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SUMMARY 2017

EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
AC Bronze Singles Ann Shaddick Ralda Kirton
AC 5 & Under Doubles Alison Sharpe & Stephen Pearce Alix Verge & Stephen Richards
AC 3 & Under Singles Nick Chapman Stephen Richards
GC Division 3 Doubles Colin Gibbons & Brian Giersch Rob Connelly & Michael Anear
GC Division 3 Singles Colin Gibbons John Reynolds
GC Division 2 Doubles Alan Brown & John Cole Ralph Richardson & Simon Fisk
GC Division 2 Singles Lorraine Hatfield Gerda Lambeck
GC NSW Men's Singles Championship John Hastings Peter Montague
GC NSW Women's Singles Championship Margaret Sawers Pam Gentle


DETAILED RESULTS 2017

AC Bronze Singles, 6th - 9th February 2017

Eight players entered this tournament, which proved to be a true test of their stoicism and endurance. Everyone expects February to be hot, and probably wet too - but no-one could have predicted the extreme conditions through which players and referees battled.

The extreme heat on Day 1 was sufficient for us to consider postponing the afternoon matches to the vacant slot on Day 3. The players were made of sterner stuff and elected to continue. By the end of that day it appeared that Ralph Richardson, no doubt hardened by the Canberra conditions he’s used to, would be the player to beat.

However, Day 2, ‘the day the rain came down - and down, and more down,’ changed the whole scene with Ann Shaddick (Strathfield), Ralda Kirton (Cammeray) and Ian Lucas (Cammeray) joining Ralph with 3 wins from 4 matches.

By the end of Day 2, lightning and heavy downpours having delayed play to the extent that no-one thought we’d complete the day’s programme, the players were beyond being concerned about what the weather may do next. They’d been through such extremes that they knew they could face (almost) anything. The same was true of the long-suffering referees, David Gibson (the Tournament Referee), Heather Smallbone, Bob Green and Neil Hardie.

Ann and Ralda consolidated their positions on days 3 and 4, each winning both matches on those two days, which meant each of them won six of their seven matches.

Congratulations to Ann who, with more nett hoops than Ralda, won the Tournament. Interestingly, Ian Lucas, the third place-getter, had a higher number of nett hoops than either Ann or Ralda despite winning fewer games.

Special mention should be made of Michael Gill (Marrickville), who entered the Tournament after only a few months of playing croquet, and Lucy Rees (Cammeray) who played with three broken fingers. They’re people to keep an eye on in the future.

Susan Howland
Tournament Manager

PLAYERS RESULTS
SE IL AS LR RR MG RK TA Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Sue Eldridge-Smith1 52117144725086-366
Ian Lucas215 916181841859859393
Ann Shaddick31011 18412181068348351
Lucy Rees41057 11126916093-337
Ralph Richardson518141816 189449776214
Michael Gill6129687 3505099-498
Ralda Kirton7862111116 866251112
Torben Albaek81394131897 47361125

AC 5 & Under Doubles, 11th - 12th February 2017

This tournament was played at Tempe over the weekend of 11-12 February, a weekend on which many other sporting events were cancelled because of expected extreme temperatures. Saturday was very hot, but some cool breezes combined with the sun disappearing behind the cloud cover made play on Saturday fairly bearable. All games were completed, and all players hoped for a cooler day on Sunday. The hoped-for cooler day eventuated, but it was still quite hot.

Five pairs entered the event, three being State team mixed doubles pairings, plus two other pairs. Games in the first two rounds on Saturday went according to rankings, with State teams winning. The third round provided two upsets, with Gareth Denyer and Rob Elliott accounting for Rosie Landrebe and Alan Walsh, while John Levick and David Hanbidge had a comfortable win over Alix Verge and Stephen Richards. It was only after these games had been played that the Manager realised that the games which were scheduled for that session were John & David v Gareth & Rob and Rosie & Alan v Alix & Stephen. This required a change to the games allocated for Sunday, with three rounds now necessary to complete the round robin.

Sunday saw a narrow 16-15 golden point win to Alison Sharpe and Stephen Pearce over Alix Verge and Stephen Richards. Gareth Denyer and Rob Elliott were too strong for John Levick and David Hanbidge, running out 23-9 winners. Alix and Stephen then had an after-the-bell 16-15 over Rosie and Alan, leaving Alison and Stephen as outright winners. Because of the heat, it was decided not to play the remaining game, which could not have changed the overall result.

Winners were Alison Sharpe and Stephen Pearce, with Alix Verge and Stephen Richards runners-up on net points ahead of Gareth Denyer and Rob Elliott.

