Pennant Results for 2022/23 Season

GC Pennants are over for another season. It was fantastic to see so many players involved.

Thank you to the various clubs for hosting and to John for all of his organising.

A Grade Winners: Forrest Park

B Grade Winners: East Fremantle

C Grade Winners: Forrest Park

Best Players

A-Grade

Brett McHardy                  11/12     Forrest Park

Janine McHardy                10/12     Forrest Park

Peter Hamilton                  6/6        Como                    (special mention)

B Grade

Colin Stewart                     8/10       Belmont               (playing for East Fremantle)

Ed Parravicini                     9/12       Forrest Park

Kerry Loane                        9/12       East Fremantle

C-Grade

Ken Lindorff                        9/10       East Fremantle

Gerry Hunt                          8/10       Forrest Park       

Dale Petherick                   4/4         East Fremantle  (special mention)

Full results can be found on Croquetscores. A Grade B Grade C Grade

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Gosnells Trophy and Xmas Club Event

Neville Raxworthy is the newest Life Member of the Gosnells Croquet Club

Neville is an AC player and former club champion who has been a long standing servant of the club.

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Locating the competition balls is not always easy.

John got an unexpected surprise when he went to grab the competition balls on the weekend.

John is in there somewhere!
Much easier once some of those balloons escaped!
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Around the Courts – 5th December

Another busy weekend on the courts highlighted by the running of the Croquetwest State B Grade Singles.


GC State B Grade Singles

A terrific field of 20 talented players contested the State B Grade Singles on the weekend.

The event was held at two venues. Block A – Higgins Park and Block B – Forrest Park. The finals were held at Higgins Park.

The results of the block stages proved how competitive the event was.

Everyone went back to Higgins Park for the finals and it was Steve Newbold who eventually came out on top. Congratulations Steve on a great effort.

Marcus provided the following comments:

Winner, Steve Newbold – Halls Head. Lost only one game in block play. Played very intelligently, highly accurate, and with nerves of steel. Beat a determined and dogged Des Boxall (Katanning) in his semi.

Runner up – Ed Parravicini (The Macaroni Pony – Forrest Park). 5th with one game left in block play on Sunday morning, a resounding win launched him into the finals. Beat a luckless Brian Scott who’s excellent form through block play left him at the crucial stage.

The block play at Higgins Park was oustanding, the competition fierce and every game hard fought. At both venues six players could have made the finals with a game to go.

Steve Newbold spoke for all when he acknowledged how hard he had to fight, and how the opposition drove him to play his best shots for two tough days.

Many thanks to our host clubs and their members with a special shout out to our tournament managers in John and Bethwyn.

Past Winners of this event.


Geraldton – Anne Bunter Handicap Doubles

This weekend the Geraldton Croquet Club conducted their handicap doubles competition. It is great to see this event continue to grow in strength with 8 pairs battling it out over the weekend.

From Kay:

This weekend, the Bunter Golden Mallet Handicap Doubles matches were played on Saturday and Sunday morning. 

Great weather, a very competitive group of participants including several new players pushing those more experienced in the game of Golf Croquet. 

Bob Imray and Doug Lee were the winners with six match wins out of seven.

Runnersup were Charley and Jan MacSween with five wins out of seven.

Bob Imray and Doug Lee

Dunsborough

Dunsborough once again posted some terrific photos from their courts last Thursday.

Great to see so much happening! Bowls and croquet happening together.
Cloud formations

Marty Spotted in Albany

It seems like every other week, Marty is off again touring the west and visiting another croquet club. This week it was Gomm Park’s turn to partake in some coaching.

These coaching sessions are always well received and I believe the next country event will be in Bunbury at Moorabinda in early January.

I wonder if Marty will ever start off his sessions with his own theme song?

Hot Summer night
With a slight breeze swirling around
And the grass on the ground smelling sweet

Out on the road
In the middle of a town
And to the sound of that croquet beat

Sits a manicured lawn
Where there ain’t no trees
And that croquet club
Telling you and me

It’s love, they all say
Marty Clark’s Travelling Croquet Show
Pack up the nibblies
And grab your mallets
And everyone goes
‘Cause everyone knows
It’s Marty Clark’s travellin’ show


Cambridge – Another School Year comes to a conclusion

Check out all the happenings at Cambridge over the past week on their Facebook site.

A gateball hoop race with our primary school kids today to finish our 6 week block of school sport
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East Fremantle – Supporting their local community

In September, the East Fremantle Croquet Club held an art exhibition with works submitted by their members. The pieces were sold in a silent auction and generated $900.

Yesterday, the club formally presented a donation of $900 to the St Pat’s Centre which provides services & support to homeless people in the wider Fremantle community.

Pictured below: David Fardon, President & Art Show Coordinator with Helen Johnstone presenting their cheque to Melanie Watkins from St Pat’s to help with their work.

You can find out more about the work St Pat’s do by visiting their website.

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AC 14 Point Pennants

Wednesday 30th November saw the conclusion of the the AC 14 Pennant season. All teams gathered at Nedlands, and in warmish conditions, enjoyed a great day on the courts.

