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SUMMARY 2018

EVENT WINNER RUNNER-UP
AC Bronze Singles not played (see note)
AC 3 & Under Singles Robert Elliott Mike Hughes
GC Division 3 Singles Mark Scruton Craig Oxley
GC Division 3 Doubles Julie Toms & Jill Jones Mark & Helen Scruton
AC 5 & Under Doubles Rosemary Landrebe & John Bartrop Alison Sharpe & Gareth Denyer
GC Division 2 Singles Kate McLoughlin Larry Becroft
GC Division 2 Doubles Larry Becroft & Brian Mitchell Ted Lyng & Debbie Morgan
GC NSW Men's Singles Championship John Levick David Hanbidge
GC NSW Open Women's Singles Championship Liz Montague Pauline Markwell
AC Platinum Singles Steve Miles Stephen Howes
AC NSW Handicap (Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy) tba tba
AC Gold Singles Ron Buist Ralph Richardson
AC Silver Singles Ted Woodley Sue Eldridge-Smith
GC Division 1 Pennants Carnival Killara Canberra
GC Selectors 1st 8 Jamie Gumbrell Rob Elliott
GC Selectors 2nd 8 Liz Montague Brenda Wild
GC Division 2 Pennants Cheltenham Canberra
GC Division 3 Pennants Sutherland Jamberoo
GC NSW Open Doubles John Levick & Rob Elliott Alix Verge & David Hanbidge
GC NSW ACA Bronze Medal John Levick David Hanbidge
GC NSW Open Singles Championship Peter Landrebe David Hanbidge
AC Bronze Pennants Strathfield Mosman
AC Silver Pennants Cammeray A Manly
AC Gold Pennants Chatswood Mosman
AC Fransted Trophy Ted Woodley Steve Miles
GC Division 1 Doubles David Hanbidge & Jamie Gumbrell Peter Freer & Elizabeth Montague
GC Division 1 Singles Peter Freer David Woods
AC ACA Bronze Medal Alan Walsh Trevor Bassett
Ricochet NSW Doubles championship Magaret Sawers & Glyn Williams Dianne Bonnitcha & Graeme Lovell
Ricochet NSW Singles championship Glyn Williams Ted Woodley
AC Beryl Chambers final series Steve Miles Sue Eldridge-Smith
AC Champion of Club Champions Rob Elliott Alison Sharpe
AC NSW Open Doubles Peter & Rosemary Landrebe Robert Elliott & David Hanbidge
AC Gold Brooch Steve Miles Barbara McDonald
GC NSW Handicap Doubles Cheryl Lloyd & Sandy Tawa Marie and Bill Munns
GC NSW Handicap Singles Bruce Glasgow Mary Greig
AC Tempe Open Callum Hyland Nick Chapman
AC NSW Open Singles Championship Peter Landrebe Robert Elliott
AC NSW Open Womens Singles Championship Alison Sharpe Alix Verge
Win Dickinson Trophy Fay Langdon John Clayton
AC Gold Handicap Singles David Surridge Ted Woodley
AC Bronze Handicap Singles Lucy Rees Sue Eldridge-Smith


DETAILED RESULTS 2018

AC Bronze Singles, 5th - 8th February 2018

The NSW Bronze Singles didn't go ahead in February, as there were only three entries. This was very disappointing, particularly as this event has attracted quite strong fields in the past. By 21 January there was only one entry, so a reminder email was sent to 29 players. This resulted in two more players entering -- insufficient for the event to go ahead.

There was some feeling expressed that February is too hot for playing croquet, and the Tournament Committee will look at rescheduling this event for later in the year. Maybe the fact that it was to be played at Tempe, rather than at Strathfield where it has been played for the last few years might have had an effect on the number of entries.

David Stanton
CNSW Tournament Committee

AC 3 & Under Singles, 24th - 25th February 2018

WHAT A TRANSFORMATION !!

The 3 & Under AC singles was run at Tempe on the 24th and 25th of February. For most of us it was a revelation.

So if you haven’t been to Tempe for an event recently, give it a go - you will be pleasantly surprised.

The event ran well. We had the somewhat optimistic plan of 4 games on Saturday and 3 on Sunday, but in practice we were finished by 5:30 on Saturday, so it was not a problem. The weather did not accommodate us however - very hot and humid on Saturday, wet on Sunday, although only the last round was really affected by the rain. The standard of play was a bit like the curate’s egg: some really good breaks followed by egregious errors. The hot weather on Saturday may have contributed, but the usual excuse - the lawns got me - was no longer available. Rob Elliott won the event, going through undefeated until the last round when David Hanbidge ("he never misses" his opponents kept claiming) won his second consecutive 3-ball ending. There were many close matches, and several 3-ball endings which always make for good watching. Alison Sharpe managed the only triple, but there were several others that got close. Rob had 6 wins out of 7 games, I was second with 5 and then there were 4 on 4 wins, so there were few easy games.

So in summary, a most enjoyable event despite the weather. Come and play at Tempe and see the difference!

Mike Hughes
Tournament Manager

AC 3 & Under Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
AS AV DH RE MH PM JB GD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Alison Sharpe (Killara)1 92422262626264159114454
Alix Verge (Individual)226 241602619104121137-166
David Hanbidge (Nowra)32616 2622626154137146-95
Robert Elliott (Chatswood)4262015 262626266165122431
Mike Hughes (Cammeray)512262621 262624516194672
Peter Montague (Killara)612214129 142074182-1088
John Bartrop (Killara)71181714926 5190163-737
Gareth Denyer (Marrickville)822262611222626 4159108513

GC Division 3 Singles and Doubles, 5th - 9th March 2018

The Tournament was hosted by Canberra Croquet Club and played over 5 days from March 5 to March 9.

Nine pairs registered for the Doubles with three from Mosman, one from EDSAAC and five Canberra pairs. It was refreshing to see more than half the field playing in their first tournament.

Winners: Julie Toms and Jill Jones (Canberra)
Runners Up: Mark and Helen Scruton (Canberra)

All games were played in very pleasant Canberra Autumn weather.

The field for Singles was reduced to six after the withdrawal of a previous Doubles player due to medical problems. This meant the players had more byes and fewer games needed to be double- banked.

After three days of Singles the Winner was Mark Scruton (Canberra) whose handicap went from a 10 through 9 to 8. Mark and Helen have been with Canberra Croquet Club (CCC) for two weeks and hail from East Brisbane. The Runner Up was Craig Oxley (Canberra).

It was an exciting finish with the final round determining positions.

Special thanks to Peter Freer, tournament referee and Adrienne Fazekas, referee who managed play every day and ensured the tournament went smoothly.

Thanks also to all CCC members who volunteered their time and cooking skills to contribute to a successful five days of competition.

Photos...

