 16297102-54
Michael Bidencope6192632626 31009643

Platinum Singles - Finals
A1Nick Chapman
 Nick Chapman
26-9
 Nick Chapman
26-17
B2John Ballantyne
B1Chris Wilson
 Chris Wilson
26-5
A2Pam Gentle


NSW State Handicap - Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy, 10th - 13th June 2005

The final series of the Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy (the NSW Handicap Championships) were held at Mackey Park, Tempe on June 10th - 13th. There were thirteen block winners from the following clubs:- Bundanoon, Canberra, Killara, Lismore, Maitland, Manly, Miller, Narooma, Orange, Park, Sydney, Tamworth, Wagga and Woollongong.

Because of the greater number of entrants from country areas there were ten country players and only three from the metropolitan area.

Competitorsí handicaps ranged from 0.5 to 18 and this meant that the bisque sticks were often referred to as a forest. Having made the finals it was obvious that players on the higher handicaps had learnt how to use their bisques to good advantage.

The games were all played in a good spirit and the standard was high with all players using forward play to good effect. The general comment from competitors was that this had been a great tournament and that they had learnt a huge amount. Those players who were relatively new to competition were surprised and grateful for the advice and encouragement given by the better players.

The competition was played in two round robin blocks with the winner and runner up progressing to play on Monday.

Block A was won by Barbara Bidencope of Tamworth, runner-up Peter Lloyd of Wagga Wagga.
Block B was won by John Harris of Canberra, runner-up Graham Scott of Wollongong.

The overall winner was Barbara Bidencope, runner-up John Harris.

Thanks must go to Margot Johnston and her team of referees and to the members of Hurstville Croquet Club for the catering.

Congratulations to all players throughout the state who entered in the competition this year. I am sure that next yearís event will be bigger and better. If the entry statistics remain the same Croquet NSW will need to seriously consider holding the final series in a country region.

Jacky McDonald

Beryl Chambers
Memorial Trophy
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
DG BB LM GM PL RT Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
D. Griffiths1 1917122126195103-85
B. Bidencope223 18261426410771361
L. Mitchell31911 15171928183-24
G. McDonald4261821 8263999093
P. Lloyd52619726 2149970292
R. Topham694201110 154118-646

Beryl Chambers
Memorial Trophy
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
AS FH HJ JS MM GS JH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
A. Sharp1 21171826520310792153
F. Harvey217 16714210175131-567
H. James3715 1079415289-376
J. Serotzki419225 6131437982-34
M. Murray52211014 181366104-385
G. Scott62626152025 0511292202
J. Harris7212626132626 513839991

Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy - Finals
A1B. Bidencope
 B. Bidencope
26-11
 B. Bidencope
26-16
B2G. Scott
A2J. Harris
 J. Harris
17-14
B1P. Lloyd


Champion of Champions, 18th - 19th and 25th - 26th June 2005

The Champion of Champions Tournament was held at Tempe on the weekends 18th - 19th and 25th - 26th June. There were fourteen clubs represented, seven metropolitan and seven country. Competitors were divided into two blocks with most playing five games on the first weekend. The second Saturday saw the last round and the quarter finals with the semi finals and finals on the Sunday. The first weekend was chilly to say the least and the second was wet.

The first day was "giant killer" day with all four seeds being beaten by Tim Murphy and Geof McDonald. This meant that the final round created much interest as this determined who were the quarter finalists. Only three triple peels were scored in the block rounds - Peter Landrebe (2) and Chloe Aberley (1). Of the 48 games 40 were won by pegging out. Tim went to time in all six of his games. It was pleasing to see that every competitor won at least one game.

Thanks are due to:-

Jacky McDonald

Champion of Champions
 R. Graham
 C. Aberley
26-18
 C. Aberley
26-17
 P. Landrebe
26tp-2
 C. Aberley
 S. Richards
 S. Richards
26-23
 G. Scott
 G. McDonald
 J. Ballantyne
26-17
 P. Landrebe
26-6
 J. Ballantyne
 P. Landrebe
 P. Landrebe
26tp-3
 P. Gentle


NSW Championships - Womens Open Singles, 9th - 12th July 2005

There were only 7 entries in this event.