Congratulations to Alan Sands, Dianne Bower, John Doepel and David Hedges who all managed to win their three games in the last round.

For the fifth year in a row, Gosnells were crowned champions. In an equally impressive performance, Tim Barkes was awarded player of the season for the third consecutive year.

Full results can be found on Croquetscores.

Gosnells – John, Bernie, David and Tim

During the season, a total of 24 players participated. Our hope is that we can build upon this next year.

Pennants provide the perfect opportunity to hone ones AC skills and to be part of a team.

Tim – Player of the Season
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MacRobertson Shield

Yesterday saw the completion of the 2022 MacRobertson Shield with England coming out on top after winning all three of their test matches. A fantastic effort.

The Winners – England

Full results can be found on Croquetscores and all videos are still available for you to watch at your leisure.

There were many fantastic individual performances throughout the event but the standout must surely be the effort of Jamie Burch who went through the entire MacRob undefeated. I’m not sure how many times this has happened before, but it is a truly remarkable achievement.

For Sale

Please see below information and attached picture for the sale of Mac Rob Polo Shirts and bucket hats:

  • Short sleeve polo shirts $40 each or two for $60, plus delivery
  • Long sleeve polo shirts $45 each or two for $70, plus delivery
  • Shirts are white, 100% cotton, with either coloured logo or navy logo.
  • We also, have bucket hats available for $25
  • All shirt and hat sizing are generous
  • For bulk orders ACA will pay for postage
  • (we have a 4 caps $30 and 2 bags $40 left but delivery will be after Xmas for these items).

Payment via EFT to the ACA with BSB: 062 919 ACC:10272913

Email Kerri-Ann Organ: kerriannorgan@croquet-australia.com.au  for postage and delivery coordination

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Around the Courts 28th November

There was plenty happening around the courts this week. The MacRobertson Shield has reached its conclusion, the annual Busselton Spring Handicap Doubles was held and with local competitions at Halls Head and Cambridge, there was plenty to keep us actively engaged.


Halls Head Parry Shield

WINNERS! Left to right:

  • Judy -Parry Shield,
  • Steve – Parry Cup
  • Lyn -President of Club
  • Sheila – Parry Star

Awards named for our founder member Marjorie Parry

The Parry Winners
Finalists in the Parry Shield: L to R: Linda, Judy (winner), Silvia (runner up) and Bette. Well done all.

Cambridge – Ray Morrison Tournament

The Roy Morrison Tournament was held at Cambridge this week for their Alumni members.

Winners: Eleanor and Brian (Undefeated in three games)


Cambridge Website

If you need to find out anything about the Cambridge Croquet Club, be sure to check out their fantastic Webpage!

They also keep you up to date on their Facebook page with everything that is happening around the club. Be sure to visit regularly.


South West Spring Handicap Doubles

A terrific turnout at Busselton over the weekend with 20 pairs competing in the annual Spring Handicap Doubles.

The pairing of Trevor Hulcup and Ron Vincent (Busselton) played off for third against Anne Benz & Helmut Benz (Moorabinda) whilst the final was played between Linda Pearce and Joyce Carbone (Busselton /Gosnells) and Max Kewish & Kim Reynolds (Busselton).

  • Winners: Linda Pearce and Joyce Carbone
  • Runners Up: Max Kewish and Kim Reynolds
  • Third: Trevor Hulcup and Ron Vincent
  • Fourth: Anne and Helmut Nenz
Jan and Terry Craddock enjoyed a terrific weekend in the Busselton/Dunsborough region

Mandurah Croquet Club

The Mandurah Croquet & Recreation Club now has a directional sign at the corner of Allnutt and Thomson Street, Mandurah as well as some free standing banners thanks to the City of Mandurah who approved and processed two SmartyGrants.

The banners will not only be used at our venue but also in public forums with the aim of promoting and recruiting new members for our Club.


York Croquet Doubles Competition

The York club recently held their Golf Croquet club doubles championships. You can find more images on the club’s Facebook site.

  • Winners: Dan Ryan and Rod Carter
  • Runners Up: Dorothy and Denis Bull
  • Tournament Manager: Maureen Knox

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Coaching is all around us

We are most fortunate in WA with the number of coaching opportunities that are available to us.

All of our clubs take an active role in building our great game. From club run sessions such as those conducted by Sheila and Christine at Halls Head on a Monday, the GC and AC courses run by Jannine on a Thursday morning at Moorabinda and club sessions at Cambridge are just a few of the examples.

Jannine coaching at Moorabinda this morning.

Added to this, Marty has been visiting many of the clubs and running one day sessions, as well as visiting a few clubs in the Eastern States as part of his role as the Australian Croquet Association High Performance Manager.

Yesterday, he was spotted at Forrest Park and there was a great turnout from the members who lined the courts eager to learn more.

There are also a number of GC and AC squad practices that are conducted throughout the year.

Yesterday, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Megan, Tim, Judith, John, Marcus and myself all participated in the last of our AC State Team Development sessions with Alan Sands. These have ben fantastic and we have learnt so much. Our focus yesterday was on setting a leave, thick take offs and revising much of what we had done earlier.

We are indeed lucky in WA!

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