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.
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.
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.