A first time entrant in this event - Barbara Bidencope - has acquitted herself very well. Congratulations Barbara.

Good breaks have been made by all the players.

The closing minutes of the last match on Saturday between Pam Gentle and Nerida Taylor was played in virtual darkness with Pam winning 26 - 14.

Conditions on Sunday were atrocious - extremely cold, windy and raining. All players held up well under these conditions.

The competition was completed on Monday 11 July with Lorraine Le Blang winning and Christine Pont the runner up.

Manager
Rita Johnson
Josephine McGrath

NSW Championships
Womens Open Singles
PLAYERS RESULTS
BB CP LLB RS NT PG MB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
B. Bidencope1 206131514050146-967
C. Pont226 262526226513187442
L. Le Blang32614 23262626514164771
R. Stock4261713 222626413082483
N. Taylor5267914 1426296128-325
P. Gentle620267526 26411086244
M. Burke7222199153 179144-656


Kylie Scotter, 16th - 17th July 2005

The Kylie Scotter weekend competition was a great success. The players enjoyed their games and played in a friendly pleasant manner and I congratulate all.

I feel the standard of play was good and was pleased to see more forward play this year.

I would like to thank all who helped with refereeing. Very unselfish of you all.

Also thanks to the girls who made delicious soup and other goodies served from the kitchen.

My thanks to Peg for running the tournament while I was away and her help during the tournament.

Brian Smith was the winner with Glynn Gill runner up. Congrats to you both.

Thank you all for entering the Kylie Scotter and best wishes for the future.

Betty Simpson
Manager


NSW Championships - Mens Open Singles, 16th - 19th July 2005

The Menís Open Singles Championship was held at Tempe on 16 - 19 July. There were fourteen competitors - four from metropolitan clubs, nine from country clubs and one interstate. Robert Fenwick Elliott is a member of Norwood S.A. and was made very welcome. He makes and sells mallets and the best way to describe them would be "elegant".

Play was conducted in two blocks of seven and most games were fiercely fought. After the second day only two players were undefeated - Nick Chapman and Geof McDonald. As usual it was the final round that determined who would progress to the semi finals. In Block A John Ballantyne and Nick Macoun were both on three wins and it was the winner who would progress. In Block B Geof needed a win in the final round to progress further but Robert Fenwick Elliott put a stop to that when he ran a magnificent break of eleven and pegged out for his second win of the tournament. His other win was against Tony hall and with a handicap of six he gained thirty-seven index points for those two games. Needless to say Geof and Tony were not really overjoyed.

Thanks are due to:-

Jacky McDonald

NSW Championships
Mens Open Singles
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
SR NC SJ CW NM JB KE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Stephen Richards1 2426181426tp26313487473
Nick Chapman225 26tp0262626512999301
Stewart Johnston3210 921019261138-776
Chris Wilson4252626 151515312284384
Nick Macoun51691618 726392111-195
John Ballantyne61215261723 26411997222
Ken Edwards771518221223 197138-417

NSW Championships
Mens Open Singles
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
DF TH RFE GM PT NH TM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Dennis Faggotter1 172614152626412493312
Tony Hall218 2626262612513483511
Robert Fenwick Elliott31521 26626112105135-306
Geof McDonald426421 2626244127109183
Peter Tavender51472612 2623210810625
Neil Hartley61981099 26181146-657
Tim Murphy712626222416 3115122-74

NSW Championships
Mens Open Singles
Finals
B2Dennis Faggotter
 Dennis Faggotter
26-4
 Dennis Faggotter
26-20, 22-26, 23-18
View photos
A1Nick Chapman
B1Tony Hall
 Tony Hall
26-17
A2John Ballantyne


Pennants Finals, 26th July - 4th August 2005

Thanks to the teams who arrived early and assisted with the set up of the lawns. Also many thanks to Margot Johnson and Josephine McGrath who OFFERED to referee for the 5 days of the finals - No! I didnít twist their arms - and also to Pam Gentle and Robin Potter who also gave of their time to referee during these 5 days.