David Stanton
Tournament Manager

AC 5 & Under Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
RL&AW AS&SP AV&SR JL&DH GD&RE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
Rosemary Landrebe & Alan Walsh1 152671484084
Alison Sharpe & Stephen Pearce2 16262236447171
Alix Verge & Stephen Richards31615 7262646222
John Levick & David Hanbidge491526 915982-235
Gareth Denyer & Rob Elliott51517523 26064-43

AC 3 & Under Singles, 25th - 26th February 2017

A field of 8 entered the event, giving a neat round robin over two days, 4 games on Saturday, 3 on Sunday. The top two players were seeded, but the random draw (honest!) allocated 3, 4 and 5 into their ranking positions, so it would be top 4 ranked (all -1 or better) to play the bottom 4 (0-3) on day one and mini round robins on day 2. Weather forecast was rain on Saturday, much more rain on Sunday. What we actually got was drizzle on Saturday, bright sun on Sunday.

Conditions were fair : lawns a little slower because of surface water, but probably running at 10-11, hoops tight (at least I assume so - lots of players were bouncing out of them), some lumpy bits of green vegetation deflecting balls from time to time (there were no triples over the weekend, in fact not many that got the first two done - whether this was the conditions or the players was not clear). Conditions did get quite a lot more difficult particularly on lawn 1 in sessions 3 and 4 with soccer balls and 5-12 year-old children running on to lawn (plus parents collecting said balls but not discouraging children) at random intervals.

Day 1 saw the biggest upset with John Bartrop beating Claire Bassett. John (who had a disappointing first game) got in and ran to peg, giving contact. Claire croqueted out (bet that never happened before!). After significant interaction John got home. John probably had the most interesting tournament - Rob Elliott was running to the peg to peg out and missed a (very) short roquet after penult: John then ran a long break after time had expired to snatch victory. The next day John was running to the peg to peg Mike Hughes out for a very likely victory, when he had a major accident at rover to hand the game to Mike.

The winner (clearly) was Nick Chapman, who was much the most consistent over the weekend. He did have a number of close games but roqueted well under pressure. Stephen Richards was a clear second, but I think pretty much all of us could have given ourselves a rating of "Could have done better".

I think the players enjoyed it, all games were played in good spirit, and I look forward to playing again next year (hopefully without balls and children on the lawns).

Mike Hughes
Manager

AC 3 & Under Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
CB NC SR AW MH RE JB GD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Claire Bassett1 026264261526412311765
Nick Chapman226 22422262621614786611
Stephen Richards31321 2622222626515697592
Alan Walsh4112613 0262626412896324
Mike Hughes526212126 262694155106493
Robert Elliott67112218 2326189159-708
John Bartrop72613101426 7287168-817
Gareth Denyer88160226726 285141-566

GC Division 3 Doubles, 13th - 14th March 2017

What an excitingly close event!! 10 pairs, mainly from EDSACC, took up the challenge of the 2017 CNSW Division 3 Doubles, hosted by Maitland Croquet Club on 13,14 March 2017.

After two days of interesting play and lots of intriguing games a Winning Pair emerged from the pack. Congratulations to EDSACC players Colin Gibbons and Brian Giersch who finished with 7 wins from their 9 matches. Well played! Both players had handicap changes as well.

The struggle for Runner Up was exciting. Three teams had 6 wins and were equal on nett hoops. So, on "who won when they played" results the Maitland duo Rob Connelly ad Michael Anear became the Runners Up. Third and Fourth places were also decided in this way with Susan Higgins and Gayle Cannon (EDSACC) taking third place from Margaret Mellander and Jan Allen (EDSACC). The same system was used to break the stalemate.

Congratulations to all players - good tussles for a winning match which were enjoyed by a pool of spectators. Thanks to the Maitland Lawn Team (John C, John P and Ron), the Referees (Bev, Trish, John P, John C, Jacky, Judy and Robyn W) and the team of Scorers as well as the Kitchen Wiz team.

A great to two days of Golf Croquet on the superb Maitland lawns in fine weather.

Winners: Colin Gibbons and Brian Giersch (EDSACC)
Runners UP: Rob Connelly and Michael Anear (Maitland).

Robyn Compton
Tournament Manager

GC Division 3
Doubles
PLAYERS RESULTS
SY&PM RC&MA SH&GC SB&EJ JR&LS CG&BG KD&RI MM&JA LD&BM FK&HH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 For Against Nett
Sue Yule & Patsy McCaskie1 77750437754751-45
Rob Connelly & Michael Anear23 7776774765545102
Susan Higgins & Gail Cannon365 774777765747103
Sue Booth & Ellen Jones4325 65557724558-139
John Reynolds & Lorraine Sheargold57557 7725755256-46
Colin Gibbons & Brian Giersch677776 737775841171
Kevin Davies & Robyn Irwin7746754 62734852-47
Margaret Mellander & Jan Allen87427777 7665444104
Lynn Dooley & Barbara Moran967457674 134753-68
Fran Klein & Helen Haines10544462177 24056-1610

GC Division 3 Singles, 15th - 17th March 2017

10 players registered for this event. However, after playing the Doubles for two days, one of the 10 had to withdraw due to medical problems. This was, in some ways, a blessing - it meant the players had a bye and no games needed to be double- banked. However, being Division 3 players, many found it difficult to play the Double Round robin format - especially when nearly everyone had played the two days of Doubles prior to the three days of Singles.