GC Division 3 Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
CO DG GG MS MD EK Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Craig Oxley (Canberra)1 7
7
7
7
6
5
7
7
7
6
76646202
Dianne Gayler (Canberra)22
5
 7
2
2
4
5
5
6
5
14369-266
Ginny Graylin (Canberra)32
4
6
7
 2
4
5
4
7
5
24663-175
Mark Scruton (Canberra)47
7
7
7
7
7
 7
7
4
7
96744231
Margo Davies (Canberra)52
4
7
7
7
7
3
5
 7
7
6565423
Eddie Kowalski (Canberra)66
7
7
7
5
7
7
6
2
5
 55961-24

GC Division 3 Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
JR&LS GG&DG CO&EK M&HS MD&MR FW&AP JT&JJ JC&DH PP&PP Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 For Against Nett
John Reynolds & Lorraine Sheargold (EDSACC)1 457744774454055
Ginny Graylin & Dianne Gayler (Canberra)27 711667634149-87
Craig Oxley & Edward Kowalski (Canberra)374 2773775444313
Mark & Helen Scruton (Canberra)4377 7757765030202
Margo Davies & Margaret Richardson (Canberra)53746 76774473984
Fidye Westgarth & Anthea Piddington (Mosman)677453 47634348-56
Julie Toms & Jill Jones (Canberra)7777777 4775340131
Jo Cheadle & Denise Howarth (Mosman)80660137 723050-209
Patricia Petterson & Penny Paterson (Mosman)967326754 24054-148

AC 5 & Under Doubles, 10th - 11th March 2018

AC 5 & Under Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
RL&JB AS&GD RE&DS NH&RB Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Rosemary Landrebe & John Bartrop (Cammeray/Killara)1 23
11
18
26
26
26
5130102281
Alison Sharpe & Gareth Denyer (Killara/Marrickville)222
26
 26
26
22
26
414862862
Robert Elliott & David Stanton (Chatswood/Cammeray)317
13
5
0
 26TP(RE)
26
287106-193
Neil Hartley & Ron Buist (Cammeray/Killara)49
15
23
0
2
8
 157152-954

GC Division 2 Singles and Doubles, 18th - 22nd March 2018

The Doubles event, with 6 pairs entered, was set down as a two-day double round robin event over the Sunday and Monday. With the temperature at 35 degrees and still rising by 11.30am, the Tournament Referee (John Eddes) and I made the decision to halt all play for the day. The temperature reached 42 degrees in the afternoon.

As it was obviously impossible to complete the first half as well as the full second half of the double round robin on the Monday, we also changed the event format to a single round robin with the top 4 pairs to take part in a single game semi-final and final series.

The Singles event, with 13 entrants, was played without any change to the original format, i.e. a single round robin.

John Bennett
Club Captain
Sutherland Croquet Club

GC Division 2 Doubles
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
LB&BM DB&RB CL&ST EL&DM BG&PG DM&KM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Larry Becroft & Brian Mitchell (Nowra) 1 7555722930-14
Dianne Bonnitcha & Roslyn Baird (Sutherland/Wollongong) 25 377622830-25
Cheryl Lloyd & Sandy Tawa (Nelson Bay) 377 42522529-46
Edward Lyng & Debbie Morgan (Toronto/Sutherland) 4737 473282532
Brian Giersch & Penny Giersch (EDSACC) 57677 33302551
Denese McCann & Kate McLoughlin (Narooma/Canberra) 647727 32728-13

GC Division 2 Doubles
Finals
 Ted Lyng & Debbie Morgan (Toronto/Sutherland)
 Ted Lyng & Debbie Morgan (Toronto/Sutherland)
7-6
 Larry Becroft & Brian Mitchell (Nowra)
7-5
 Denese McCann & Kate McLoughlin (Canberra)
 Brian Giersch & Penny Giersch (EDSACC)
 Larry Becroft & Brian Mitchell (Nowra)
7-4
 Larry Becroft & Brian Mitchell (Nowra)

GC Division 2 Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
LB CL BM LT DM KM RE DB EL ST DM GC RW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 For Against Nett
Larry Becroft (Nowra) 1 25777777776797655212
Cheryl Lloyd (Nelson Bay) 27 7465576643746771-410
Brian Mitchell (Nowra) 376 767765767777866124
Lynda Toms (Sutherland) 4475 4577675735676708
Denese McCann (Narooma) 51777 3433345335079-2913
Kate McLoughlin (Canberra) 667677 777757798054261
Rob Elliott (RSGC) 7572576 7727777696815
Dianne Bonnitcha (Sutherland) 82275714 7674755973-149
Edward Lyng (Toronto) 967777454 777787564113
Sandy Tawa (Nelson Bay) 10476372775 46246073-1312
Debbie Morgan (Sutherland) 114777774527 5666870-27
Georgina Carnegie (RSGC) 1277317257677 776668-26
Rob Wright (Mosman) 13254775663774 46370-711

GC NSW Men's Singles Championship, 6th - 8th April 2018

This competition was held from 6-8 May. There was a strong field of 13 players who enjoyed many close matches. Ralph Richardson won the block, with 10 wins, closely followed by David Hanbidge and David Woods with 9 wins and John Levick with 8 wins. Three other players, John Cole, Peter Freer and Peter Montague all won 7 games.

The finals provided lots of excitement. David Hanbidge beat David Woods and had to wait to find who his opponent would be. John won the first semi-final game against Ralph, then Ralph fought back in the second game. Eventually John defeated Ralph and continued his winning streak to de-feat David Hanbidge in the final. David Woods meanwhile defeated Ralph by 2 games to 1 in the playoff for 3rd place.

Well done to all players. The weather was fine and the camaraderie strong. We warmly thank Alan Robinson, Ros Johnstone & Wendy Fothergill for refereeing.

Liz Montague & John Eddes: Tournament Managers

GC NSW Men's
Singles Championship
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
JL JC TM DW TW RJ PM KB DH BM RR RC PF Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 For Against Nett
John Levick1 77576776777687964154
John Cole26 677577776577777166
Tony McArthur307 443444755735481-2711
David Woods4767 77777457797860183
Ted Woodley56571 1451457525179-2813
Ron Johnstone677757 47474546686538
Peter Montague7667477 77747677560155
Kenn Boal86476754 4744636475-1110
David Hanbidge975757767 777797954252
Bernie McAlary10656773035 15525378-2512
Ralph Richardson113777777727 77107557181
Richard Christian1237735737474 656373-109
Peter Freer13756677773757 7747317

GC NSW Men's
Singles Championship
Finals
 John Levick
 John Levick
7-4, 5-7, 7-4
 John Levick
7-4, 7-6
 Ralph Richardson
 David Hanbidge
 David Hanbidge
7-4, 7-6
 David Woods

GC NSW Men's
Singles Championship
3rd/4th
 David Woods
 David Woods
7-4, 5-7, 7-5
 Ralph Richardson

GC NSW Open Women's Singles Championship, 13th - 15th April 2018

The participants were: Pauline Markwell, Liz Montague, Dianne Bonnitcha, Georgina Carnegie, Kate McLoughlin, Brenda Wild, Pam Gentle, Lorraine Hatfield, Ros Johnstone, Nerida Taylor and Margaret Sawers.

The players provided a most enjoyable competition, exhibiting a high standard of play and sustained intensity throughout, and were unperturbed by hot sticky conditions at the start and increasingly gusty winds later on.

Kate McLoughlin dominated the block, looking unshakeable with 9 wins, and was followed by Brenda Wild with 7. Then came four players all on 6 wins, two of whom slipped through to the semi-finals on net hoops. All the other players had games they could be proud of.

In the semi-finals, Pauline Markwell showed steely determination and accuracy to overcome Kate, while Liz Montague fought off some strong roqueting and accurate placement by Brenda. Not surprisingly, the ensuing final was long and intense, with Liz ultimately holding on for the third game.

The tournament was greatly helped by having a strong body of referees - Peter Freer, Lynda Toms, David Gibson, Michael Morton-Evans, Ron Johnstone, Bill Munns and Stephen Howes - we are very grateful to them all for their time and expertise.

It was also a great pleasure that so many of the players and some others came back on the Sunday to support the finals series. They were attentive and even demonstrative, which gave spice to the occasion.