Overall players enjoyed the matches especially those who hadnít played at Tempe before and expressed interest in returning next year.

Rita Johnson
Manager

PennantsFinalistsWinnerRunner-up
Premier National ParkCheltenham
GoldNowra, WarraweeNowraWarrawee
SilverJamberoo, Maitland, Royal SydneyRoyal SydneyJamberoo
BronzeCammeray, Maitland, NowraCammerayNowra


NSW Championships - Open Doubles, 20th - 22th August 2005

The NSW Open Championships commenced on Saturday 20th August with the Doubles played over three days. Nine pairs were involved and most games were closely fought tussles going to time. The winners were Geof McDonald and John Levick from National Park (a surprise to many but not to them) with Nick Chapman and Peter Landrebe runners up. The barbecue held at the completion was a very pleasant affair.

Jacky McDonald
Tournament Manager

NSW Championships
Open Doubles
PLAYERS RESULTS
CP&MW NC&PL GS&KE MB&FS LLB&PT DF&RJ JE&RG JB&SR GM&JL Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 For Against Nett
Christine Pont & Max Wiltshire1 1920262014231054137126115
Nick Chapman & Peter Landrebe223 26262618262613618485992
Graham Scott & Ken Edwards362 1721262511154123135-126
Margaret Burke & Fay Stove410012 72171217186169-839
Lorraine Le Blang & Paul Taylor52151620 39158297167-708
Dennis Faggotter & Ron Johnstone6121991724 11392104148-447
John Eddes & Rosemary Graham76121221722 26235138127114
Jonathan Bowen & Stephen Richards82214131926268 185146123233
Geof McDonald & John Levick92625182226181820 7173108651


NSW Championships - Open Singles, 23th - 28th August 2005

The Open Singles commenced on Tuesday 23rd August with one block of eight and one of nine to be played at Tempe and Chatswood. There was one late withdrawal but I was unaware of this until arriving at Tempe Tuesday morning to see a revised draw on the table. This left two blocks of eight to play over three days.

In the Round Robin the winner of Block A was Tony Hall (6 wins) and the winner of Block B was Tim Murphy (undefeated). The top four from each block progressed to the Quarter Finals at Tempe and the remainder played in the Plate at Chatswood. Two withdrew leaving a Round Robin of six played over two days.

The players agreed that the Quarter Finals and onward were to be played as the best of three untimed games. After one Quarter Final went to the third game it was decided that any third game commencing after 2.30pm would be limited to two and a half hours. It was interesting to hear the positive comments from all competitors regarding untimed games. Tony finished all his matches before 10.45am!

The final results were as follows:-

Open Singles - winner Tony Hall, runner up Tim Murphy
Y Event - winner Geof McDonald, runner up Pam Gentle
Plate - winner John Eddes, runner up John Levick

Congratulations to the winners

In both events there was a preponderance of players from country areas Ė twelve out of eighteen in the doubles and twelve out of sixteen in the singles. In future Open events all play should commence at 8.00am each day. This means that players do not have to commute during the peak periods. To alleviate travelling for country members at the end of the competition three rounds should be played each day. One or two rounds on the last day would make life easier for those who have to travel.

Events at the Concordia Club on both Sundays certainly made competitors concentrate on their croquet. The first Sunday there was a fair and the not so quiet oompah band and on the second a Tongan wedding. On both days there were numbers of children playing on and around the lawns. It is hoped that no child is ever hit with a ball.

At the end of the tournament there were a few changes of handicap:-

John Eddes 0 to 0.5
John Ballantyne 1.5 to 1
Pam Gentle 3.5 to 3
Tim Murphy 4 to 2.5 !!!!! He gained 128 Index Points!!

