South Island Championship – Entries and billets wanted

The CNZ South Island AC Championship will be played in Canterbury Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 December 2018. Headquarters is United Croquet Club and other clubs may be used if required. Canterbury players are encouraged to enter. You can enter via the CNZ website.

Events will be:

  • Open Doubles
  • Open Singles
  • Singles 0 to 3
  • Singles 4 and over


Accommodation is needed for players entering the Championships.  We are canvassing players right across the country to enter this event. As you will appreciate, travelling from another part of the country to play in a croquet competition may be a fair hunk of dosh, so we can make it easier for players to enter if some kind members of our croquet fraternity could host some players as billets for this event. Please let our Accommodation Officer know what may be offered. You may charge for a billet, typically between $30 and $50. To be negotiated.
Contact Owen Evans, phone: 338 8294, email:

Interclub, Johnson and GC KO draws posted

The draws for the AC Interclub, GC Interclub, Johnson Memorial and the GC Knock-out were distributed to clubs at the Club Captains’ meeting on Saturday 22 September held at United Club.

The draws are now on the website and can be viewed online or downloaded for printing.

Details are on the web pages below:
GC Interclub begins Friday 5 October (12 Oct for division 1)

GC Knock-out begins Sunday 7 October
AC Interclub begins on Tuesday 9 October 2018
Johnson Memorial begins Saturday 13 October


Canterbury Retains the Interprovincial

On Sunday 23 September 2018 South Canterbury and Canterbury competed in the annual AC inter-provincial.

The Canterbury team was: John Yarrall, Owen Evans, Ian Campbell, Neville Turner, Leo Van Oosten, Alan Cook, Sally Jeffcott, Marguaritte Rogers (Captain), Patsy Clegg, Carol Kidd, Bruce McLay and Rosalind Thomson.

A great day was had by all. So, Basil was once again retained by Canterbury after some well fought-out games. A huge thanks to Raylene Coles and her team from the Waireka club who hosted and kept us watered and fed. A big thanks to the South Canterbury team who challenged Canterbury in every way.

The tournament was played as doubles with three 2-hour games that stopped on the bell. The winning team is the one with the greatest number of hoops. Canterbury scored 196 to 159 for South Canterbury.

The prize – Basil the ram
John Yarrall, Owen Evans, Sally Jeffcott, Ian Campbell, Neville Turner, Marguaritte Rogers (Captain), Bruce McLlay (obscured), Patsy Clegg, Leo Van Oosten, Rosalind Thomson, Alan Cook (obscured), Carol Kidd
Raylene presenting Marguaritte with Basil the Ram

2018 Inter-provincial Results

Changes to GC and AC handicapping and GC Rules

Changes have been made to the AC handicapping system, the GC handicapping system and to the GC Rules. These changes are in force now and it is essential that players understand them before they start playing for the season.

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GC Rules

A new version of the GC Rules has been approved and is now in force. There are a number of significant changes, so it is essential that players understand the changes before they play competitively this season.

Information on the new rules are available:
The A6-size booklet that can be ordered from CNZ: 2018 GC Rules
A 2-page summary of the Principal Changes
An 11-page explanation of the Rationale for the changes
Official Rulings effective 1 October 2018

A session on the new GC rules will be held on Saturday 22 September at 9:00am at United Croquet Club, followed by a club captain’s meeting with Jonathan Hart at 10.30am.
Parking is limited, so please car-pool and park in the public car park, or elsewhere if possible.

GC Handicapping changes

The number of index points gained or lost for level doubles games has changed.

Croquet New Zealand will not print new GC AHS cards until their current stock is used. They will be providing stickers that can be pasted over the table that has changed.

Meanwhile, you can use these GC AHS Charts. One side is used before handicap games to work out the number of extra turns. The other side is used after the game to work out the number of index point gained or lost.

Association Croquet Handicapping

The Automatic Handicapping System for AC has changed and now applies to all AC games. This change now aligns the New Zealand system with the system used in Australia and United Kingdom. That means, if you play in Australia or the UK, or if their players play in New Zealand. everyone can use their AHS cards as they would at home. It will avoid the messy conversions that used to be necessary.

The new system will mean a change in you index points and to your handicap for most players.

Before you use your AC AHS card see your club handicapper who will make the necessary changes. The instructions for making the changes are: AC Handicap changes 2018.

New AC AHS cards will be printed soon but you can use the charts on the new AC AHS Card meanwhile.

Details of the CCA management committee are now on the website here.

Draft CCA 2018-19 calendar released

Jonathan Hart, CCA Tournament Convenor, has released the draft calendar for 2018-19.

You can download a PDF version or view individual months here.

Jono has requested clubs to provide a list of teams and their handicaps by 1 August for GC interclub and AC interclub and their preference for Monday or Tuesday for each AC team.  Clubs can have as many teams as they like, but be mindful of reserves.

If a club has players that would like to play, but can’t form a team for whatever reason then also let Jono know names and handicaps as he may be able to form a combined teams from different clubs. Like wise, if your club has players that are willing to be a reserve for any club also let him know.

Jono will then collate the teams and decide if:
a) We am going to have a Monday or Tuesday or both for AC interclub (this will depend on how many teams there are and their preferences.
b) If he needs to alter any divisions.

Once Jono gets all this information he will let clubs know which day AC inter club is and the new criteria (if any) ASAP. He will then ask clubs for final team names for AC interclub, Johnson and GC interclub. This will need to be with Jono round 18 August and he will then work on the draws etc and have them ready for the club captains for 22 Sept.

Interclub is due to start around the 5 Oct onwards (depending on teams etc) and finish round the 8 Dec

The CCA play-off tentative dates and venues are:

Event Date Venue
Beginners Day Sun 2 Dec St James
AC inter club play offs early Dec United
GC inter club Play off early Dec United
Johnson Play off Sat 8, Sun 9 Dec St Martins
CCA Arthur Ross play-off Sun 10 Feb Barrington
CCA Don Reyland play-off Sun 17 Feb Elmwood
AC silver badge Sun 3 March Barrington
GG silver badge Sun 10 March Holmes Park
Atkins final 9 or 16 April Fendalton depending on format
CCA closing day early April yet to be decided