Thanks to Maitland for hosting and running the Division 3 Doubles and Singles and to the valued helpers. Thanks especially to the Referees ( Bev, Cathy, Trevor, Judy, Helen, Rob, Tricia and Jacky) who gave their time and expertise so willingly - even in the rain on Friday.

So, after three days of full-on Singles Competition the Winner was Colin Gibbons (EDSACC) - whose handicap went from a 9 through 8 to 7. The Runner Up was John Reynolds (EDSACC) - whose handicap went from 11 through 10 to 9. Well Done Boys!! Your play and stamina outlasted all the other eager Division 3 participants.

A very successful five days of Doubles and Singles - Thanks to everyone who participated in some way.

Winner: Colin Gibbons (EDSACC)
Runner Up: John Reynolds (EDSACC).

Robyn Compton
Tournament Manager

GC Division 3
Singles
PLAYERS RESULTS
SB JR DW PM CG KD MM JA LD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 For Against Nett
Sue Booth1 4
4
3
6
7
4
1
1
5
4
7
7
4
7
7
7
678104-267
John Reynolds27
7
 7
3
7
7
3
7
7
6
7
3
7
7
7
7
129976232
David Wilson37
7
2
7
 5
7
7
4
5
7
7
6
3
7
7
7
10958783
Patricia McCaskie46
7
6
5
7
6
 3
1
7
6
2
2
6
7
7
7
68596-116
Colin Gibbons57
7
7
5
5
7
7
7
 7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
1410859491
Kevin Davies67
7
2
7
7
5
4
7
3
6
 7
6
7
7
7
6
9958785
Margaret Mellander75
5
4
7
6
7
7
7
6
4
5
7
 7
7
7
7
99885134
Jan Allen87
6
6
5
7
5
7
4
4
1
3
2
6
4
 7
7
58196-158
Lynn Dooley96
6
4
1
1
5
4
5
5
3
2
7
4
3
1
5
 162111-499

GC Division 2 Doubles, 27th - 28th March 2017

GC Division 2
Doubles
PLAYERS RESULTS
RR&SF LH&LT AB&JC CP&HG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Ralph Richardson & Simon Fisk1 7
7
1
7
6
2
7
7
7
6514472
Lorraine Hatfield & Lynda Toms26
5
7
 6
6
4
3
7
7
3515013
Alan Brown & John Cole36
7
7
7
7
7
 7
7
7
86240221
Cheryl Patterson & Hazel Gibbons42
2
2
7
6
1
2
6
1
 12959-304

GC Division 2 Singles, 29th - 31st March 2017

GC Division 2
Singles
PLAYERS RESULTS
DB KM LH LT GL Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
Dianne Bonnitcha1 7
7
3
3
7
7
1
7
54247-53
Kate McLoughlin25
4
 4
6
4
3
6
7
13955-165
Lorraine Hatfield37
7
7
7
 7
3
7
3
6484171
Lynda Toms46
6
7
7
5
7
 6
2
3464514
Gerda Lambeck57
5
7
6
6
7
7
7
 55239132

GC NSW Men's Singles Championship, 1st - 3rd April 2017

GC NSW Men's Singles
Championship
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
JL BM TM DW TB RJ PM GG DH TW TT JH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For Against Nett
John Levick1 5755747477766555105
Bernie McAlary27 772322567545370-179
Tony McArthur346 72167572335071-2111
David Woods4756 577757766696186
Trevor Black57777 754777797248241
Ron Johnstone637755 64174335262-1010
Peter Montague7777477 7775797254182
Goffredo Giacomini83755773 67765636217
David Hanbidge977773767 73786858103
Ted Woodley10374342666 5415076-2612
Trevor Thornton114574477477 456061-18
John Hastings1237774727577 7635944

GC NSW Men's Singles
Championship
Finals
 John Hastings
 John Hastings
5-7, 7-6, 7-2
 John Hastings
7-4, 7-3
 Trevor Black
 Peter Montague
 Peter Montague
7-5, 3-7, 7-5
 David Hanbidge

GC NSW Women's Singles Championship, 8th - 10th April 2017

GC NSW Women's Singles
Championship
PLAYERS RESULTS
RJ PG NT MS LM LT DB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Ros Johnstone1 2
4
5
7
4
2
7
7
7
7
7
7
7666514
Pam Gentle27
7
 7
7
7
6
7
5
7
7
7
7
108157242
Nerida Taylor37
3
2
5
 2
3
6
5
7
7
7
5
45971-125
Margaret Sawers47
7
6
7
7
7
 7
7
7
7
7
6
108248341
Liz Montague55
4
5
7
7
7
4
4
 7
7
7
7
7716923
Lynda Toms66
2
3
6
3
6
2
4
2
6
 7
7
25477-236
Dianne Bonnitcha76
4
6
4
1
7
3
7
5
5
6
1
 25581-267