John Eddes and Peter Montague
Tournament Managers

GC NSW Open Women's
Singles Championship
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
RJ KM NT MS LM LH DB BW PG PM GC Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 For Against Nett
Ros Johnstone1 57427757776585445
Kate McLoughlin27 77577777796852161
Nerida Taylor364 3676375425160-910
Margaret Sawers4747 77575726585445
Liz Montague57776 77675666554113
Lorraine Hatfield654324 4674614569-2411
Dianne Bonnitcha7567737 446745663-78
Brenda Wild87676777 17776252102
Pam Gentle935176677 3745257-57
Pauline Markwell10467577757 76625484
Georgina Carnegie113577776253 45260-89

GC NSW Open Women's
Singles Championship
Finals
 Pauline Markwell
 Pauline Markwell
4-7, 7-5, 7-5
 Liz Montague
7-5, 4-7, 7-4
 Kate McLoughlin
 Liz Montague
 Liz Montague
7-6, 7-6
 Brenda Wild

AC Platinum Singles, 21st - 22nd April 2018

The Platinum Singles were played in ideal Autumn weather conditions on Saturday and Sunday April 21 and 22. The lawns were in top condition and the payers were impressed by the improvement in facilities at Tempe. There were four competitors who played six games in a double round robin.

The tournament winner was Steve Miles who was undefeated and the runner up was Stephen Howes. As usual there were some terrific breaks but also puzzling tactics. Long roquets seem to be made quite frequently but short roquets were also missed far too often.

There is no better way to improve your croquet than the intensive games you get in Croquet NSW competitions. And after all the excitement you can finish by having a beer at the Concordia club at the end of the day. Tempe is well worth a visit.

Steve Miles
Tournament Manager

AC Platinum Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
JB SH SM PG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
John Bartrop (Killara)1 14
26
13
18
19
11
2101121-203
Stephen Howes (Cammeray)226
3
 17
15
26
26
3113122-92
Steve Miles (Cammeray)326
26
26
26
 26
26
615696601
Pam Gentle (Maitland)414
26
6
24
20
13
 1103134-314

AC NSW Handicap (Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy), 8th - 11th June 2018

The Beryl Chambers competition is a state-wide event with the placegetters from regional events playing in a final at Tempe.

The Northern Sydney regional event was held at Cammeray from April 16 to 19. There were 6 entrants (5 from Cammeray and 1 from Chatswood) who played a single round robin with each player having 5 games. Games were scheduled around club scheduled playing times which led to a more relaxed timetable and a flexible program. Referees were Mike Hughes, Michael Strickland and Steve Miles.

The competition was tight with only 5 of the fifteen games going to peg out. The eventual winner was Steve Miles with four wins. Sue Eldridge Smith was runner up on net points with three wins, the same number of wins as Margaret O’Brien and Torben Albaek (Chatswood). Autumn is surely the best time of the year to play croquet and the lights at Cammeray meant that games were able to be played into the evening.

Steve Miles
Tournament Manager

AC NSW Handicap
Beryl Chambers Memorial Trophy
Northern Sydney Region
PLAYERS RESULTS
SM DS TA SES MO LR Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Steve Miles1 262017102649976231
David Stanton213 267161727997-185
Torben Albaek31712 1412173727114
Sue Eldridge Smith4142111 192639162292
Margaret O'Brien52622613 1237965143
Lucy Rees66168118 04998-496

AC Gold and Silver Singles, 30th April - 1st May 2018

The Gold/Silver Singles were played as a combined event at Tempe over the two days of Monday April 30 and Tuesday May 1. The first day consisted of a round robin of two blocks of four players. The block positions were then use for the draw for an exhaustive knockout on day 2 to determine the eight finishing positions.

It was very disappointing that only two Silver players entered the Silver Singles. Where are all the other players on handicaps 9 to 12? Special thanks to Sue Eldridge-Smith, on a handicap of 14, who decided to have a crack at the Silver event, and then agreed to play in the combined Gold/Silver event, where she played players mainly on handicaps 5 to 8. Well done, Sue!

The eventual winner was Ron Buist who won his final against Ralph Richardson as the light faded on Tuesday afternoon. Ron grabbed the lead after time was called but then missed his roquet from a hampered shot after passing through rover, giving him a one hoop lead with Ralph on peg and hoop six. This error left Ron’s ball on A baulk with Ralph having a lift and all the balls in useful, if not ideal positions. Ralph’s last rush to hoop 6 went two yards behind the hoop and his return take off just managed to settle on the hoop leg, giving Ron an 18-17 victory.

Both Ron and Ralph reduced their handicaps over the two days, Ron from 5 to 4.5, and Ralph from 8 to 7.

The other places were also keenly contested with the final results for the Gold Championship being

1st - Ron Buist
2nd - Ralph Richardson
3rd - Barbara McDonald
4th - Ted Woodley
5th - David Stanton
6th - Tim Woolford-Smith
7th - Gerard Barry
8th - Sue Eldridge Smith

The Silver champion was Ted Woodley, and Sue Eldridge-Smith was runner up with the result determined from their relative finishing positions in the main draw.

Thanks to Tournament Referee Michael Strickland and referees Pat Gilchrist, Stephen Howes and Steve Miles.

Six matches in two days in great Autumn weather. Life doesn’t get any better than this.

Steve Miles and David Stanton
Tournament Managers

AC Gold and Silver Singles
Blue Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
BM TW RR TW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)1 1541213156-253
Tim Woolford-Smith (Cammeray)29 10802757-304
Ralph Richardson (Canberra)32619 1736225371
Ted Woodley (Chatswood)4212311 25537182

AC Gold and Silver Singles
Red Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
RB DS GB SE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Ron Buist (Killara)1 26162436633331
David Stanton (Cammeray)215 142425343102
Gerard Barry (Chatswood)3149 1113439-53
Sue Eldridge-Smith (Cammeray)4489 02159-384

AC Gold and Silver Singles
Finals
 Ralph Richardson (Canberra)
 Ralph Richardson (Canberra)
22-6
 Ralph Richardson (Canberra)
26-13
 Ron Buist (Killara)
18-17
 Sue Eldridge-Smith (Cammeray)
 Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)
 Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)
20-13
 David Stanton (Cammeray)
 Ted Woodley (Chatswood)
 Ted Woodley (Chatswood)
14-11
 Ron Buist (Killara)
26-9
 Gerard Barry (Chatswood)
 Tim Woolford-Smith (Cammeray)
 Ron Buist (Killara)
17-13
 Ron Buist (Killara)

AC Gold and Silver Singles
3rd/4th
 Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)
 Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)
15-18
 Ted Woodley (Chatswood)

AC Gold and Silver Singles
5th-8th
 Sue Eldridge-Smith (Cammeray)
 David Stanton (Cammeray)
21-5
 David Stanton (Cammeray)
26-6
 David Stanton (Cammeray)
 Gerard Barry (Chatswood)
 Tim Woolford-Smith (Cammeray)
24-7
 Tim Woolford-Smith (Cammeray)

AC Gold and Silver Singles
7th/8th
 Sue Eldridge-Smith (Cammeray)
 Gerard Barry (Chatswood)
13-12
 Gerard Barry (Chatswood)

GC Division 1 Pennants Carnival, 21st - 24th May 2018

This year, nine clubs entered the Division 1 GC Pennants, the best turn-out to date. In order to give all clubs a full round of tests, it was necessary to organise a 4-day carnival in Sydney as well as a number of pre-carnival tests between Sydney clubs. These arrangements were designed to ensure that the regional clubs did not have to play pre-carnival tests (or in the case of Toronto and Maitland, only needed to play each other in the Hunter). The allocation of teams to venues was also designed to minimise the amount of travel between venues during playing days. We are grateful to John Eddes and David Stanton for achieving this complex design. In the end, Toronto were unable to take part, but the format was still broadly adhered to and worked well.

