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2021 Tournament Convenor’s Report

Interclub Competitions

This year we halved the team size for AC Interclub and this was received well, with 16 teams entered. We had good participation in GC interclub as well, though the Atkins competition had noticeably fewer participants than previous years. We rebranded the Twilight event as a Premier competition and ran it before Christmas. This avoided issues with playing in the dusk which had been an occasional problem the previous year.

There were remarkably few wet days and to my knowledge no cancellations all season!


We successfully ran a full tournament calendar. Thanks you to all those who stepped up and managed/refereed these events.

This year we ran two new events – the GC Open Doubles and Open Singles, both of which were well patronised.

Overall the numbers of entries were down, with the Silver Badge/Arthur Ross/Don Reyland competitions having particularly low numbers, we think partly from competition fatigue. Next year we plan to piggy-back the Silver Badge onto the Grades events.

While there have been encouraging signs we really do need a new batch of managers and referees to step forward.

Club Captain Meetings

This year we held three meeting with Club Captains to discuss items of relevance to competitive play and the competition programme. These were well received and we plan to continue the practice this coming year.

Tournament Participation Summary

Event # Entries
CCA – AC  
H/C Singles 8
Open Singles 8
Grades 8 (4 & 4)
Agnes Dick (Doubles) 8 pairs
Arthur Ross 3
AC Silver Badge 8 (2/2/2/2)
CCA – GC  
H/C Doubles 10 pairs
Grades Premier: 5
Senior: 5
Int: 8
Primary: 12
H/C Singles 11
Open Doubles 8 pairs
Open Singles 15
Don Reyland 2
GC Silver Badge Premier: 3
Senior: 6
Int: 6
Primary: 8
Interclub Competitions
AC 16 teams (pairs)
Johnson 19 teams (pairs)
GC Premier 6 teams (pairs)
GC Div 1 10 teams (pairs)
GC Div 2 10 teams
GC Div 3 19 teams
Atkins 20 teams

Tim Slack
Tournament Convenor

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.

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

Jonathan Hart

Secondary Schools CCA competition

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

Winners Levi Franks and Myles Duggan of Cashmere High School


World Women’s GC, GC Grade and CCA Open

WCF GC Women’s World Championship

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.

Full results are at

More information on the championship is at


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).

Full results are at

CCA GC Grades

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.

Full results can be downloaded here.

Premier grade winner Jason Hodgett (Aorangi) with Kathy Reese from BUPA – our sponsors

CCA president Owen Evans with senior grade winner Josh Winter (Cashmere)

CCA president Owen Evans with primary grade winner Flynn Moses-Jones (Cashmere)

2018 Interclub results

Below are results for the Johnson memorial, GC Interclub and the AC Interclub

Johnson Memorial

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)

Full results of all games are on Croquet Scores:

Team names, draws, rules and past winners are on the Johnson Memorial page.

The seven teams in the play-off knockout

Golf Croquet Interclub

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.

Full results of all games are on Croquet Scores: Note that the Net Hoops column does not apply to this competition.

Team names, draws, rules and past winners are on the GC Interclub page.

Association Croquet Interclub

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.

Full results of all games are on Croquet Scores:  Note that the Net Hoops column does not apply to this competition.

Team names, draws, rules and past winners are on the AC Interclub page.

Canterbury runners-up in South Island Teams tournament

Canterbury competed in the Annual South Island Teams tournament held at Ashburton on the 7 and 8 April. This is normally played at Waireka club, but due to their lawn refurbishment it was held at the smaller Allenton club.  This year it was Golf Croquet.  The Canterbury team was Jonathan Hart (premier), Marguaritte Rogers (senior), Tim Slack (Intermediate) and Tony Waters (primary).

With teams from Nelson, Canterbury, South Canterbury (2 teams), Otago and Southland most of the South Island associations were represented.

The winners were Nelson with 23 out of a possible 30 games.  Runners-up were Canterbury with 17 from 30, with South Canterbury Green and Otago close behind.

The weather started off on the Saturday quite wet with the lawn that we started playing on being almost unplayable, but thankfully the weather did improve. The weather on the Sunday was much better for playing croquet.

The format was 5 games of singles on the Saturday against the other associations and 5 games of doubles (with Premier and Senior pairing up and Intermediate and Primary pairing up).

Over all it was an enjoyable weekend with good croquet, good food and good company.

The full results are on Croquet Scores at:

The Canterbury team

The winning Neslon team with the tournament managers


Jono Hart



Trans Tasman AC Test started

The Trans-Tasman Test series has just started on Monday 23 April 2018 at the Wynnum Croquet Club in Brisbane, Australia.

Commentaries and results are now on Croquet Scores.

The format of this event is three two-day tests between Australia and New Zealand. Each test consists of 1 day of doubles (4 different mixed doubles pairing), and one day of singles (single gender – 4 women’s and 4 men’s), and the matches are all Best-of-Three, with time limits of 3hr, 3hr and 2hr (cumulative).

The teams are (in playing order):
New Zealand
Greg Bryant (Captain)
Aiken Hakes
Chris Shilling
Josh Freeth,
Jenny Clarke
Nina Mayard-Husson
Alison Robinson
Pam Fisher

Malcolm Fletcher
Edward Wilson
Greg Fletcher
Stephen Forster
Claire Bassett
Rosemary Landrebe
Alison Sharpe
Alix Verge

Don Reyland Stars Tournament national final

Thirteen entrants played in the national final of the Don Reyland Stars Tournament held at the Fendalton Park Croquet Club on the weekend of the 10th and 11th March 2018. The tournament was run as a full round robin with seven rounds on Saturday and six on Sunday. The weather was pleasant with little cloud or wind and reasonable temperatures after the cool nights meaning the lawns had a heavy dew initially. The tournament was managed by Tony O’Donnell and Chris Clarke was referee.

Handicaps varied between -4 (Brian Bullen of Wellington) and 10 (Laura Sutherland of Bay of Plenty) with the latter being undefeated in seven games on the Saturday and the former undefeated in five games on the Sunday. All players won between a quarter and three quarters of their twelve games with Laura Sutherland and Geoff Vautier both winning nine games. Laura took the Gold Star with a net hoop difference of 32 and Geoff the Silver with 22 net hoops.

Full results are at Croquet Scores.

The Don Reyland Stars Tournament is a handicap golf croquet event played at club level, with club representatives playing at an association event with the winner playing in the national final.