CCA GC Grades Primary and Silver Badge

The re-scheduled final day of this tournament was played at Cashmere Club on 15 January in sunshine, after being rained out in November. A full field of 24 players including two entrants from Awamoa Gardens in Oamaru participated.

The tournament was played in 4 blocks of 6 with the top two from each block moving on to play a quarter final, with the winners progressing to the semi-final. Four clubs were represented – John Whyte, Rangiora: Kate Milan, Awamoa Gardens: Jocelyn Partridge, St Martins and Graham Jones, Akaroa. After two hard-fought games the finalists were John Whyte and Kate Milan.

Kate had left her mallet in Oamaru playing the entire day with an unfamiliar mallet so getting to the final was a great effort. John progressed through to the final unbeaten and was hoping to make it one more win.

There were some great shots played by both players throughout the game, however, John managed to continue his 100% record and came away with the win 7 – 3.

It was a pleasure to manage the tournament and look forward to seeing all the players enter many more CCA Tournaments.

Gay Jones with John Whyte – Winner
Gay Jones with Kate Milan – Runner-up

2021 AC Handicap Singles

9 & 10 October 2021

CCA AC Handicap Singles 2021, Tournament Report

Eight keen and hardy AC players lined up for the annual Handicap Singles Tournament at Holmes Park Croquet Club last weekend.  There were to be 5 rounds, 3 rounds of block play on the Saturday when it was very cool, especially if forced to wait in the shelter for your chance to make progress round the hoops.  Semi-finals and final were held on the Sunday, when the conditions were perfect, a Goldilocks day, not too hot and not too cold.  The lawns were a treat to play on, true if not a little heavy and slow, which can be expected at this time of the year.  Thank you to the Holmes Park club for hosting this event and making us feel welcome.

All the players enjoyed their matches, especially when the result was tight, a number of games only being decided in the last minutes of the 3 hours’ time limit or in Regulation 9.  The winner of the tournament was Levi Franks, a youth player from Cashmere, who only just made into the semis with a net hoop score slightly ahead of the other two single game winners in block play. However, he had two comprehensive wins from there on, “pegging off” himself in both games. Levi retains the trophy he won in this tournament last season.  His opponent Josh Winter, also a youth player from Cashmere had cruised through the block play with three wins, his first game with two bisques only requiring 2 breaks, one of 11, the other of 15 hoops. Quite phenomenal as this is only his 3rd season of A C. The beaten semi-finalists were Marguaritte Rogers from St James and John Hearnshaw from United.

The tournament was certainly enhanced with the presence of Ian Campbell, being a very capable umpire, who officiated for the whole of the tournament. It was certainly appreciated by the players, who not only accepted a neutral opinion but also learnt some technical issues from him as well.  It was interesting that the new rule on “accidental contact in critical positions” had little effect, with players proceeding to play without the striker ball being marked at all.  Other critical strokes in play were under intense scrutiny from Ian, or players backed off attempting their shots.  Thanks for your attendance Ian, it was much appreciated.

Overall, the tournament was enjoyed by all with the highs and lows of handicap play accepted by the players in this kind of competition. Thankfully, the weather gods shone down on Sunday, and the final result was a cheerful group of players who are always seeking more opportunities of practice and competition in the classical form of the game. It is hoped that the CNZ South Island AC Tournament, due to be held at United prior to and during Show Weekend, can proceed or be postponed when CNZ Covid protocols are relaxed.  Alternatively, might it be possible for the CCA to schedule this tournament as a de facto South Island event on those dates?

Owen Evans

Tournament Manager

CCA GC Grades and Silver Badge

The Primary Grade this year was held over two days, Saturday and Sunday. The weather forecast did not look in our favour as the weekend got closer.

This year 24 players registered from Clubs across Canterbury, including two players travelling from Awamoa Gardens in Oamaru. We had 18 players at Cashmere and 6 players at St Martins on Saturday and managed to get all games finished before a light shower.

With steady rain overnight 2 of the lawns at Cashmere were not playable on Sunday. The players were very disappointed and have agreed to complete the tournament early in the new year – a date yet to be confirmed.

The Intermediate, Senior and Premiers, a total of 24 players, arrived on Sunday morning ready with wet weather clothing. After checking the lawns it was decided to go ahead with the tournament, however, we were reduced to the use of 3 lawns. Unfortunately this did mean longer wait times between games. All games were played in great spirit with many games going to the 13th hoop. The Senior Division was closely fought with the winner decided on the last hoop of the day.

