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 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.
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
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.
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.