Thanks are due to:-

Jacky McDonald
Tournament Manager

NSW Championships
Open Singles
Block A
PLAYERS RESULTS
TH KE MB RS GS GM JE PG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Tony Hall1 262026tp22262626617274981
Ken Edwards28 2618221226133125128-35
Michael Bidencope3199 2221197143111145-347
Robyn Stock412113 111125164154-908
Graham Scott526201914 2626174148116322
Geof McDonald61426152613 15264135109263
John Eddes7142622612 26397124-276
Pam Gentle85222626211312 4125127-24

NSW Championships
Open Singles
Block B
PLAYERS RESULTS
TM NT CW DF JL JB NM RJ Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Tim Murphy1 26262626262620717694821
Nerida Taylor218 26162619092114153-397
Chris Wilson3615 13251011062172-1108
Dennis Faggotter4212622 202023153147120274
John Levick541426tp21 202026313113105
John Ballantyne62324262122 26216163110532
Nick Macoun7426tp222260 11391129-386
Ron Johnstone81822242192024 4138113253

NSW Championships
Open Singles
Plate
PLAYERS RESULTS
CW JL NT KE NM JE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Chris Wilson1 1514191511174105-316
John Levick226 22232620411788292
Nerida Taylor32618 202612919103
Ken Edwards4182624 99286108-224
Nick Macoun51710520 1326590-255
John Eddes61819262614 410354491

NSW Championships
Open Singles
 Tony Hall
 Tony Hall
26tp-0,26-10
 Tony Hall
26-17,26-8
 Tony Hall
26tp-0,26-5
View photos
 Dennis Faggotter
 Geof McDonald
 John Ballantyne
26-22,26-23
 John Ballantyne
 Graham Scott
 Ron Johnstone
9-26,26-22,26-10
 Tim Murphy
26-15,26-25
 Ron Johnstone
 Pam Gentle
 Tim Murphy
26-10,18-26,26-14
 Tim Murphy

NSW Championships
Open Singles
Y Event
 Dennis Faggotter
 Geof McDonald
26-9,26-22
 Geof McDonald
26-21,21-26,26-5
View photos
 Geof McDonald
 Pam Gentle
 Pam Gentle
6-26,26-13,24-23
 Graham Scott


Bronze Brooch, 10th - 12th September 2005

Sydney Region (8th - 12th August)

This competition began with 8 players and unfortunately there were two withdrawals - one before the competition and one during the competition.

The players were all very willing to assist with the lawns - before and after the matches.

There were some nice breaks made by some of the players as well as some very nice long roquets.

All players were very enthusiastic about their games and willing to learn and ask questions at the end of play.

Thanks to Margot and her willing band of referees for giving up their valuable time.

Outstanding play was by Alan Walsh with breaks of 9 and 10 and pegged out.

The winners were Alan Walsh and Patricia Goldrick.

Rita and Josephine
Managers

Bronze Brooch
Sydney Region
PLAYERS RESULTS
NH PG BS TG MH AW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Neil Hardie1 5118141315169-185
Patricia Goldrick212 129121145643132
Brian Smith31511 7131035662-64
Ted Griffin413518 17736038223
Michael Hughes5138124 604374-316
Alan Walsh6161491018 46747201

Canberra Region (8th - 12th August)

Bronze Brooch
Canberra Region
PLAYERS RESULTS
JH CP JP JM JP Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
J. Harris1 2226261448829591
C. Payne26 106612862-345
J. Payne368 23914656-103
J. Melksham44177 1214068-284
J. Pask513151313 35441132

Nowra Region (8th - 12th August)

(results not available)

Finals (10th - 12th September)

The final of the bronze brooch was contested by Alan Walsh of Cammeray, John Harris of Canberra, Graham Cullen of Nowra and Patricia Goldrick of Killara.

Patricia, the only woman, held her own against her opponents and in one match played an incredible shot - the ball was in the jaws of hoop 3 - her hoop - Patricia played through the hoop with the ball continuing on and running hoop 4 - great shot Patricia!!