The Carnival was held at Sutherland CC and Tempe, with standard hoops at Sutherland and Quadways at Tempe. We are most grateful to Sutherland for providing their lawns and facilities, and for their support and generous treats along the way. The lawns at Sutherland are quite diverse in character but all were in good condition and ran true; the lawns at Tempe are now excellent also, thanks to Rob Elliott’s close supervision. Robyn Compton managed the event at Sutherland for three days and then at Tempe, John Eddes, Peter Freer and Peter Montague managed at Tempe on one day each. Lynda Toms and Lorraine Hatfield refereed at Sutherland, while the matches at Tempe were self-refereed. Many thanks to these people, and to all those players who set up lawns and helped with refereeing. Finally, the weather was cool and dry throughout, with almost no wind, so the conditions were ideal for good croquet.

And the croquet was very good. Every team won at least one test (and we should perhaps note Manly’s defeat of Canberra, which proved to be a key factor!). There were plenty of matches that went to three games, sometimes with remarkable swings of fortune from one game to the next. Killara was the strongest team on paper, but had narrow escapes in their pre-Carnival matches at Mosman, and were outfoxed by Canberra, so that the overall tournament result finally hinged on the hard-fought doubles between Killara and RSGC as the shadows lengthened on Thursday night.

Winners: Killara and Runners-up: Canberra, both with 6 tests, matches 18:3 and 14:6 respectively.

Photo

GC Selectors 1st 8, 1st - 3rd June 2018

GC Selectors 1st 8 PLAYERS RESULTS
RJ JG RC JD JC RE TH Matches
Won
Games
Nett
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Ron Johnstone1 4
4
7
7
6
7
7
7
7
7
5
2
7
7
439080103
Jamie Gumbrell27
7
 7
3
7
3
7
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
588964251
Richard Christian33
4
4
7
5
 3
3
7
6
7
4
7
6
6
7
7
2-48696-105
Joe Dimech47
3
6
7
4
7
7
7
 4
7
3
2
2
7
6
7
308689-34
John Cole53
5
5
1
3
7
5
7
6
7
 4
5
6
5
1-86990-217
Rob Elliott64
7
7
2
6
7
4
7
7
7
7
7
 7
7
568668182
Tony Hall77
4
6
6
2
7
5
6
2
7
4
7
7
4
2
 1-57695-196

GC Selectors 2nd 8, 1st - 3rd June 2018

GC Selectors 2nd 8 PLAYERS RESULTS
KM LM BW MH PW GL Matches
Won
Games
Nett
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Kate McLoughlin1 4
4
7
2
4
6
6
7
7
7
4
4
1-46275-135
Liz Montague27
7
 2
5
7
7
7
7
7
7
466342211
Brenda Wild35
7
7
7
7
 7
5
3
7
7
4
6
5
317767102
Mary Hughes47
7
3
1
3
7
7
 5
7
6
6
7
7
317376-34
Phyllis Waters56
2
6
4
3
6
7
7
4
7
 5
7
6
1-57083-136
Gerda Lambeck66
7
7
2
4
7
7
7
5
5
7
5
7
 317678-23

GC Division 2 Pennants, 7th June 2018

This year there was a particularly strong field of 19 clubs, including several clubs new to the competition either this year or last. The four geographical zones were Hunter (5 clubs), North Sydney (5), South Sydney (5) and Southern (4). Hunter was won by Toronto, winning 3 of their 4 tests, while three other clubs battled it out winning 2 tests each. Canberra and Sutherland clearly won their zones, while Cheltenham just pipped Manly on net games.

The finals were played at Tempe on 7th June, under comfortable weather conditions and on excellent lawns. We were grateful to have 5 referees (Wendy Fothergill (TR), Michael Strickland, Bill Munns, Peter Freer and Adrienne Fazekas), so that all games could be closely supervised. No time limits were needed.

Canberra defeated Sutherland (2 matches to 1) in one semifinal and Cheltenham defeated Toronto (2:1) in the other. Both tests were well-fought, with most matches going to three games. It was good that so many players stayed on to watch the final, along with a considerable number of spectators. With Cheltenham and Canberra scoring a win each in the singles, the result of the doubles turned out to be crucial. The third game of the doubles went to the thirteenth hoop, and the tension was showing! The outcome was in doubt right until Cheltenham scored the decisive hoop.

Winner: Cheltenham
Runner-up: Canberra

Peter Montague - TM

GC Division 3 Pennants, 14th June 2018

A total of 14 clubs entered teams in this competition, stretching from Nelson Bay to Canberra. Mosman club entered two teams in this division; one played in the South Sydney zone and one in the North Sydney zone.

Congratulations and thanks to the captains of every team that participated! They organised all the required matches smoothly and sent in results promptly. Nelson Bay were the undefeated winners from Hunter zone (4 teams) and Sutherland were the undefeated winners of South Sydney zone (3 teams). North Sydney zone (4 teams) was represented by Cheltenham, who won all but one of their contests. Jamberoo were the winners of the Southern zone (4 teams) by a margin of just 9 hoops!

Finals Day - June 14 - was a beautiful clear and sunny day and excited groups of players from the 4 zone winning clubs gathered early at Tempe ready to begin "battle" on the lawns. Thank you to referees Lynda Toms (TR), Wendy Fothergill and David Gibson who supervised play throughout both the semifinals and the final.

Sutherland defeated Nelson Bay (2 matches to 1) in one semifinal. In the other semifinal, Jamberoo won both the Singles contests. However, the Doubles contest could not be completed because one of the players - Robyn Capple from Cheltenham club - became ill and could not continue. Robyn would like to have recorded her appreciation for the support given to her by the players from Jamberoo Club at this time. An ambulance was called and they took Robyn to RPA. It's a delight to be able to include the news that Robyn only stayed in hospital overnight and was cleared to return to playing croquet after a few days' rest.

Following a short lunch break, it was on to the Finals. One of the Singles contests was rather like a rollercoaster ride, requiring a third game. The eventual winner of this tussle was Jamberoo. The first games in the other Singles contest and in the Doubles were very close; both went to "golden" point (hoop13). Sutherland prevailed in both these games and continued their dominance to win both these contests in 2 straight games. So the Sutherland club were eventual winners - 2 matches to 1.

It was an especially sweet victory for them because, despite many previous attempts, this is the very first occasion on which Sutherland Club has won a GC Pennants competition.

Winner: Sutherland
Runner-up: Jamberoo

Lorraine Hatfield - TM

Photos

GC NSW Open Doubles, 15th - 17th June 2018

The CNSW GC Open Doubles was held on a cold and windy 3 day weekend in June. The only good thing to be said of the weather was that at least we weren’t deluged by rain as the Beryl Chambers had been the previous weekend but it was so cold, especially on lawn 2 before the sun hit it around 10.30, that our fingers froze in locked position around our mallets.

After the withdrawal of one group the competition was a best-of-three round robin between 5 pairs and was not decided until the last round when the hitherto undefeated Alix Verge and David Hanbidge needed to win just one game of their match against John Levick (back to his best form) and Rob Elliott (still experiencing a near-vertical improvement curve) to take the tournament.

