CNZ AC Open Doubles

The 2021 NZ Open Championship Doubles were held at the United Croquet Club in Hagley Park, Christchurch from the 23rd to the 25th January. Rain leading up to the tournament meant the lawns were slowish to begin but with the hot, dry weather the speed increased, and the lawns presented their world-renowned conditions of fast lawns and immobile hoops set to 0.4 to 0.8mm setting wider than the largest ball.

So not all games went to the peg as the manager imposed time limits when necessary to keep the event on schedule. By the second day the players had adjusted and the breaks became longer but still the nearest thing to a triple peel was when Harps Tahurangi missed his pegout.

Unfortunately, there were only eight entries, so the Championship started with two blocks of four. The top two pairs from each block qualified for the knockout with both the semi-finals and finals being best-of-3. Aaron Westerby + Logan McCorkindale and Duncan Dixon + Cole Wenmoth won their respective blocks winning all three games. Felix Webby + Chris Shilling took Aaron and Logan to three games in the semifinal but Toby Garrison + Jarrod Coutts upset Duncan and Cole by a single point when time ran out in each of their two games. Aaron and Logan then took the title by beating Toby and Jarrod 26-6, 26-15.

Full results are at

Open Doubles winners Aaron Westerby and Logan McCorkingdale with the tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell
Open Doubles runners-up Jarrod Coutts and Toby Garrison with tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell
Plate winners Harps Tahurangi and Mike McClure with tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell