The Canterbury Croquet Association’s Grades Championship in Association Croquet was held on the weekend of 16th and 17th of January 2021 at the Barrington Park Croquet Club. Unfortunately, there were only eight entries including three from South Canterbury and the only other blemish on the tournament was the drenching rain that fell for about forty minutes on Sunday morning.
The hospitality of Barrington Park Croquet Club members was much appreciated and the weather generally pleasant. With so few entries, and a CCA requirement that an event has at least four entries, two grades were formed. In the top grade covering players with handicaps of 4 to 5, Leo van Oosten (Holmes Park) won all three games in the round robin. He ended as runner-up being defeated in the final by Geraldine Murphy (United). This win moved her handicap to 3.5.
The other grade for players with handicaps of 6 to 12, was won by Steve Costigan (United) with Gail Benseman (Waireka) runner-up. It was good to hear so many players discussing other opportunities for AC play and saying they will be back next year.
The CCA GC Handicap Doubles tournament was held on Sunday 22 November 2020 at Fendalton Park Croquet Club.
20 players making up 10 pairs took part in the GC Doubles Handicap tournament on a day that had a variety of weather conditions – rain, wind, sun, more rain and wind etc. All credit to the players who braved the elements in their wet gear and continued playing in some dreadful conditions. The sportsmanlike attitude was great and the afternoon ended with some sunshine.
Play was two blocks of 5 pairs with a playoff game at the end from players in each block.
Neville Turner and Ivan Hayward (Rangiora) won 4 games in their block as did Alister and Hilda Newey (Rangiora) in their block. The deciding game was won by Alister and Hilda with Neville and Ivan then being the runners up. Third place was fiercely contested by Gae Keng and Joan Bradford (Fendalton) against Owen Evans and Mel Stevenson (Cashmere) with Gae and Joan taking third place.
Thanks to all the players who took part – without them there would have been no competition.
The CCA Handicap Singles Tournament was held at Holmes Park on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November. Weather was ideal and lawns in very good condition for the 8 entries, 4 old campaigners, 2 with a bit of experience and 2 newbies. Not surprising that the young ones cleaned up in their first AC singles event.
Levi Franks won the title and Myles Duggan was runner up, and also earned a CNZ Bronze Merit Award. Well done guys; we are in awe on how you run hoops.
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.