The match was a real cracker with Verge/Hanbidge taking game 1 most convincingly and then struggling against the ever-improving Levick/Elliott pairing who took games 2 and 3.

The excitement of the final match followed a string of similarly exciting rounds with some superb play from all pairs. Notably Montague squared. Thanks also to Peter Montague for managing in addition to competing.

Alix Verge

Photo

GC NSW Open Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
DH&AV JL&RE P&LM R&RJ MS&LB Matches
Won
Games
Nett
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
David Hanbidge & Alix Verge1 7
5
3
7
5
7
7
7
7
7
346244181
John Levick & Rob Elliott24
7
7
 4
7
6
7
3
7
7
7
336652142
Peter & Liz Montague34
7
2
7
2
7
 5
4
6
7
6
1-35768-115
Ron & Ros Johnstone43
3
6
7
3
7
7
 5
4
1-34554-94
Margaret Sawers & Larry Becroft54
3
2
3
7
4
7
7
7
 2-14456-123

GC NSW ACA Bronze Medal, 22nd - 24th June 2018

GC NSW ACA Bronze Medal PLAYERS RESULTS
PL DH PF JL PM TB JG DW Matches
Won
Games
Nett
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Peter Landrebe1 3
7
7
7
3
6
6
7
4
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
5
7
56111100113
David Hanbidge27
6
5
 7
7
5
5
7
7
6
7
7
7
7
7
7
5610483212
Peter Freer35
7
7
5
6
 7
7
7
7
7
4
4
7
5
7
7
7
5510688184
John Levick47
5
7
7
7
5
6
 7
7
7
6
7
7
5
7
7
7
6711186251
Peter Montague53
5
6
6
5
3
5
4
 6
6
3
3
7
7
1-106994-258
Trevor Black66
4
7
3
5
3
7
7
4
7
4
7
7
 5
5
4
3
2-588109-216
Jamie Gumbrell76
5
4
1
4
7
4
3
7
3
7
7
7
7
 7
6
7
3-19298-65
David Woods84
7
4
5
4
3
4
4
4
5
5
7
7
5
7
4
 1-879102-237

GC NSW Open Singles Championship, 6th - 9th July 2018

25 players took part, a record for a CNSW Open event in recent years. Initial play was in 4 blocks, three of 6 players, one of 7. The top 4 from each block went into the knockout, while the remaining 9 played a round robin followed by semi-finals and a final for the Plate.

Block play was single 13 point games, and all knockouts (including the Plate final) other than the semi-finals and final were best of 3 13 point games. Semi-finals and final were best of 5.

First round losers from the "X" knockout went into the "Y", and second round losers into the "Z". First round losers in the "Y" went into the "W".

Peter Landrebe won the event, beating David Hanbidge 7-6 in the 5th game of the final. Alison Sharpe came 3rd, beating Jamie Gumbrell in the 3rd.4th playoff. John Levick won the "Y", David Woods the "Z", Liz Montague the "W" and Stephen Howes the Plate.

David Stanton

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
Brown and White Blocks
PLAYERS RESULTS
WD JG RJ RC RJ SH PR DH JL DW WM KM HM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 For Against Nett
Wendy Dickson1 2777775372982
Jamie Gumbrell27 7777764221211
Ron Johnstone346 77753363063
Richard Christian4566 7773383354
Ros Johnstone56315 7512739-126
Stephen Howes640244 712139-187
Patrick Rundle7347374 22838-105
David Hanbidge8 7477743217151
John Levick96 777743423112
David Woods1072 7774302373
William Munns11224 4711929-105
Kate McLoughlin122667 722831-34
Hunter Mcpherson1306216 01535-206

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
Green and Pink Blocks
PLAYERS RESULTS
PL RR PM TW BW RE AS PF JC LM BM TM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For Against Nett
Peter Landrebe1 7777753518171
Ralph Richardson26 77573322932
Peter Montague336 74412433-95
Ted Woodley4445 1712133-126
Brenda Wild51777 33252413
Rob Elliott645757 2282804
Alison Sharpe7 7777753517181
Peter Freer84 777743221112
John Cole934 25501935-166
Liz Montague10557 672302914
Bernie McAlary111177 732326-33
Tony McArthur1244761 12233-115

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
Finals
 Peter Landrebe
 Peter Landrebe
7-3,5-7,7-6,4-7,7-6
 David Hanbidge

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
3rd / 4th
 Jamie Gumbrell
 Alison Sharpe
6-7,7-4,7-2
 Alison Sharpe

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
Plate Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
PM TM TW JC PR RJ BM HM SH Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 For Against Nett
Peter Montague1 7777757775433211
Tony McArthur25 467727434250-87
Ted Woodley357 77577765231212
John Cole4472 6775444250-84
Patrick Rundle50655 677734351-88
Ros Johnstone665767 66735052-25
Bill Munns7772557 4534248-66
Hunter Mcpherson81427677 133550-159
Stephen Howes957276677 4474253

GC NSW Open Singles Championship
Plate Finals
 Peter Montague
 John Cole
7-6
 Stephen Howes
7-3,7-3
 John Cole
 Ted Woodley
 Stephen Howes
7-6
 Stephen Howes

AC Pennants, 24th - 26th July 2018

The AC Bronze, Silver and Gold pennants were played over 6 weeks from early June. The weather was for the most part well behaved - one Silver test had to be abandoned after a downpour turned Cammeray into a lake. The drainage at Cammeray has improved markedly since the repairs last year, but were not up to the volume of water that day. As usual the pennants were played in good spirits and most tests were very close - in 18 of the 24 matches the result was a 2-1 victory, only 3 were 3-0.

Bronze

4 teams contested the Bronze pennants : Strathfield, Mosman, Manly and Cammeray, playing a double round robin so each team played 6 tests. Congratulations to Strathfield, who won with Mosman second. It could have gone either way : they played each other in the last round. A 2-1 win to Mosman would have seen both teams equal on tests and matches won, but Strathfield prevailed 2-1 to take the pennant. Congratulations to Geoff Boyce, Ruth Bridger, Jo Constable, Bill Keaton, Ann Shaddick and Yvonne Webster.

BronzeTestsGamesHoops
WinsLossesWinsLossesForAgainstNet
Strathfield5111726418975
Mosman33810207227-20
Manly2499228252-24
Cammeray24810198229-31

Silver

3 teams contested Silver pennants : Cammeray A, Manly and Cammeray B playing a double round robin, 4 tests each with 2 byes . The Cammeray B team consisted mostly of players eligible to play bronze, but who wanted to play up a division. As in the Bronze, the result was in doubt until the final test where Cammeray A played Manly. A 2-1 win to Cammeray A would have seen both teams equal on tests and matches won, but Cammeray A won all 3 matches to steal victory. Congratulations to Ian Lucas, Graham Maynard, Marg O’Brien and Georgie Ofner.

SilverTestsGamesHoops
WinsLossesWinsLossesForAgainstNet
Cammeray A319318813652
Manly317519315241
Cammeray B04210110203-93

Gold

3 teams contested Gold pennants : Chatswood, Mosman and Cammeray again playing a double round robin, 4 matches each with 2 byes. In contrast to the Bronze and Silver pennants this was a 1 horse race : Chatswood had it won with a round to spare, losing only in the last round (to Cammeray, giving them their only win!). Congratulations to Bebe Abdullah, Gerard Barry, Charles Britton, Peter Montague and Pat Nosworthy.

