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.
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 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
Can you please put some thing on website about silver badges
Not sure if any thing went up bout AC, if sorry sorry for double up, if not here it is
The AC Silver Badge was played at Barrington Park Croquet Club on 2 March with 6 people, 3 in the 4-9 grade and 3 in the 10-16 grade.
The winners were Leo Van OoSten (4-9) winning 3 out of 3 games
and Kevin Cusack (10-16) winning 3 out of 3 games.
The GC Silver Badge was played in damp conditions at United on 10 March.
There were 4 people in -6 to 2, 5 people in 3 to 5, 4 people in 6 to 8 and 6 people in 9-16.
-6 to 2 was run as a double round robin with Jonathan Hart (St James Park) winning all 6 games,
3 to 5 was single block with Josh Winter (Cashmere) being the overall winner winning 3 out of 4 games.
6 to 8 was also run as a double block with Hugh Catto (Holmes Park) winner (4/6). The last game happened to be the final against Cashmere Gay Jones
9 to 16 was a single round, with Flyn Mosses Jones (Cashmere) winning all 6 games.
The 2019 GC Women’s World Championship is being played at Heretaunga and Marewa croquet clubs, Hawkes Bay 2 to 9 February 2019.
United member Jenny Clarke reached the semi-final where she was beaten by Soha Mostafa of Egypt. The match went to the full five games and Soha won the final game 7-6. The other three players in the semis are all from Egypt. Thirteen of the 56-strong field are from Egypt and everyone of them made it to the 32-player knockout.
The 2019 Canterbury Croquet AC Open was contested by 6 players. This entry is typical of many AC events and indicates the declining numbers of AC players in local clubs. A number of Christchurch clubs now have few if any AC players. By way of contrast, the number of GC club members continues to rise.
The Open was held at the St James Park Club in Christchurch on 2 and 3 February 2019. The lawns were running close to 12 seconds and the “Quadway” hoops were firm. These conditions were the reason for the low scores by players and the only peg outs were by runner-up Peter Parkinson (2) and the ultimate winner Ian Campbell (1).
The CCA GC Grades were played on Waitangi Day, Wednesday 6 February 2019.
The premier, senior and primary grades were played at Fendalton Park Croquet Club and managed by Vilna Gough-Jones. The intermediate grade was played at Cashmere Croquet Club and was managed by Janet Scott.
The premier grade, with 6 entries, was won by Jason Hodgett (Aorangi) with Logan McCorkindale (Waireka) runner-up.
The senior grade, with 8 entries, was won by Josh Winter (Cashmere) with Joan Simpson (Aorangi) runner-up.
The intermediate grade, with 7 entries, was won by Rachel McLeod (Cashmere) with runner-up Levi Franks (Cashmere).
The primary grade, with 10 entries, was won by Flynn Moses-Jones (Cashmere) with Mark Winter (Cashmere) runner-up.
The Johnson Memorial competition was played in three blocks (blue, black and red) of six pairs.
The block rounds were scheduled to be played on Saturday mornings from 6 October to 24 November 2018. However, because of bad weather, many games had to rescheduled and the last game was played on 4 December.
Seven pairs played in the final on Sunday 9 December 2018. This was played as a knockout.
2018/19 winners were Marguaritte Rogers & Wendy Robinson (St James Park red)
Runners-up were Tony O’Donnell & Lena Metcalf (United black 2)
The GC interclub was played in three divisions. Games were scheduled to be played on Fridays, but weather meant that several games were played at other times.
Division 1 had seven teams and played from 12 October to 7 December 2018.
Hornby and United B won 5 of their 6 games. Teams get 2 point for each outright match win and 1.5 points for a match won on net hoops with a 5-5 game score. United made 9.5 points against 9 points for Hornby, so United is the winner. The results on Croquet Scores shows net games (labelled Net Hoops) which does not apply to this competition.
Division 2 was played in two blocks of six teams. Block play was 5 October to 23 November 2018 and the playoffs from 30 November to 7 December again because of weather.
The top two teams from each block played a knockout with Cashmere winning and Holmes Park runner-up.
Division 3 was played in two blocks of seven teams. Block play was 5 October to 30 November 2018 and the playoff was played 21 December between the block winners, both Rangiora. The final match result was 5 games each with equal net hoops, so the two Rangiora teams are first equal.
The AC interclub was played as a single division. It started with eight teams, but Rangiora pulled out leaving seven teams. United Black and Holmes Park both won five matches but United won on competition points.
Congratulations to Chris and Jenny Clarke who won the NZ AC Open Doubles by winning all of their games. The event was played from Saturday 5 to Monday 9 January at Mount Maunganui. The singles will be played 10 to 13 January.
Paul Skinley and Harps Tahurangi (Wellington) were runners-up.
Changes have been made to the AC handicapping system, the GC handicapping system and to the GC Rules. These changes are in force now and it is essential that players understand them before they start playing for the season.
A new version of the GC Rules has been approved and is now in force. There are a number of significant changes, so it is essential that players understand the changes before they play competitively this season.
A session on the new GC rules will be held on Saturday 22 September at 9:00am at United Croquet Club, followed by a club captain’s meeting with Jonathan Hart at 10.30am.
Parking is limited, so please car-pool and park in the public car park, or elsewhere if possible.
GC Handicapping changes
The number of index points gained or lost for level doubles games has changed.
Croquet New Zealand will not print new GC AHS cards until their current stock is used. They will be providing stickers that can be pasted over the table that has changed.
Meanwhile, you can use these GC AHS Charts. One side is used before handicap games to work out the number of extra turns. The other side is used after the game to work out the number of index point gained or lost.
Association Croquet Handicapping
The Automatic Handicapping System for AC has changed and now applies to all AC games. This change now aligns the New Zealand system with the system used in Australia and United Kingdom. That means, if you play in Australia or the UK, or if their players play in New Zealand. everyone can use their AHS cards as they would at home. It will avoid the messy conversions that used to be necessary.
The new system will mean a change in you index points and to your handicap for most players.
Before you use your AC AHS card see your club handicapper who will make the necessary changes. The instructions for making the changes are: AC Handicap changes 2018.
New AC AHS cards will be printed soon but you can use the charts on the new AC AHS Card meanwhile.
Details of the CCA management committee are now on the website here.
Jono has requested clubs to provide a list of teams and their handicaps by 1 August for GC interclub and AC interclub and their preference for Monday or Tuesday for each AC team. Clubs can have as many teams as they like, but be mindful of reserves.
If a club has players that would like to play, but can’t form a team for whatever reason then also let Jono know names and handicaps as he may be able to form a combined teams from different clubs. Like wise, if your club has players that are willing to be a reserve for any club also let him know.
Jono will then collate the teams and decide if:
a) We am going to have a Monday or Tuesday or both for AC interclub (this will depend on how many teams there are and their preferences.
b) If he needs to alter any divisions.
Once Jono gets all this information he will let clubs know which day AC inter club is and the new criteria (if any) ASAP. He will then ask clubs for final team names for AC interclub, Johnson and GC interclub. This will need to be with Jono round 18 August and he will then work on the draws etc and have them ready for the club captains for 22 Sept.
Interclub is due to start around the 5 Oct onwards (depending on teams etc) and finish round the 8 Dec