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National Secondary Schools Tournament

Congratulations to Myles Duggan & Levi Franks from Cashmere High School for winning the National Secondary Schools Tournament held at United Croquet Club on the weekend of 7th and 8th September. Te Kiri King and Isabelle Tong from Hawera High School were runners-up. Josh Winter and James Duggan also from Cashmere High School were placed third. What a great result for Cashmere High School, Cashmere Croquet and their coaches and mentors. Take a bow Gay!

Not only were Cashmere members cheering on their boys, they managed to find time to provide the food for the Event Dinner on Saturday night.

Other Canterbury teams were Yani Rutherford & Molly Campbell of St Margaret’s and Rudolf Steiner. After a slow start the St Margaret’s team won their last three games in a row.

Special thanks to United Croquet Club who hosted the event and provided non-stop food and drinks over the bitterly cold weekend and to Jenny Clarke who managed the tournament.

Of course, it just didn’t happen without a huge amount of work in putting the event together over many months, thanks to Lyn Dawson And Owen.

There were 24 teams from throughout New Zealand organised into four blocks of six teams. The top 16 then contested the knockout.

Non-qualifiers for the knockout stages contested the 2019 Plate event.

The practice day on Friday was very wet and cold and most of the day was spent with the kids inside playing board games and waiting for the lawns to dry out. The newly installed heat pump was much appreciated. The manager, Jenny Clarke provided pizzas and most of the food bought in for the following weekend tournament. This was paid by United with contributions from some parents.

Sunday play started with temperatures around 3 degrees and MANY of the kids ended up with hands turning unhealthy looking shades of red or blue. Some “Hot Hands” handwarmers were distributed to those looking in most need.

Names of players in all teams and all results can be found at Croquet Scores Also check out the Croquet New Zealand facebook page


Kirk Trophy results

The Kirk Trophy Indoor AC pairs competition was held on Wednesday 7 August at St James Park Croquet Club.

The winners were Carol Kidd and Audrey Burnett of Rangiora and runners-up Jenny Tait (Elmwood) and Isabel Porter (Edgeware).  It was interesting – and inspiring – to see two nonagenarians competing for top honours!

Margaret Lane

Maud Trainor

The 2019 Maud Trainor tournament was played at the United Croquet Club grounds on the five Fridays in May.  There were ten rounds of this handicap Golf Croquet for those over 65 with players qualifying if they missed no more than two rounds (excluding byes).

The weather was better than we could have hoped for with only the last days play departing from the calm, sunny days we had experienced.

Gay Jones was beaten in her last game by Tim Slack but won a stunning eight out of nine games.  This win took Tim into equal second with Tony O’Donnell on five out of eight games but Tony’s superior net points gave him the runner up prize with Tim getting the third prize.

AC coaching for GC players

United Croquet Club will be offering AC coaching for current GC players. It is open to all Canterbury players.

This will be on four Saturdays starting 8 June 2019. Hours will be 10:45 am to 12:30 pm.
There is a one-off charge of $5 to cover tea and coffee.

This is a chance to learn more skills and gives more options when it comes to playing and possibly entering competitions.

To register, contact John Yarrall or complete the online form. Space may be limited, so book early.