The best break of the tournament was made by John Harris with a break of 8.

The winner -- Graham Cullen

Runner up -- John Harris

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all players who had a happy and friendly tournament.

Rita Johnson and Josephine McGrath
Managers

Bronze Brooch
Finals
PLAYERS RESULTS
PG GC AW JH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Patricia Goldrick1 9101413361-283
Graham Cullen226 151535635211
Alan Walsh3914 602948-194
John Harris4261223 26135262


Silver Brooch, 13th - 15th September 2005

Hunter Region (15th - 19th August)

Silver Brooch
Hunter Region
PLAYERS RESULTS
JM BB PD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 For Against Nett
Jacky McDonald1 14
9
17
18
35840182
Barbara Bidencope24
10
 26
26
36638281
Pamela Durie316
10
1
14
 04187-463

Sydney Region (15th - 19th August)

Silver Brooch
Sydney Region
PLAYERS RESULTS
MT AV AS JD CW JD SH BC HR WF Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Mac Thomson1 91013 155161012390129-397
Alix Verge220 2326 1418201816715587681
Alison Sharpe389 26 1726242326515988713
Jack Daniel420103  26181726264146158-125
Claire Wilson5               
John Deeves617202623  252623146174131432
Stephen Howes72616825 19 2626165162120424
Bill Coull81910226 1112 22144116153-376
Harry Raylor99101112 13416 18193155-628
Wal Fernance1010357 161287 168142-749

Finals (13th - 15th September)

Silver Brooch
Finals
PLAYERS RESULTS
AS JD AV BB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Alison Sharpe1 238212524662
John Deeves213 81213356-233
Alix Verge32023 2036323401
Barbara Bidencope413107 03053-234


Gold Brooch, 16th - 17th September 2005

Gold Brooch
Finals
PLAYERS RESULTS
JG MM NH JN PG JR Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
John Gilhooly1 26232201128293-115
Michael Mills212 266261928999-104
Neil Hartley31510 12826171111-406
Jim Neale4232626 2612411375381
Pam Gentle52611269 2639878202
John Read61726102618 3979433


Bronze Handicap Singles, 19th - 23rd September 2005

This event was held at Tempe from 19 - 22 September, 2005 with 8 players and it was the first competition for 3 of these players - some of whom have only being playing for approximately six months. I admire their courage!! The players I spoke to said they really enjoyed the competition and are keen to compete again.

I would urge all clubs - when they have a member playing in their first CNSW event to point out to them: Conditions of play (as shown in Regulations for Tournaments) Dress Regulations (predominantly white or club colours) time for playing (45 seconds) and court courtesy. Some of the players were not aware of some of these conditions especially the dress regulations. With the assistance of the Referees the players went away from the competition much wiser.

These Bronze players are improving all the time. Handicap are coming down!! Watch out Silver players.

All players played very well but from observation I felt that Russell Megarrity (Milton Ulladulla) was the most improved during the competition. Congratulations Russell.

Pat Nosworthy from Chatswood was the winner and Ted Griffin from Cammeray was the runnerup.

Thanks to all referees and all who assisted with running of this competition.

Rita Johnson
Manager

Bronze
Handicap
Singles
PLAYERS RESULTS
MP AG PN LM PG TG TC RM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Martyn Prins1 131310129141838993-45
Ann Gash218 121592181849298-64
Pat Nosworthy31117 141314131369570251
Lydia Mitchell411145 49151837691-157
Patricia Goldrick515181118 412144928483
Ted Griffin61118131318 1713510366372
Terance Clarke7127691013 9066107-418
Russell McGarrity815111012181518 399103-46


Silver Handicap Singles, 10th - 14th October 2005

Silver
Handicap
Singles
PLAYERS RESULTS
WC BS WF MT JM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
William Cooper1 26
15
13
16
8
14
11
26
312912093
Brian Smith28
22
 11
6
12
12
15
12
398146-485
Wal Fernance37
19
14
26
 18
15
19
26
714483611
Mac Thomson420
23
22
26
12
8
 12
7
4130106242
Jacky McDonald512
9
7
10
10
7
16
11
 382128-464


