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.
The 2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 1 is being held at Nelson from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 January 2020. There are eight four-player teams from New Zealand, Egypt, Australia, England, South Africa, USA, Sweden and Ireland.
The New Zealand team is Duncan Dixon, Edmund Fordyce, Joshua Freeth and Felix Webby.
The championship started with block play. There are two blocks of four teams. Each test consists of eight best-of-three matches. Block play ended Wednesday and NZ won all three tests losing only two matches.
The CCA Golf Croquet Doubles Handicap competition was held at Fendalton Park Croquet Club on Sunday 24 November. The weather was kind to us: the forecast was for 28 degrees, but cloud and an easterly breeze kept the temperature down.
There were 13 pairs entered and games were played in two blocks with the winners of each block playing off for the trophy. The clear winner of block A was Gae Keng and Joan Bradford from Fendalton and the winner on net points in Block B was Josh Winter and James Duggan from Cashmere.
The final was a tense game with extra turns being used wisely and the winners of the day were Gae Keng and Joan Bradford with Runner up being Josh Winter and James Duggan. The second team in each block played for third place and this was between Jono Hart (St James) and Mike Bunce (St Martins) against Terry Green and Liz Partridge from Rangiora. Liz and Terry managed to take out third place.
It was great to have Lyn from Ryman Health, our sponsor for the tournament to be there to present the trophies.
The competition was good, there was a pleasant atmosphere, great facilities, some lovely croquet, and a good day was had by all. It was pleasing to see members from a number of clubs participating.
16 people played at United Croquet Club on 4 lawns the morning of Saturday 6 April.
The top 2 teams from each block went to play for the various finals. Thus making 4 teams in the Atkins main event and 4 teams for the plate in a single round Robin . This was due to be played on 16 March but was postponed due to circumstances to Saturday 6 April.
Strong play was had for both finals. With the main event most of games going to time of 1 hour compared to the plate where the games were shorter.
Play was played on very slow damp lawns due to recent rain the days before.
The main event was not decided until the last round. With the Cashmere school boys of Josh Winter and Flynn Moses-Jones winning on net points from Fendalton Park’s Cheryl Morrall and Grace Leitch, both winning 2 games.
The plate was a lot more straight-forward with St James Park’s Jonathan Hart and Nicky Adams taking this out with 3 / 3 wins.
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 Canterbury secondary schools GC competition was played at Barrington Park Croquet Club on Wednesday 13 March.
11 teams competed enthusiastically for the 4 places we have in the national finals being held in Canterbury on 7th and 8th September. Although skill and experience varied there was no lack of enthusiasm and everybody’s game responded to the challenges. Of those registered and eligible to qualify, the following teams have been nominated to represent Canterbury:
1. Myles Duggan & Levi Franks from Cashmere High School
2. Josh Winter & James Duggan from Cashmere High School
3. Yani Rutherford & Molly Campbell from St Margaret’s College
4. Hazel Skjellerup & Dylan Hunter from Rudolf Steiner School