GC Open Singles Results

Gary Phipps from Moorabinda Bunbury won his first GC WA State Open Singles title on the long weekend. Six time winner Chris McWhirter was the runner-up. Gary’s recent good form continued despite a slow start and going behind a game in the best of three final, he recovered with a brilliant boundary jump at hoop 13 in game two and won the deciding game.

Torben Bak was third and Michael Trefusis-Paynter continued his recent good run with a fourth place finish. The other quarter finalists were Alan Sands, Martin Clarke, Brett McHardy and Paul Christmass from Geraldton. The plate was won by Marcus McGavock of Forrest Park from Maggie Cussell of Gosnells. Click here for all the results on croquetscores.com.

It was noted that despite the weather and heavy schedule of events that the standard was uniformly high and certainly top class in the final and consolation games. The event will be reviewed to refine some points for next time. A number of players also triggered handicaps during the event.

Thanks to Como and Victoria Park’s new home Higgins Park for hosting the event, also to all those who helped with catering, refereeing and court setting.


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Recent Tournament Results

Country Weekend – GC

A Grade winner Max Woolf, runner-up Robyn Dart, B Grade winner Howard O’Neill, runner-up Des Boxall, C Grade winner Dianne Bower, runner-up Lyn McPharlin, D Grade winner Frank Quicke, runner-up Helen Quicke
Player of the Tournament, Howard O’Neill
Winning Team – Busselton – Robyn Dart, Caryll Marshall, Max Kewish, Frank Quicke, Helen Quicke.

Mid Week GC One Day Singles

A Grade winner Michael Trefusis-Paynter, B Grade winner Jenifer Rechter, C Grade winner Jenifer Rechter
This is Michael’s first significant event win! Jenifer is the first player to win two grades in one year.

City v Country AC

Winning Team  – City – Tim Barkes, Coral Broun, James Brown, Geoff Longshaw, Michael Murphy, Jeff Newcombe, Peter Pekaar, Elizabeth Petrich.

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ACA GC Singles and Doubles Results

Congratulations to Gary Phipps (Moorabinda) who finished second in the ACA GC Open Singles held recently at Cairnlea in Victoria. Gary was beaten by former AC World Champion, Robert Fletcher from Victoria, in 4 hard-fought games in the best of 5 game final. Gary won the first game with a hoop run from the boundary on 13! Click here to see the GWN interview with Gary when he arrived back in Bunbury.

Congratulations also to Brett McHardy (Forrest Park) who finished 4th. Brett was knocked out in the semi’s by Gary. All the tournament details are on croquetscores.com.

Brett and Gary also competed in the ACA GC Open Doubles in days before the Singles. They finished 5th in the tournament, beating the highest rank pair in the round before losing in the quarters 7/6 7/6. The tournament was won by John van der Touw and Richard Parks from Victoria. All the details are on croquetscores.com.

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GC Handicap Trial

The State GC Open Handicap Singles is being held at Moorabinda on the June 12 and 13.

The format of the event will trial of the new World Croquet Federation ‘No Extra Turns’ handicapping system. Games will be played as per level play but with the lower ranked player starting with a scoring advantage. The advantage is calculated on a predetermined chart. Normal start to the games, from corner 4 { yellow flag } to hoop 1 and hoops contested as per normal sequence. Handicap cards will not be used for the trial.

Please consider supporting this trial.

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New Dates for Rescheduled Events

Due to the recent COVID-19 restrictions on travel in the Perth & Peel Regions a number of AC events were rescheduled. The Croquetwest calendar has now been updated with the following changes:

  • AC State Open Singles is on the 6th and 7th March (still at Forrest Park)
  • AC State Mixed Doubles is on the 13th and 14th March (to be held at Moorabinda)
  • AC Handicap Singles is on the 27th and 28th March (to be held at Nedlands)
  • AC State Open Doubles is on the 10th and 11th April (still at Como).

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Croquet Australia Event Cancellations

Croquet Australia regrets to advise that, due to possible Covid-19 ramifications for players travelling interstate, the following events have been cancelled:

  • President’s Golf Croquet Eights, Victorian Croquet Centre, Melbourne (12th to 14th February 2021),
  • Interstate Cup team competition (the Eire Cup), Sydney (17th to 23rd March 2021),
  • Association Croquet Gold Medal, Sydney (10th to 12th March 2021), and
  • Association Croquet Men’s and Women’s Championships, Sydney (13th to 16th March 2021).

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Croquetwest Announces GC Squads for 2021

Croquetwest would like to congratulate the following players on their selection to the GC State Squad and the State Support Squad for 2021.

State Squad
Ladies: Janine McHardy, Robyn Dart, Jennifer Brand, Joyce Carbone, Maggie Cussell, Wendy Pritchard, Kay Chynoweth.
Men: Chris McWhirter, Brett McHardy, Torben Bak, Martin Clarke, Alan Sands, Kim Reynolds, Gary Phipps, Ben Brown, Henry Smith.

State Support Squad
Ladies: Debra Bowling, Nola Kimberley, Glynnis Ranger, Wendy Prendiville, Dianne Bower, Katie Williams, Pat Tombleson, Sandy Boon, Lesley Holmes.
Men: Paul Christmass, Rob Bowling, Marcus McGavock, Darcy DeVries, Michael Trefusis-Paynter, John Rea, David Williams, Lachlan Millar.

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Christmas Wishes from Croquetwest

The Croquetwest Management Committee wishes all players a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. Click here for Christmas Wishes from the Croquetwest President.

Click here for a link to the Australian Croquet Association Christmas Newsletter.

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WA Not Participating in the Eire Cup or AC Gold Medal

Croquetwest has determined that WA will not be sending a team to the upcoming AC Eire Cup or a representative for the ACA Gold Medal event. Both are scheduled to be held in NSW in March 2021. Click here for the full statement from the Croquetwest Management Committee.

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2020-21 Croquetwest Calendar Updated

The Events Calendar for the rest of the Croquestwest season (to the end of Sept 2021) has now been updated and published. The full event entries can be found by clicking on the ‘Croquetwest Full Calendar‘ on the top right hand side of the home page. The ‘Event Calendar on a Page‘ link is just below it on the home page. There a still a number of events to have venues finalised. As details become available the Calendar will be updated. Any questions please contact Martin Clarke by email.

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