A.C.A. Bronze Medal, 22nd - 24th October 2005

A.C.A.
Bronze
Medal
PLAYERS RESULTS
PL SR GB JL SH RG SM GM JB DF Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Peter Landrebe1 26tp26262626tp26tp2026268228851431
Stephen Richards21 212624262662611416716616
Greg Burnes31726 2626269122675175140354
John Levick43109 22318262682125199-749
Stephen Harden5926426 26221710264166178-127
Rosemary Graham6212312611 261926264179195-168
Stephen Meatheringham70026262613 2626266169174-53
Geof McDonald826262610262613 26226201166352
John Ballantyne9831726201214 131104218-11410
Dennis Faggotter100262626119222626 517216575


Eva Short Memorial Womens Trophy, 29th October - 1st November 2005

During the Eva Short Memorial event there were some very close games with just over 50% of the games being pegged out and Rosemary Graham having one triple peel.

Carol O'Dell, Alison Sharpe and Alix Verge played very well, especially as Alison and Alix were first time players in the Eva Short event.

The standard of play was excellent, there were two players finished with 7 games won, one player with 6 games and four with 5 games won, well done to all players especially after the second day which never stopped raining and then court one decided it needed the sprinklers on during a game.

Congratulations to the winner Lorraine Le Blang, and the runner up Robyn Stock.

Rita Johnson - Maitland
Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking
Managers

Eva Short Memorial
Womens Trophy
PLAYERS RESULTS
RG LLB RS NT JP CO MB AV AS HS Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Rosemary Graham1 212092626tp262626266206135713
Lorraine Le Blang224 21162622262626267213147661
Robyn Stock32124 142626221124217189135542
Nerida Taylor4261318 2626239511515715165
Jean Pack51020820 1419619151131203-729
Carol O'Dell62126111315 262623265187156314
Margaret Burke75121815216 1313121115212-9710
Alix Verge8164132626326 1120514514507
Alison Sharpe9613102626262622 12516716256
Heather Smallbone10614161211718615 3105169-648


Selectors 10, 11th - 13th November 2005

Report for the Selectors 10 invitation event held 11, 12 & 13 November 2005, this is the last for the year, we hope to see all of you plus more people next year at Tempe.

Tim Murphy just missed a tp which was bad luck, as his peel through penult was a fantastic shot plus his strikers ball went to 3 back, his next hoop, then he broke down on 4 back but the good news was he won the game.

Welcome to Bill Blaikie from Taree, Bill plays in country tournament, this was his first tournament at Tempe, he had a nail biting finish in his game against Nick Macoun, with both balls on the peg he missed his peg out, Nick comes on he has one ball on the peg and one ball on 3 back, Nick gets to penult and breaks down, with time ticking away, on comes Bill and pegs the blue ball out, Nick then goes through penult, rover and with a long peg out wins the game 26 to 25.

Many thanks to all players for setting and pulling up the lawns, also thanks to Margot, Carol OíDell, Dennis Faggotter and Geof McDonald who were to referee when called.

Congratulations to all players for a wonderful tournament and special congrats to the Winner Tim Murphy with 8 wins and runner up Nick Macoun with 7 wins.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to all and good bye till next year.

Josephine McGrath - Port Hacking
Manager

Selectors
10
PLAYERS RESULTS
JE NM TM JB GO KE JN RJ CW BB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
John Eddes1 10392626231223265158136223
Nick Macoun213 824262625416267168152162
Tim Murphy32426 221923262219268207114931
Jonathan Bowen4261318 2626192215265191179125
Garry O'Dell511202213 2232416264157189-328
Ken Edwards6611202426 19261425417117106
Jim Neale713124242116 2019102139197-589
Ron Johnstone817261821171925 15235181165164
Chris Wilson914972119151113 204129149-207
Bill Blaikie1012251421918262212 1159208-4910