Canterbury competed in the Annual South Island Teams tournament held at Ashburton on the 7 and 8 April. This is normally played at Waireka club, but due to their lawn refurbishment it was held at the smaller Allenton club. This year it was Golf Croquet. The Canterbury team was Jonathan Hart (premier), Marguaritte Rogers (senior), Tim Slack (Intermediate) and Tony Waters (primary).
With teams from Nelson, Canterbury, South Canterbury (2 teams), Otago and Southland most of the South Island associations were represented.
The winners were Nelson with 23 out of a possible 30 games. Runners-up were Canterbury with 17 from 30, with South Canterbury Green and Otago close behind.
The weather started off on the Saturday quite wet with the lawn that we started playing on being almost unplayable, but thankfully the weather did improve. The weather on the Sunday was much better for playing croquet.
The format was 5 games of singles on the Saturday against the other associations and 5 games of doubles (with Premier and Senior pairing up and Intermediate and Primary pairing up).
Over all it was an enjoyable weekend with good croquet, good food and good company.
The format of this event is three two-day tests between Australia and New Zealand. Each test consists of 1 day of doubles (4 different mixed doubles pairing), and one day of singles (single gender – 4 women’s and 4 men’s), and the matches are all Best-of-Three, with time limits of 3hr, 3hr and 2hr (cumulative).
The teams are (in playing order): New Zealand
Greg Bryant (Captain)
About 50 people enjoyed the hospitality of Cashmere Club on Sunday 15th April. Unfortunately it was windy in Christchurch that day but as Cashmere is so sheltered play continued right up to the home-made afternoon tea which was very welcome.
Owen and Philippa presented the trophies and certificates and Howard Pettigrew photographed the recipients.
Owen thanked Cashmere and Presidents of Clubs and his Exec, and Joan Bradford was thanked for her work over many years for keeping track of trophies and preparing certificates.
CCA Vice President
See photos and list of prizes below.
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Geraldine Murphy, Bruce McLay, Mary Morrison, Rosalind Thomson, Tony O’Donnell
The CCA GC Silver Badge tournament for all divisions was played at Holmes Park Croquet Club on Sunday 25 March 2018.
Clubs sent one representative in each grade after a playoff in their club.
After a cold and wet couple of days the sun shone on the players, the lawns were a credit to Holmes Park and we had a great number watching the 18 competitors. Again, it was a pleasure being hosted by Holmes Park.
The Premier (-6 to +2) was won by Jenny Clarke (United) with Jonathan Hart (St James) a close runner up.
Pamela Hurst( United) won the Senior Grade (+3 to +5) with Marguaritte Rogers St James) second on a count back.
Tim Slack (Holmes Park) won the Intermediate Grade (6 to 8) from Lyn Madgwick Cashmere).
Denise Mc Loughlin (United) won the Primary (9 to 16) with Tony Waters (Cashmere) runner-up.
There was some spectacular play in all grades and everyone enjoyed the day.
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.