Live stream of the World Golf Croquet Team Championship

The final of the World Golf Croquet Team Championship between New Zealand and Egypt will be streamed this weekend on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel which can be found at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaOvfE-4N9pm_36a2NYB8yw/featured

The eight teams of four have played in Nelson in two blocks with the top two teams from each block to go into a knockout semifinal and then the final on this weekend the 11th and 12th of January.

Egypt won its block with the United States runner-up: in the other block New Zealand won with England runner-up.  The other teams were South Africa and Sweden in the first block and Australia and Ireland.

Egypt comfortably won its semi-final against England. New Zealand won its semi-final against USA in a close-fought test.

Youth is to the forefront with the oldest Egyptian being 31 and the defending champions, New Zealand, having a team under 30.

Three of the New Zealand team have won the Under 21 World Golf Croquet Championship Josh Freeth (2015), Felix Webby (2017), Edmund Fordyce (2019) whilst Duncan Dixon has won the national title many times.  Also three of the team are members of the United club with Felix being the exception.

Results will be at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/world-teams-championship-4

NZ win all block tests at the GC World Team Champs

The 2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 1 is being held at Nelson from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 January 2020. There are eight four-player teams from New Zealand, Egypt, Australia, England, South Africa, USA, Sweden and Ireland.

The New Zealand team is Duncan Dixon, Edmund Fordyce, Joshua Freeth and Felix Webby.

The championship started with block play. There are two blocks of four teams. Each test consists of eight best-of-three matches. Block play ended Wednesday and NZ won all three tests losing only two matches.

Full results are at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/world-teams-championship-4

Read the Stuff article at https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/118613887/croquets-gc-greats-descend-on-nelson-for-world-championships

The Swedish team spend several days playing at United Croquet Club where they also played a team of Canterbury U17 players on Thursday 2 January. Results of this match is at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/sweden-v-canterbury-u17

The original posting had some errors:
1. The location was incorrectly given as Napirt
2. USA is participating, not the Finland
3. The Swedish team practiced at United, not Finland

Tournament Convenor’s Report

AC

Winner: Edgeware
Runner-up: Akaroa

GC Div 1

Winner: Cashmere
Runner-up: Hornby

GC Div 2

Final was between Rangiora and Cashmere. Cashmere was winner by 3 hoops.

GC Div 3

Finals to be played Friday
between St James Park and Rangiora 2 at Kaiapoi

Johnson

Top 8 teams to play finals at United on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December.
St James d
St James f
United b
United a
United e
Cashmere
Rangiora a
Edgeware f

These were finalists but Rangiora was unable to play so I think Barrington Park c will take the place.

Reminders

  • Atkins entries by 15 December. Only 6 clubs have entered 16 teams so far.
  • CNZ have said in their newsletter that they are looking for people to put name forward for invitations. If club has any names contact CNZ or me by 15 January with names.
  • We need more people for AC grades at start of next year. As of now have only two entries
  •  South Island GC teams is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 March. If you believe you have players in each grade that would be a interested and are able to represent Canterbury please forward names to me and I will select players. I may also arm twist players as well. But if you put names forward at least I have a starting point.
  • Arthur Ross and Don Reyland should be well under way. See poster I sent out.
  • AC and GC Silver Badges should also be considered. Also see poster sent out tonight (Thursday).
  • I need a manager desperately for Carol Haywood played on  28 January, 11 and 18 February, 3, 10 and 17 March.

Cheers
Jono

 

CCA GC Doubles Handicap

The CCA Golf Croquet Doubles Handicap competition was held at Fendalton Park Croquet Club on Sunday 24 November. The weather was kind to us: the forecast was for 28 degrees, but cloud and an easterly breeze kept the temperature down.

There were 13 pairs entered and games were played in two blocks with the winners of each block playing off for the trophy. The clear winner of block A was Gae Keng and Joan Bradford from Fendalton and the winner on net points in Block B was Josh Winter and James Duggan from Cashmere.

The final was a tense game with extra turns being used wisely and the winners of the day were Gae Keng and Joan Bradford with Runner up being Josh Winter and James Duggan. The second team in each block played for third place and this was between Jono Hart (St James) and Mike Bunce (St Martins) against Terry Green and Liz Partridge from Rangiora. Liz and Terry managed to take out third place.

It was great to have Lyn from Ryman Health, our sponsor for the tournament to be there to present the trophies.

The competition was good, there was a pleasant atmosphere, great facilities, some lovely croquet, and a good day was had by all. It was pleasing to see members from a number of clubs participating.

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Gae Keng and Joan Bradford, winners of the 2019 CCA GC Handicap Doubles with Lyn (centre) from Ryman Health, our sponsor for the tournament

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 https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/nz-secondary-schools-golf-croquet-national-championship. Also check out the Croquet New Zealand facebook page https://www.facebook.com/croquetnzpage/.