Players In Focus

Chris McWhirter Janine McHardy

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Check out Janine’s signature jump shot! (3:11 & 3:36)

2018 Australian Interstate Croquet Comp

National Representation

2019 Women’s World Championships

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Player Profile – Janine McHardy

It was during this tournament that Janine’s big hitting was clearly demonstrated when she managed to demolish her partners blue ball!

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State Representation

Gold Croquet (ISS) 2012 ………. and still going

Refelctions from the 2017 event Hoop Hoop Hooray!

Winners are grinners

National Titles

  • ACA GC Womens Eights 2015
  • ACA GC Open Doubles with B McHardy R/Up 2017

State Titles

  • Croquetwest Mixed Doubles 2018,2021
  • Croquetwest Doubles 2017, 2021
  • Croquetwest Ladies Singles 2017, 2021

Greatest Moments in Croquet

Being part of the winning WA ISS team (yes, I cried!). Playing in the Women’s World Championships in NZ and meeting amazing players from around the world and managing to steal a game from two Egyptian players. Executing an awesome 3 yard jump shot in my very first Women’s Nationals – I had only been playing for 2 years at the time.

Croquet Roles

GC Referee, Vice Captain of WA State Team. I have also served on Croquetwest and Forrest Park committees in various roles including Secretary and Treasurer.

and apart from croquet, Janine enjoys:

Jewellery making, sewing, enjoying red wine with friends (especially after a croquet tournament)

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National Titles 2015

Read more about Janine’s 2015 experience here.

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With partner in crime 2017

Chris McWhirter

Check out Chris in full flight on the croquet court!

Last Game of ACA Mens GC Final 2015

National Team Representation

Trans Tasman – 2015 and 2019 (reserve) Results 2015

World Teams Tier 1 – 2020 (Australia 5th) Tournament Report

World Teams Tier 2 – 2016 Captain (Australia 1st) An article by Claire Keating – Page 8 and an interview before heading off

World Champs Player – 2011, 2015, 2017 Results 2017

State Representation

Association Croquet (Eire Cup) – 6 times, 2005 – 2010

Golf Croquet (ISS) – 13 times, 2007 – 2019 (2020 and 2021 cancelled due covid)

Chris is one of the few players to have competed at every GC ISS and 9 times as Captain.

National Titles:

  • Australian Gold Medalist – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Australian Mens Singles – 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Presidents Eights – 1st Tier – 2016, 2017

State Titles

  • WA Bronze Medal – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • WA Champion of Champions – 2010, 2012, 2018, 2019
  • WA State Open Doubles – 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
  • WA State Mixed Doubles – 2019
  • WA Open Singles – 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020
  • WA Mens Singles – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2019
  • Victorian Mens Singles – 2019

Greatest Moments in Croquet:

Being the Australian flag bearer at the 2015 World Championships in NZ was very special.

Playing in the 2016 World Teams Tier 2 event as Australian Captain for the first time was a dream debut as Captain. There was huge expectation on the team to win the event and bring Australia back into the Tier 1 group. The team was amazing and their support helped me get through the tournament undefeated. I still remember the moment we won a critical game against Spain on the final day which put us into an unbeatable position.

Winning the Interstate shield for WA in 2017 would still be my greatest and fondest moment, it was truly a team win with everyone contributing and a sensational celebration!

And just a little more from Chris:

Croquet has been a big part of my life for 20+ years but outside of that;

  • I have a restored 1977 Leyland Mini that I received as a 40th birthday present
  • I played Rugby League in school and still play touch rugby with some school friends 26 years later.
  • I’ve been married for 10 years to Dee and have a 3 year old Staffy/Kelpie (Dingo!) called Piper.
  • Food (wine!), Travel, Friends and Family are the most important things in life.
The Ginger Walrus as requested by Peter Freer