Dennis Bulloch from Rose Gardens Croquet Club in Palmerston North came down to Christchurch and ran four days of coaching at the beginning of October.
Monday and Thursday were AC/GC coaching and Tuesday and Wednesday were Gateball coaching.
The AC/GC Sessions were well attended, and everyone learnt something new about how balls move and how to use this to their advantage. The buzzword was CALIBRATION so if you hear someone muttering it to themselves you know why.
The Gateball sessions were a lot of fun and included skills sessions, Japanese terminology and protocol and strategy followed by 5-a-side and doubles games. Players were keen to do more and we are now running a weekly session at Barrington with the goal of sending at least two teams to the Nationals in February.
Thank you to Barrington, Cashmere and Elmwood who let us use their facilities.
The 2020 Carol Hayward was played at United on six Tuesday mornings between the 28th February and the 17th March. Generally the weather was fine making this a relaxed competition with a two-and-a-half hour, 18-point, handicap Association Croquet game interrupted by morning tea particularly enjoyable.
The flexible Swiss format allowed the fifteen players to miss one of the six games but still be a prize winner.
Covid-19 prevented Lynne Bretherton of our generous sponsor the Margaret Stoddart Retirement Village from presenting the prizes.
Before the final round Steve Costigan was unbeaten but Ian Hamill won his game to clinch third placing with four wins in five games. Steve and Bruce McLay with five wins in six games were equal first.
The 2020 Maud Trainor was played at United on four Friday mornings from 31st January till the 28th February. Generally the weather was fine making this relaxed competition with a one hour, handicap Golf Croquet game followed by morning tea and a second game particularly enjoyable. The flexible Swiss format allowed drawn games and the ability to miss two of the eight games but still be a prize winner.
Lynne Bretherton of our generous sponsor the Margaret Stoddart Retirement Village presented the prizes. The unbeaten Peter Entwhistle was the winner with John Borner second and Galina Worley third.
The 2020 CCA Agnes Dick was held at Elmwood Croquet Club 24 & 25 February.
The tournament was sponsored by Ryman Healthcare.
This is a very friendly and sociable Handicap Doubles Association Croquet Tournament which is regaining its previous popularity. Elmwood again was a very popular venue and the lawns were great. It was very pleasing to see how last year’s beginners had advanced so much. Many thanks to Ryman Healthcare for their continuing sponsorship.
A CNZ Coaches Workshop is scheduled for 26 – 27 March 2020 at the Cashmere Croquet Club. This workshop is ideal for existing club coaches, those that wish to obtain a CNZ Level 1 coach qualification in either code, and those that are likely to be involved in facilitating youth participation at your club or association.
The cost is $65 per person and includes:
– Level 1 Coaching Folder with workshop resources
– Workshops and coach assessments
– CNZ Coach dropbox access for updates and coaching articles
This season’s CCA GC Grades were played at St. Martins on Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February 2020. The lawns were in their best condition for several years, so many thanks to John Borner who is now looking after them.
The 20 entries were split into 3 divisions.
In the Primary division we had 6 entries. Melanie Stevenson won outright with 4/5 closely followed on 3/5 by Lorraine Adam who came second, Jim Hopley 3rd and Carol Tonge 4th.
In the Intermediate division, there were 7 entries. Mark Winter finished unbeaten with Flynn Moses-Jones 2nd on 4/6 ahead on net points from Claire Horncastle who was 3rd.
In the Premier, Josh Winter was unbeaten on 6/6, Levi Franks was runner-up on 5/6 and Myles Duggan 3rd on 4/6.
Many thanks to the St. Martins club for their hospitality. Several players competed with less success than those mentioned above, but still enjoyed their day. Why not try a CCA event yourself?
Four players battled it out on Sunday 9th February for the right to represent the CCA at the national Don Reyland finals at Rose Gardens in Palmerston North 14th and 15th March.
The day started cool and fresh with dew glistening on the lawn, just right for a day of serious croquet. The four players were soon into it and some serious competition followed. The small group of spectators were treated to some great displays of croquet at its best, and the time sped by. Myles Duggan (Cashmere) was the winner, with Cheryl Hopley as runner up. The other two contestants, Linda Humphreys (Fendalton Park) and Maggie Croy (Holmes Park), were worthy competition.
The eight teams of four have played in Nelson in two blocks with the top two teams from each block to go into a knockout semifinal and then the final on this weekend the 11th and 12th of January.
Egypt won its block with the United States runner-up: in the other block New Zealand won with England runner-up. The other teams were South Africa and Sweden in the first block and Australia and Ireland.
Egypt comfortably won its semi-final against England. New Zealand won its semi-final against USA in a close-fought test.
Youth is to the forefront with the oldest Egyptian being 31 and the defending champions, New Zealand, having a team under 30.
Three of the New Zealand team have won the Under 21 World Golf Croquet Championship Josh Freeth (2015), Felix Webby (2017), Edmund Fordyce (2019) whilst Duncan Dixon has won the national title many times. Also three of the team are members of the United club with Felix being the exception.