Thank you to all the players  who entered the Grades this season and we look forward to setting a date for the completion of the Primary Division

Intermediate Winner:    Peter Entwistle – Barrington Club
Runner-up:                       Keelan Macfadyen – Wellington (Assoc United)
Third Place:                      Gaylia Powell – Cashmere

Senior winner:                 Dave McMillan – Akaroa
Runner-up:                       John Foster – Rangiora

Premier Winner:              Josh Winter – Cashmere
Runner-up:                        Levi Franks – Cashmere 

The Winners will also receive the CNZ Silver Badge

CCA GC Handicap Singles

On Sunday 26 September 2021 the CCA GC Handicap Singles Croquet Tournament was held at Fendalton Park Croquet Club and St Martins Croquet Club.

There were 32 entries which were organized into 4 blocks of 8 players with two blocks at each of the venues. The weather forecast wasn’t great but all 32 hardy souls turned up for the tournament. In spite of the cold and fortunately very little rain, there was some great croquet and a very pleasant though competitive spirit among the players.

Each player had five games in their block and the winners of each block then played a semi-final and final. The top players were Mark Winter from Cashmere, Galina Worley from United, Pat Pidgeon and Graham Jones from Akaroa. The semi-finals saw Mark and Graham battling it out in the finals for the trophy. It was a keenly contested game, going into overtime at an equal score.

Final results were Mark Winter as winner of the GC Handicap Singles tournament, Runner up Graham Jones and third place Pat Pidgeon.

My thanks go to Cheryl Morrall for managing the blocks of players at St Martins; to Gay Jones and Tim Slack for being the referees for the day; to John Borner and St Martins for agreeing to host the extra players at very short notice; and to Mike Dawson and others at Fendalton Park for their help in hosting the tournament at Fendalton. It was a great day !

Vilna Gough-Jones (Tournament Manager)

Tim Slack as referee in the Hi-viz vest and players in their warm jackets
Some serious concentration on the lawns
Winner Mark Winter with Vilna Gough-Jones
Runner up Graham Jones with Vilna Gough-Jones
Pat Pidgeon, third place, with Vilna Gough-Jones

AC Interprovincial – South Canterbury v Canterbury

On Sunday 19 September, Waireka Croquet Club in Ashburton hosted the annual AC Interprovincial Championship, with Canterbury travelling to defend the trophy won in 2020

A total of 20 experienced and newer players from Fendalton, Cashmere, St James, United, Holmes Park and Rangiora make the trek down. We arrived in the sunshine, and it remained for the rest of day with a cool breeze from time to time.

The game format was Championship Levels with three x two-hour games. At the end of round one the South Canterbury team held a one-point lead, however, Canterbury rallied during round two to finish with a 35-point lead going into round three. Strong games by Leo and Tim, and Marguaritte and Gay contributing 23 of those extra points. A great effort in the final round saw Canterbury stretch the lead to 43. This round saw strong games played by Josh and James, Myles and Bruce, Jono and Neville, and Geraldine and Helene.

The final score Canterbury 376 South Canterbury 333. Basil the Ram is safely back in Canterbury for another year.

Team photo – some were a bit shy and preferred to hide behind others
Marguaritte accepting Basil

New GC Referees

CCA recently ran training courses for Golf Croquet referees. Newly qualified referees are:
(top row) Mike Dawson (Fendalton) , John Borner (St Martins), Tim Slack (Holmes Park),
(bottom row) Gay Jones (Cashmere), Sylvia MacFarlane (Cashmere)

CCA Closing Day and prize-giving

CCA Closing Day was held Sunday 18 April 2021 at Fendalton Park Croquet Club.

The CCA Beginners competition was held before the closing.

Closing Day started with play from 2pm to 3pm followed by the prize-giving and afternoon tea.

Prizes and awards are listed below followed by photos.

