Category Archives: Golf Croquet

2020 Maud Trainor

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.

Winner Peter Entwhistle, Lynne Bretherton and manager, Tony O’Donnell

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Ryman Healthcare CCA GC Handicap Singles

Sunday 23 February saw the sun shine on the GC Handicap Singles at Fendalton Park Croquet Club.

Lawns were a bit wet to start, thanks to cooling rain the previous evening, but dried up during the day.

There were 8 entries, but two withdrawals meant only 6 players on the day. Competition was a round robin with everyone playing 5 thirteen hoop, untimed games.

There was a great atmosphere and lovely attitude from the players. Competition was close and it was up to the final games to determine the winner.

Winner was Lyn McKinnon from Cashmere, and Runner-up with a one point net hoop difference was Eileen Arnett from St Martins.

Winner of the Diana Isaac CCA GC Handicap singles, Lyn McKinnon from Cashmere

Coaching for coaches

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

Registrations close 1 March 2020 to admin@croquet.org.nz

View an outline of the CNZ Coaching Coaches Program and Workshop here.
Download a poster for your notice board here.

CCA Don Reyland Stars competition

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.

Results are at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/cca-don-reyland-stars

Myles in action with a jump shot as Linda looks on
Linda, Myles (winner), Cheryl (runner-up) and Maggie

Live stream of the World Golf Croquet Team Championship

The final of the World Golf Croquet Team Championship between New Zealand and Egypt will be streamed this weekend on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel which can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaOvfE-4N9pm_36a2NYB8yw/featured

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.

Results will be at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/world-teams-championship-4

NZ win all block tests at the GC World Team Champs

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.

Full results are at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/world-teams-championship-4

Read the Stuff article at https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/118613887/croquets-gc-greats-descend-on-nelson-for-world-championships

The Swedish team spend several days playing at United Croquet Club where they also played a team of Canterbury U17 players on Thursday 2 January. Results of this match is at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/sweden-v-canterbury-u17

The original posting had some errors:
1. The location was incorrectly given as Napirt
2. USA is participating, not the Finland
3. The Swedish team practiced at United, not Finland

CCA GC Doubles Handicap

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.

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Gae Keng and Joan Bradford, winners of the 2019 CCA GC Handicap Doubles with Lyn (centre) from Ryman Health, our sponsor for the tournament

Atkins Results

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.

Full results for all of the Atkins event is on Croquet Scores at croquetscores.com/2019/gc/cca-atkins

Jonathan Hart

AC and GC 2019 Silver Badges

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.

It is hoped to put on Croquet Scores