GoldTestsGamesHoops
WinsLossesWinsLossesForAgainstNet
Chatswood319319914158
Mosman2248179207-28
Cammeray1357158188-30

Conclusion

By all reports the pennants were enjoyed by all participants. It gives players a chance to meet others of a similar standard, play at other clubs and enjoy their hospitality. It would be nice to see more clubs entering teams next year.

Mike Hughes

AC Fransted Trophy, 7th - 9th August 2018

AC Fransted Trophy PLAYERS RESULTS
SM TW DG BG SE GM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Steve Miles1 1621262615410481232
Ted Woodley226 26221526411563521
David Gibson32013 179316288-265
Bernie Gibson4101013 191116393-306
Sue Eldridge-Smith514161713 826879-114
Graham Maynard6118111510 35563-83

GC Division 1 Doubles, 18th - 19th August 2018

GC Division 1 Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
DH&JG PF&EM BM&ST PM&KM MS&LB R&RJ WW&GW DW&GL Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
David Hanbidge & Jamie Gumbrell (Nowra/Canberra)1 7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
149852461
Peter Freer & Elizabeth Montague (Canberra/Killara)25
2
 7
6
5
7
7
7
7
5
7
7
7
7
98664222
Bill Munns & Stephen Thornton (Toronto/Maitland)36
4
2
7
 2
7
6
7
2
3
7
5
7
6
57185-146
Peter Montague & Kate Mcloughlin (Killara/Canberra)44
2
7
3
7
2
 7
7
7
7
7
5
5
7
8777253
Margaret Sawers & Larry Becroft (Nowra)56
4
2
4
7
5
1
3
 7
6
7
7
7
5
57189-187
Ron & Ros Johnstone (Sutherland)61
3
4
7
7
7
5
5
6
7
 7
3
6
6
57484-105
Wayne Worrall & Glyn Williams (Nowra)74
5
2
4
5
7
4
7
4
5
5
7
 4
4
36790-238
David Woods & Gerda Lambeck (Sutherland/Canberra)83
3
3
5
4
7
7
5
5
7
7
7
7
7
 77785-84

GC Division 1 Singles, 20th - 22nd August 2018

GC Division 1 Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
RJ DW WE KM PF RJ RR BM RC MS WM GW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For Against Nett
Ros Johnstone (Sutherland)1 5475737572755964-59
David Woods (Sutherland)27 767777573787052182
Wayne Evison (Wollongong)374 7254757776626206
Kate Mcloughlin (Canberra)4673 457777777676165
Peter Freer (Canberra)57677 775777797445291
Ron Johnstone (Sutherland)656774 5777777696093
Ralph Richardson (Canberra)7737547 777577665974
Bernie McAlary (Wollongong)83064754 767745664-810
Richard Christian (Sydney)977764454 77656467-38
Margaret Sawers (Nowra)10436444476 3725275-2311
William Munns (Toronto)117736167347 755859-17
Glyn Williams (Nowra)1244523363764 14776-2912

AC ACA Bronze Medal, 25th - 26th August 2018

The NSW state running of the ACA association croquet Bronze Medal was held at Tempe on the weekend of the 25th & 26th August. Despite weather forecasts of rain and possible thunderstorms the conditions were fine, with only the occasional drop of rain, light winds and a comfortable temperature. The Tempe lawns were in good condition, moderately quick and challenging but not frightening hoops. As an ACA event the matches were untimed, but as we needed to complete four matches in about 9 hours on Saturday it was decided that a clock would be put on games the threatened to unduly delay proceedings. One match in the first round ran just over 3 hours (a 1 hour clock being imposed a bit after 2 hours when it appeared a 3-ball ending might be about to happen), but it was pegged out inside time, and thereafter the remaining three rounds all completed by about 4pm. Players were wasting no time between games. Much the same on Sunday when only three rounds were to be played: two more games did involve a clock, but all games pegged out within time.

The standard was in general quite high. Five of the eight players completed at least one triple, and there were a similar number that either broke down or were abandoned. Several games ended in 3 ball endings (one 2-ball) and there were plenty of close games to keep the spectators interested (two each of 26-24 and 26-23 endings). With full seeding the top 4 seeds played the bottom 4 on Saturday, then played a round-robin on Sunday. This format is likely to lead to the winner being decided in the last round. This was indeed the case, but not in the way that was expected. Going into the last round the top seed Trevor Bassett had 5 wins out of 6, but so did the 5th & 6th seeds Alan Walsh and Mike Hughes. Trevor won his match quickly and convincingly, and Alan’s hoop quotient was such that if he won his match he would win the event. Mike could not win the event because of hoop quotient, but if he won the game, Trevor would win the event. It was not exciting - Mike did not take croquet and quickly lost 26-0 to leave Alan a deserved victor, and he will go on to play in the Australian Gold Medal in Perth next year.

All games were played in good spirit and it was a most enjoyable event.

Mike Hughes, Manager

AC ACA Bronze Medal PLAYERS RESULTS
TB AS AH TM MH AW GD BM Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Trevor Bassett (Indiv NSW)1 26TP26261626TP2626TP617285872
Alison Sharpe (Killara)24 232626TP126264132110224
Alan Honey (Canberra)31426 2617926TP3109155-465
Tim Murphy (Canberra)40923 24126TP26TP2109131-226
Mike Hughes (Cammeray)52662626 026265136121153
Alan Walsh (Cammeray)618262626TP26 26266174571171
Gareth Denyer (Marrickville)714122602421 262123153-307
Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)895514114 039182-1438

Ricochet NSW Doubles championship, 14th - 16th July 2018

Ricochet
NSW Doubles championship
PLAYERS RESULTS
DB&GL MS&GW DM&GD TM&BW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 For Against Nett
Dianne Bonnitcha & Graeme Lovell1 5
11
15
8
18
12
36956132
Magaret Sawers & Glyn Williams27
12
 18
14
14
15
68056241
Diane Milne & Greg Deakin313
11
8
10
 8
8
15878-204
Tony McArthur & Brenda Wild42
11
13
9
14
9
 25875-173

Ricochet NSW Singles championship, 16th - 19th July 2018

Ricochet
NSW Singles championship
PLAYERS RESULTS
BW DB MS GL GW DM TM TW GD Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 For Against Nett
Brenda Wild (Mount Sugarloaf)1 1810157181315186114102123
Dianne Bonnitcha (Sutherland)27 99101510411175133-589
Margaret Sawers (Nowra)31816 118181811185118106125
Graeme Lovell (Nowra)4141818 1216181113512094264
Glyn Williams (Nowra)51818138 14161518712073471
Diane Milne (Nowra)61017171112 189183112118-66
Tony McArthur (Sutherland)712181481412 129199126-278
Ted Woodley (Chatswood)81418121871815 16611888302
Greg Deakin (Killara)99101314371811 285121-367

AC Beryl Chambers final series, 8th - 11th June 2018

AC Beryl Chambers
final series
Blue and Red Blocks
PLAYERS RESULTS
SM PG CB MH DS KM MG RR PM KG RF SE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For Against Nett
Steve Miles1 242626268411010461
Pam Gentle223 711111053106-536
Charles Britton31417 12221638189-84
Mary Hughes4211620 19113878523
Diane Scott522232118 20210484205
Kaylene Munro6242615186 38956332
Mike Gidding7 2626261214410471331
Ralph Richardson814 203113151111-606
Peter Martin91819 16182239397-44
Ken Green1042614 242639472222
Roberta Flint119141621 1017079-95
Sue Eldridge-Smith12262621614 39375183

AC Beryl Chambers
final series
Finals
B1Steve Miles
 Steve Miles
26-23
 Steve Miles
16-13
 Steve Miles
26-18
R4Peter Martin
B3Mary Hughes
 Mary Hughes
21-8
R2Ken Green
B2Kaylene Munro
 Sue Eldridge-Smith
19-9
 Sue Eldridge-Smith
14-11
R3Sue Eldridge-Smith
B4Charles Britton
 Charles Britton
24-23
R1Mike Gidding

AC Champion of Club Champions, 27th - 29th July 2018

AC Champion of Club Champions PLAYERS RESULTS
AS AH AW GD RE Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
Alison Sharpe1 26922926674-82
Alan Honey22 26261026481-173
Alan Walsh32614 231217585-104
Gareth Denyer4201524 2118093-135
Rob Elliott526TP262622 410052481

AC NSW Open Doubles, 11th - 12th August 2018

AC NSW Open Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
P&RL NC&SH CH&SE AH&KO RE&DH SH&DS Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Peter & Rosemary Landrebe1 1826TP(PL)262426512063571
Nick Chapman & Simon Hockey215 26TP(AltS)261226TP(SH)310569363
Callum Hyland & Sue Eldridge-Smith340 18326151118-675
Alan Honey & Kerri-Ann Organ 481326 15OTP(AltS)26288110-224
Robert Elliott & David Hanbidge523262626 26412763642
Stephen Howes & David Stanton 6131214149 062130-686

AC Gold Brooch, 26th - 28th August 2018

AC Gold Brooch PLAYERS RESULTS
SM MS BM DS GB TW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Steve Miles1 2626262626513062681
Michael Strickland 220 9192319290103-134
Barbara McDonald3726 262625411062482
David Stanton420147 261818595-105
Gerard Barry 521594 15045117-726
Ted Woodley61322112016 382103-213

GC NSW Handicap Doubles and Singles, 19th - 23rd September 2018

These events - the only GC events involving handicap play in the CNSW calendar - were hosted this year by Forster Croquet Club. The club generously made all four of their lawns available for the whole competition so double-banking was kept to a minimum. Almost all games were played in glorious Spring sunshine; only the tail-end games of the Doubles event were briefly affected by an afternoon shower.

Every aspect of both events was expertly managed by TM Jan Sullivan (Forster CC), and she was ably supported by an experienced and enthusiastic team. Reports about both the events featured in evening local TV news programs.

It was a photo finish in the Doubles event, with Cheryl Lloyd and Sandy Tawa (Nelson Bay Club) winning by just 2 net hoops ahead of Runners-up - Marie and Bill Munns (Toronto Club).

Similarly, in the Singles event, competition was close and fierce! Bruce Glasgow (Toronto) was the winner with Mary Greig (Forster) runner-up.

Everyone involved with these two events enjoyed five days of wonderful Croquet, Competition and Camaraderie!!

Lorraine Hatfield
CNSW Tournament Committee

Report and Photos

GC NSW Handicap Doubles PLAYERS RESULTS
CL&ST RW&MG LH< GI&RV W&MM M&HS JC&LD FS&AC( Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Cheryl Lloyd & Sandy Tawa (Nelson Bay)1 77747675453781
Robert(Wal) Wallington & Mary Greig (Forster)26 75244723544-98
Lorraine Hatfield & Lynda Toms (Sutherland)356 766732404007
Graham Innocent & Ray Vize (Forster)4273 676733842-45
William & Marie Munns (Toronto)57777 3765443862
Mark & Helen Scruton (Canberra)657757 374413743
Janine Crellin & Lee Davidson (Taree)7772767 44404004
Fred (John) Smith-White & Alexander Coutts (Forster)85374737 33641-56

GC NSW Handicap Singles
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
RW( MG ST LH LT BG WM MM JC GI RC FS Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 For Against Nett
Robert (Wal) Wallington (Forster)1 5753447757756162-16
Mary Greig (Forster)27 477777757687160111
Sandy Tawa (Nelson Bay)327 7757757677675983
Lorraine Hatfield (Sutherland)4764 6146776535966-712
Lynda Toms (Sutherland)57437 77766746656505
Bruce Glasgow (Toronto)676774 75775776949202
William Munns (Toronto)7755753 4677756368-57
Marie Munns (Toronto)85657677 76776706374
Janine Crellin (Taree)942737476 74755868-1010
Graham Innocent (Young)10775272676 6756270-89
Richard Christian (Sydney)116577676177 456369-68
Fred (John) Smith-White (Forster)1237577266367 45968-911

GC NSW Handicap Singles
Finals
 Mary Greig
 Mary Greig
7-4
 Bruce Glasgow
7-4
 Marie Munns
 Bruce Glasgow
 Bruce Glasgow
7-4
 Sandy Tawa

AC Tempe Open, 27th - 28th October 2018

This event was played over the weekend of 27-28 October, with 6 players taking part. For the second year, it was played using Super Advanced (SA) rules, these rules being devised in order to increase the amount of interaction during a game. One feature of SA is that the first turn of the game must either leave the court, hit a hoop or the peg, or run hoop 1. Most players opted for either a standard opening to the East boundary, or a corner 2 opening.

The other innovation with SA is the introduction of a third lift hoop at hoop 4. This is intended to put a stop to the common practice of making 9 hoops with your first ball, then triple-peeling with your second ball to win the game, giving your opponent only three shots. In addition to the normal lift and contact lift, your opponent has a lift to position if you make three lift hoops ahead of your partner ball in a single turn. Watching the various options taken by players was interesting. Many took their first ball to 1-back, conceding a lift, one or two went beyond 1-back, conceding contact. Nobody conceded a lift to position.

One player habitually stopped at hoop 5, having conceded a lift. This put him in a good position to go to 4-back with either ball on his next turn, after which he could triple-peel to win the game. The argument for going to hoop 5 rather than 1-back is that it is easier to triple-peel starting from 5 and 4-back than it is from 1-back and 4-back. Given that the exponent of this tactic went on to win the event, it obviously makes sense!

Callum Hyland and Nick Chapman each had only one loss in the round robin, with Callum losing 26-25 to Rob Elliott, and Nick losing 26TP-13 to Callum. Both these players completed three triple-peels during the round robin. They then played a best-of-3 final, with the round robin game between them as the first game in the best-of-3. Callum played immaculate croquet to win the second game 26TP-0, to win the event.

David Stanton
Tournament Manager

AC Tempe Open
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
CH NC RE AW NT TW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 For Against Nett
Callum Hyland1 26TP252626TP26TP412963661
Nick Chapman213 2626TP26TP26TP411763542
Robert Elliott32614 122626310492124
Alan Walsh4222126 2626312185363
Nerida Taylor510619 15141118-775
Ted Woodley6129214 028119-916

AC Tempe Open
Final
 Callum Hyland
 Callum Hyland
26TP-0
 Nick Chapman

AC NSW Open Singles Championship, 3rd - 5th November 2018

The AC Open Singles was played at Tempe over three days from Saturday 3 November. Originally scheduled for four days, as entries closed there were only 6 entrants, and with the fourth day coinciding with the Melbourne Cup it was reduced to three days. In the event late entries brought the field up to 8. The format was always to be a round robin followed by best-of-3 knockout. With a round robin occupying most of the first 2 days, an innovative format for the semi-finals was adopted. The top 4 players after the round robin went into the knockout (1 vs 4, 2 vs 3) but one of the two players carried forward one win : if one player had more wins than the other in the round robin, that player started one game up, but if both players had equal wins, then the winner of the head-to-head in the round robin had the one game lead. This had the advantage that all games were meaningful even after a player had clearly qualified – you had to keep winning to secure the one game carry forward – important with the qualifying occupying more than half the available sessions.