Competition Club/team Names
GC interclub-Div 1 Cashmere Owen Evans, Tim Slack
   Runners-up Rangiora Alister Newey, John Foster
GC interclub-Div 2 United 1 Denise McLoughlin, Mike McLoughlin, Mary Morrison, Steve Ballinger
   Runners-up Cashmere Sylvia MacFarlane, Ken Lomax, Tony Waters, Merv Sarson
GC interclub-Div 3 Rangiora 1 Liz Partridge, Terry Green, Jenny Galbraith, Beverley Wood, Wil Henderson
   Runners-up Hornby 3 Marilyn Purvis, John Dewar, Mary Dewar, Tom Pluck
Twighlight interclub premier Cashmere 3 Myles Duggan, James Duggan
   Runners-up Cashmere 2 Levi Franks, Josh Winter
AC interclub United Geraldine Murphy, Steve Costigan
   Runners-up Rangiora 1 Carol Kidd, John Foster
Atkins Trophy (GC) Cashmere Lyn McKinnon, Janet Scott
   Runners-up Holmes Park Rim Slack, Lesley Clarkson
Atkins Trophy plate Cashmere Sylvia MacFarlane, Mark Winter
   Runners-up Fendalton Claire Horncastle, Trina Heffernan
Johnson Memorial (AC H/C doubles) Cashmere 3 Myles Duggan, Levi Franks
   Runners-up Cashmere 1 Ian Campbell, Flyn Moses-Jones
Bronze Medal Cashmere Myles Duggan
GC Silver Badge Premier (-6 to 2) United Duncan Dixon
GC Silver Badge Senior (3-5) Rangiora Neville Turner
GC Silver Badge Int. (6-8) Cashmere Melanie Stevenson
GC Silver Badge Primary (9-16) Akaroa Carolyn Smith
AC Silver Badge A (0-3.5) Cashmere Josh Winter
AC Silver Badge Int. (4-9) United Steve Costigan
AC Silver Badge B (10-16) Rangiora Alister Newey
AC Silver Badge C (18-24) Barrington Betty Eathorne
Geoffrey Naylor Most Improved Player award (GC) Akaroa Carolyn Smith
Geoffrey Naylor Most Improved Player award (AC) United Steve Costigan
Levi Franks (R/U)
Millennium Trophy Akaroa Club with highest percentage wins over all AC and GC interclub  events (58%)

CCA GC Newcomers competition

Players who had joined one of the 14 CCA Clubs since September 2019, were on a 12, 14 or 16 handicap and had not yet competed in Interclub were invited to enter a competition run on the morning of our Closing Day.

We expected around 20 entries but ended up with 40, representing 10 of our 14 clubs. Unfortunately, some had to withdraw, and we ended up with 8 blocks of 4 players with two blocks playing on a lawn. We had to be finished by 1 pm so went for a round robin format with each block of 4 playing 3, 7-point levels games and then Block A playing off against Block B to end up with a winner for each lawn. This meant that everyone played four 7-point games as well as allowing for lots of socialising with members from other clubs between games.

Many of the competitors had never played a singles game before, so the supervising referees on each lawn were kept very busy. Thank you to our five referees, Bruce McLay, Nigel Grondin, John Yarrall, Gay Jones and Duncan Dixon.

The format and withdrawals created a few issues for the managers, two of whom were managing their first tournament, but we coped. Apologies to Libby Newcombe who started in a block of five players and ended up on her own. Well done to Sylvia MacFarlane and Helen Webber for their excellent work, you make a great management team.

Many of the players had never filled an AHS card in before so help was on hand to show them how to use the charts to work out points won/lost and five players also reduced their handicaps. This will stand them in good stead for Interclub which is also Levels play. Thanks to Janet Scott, Esme Burt and others who helped out here.

After a chilly start we had a beautiful Canterbury day, and it was great to see players from so many clubs competing against each other and enjoying each other’s company. We are looking forward to seeing many of them competing in the Interclub competition next season and I will be running regular coaching/rules sessions over the winter to help them prepare for this. If you are interested, please email me at chorncastle1@gmail.com

Thank you to Fendalton CC for allowing us to use their lawns and to Mike Dawson and Vina Gough-Jones for turning out at 7.15 am to set everything up. A big thanks to Esme Burt and her team for their hard work in the kitchen for both this competition and the CCA prize-giving that followed.

Full results are on Croquet Scores at https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/cca-newcomers.

Winners: Jill Sutton (Barrington Park), Kit Grigg (Akaroa), Pat Buckley (Hornby), Mike Chaney (Cashmere)
Runners Up: Christine Foster (Rangiora), Josephine Ullrich (Fendalton), Sue Doggett & John Doggett (Fendalton)

South Island GC Teams Tournament

The bi-annual South Island GC Teams event was held over the weekend 20/21 March 2021 at the Waireka Croquet Club in Ashburton. The Associations represented were Canterbury, South Canterbury, Nelson, Southland and North Otago. 

Canterbury were represented by Duncan Dixon (United), Gay Jones (Cashmere), Mark Walker (Akaroa) and Lyn Ringrose (St Martins). 

South Canterbury had the overall lead after the singles games on Saturday.  The doubles were played on Sunday and the final result was still in the balance with 3 games to play. The Premier game between South Canterbury and Canterbury was won by Canterbury however the other two games were won by Southland and South Canterbury.

After two days of play the final result saw South Canterbury with 18 games and Canterbury on 17. 

A fantastic weekend with Croquet and new friendships the winner.  Congratulations to South Canterbury and we look forward to next year when it will be South Island AC Teams. 

Full details on CroquetScores at https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/si-golf-croquet-teams-championships-1

Canterbury team
All five participating teams