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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.

Enter the AC and GC Silver Badge

It is time to enter the Silver Badge competition, both AC and GC.

Each club should be arranging club play to determine one player who will represent their club in the association playoff. The winner of each grade will receive a silver badge.

Details of the competitions are in Appendix 5 of the tournament Regulations on page 255 of the 2018-2019 yearbook.

AC handicap ranges are 0 to 3.5, 4 to 9, 10 to 16 and 18 to 24. The association playoff is Sunday 3 March at Barrington Park.

GC handicap ranges are -6 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 8 and 9 to 16. The association playoff is Sunday 10 March at Holmes Park.

See your club captain to enter your club play-off.



Josh Winter to represent Canterbury in the Don Ryelands Stars

The CCA play-offs of the Don Reyland Stars Tournament were played Sunday 17 February 2019 at Elmwood Croquet Club.

The winner was not decided until the very last round, with 5/6 people having a chance at winning the play offs coming into the last round.

The winner was Josh Winter (Cashmere) from Alan Belcher (Hornby) on net points as each had the same number of wins.

Josh will represent Canterbury in the national final to be played at the Morrinsville Croquet Club Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019. The winner receives a gold star and the runner-up receives a silver star. The Don Reylands Starts Tournament is a golf croquet handicap singles tournament played at club, association and national events.

John Hearnshaw to represent Canterbury in the Arthur Ross

The association play-offs for the Arthur Ross Memorial Event was played at Barrington Park Croquet Club on Sunday 10 February 2019.

John Hearnshaw (United) beat Leo van Oosten (Holmes Park) in hot conditions in a best-of-3 match. The game scores were 26-5, 26-5.

John will represent Canterbury in the national final of the Arthur Ross Memorial Event to be held at the Kelburn croquet club, in Wellington Friday 15 to Sunday 17 March.

The Arthur Ross Memorial Event is an AC handicap singles event where club winners compete in an association competition and the association winners compete in the national final.

There were 12 associations represented at the 2018 final that was played at Morrinsville Croquet Club.

We wish John good luck in the final.

John Hearnshaw completing a rover peel
Leo van Oosten, Jono Hart (Manager) and John Hearnshaw

Peter Couch wins the CCA AC handicap

There were 8 entries for the CCA AC Handicap Singles so was double banked using both Holmes Park’s lawns on the weekend 19-20 January.

It was run as two blocks with a super final where players played the equivalent ranked player in the other block giving two games on each day.

The lawns were in very good condition and the food was tasty and plentiful.  The weather was very pleasant although the norwester made Saturday afternoon hot and gusty.

Both Peter Couch and John Hearnshaw won all three games in their respective blocks with Peter winning the cup for a sixth time making the Golden Hoop when scores were tied fourteen all at the end of regular play.

Full results are on CroquetScores at
See past winners at

Winner Peter Couch, with tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell
Winner Peter Couch, with tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell
Runner-up John Hearnshaw, with tournament manager, Tony O’Donnell