The weather was bakingly hot and humid, especially on the Saturday. The lawns were in excellent shape but the hoops were very tight (and they were rejecting rather than jawsing). There was a premium on getting close and straight in front. One early oddity: in the first round with 4 players double banked on lawn 2, after about an hour all 8 clips were on hoop 3 – each player was for 3 and 4-back! The clips on 3 were symptomatic of the tight hoops. All games were played in good spirit and many of the games were very tight, including a number of 2-on-1 games after a peg out.

After 6 of the 7 rounds Peter Landrebe was the only player sure to qualify, and there were 3 players sure to qualify for the plate (!), so there were 3 places available for 4 players. With about 15 minutes on the clock and one game to complete only one hoop separated the two Alans for the last spot. Alan Walsh was the unlucky one to miss out with 4 wins out of 7, and the semi finals were Peter Landrebe one game up against Alan Honey (even though Alan was the only one to beat Peter in the round robin), and Rob Elliott one game up against Alix Verge. Peter beat Alan to progress to the final, But Alix beat Rob to tie the match, then Rob got up by 1 hoop in the last game. Peter then played outstandingly to win the final in two quick games. In the plate Stephen Richards and Alan Walsh beat Mike Hughes and Nerida Taylor respectively, then Stephen beat Alan in the final.

Mike Hughes
Tournament Manager

AC NSW Open Singles
Championship
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
PL SR AV RE AH MH AW NT Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Peter Landrebe1 261626TP13261826TP615162891
Stephen Richards22 1392292226TP2103147-447
Alix Verge31126 16261822264145105403
Robert Elliott402626 262621265151104472
Alan Honey526201310 2626264147128194
Mike Hughes662621915 12263115133-186
Alan Walsh7172311262126 194143132115
Nerida Taylor800585211 031175-1448

AC NSW Open Singles
Championship
X Finals
1stPeter Landrebe
 Peter Landrebe
26-18
 Peter Landrebe
26-1, 26-0
4thAlan Honey
3rdAlix Verge
 Robert Elliott
22-21
2ndRobert Elliott

AC NSW Open Singles
Championship
Y Finals
 Alan Honey
 Alix Verge
w/o
 Alix Verge

AC NSW Open Singles
Championship
Plate
1stAlan Walsh
 Alan Walsh
26-0
 Stephen Richards
26-15
4thNerida Taylor
3rdStephen Richards
 Stephen Richards
22-10
2ndMike Hughes

AC NSW Open Singles
Championship
Plate 3rd/4th
 Nerida Taylor
 Mike Hughes
26-7
 Mike Hughes

AC NSW Open Womens Singles Championship, 28th - 30th September 2018

AC NSW Open Womens
Singles Championship
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
AS AV SE RF VL BM KOV Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For Against Nett
Alison Sharpe (Killara)1 2426TP262626266154291251
Alix Verge (Individual)213 262626TP2622513958812
Sue Eldridge-Smith (Cammeray)302 715151040119-797
Roberta Flint (Marrickville)4029 1950235115-806
Val Lloyd (Coogee)560165 1019256123-675
Barbara McDonald (Cammeray)6711162519 194979343
Kerri-Ann Organ (Belmont, Vic)731926261811 210387164

AC NSW Open Womens
Singles Championship
Final and Eva Short Trophy
 Alison Sharpe
 Alison Sharpe
(24-13), 26-2
 Alix Verge

AC NSW Open Womens
Singles Championship
Win Dickinson Trophy
 Fay Langdon
 Fay Langdon
18-3
 Fay Langdon
15-12
 Fiona Gale
 John Clayton
 John Clayton
14-6
 Ralda Kirton

AC NSW Open Womens
Singles Championship
Plate
 Kerri-Ann Organ
 Kerri-Ann Organ
26-4
 Sue Eldridge-Smith

AC Gold Handicap Singles, 12th - 13th November 2018

AC Gold Handicap Singles PLAYERS RESULTS
DS RR SJ TW TW Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 For Against Nett
David Surridge1 232017223827391
Ralph Richardson220 18262629075153
Stewart Johnston31421 151116182-215
Ted Woodley4261423 183817562
Tim Woolford-Smith513172117 16877-94

AC Bronze Handicap Singles, 19th - 21st November 2018

This event was played at Tempe from Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 November, with 8 players from 5 clubs taking part. It was particularly pleasing to see players from Coogee, Epping and Holroyd taking part in an AC event, and double pleasing to welcome 4 players taking part in their first CNSW event.

The AC handicap singles events are played as "full bisque", which means that both players in a game receive bisques, not only the higher-handicap player. For many of the contestants this was a new experience, being the first time they had played against a player who received bisques.

Play was initially in two blocks of four, each block playing a round robin, with block winners and runners-up playing a final series to determine the winner. Players placed 3rd and 4th in the blocks played off for the Plate.

Sue Eldridge-Smith and Torben Albaek were undefeated in block play, with Torben reducing his handicap to 12 as a result of his first round win against Werner Kos. Lucy Rees and Werner were runners-up, each with two wins from the three games. In the semi-finals, Sue beat Werner and Lucy beat Torben, to set up an all-Cammeray final between Sue and Lucy. In the final, Lucy used most of her 8 bisques to get her first ball to the peg, while Sue struggled to get going, despite using a few bisques.

Eventually, with time almost up and all bisques gone, each player had a clip on the peg, with another clip on hoop 4. With Lucy joined up on the Western boundary, Sue shot from the end of A-baulk at hr partner ball in corner 4, missing narrowly. Lucy, plying her hoop 4 ball, roqueted and took off to corner 4, just hitting one of the two corner balls in the process. Her subsequent croquet stroke resulted in the croqueted ball having to be marked in to a position which made it impossible for her to hit the remaining ball, and Sue was left with a relatively easy shot with her hoop 4 ball. Sue set up almost wired from Lucy’s ball, with a rush to hoop 4. Lucy shot at and hit the almost-wired ball, and proceeded to run the hoop for a golden hoop win, 13-12.

A very fitting way to finish a tournament which featured many very close games.

Thanks to the hard-working referees Heather Smallbone, John Bartrop, Ron Buist, John Eddes, Pat Gilchrist and Di Scott.

David Stanton
Tournament Manager

AC Bronze Handicap Singles
Block
PLAYERS RESULTS
SE FL LR JC TA RK WK FG Games
Won
Points Place
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For Against Nett
Sue Eldridge-Smith1 18141835033171
Fay Langdon24 121012642-163
Lucy Rees31315 152433942
John Clayton416913 03843-54
Torben Albaek5 18121834820281
Ralda Kirton64 101412840-123
Werner Kos71013 162393182
Fiona Gale8699 02448-244

AC Bronze Handicap Singles
X Finals
 Sue Eldridge-Smith
 Sue Eldridge-Smith
18-11
 Lucy Rees
12-11
 Werner Kos
 Lucy Rees
 Lucy Rees
12-10
 Torben Albaek

AC Bronze Handicap Singles
3rd/4th playoff
 Werner Kos
 Werner Kos
17-9
 Torben Albaek

AC Bronze Handicap Singles
Plate
 Fay Langdon
 Fay Langdon
18-3
 Fay Langdon
15-12
 Fiona Gale
 John Clayton
 John Clayton
14-6
 Ralda Kirton

AC Bronze Handicap Singles
Plate 3rd/4th
 Fiona Gale
 Ralda Kirton
15-6
 Ralda Kirton