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2021 AC Handicap Singles

9 & 10 October 2021

CCA AC Handicap Singles 2021, Tournament Report

Eight keen and hardy AC players lined up for the annual Handicap Singles Tournament at Holmes Park Croquet Club last weekend.  There were to be 5 rounds, 3 rounds of block play on the Saturday when it was very cool, especially if forced to wait in the shelter for your chance to make progress round the hoops.  Semi-finals and final were held on the Sunday, when the conditions were perfect, a Goldilocks day, not too hot and not too cold.  The lawns were a treat to play on, true if not a little heavy and slow, which can be expected at this time of the year.  Thank you to the Holmes Park club for hosting this event and making us feel welcome.

All the players enjoyed their matches, especially when the result was tight, a number of games only being decided in the last minutes of the 3 hours’ time limit or in Regulation 9.  The winner of the tournament was Levi Franks, a youth player from Cashmere, who only just made into the semis with a net hoop score slightly ahead of the other two single game winners in block play. However, he had two comprehensive wins from there on, “pegging off” himself in both games. Levi retains the trophy he won in this tournament last season.  His opponent Josh Winter, also a youth player from Cashmere had cruised through the block play with three wins, his first game with two bisques only requiring 2 breaks, one of 11, the other of 15 hoops. Quite phenomenal as this is only his 3rd season of A C. The beaten semi-finalists were Marguaritte Rogers from St James and John Hearnshaw from United.

The tournament was certainly enhanced with the presence of Ian Campbell, being a very capable umpire, who officiated for the whole of the tournament. It was certainly appreciated by the players, who not only accepted a neutral opinion but also learnt some technical issues from him as well.  It was interesting that the new rule on “accidental contact in critical positions” had little effect, with players proceeding to play without the striker ball being marked at all.  Other critical strokes in play were under intense scrutiny from Ian, or players backed off attempting their shots.  Thanks for your attendance Ian, it was much appreciated.

Overall, the tournament was enjoyed by all with the highs and lows of handicap play accepted by the players in this kind of competition. Thankfully, the weather gods shone down on Sunday, and the final result was a cheerful group of players who are always seeking more opportunities of practice and competition in the classical form of the game. It is hoped that the CNZ South Island AC Tournament, due to be held at United prior to and during Show Weekend, can proceed or be postponed when CNZ Covid protocols are relaxed.  Alternatively, might it be possible for the CCA to schedule this tournament as a de facto South Island event on those dates?

Owen Evans

Tournament Manager

Interprovincial Tournament Win.

The interprovincial teams tournament was played in Ashburton at Waireka Club. Canterbury emerged the winner, with Nelson runner-up.

The victorious CCA team members were  Marguaritte Rogers (captain), Owen Evans, Pam Hurst, and Rosalind Thomson.

Raylene Phillips presenting Marguaritte Rogers with the trophy

Canterbury AC players selected for invitations

Three Canterbury players have been invited to compete in Croquet New Zealand’s annual invitation tournaments: Ian Campbell in the Roger Murfitt tournament, John Yarrall in the Copper Tray tournament, and CCA president, Owen Evans, in the Gold Cup.

It is some years since so many Canterbury players have been invited in these events which are limited to 8 players each.

Canterbury reps for forthcoming tournaments

The result of recent play-off matches for the forthcoming Arthur Ross (AC) and Gold & Silver Badge (GC) is that Ian Campbell (Barrington Park club) and Annette Wilson (Hornby) respectively will represent Canterbury.

The Arthur Ross tournament will be played in Christchurch (at United) for the first time, between 3 & 5 March.

The Gold & Silver Stars will be held in Wellington on 11-12 March.

Canterbury Open Tournament

2016 Canterbury Open Doubles was cancelled for the third consecutive year because of insufficient entries.

The Grades Tournament associated with the Open also has not been held for three years.

The Open Singles was held successfully on 12 November, but was contested by only four players in cold, damp conditions. Winner was Peter Parkinson of the Rangiora Croquet Club returning to competitive croquet after an absence of about 15 years. Peter defeated last year’s winner, Ian Campbell (Barrington Park) in a closely contested match to secure the Cup.

Peter  has won this tournament on two previous occasions, 1996 and 2003, and has represented New Zealand in the MacRObertson Shield international tournament.

Peter Parkinson considering his tactical options
Peter Parkinson considering his tactical options.

Tournament Manager, Tony O'Donnell presenting Peter Parkinson with the trophy.
Tournament Manager, Tony O’Donnell presenting Peter Parkinson with the trophy.

CNZ 0-3 and 4+ held in Canterbury

United Croquet Club hosted the Croquet New Zealand 0-3 and 4+ tournaments during 14-16 October. Ten players competed in the 0-3 division, and eight in the 4+.

Canterbury players featured strongly in the tournaments. The 0-3 was won by Ian Campbell (Barrington and United clubs) and the runner -up was Jono Hart (St James). The 4+ was won and not for the first time, by Leo van Oosten (Holmes Park).

Full details are available here:

United Spring Tournament

The United tournaments are a great way to start the new croquet season!

The Association Croquet tournament was held, as always, on the final weekend of September, 24-25 September 2016 at the United croquet club.

The 2016 winner was Harps Kahurangi, runner-up Jenny Clarke.

In the handicap division the winner was Pam Hurst.

The prize for the most successful 0+ contestsant was John Yarrall.



The Golf  Croquet tournament was held on 10-11 September 2016.  Winner was Edmund Fordyce, for the second consecutive year, and the runner up was Neil Williamson.

The handicap division was won by Alan Belcher, runner-up was Carolyn Fordyce.