Geraldine Murphy and Pamela Hurst win the Agnes Dick

The 2018 Agnes Dick tournament was held in superb conditions on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March at Elmwood croquet club. As usual it was extremely well managed by Lis Hunter.

The Agnes Dick is an association croquet handicap doubles competition where the combined handicap must be at least 12 and one player must have a handicap 10 or greater,

There were 8 pairs participating. The winning pair were Geraldine Murphy and Pamela Hurst of United Club and runners-up were Margaret Lane and Jenny Vartha of St James Club.

Winners Geraldine Murphy (left) and Pam Hurst (third from left) with CCA president Owen Evans and tournament manager Lis Hunter.


Runners-up Margaret Lane (left) and Jenny Vartha (third from left) with CCA president Owen Evans and tournament manager Liz Hunter.

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.


CCA AC Silver Badge results

The CCA AC Silver Badge was played at Cashmere Croquet Club on Sunday 18 February 2018. Clubs can send one representative in each grade after a playoff in the club.

The weather was fine and warm and the lawns a bit slow, but were faster in the afternoon with the warmer weather.

Entries were disappointing with only two entries for the 0-3, 4-9 and 10-16 grades.

John Yarrall (United) beat Owen Evans (Cashmere) 15-12 in the 0-3 grade.

Bruce McLay (United) beat Leo van Oosten *Holmes Park) 18-11 in the 4-9 grade

Sally Jeffcott (United) beat Robert Eathorne (Elmwood) 14-8 in the 10-16 grade.

The CCA GC Silver Badge will be held at Holmes Park Croquet Club on Sunday 25 March 2018.

Photos courtesy Pam Hurst.

CCA newsletter, Atkins draw and other updates

CCA newsletter

The January 2018 CCA newsletter has been sent out to all Canterbury club secretaries. It is also available to download here.
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Atkins draw

The Atkins draw, rules and results reporting form are now on the CCA website.

There are four blocks with block play on Saturday 10, 17 and 24 February 2018 followed by a final at United on Saturday 17 March 2018.

Croquet Matters

Croquet Matters is the Croquet New Zealand newsletter. You can download a copy here.

You can sign up to directly get an email notification when a new Croquet Matters is sent out here.

If there is no copy on your club notice board, ask your secretary.

Arthur Ross

The Arthur Ross competition is a handicap singles association croquet event that is played at club, association and national level.

Representatives from Canterbury clubs will meet at the association playoff on Saturday 3 February 2018 at Elmwood Croquet Club.

The National playoff will be at Morrinsville from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 March.

Don Reylands Stars

The Don Reylands Stars is a handicap singles golf croquet event that is played at club, association and national level.

Representatives from Canterbury clubs will meet at the association playoff on Sunday 4 February 2018 at Hornby Croquet Club.

The national playoff, with one representative from each NZ association will be played at Fendalton Park Croquet Club Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018.

World AC championship

The world AC championship will be played in and around Wellington 3-11 February. Most of the players in the NZ Open at United last week will be there. You can follow results on CroquetScores.

The qualifying tournament for the last few places is being played in Palmerston North Tuesday 30 January to Thursday 1 February 2018. You can follow results on CroquetScores. At the time of writing Cantabrian Ian Campbell has won both of the games he has played so far.

Edward Wilson wins the NZ Open

The 2018 NZ AC Open was played at United and Fendalton Park croquet clubs. The doubles were covered in a previous post.  There were 38 entries in the singles that started with four blocks that were played from Tuesday 23  to Thursday 25 January. The top four from each block played in the knockout with the rest qualifying for the Heenan Plate. Every round of the knockout was played as best-of-three matches. Of the 35 games played in the knockout there were only three triple-peels which reflects the challenging lawns and hoops prepared by  the manager, Chris Clarke. Lena Metcalf was at United every day looking after catering.

Edward Wilson from Australia won the 2018 New Zealand AC Open today at United Croquet Club beating Stephen Mulliner of England in a 2-0 final. Edward and Stephen were runners-up in  the doubles. See the previous post for more on the doubles.

The other semi-finalists were Greg Bryant (West Cost) and Jenny Clarke (United).

The Heenan Plate (for players who did not make the knockout) was won by John Christie (Thames Valley) with Josh Freeth (Auckland and ex United) runner-up.

Alain Giraud (England) won the Bronze Medal with Brian Cumming (Canada) runner-up.  The Bronze Medal is a new event for players eliminated from the knockout.

The Charles Jones Slaver, for the best player with scratch or greater handicap, was won by Lindsay David (Australia).

NZ Open Doubles results

Sam Murray & Chris Shilling, winners of the NZ Open Doubles

Chris Shilling (Otago) and Sam Murray (Scotland) won a close final game over Stephen Mulliner (England) and Edward Wilson (Australia) to win the NZ Open Doubles. The final was a best-of-three and Chris and Sam won the first game. After time was called on the second game, Stephen and Edward were one hoop ahead. Sam took the longer shot and pegged out to equalise a resulting with two balls off the lawn. After Stephen played, Chris got the roquet and made his hoop the take the game and the championship.

Ian Burridge (Wales) and Alain Giraud (England) won the Plate Knockout with Greg Bryant (West coast ) and Felix Webby (Taranaki) runners-up.

The singles will start Tuesday. There will be block play at United and Fendalton Park Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 January followed by the main knockout and the plate.

All results and commentaries are on CroquetScores.