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October 2020 Coaching sessions

Dennis Bulloch from Rose Gardens Croquet Club in Palmerston North came down to Christchurch and ran four days of coaching at the beginning of October.

Monday and Thursday were AC/GC coaching and Tuesday and Wednesday were Gateball coaching.

The AC/GC Sessions were well attended, and everyone learnt something new about how balls move and how to use this to their advantage. The buzzword was CALIBRATION so if you hear someone muttering it to themselves you know why.

The Gateball sessions were a lot of fun and included skills sessions, Japanese terminology and protocol and strategy followed by 5-a-side and doubles games. Players were keen to do more and we are now running a weekly session at Barrington with the goal of sending at least two teams to the Nationals in February.

Thank you to Barrington, Cashmere and Elmwood who let us use their facilities.

See the new web page on gateball and details on the Tuesday evening gateball sessions.

Gateball sessions will run for the rest of 2020 at Barrington Park Croquet Club on Tuesday evenings. See the new gateball web page for details.

Gateball coaching at Cashmere Croquet Club
Gateball coaching at Cashmere Croquet Club
Gateball coaching at Cashmere Croquet Club
Gateball coaching at Cashmere Croquet Club

Ryman Healthcare CCA GC Grades 2020

This season’s CCA GC Grades were played at St. Martins on Waitangi Day, Thursday 6 February 2020. The lawns were in their best condition for several years, so many thanks to John Borner who is now looking after them.

The 20 entries were split into 3 divisions.

In the Primary division we had 6 entries. Melanie Stevenson won outright with 4/5 closely followed on 3/5 by Lorraine Adam who came second, Jim Hopley 3rd and Carol Tonge 4th.

In the Intermediate division, there were 7 entries. Mark Winter finished unbeaten with Flynn Moses-Jones 2nd on 4/6 ahead on net points from Claire Horncastle who was 3rd.

In the Premier, Josh Winter was unbeaten on 6/6, Levi Franks was runner-up on 5/6 and Myles Duggan 3rd on 4/6.

Many thanks to the St. Martins club for their hospitality. Several players competed with less success than those mentioned above, but still enjoyed their day. Why not try a CCA event yourself?

Detailed results are at

Josh Winter to represent Canterbury in the Arthur Ross

The Canterbury association playoff for the Arthur Ross was played at Rangiora on Sunday 2 February.

The players were Josh Winter from Cashmere, Alistair Newey from Rangiora, Steve Costigan from Edgeware and Cheryl Hopley from United.

The results were:
Round 1: Josh beat Steve 19-9, Cheryl beat Alistair 8-7
Round 2: Josh beat Cheryl 13-5, Alistair beat Steve 15-10
Round 3: Josh beat Alistair 26-8, Steve beat Cheryl 9-7

Josh will play in the national finals in Dunedin starting 28 February.

The original post said that Josh had his first ever peg out in the last round. This is incorrect. He pegged out six times in November in the South Island AC Champs.


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.