Canterbury competed in the Annual South Island Teams tournament held at Ashburton on the 7 and 8 April. This is normally played at Waireka club, but due to their lawn refurbishment it was held at the smaller Allenton club. This year it was Golf Croquet. The Canterbury team was Jonathan Hart (premier), Marguaritte Rogers (senior), Tim Slack (Intermediate) and Tony Waters (primary).
With teams from Nelson, Canterbury, South Canterbury (2 teams), Otago and Southland most of the South Island associations were represented.
The winners were Nelson with 23 out of a possible 30 games. Runners-up were Canterbury with 17 from 30, with South Canterbury Green and Otago close behind.
The weather started off on the Saturday quite wet with the lawn that we started playing on being almost unplayable, but thankfully the weather did improve. The weather on the Sunday was much better for playing croquet.
The format was 5 games of singles on the Saturday against the other associations and 5 games of doubles (with Premier and Senior pairing up and Intermediate and Primary pairing up).
Over all it was an enjoyable weekend with good croquet, good food and good company.
The full results are on Croquet Scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2018/gc/si-teams