Around the Courts 12th September


In a the final, Tim Barkes (Gosnells) prevailed in a tight finish 17-16 from John Doepel (Forrest Park). David Squire (Moorabinda) finished 3rd with Robyn Dart in 4th position. Well done to all the competitors and our thanks go to the many volunteers who gave up their time to help with the tournament.

Saturday saw the conclusion of the Champion Bay SHS event. Jack and Jamme made the final and the result can be found on Croquetscores.

On Sunday, Como held the John Lewis Trophy. Steve Syme was successful in all of his matches and topped the table. David Cowley also performed well winning 4 of his games.

What to look forward too:

Sept 14th /15th Northam Trophy

Sept 18th Croquetwest Annual General Meeting @ 11am Forrest Park

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WCF GC Over 50’s World Championship Eligibility

Croquetwest will be hosting the WCF over 50’s world Championship in 2023.

Croquetwest would like to determine which WA players are eligible to play in the tournament. Click here for a list of the players who WCF have categorised as Over 50 in the World Rankings. If your name does not appear on this list but you are in the World Rankings, and you are Over 50 and would like to be considered, please contact the Match Committee to get your details updated.

Click here for the WCF World Rankings website for the full details.

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Around the Courts – September 5th

We had to venture far and wide to catch up with some performances this week.

In Queensland, Jennifer Brand competed in the Windsor Cup. After a slow start on the Saturday, she won all her games on Sunday to claim the top spot in her block. I am reliably informed, “First trophy I have won ….ever!! Full results

A happy winner!

Geraldton is currently hosting The Champion Bay SHS Year 12 event. Results can be found on Croquetscores.

As we enter springtime, many clubs are starting to carry out work on their courts. This past week has been a busy one at Como and you can read all about the work they have been undertaking on their Facebook page. Well done to Ben, Alan and all those involved.

What to look forward to:

6/7th September AC State Handicap Singles – Halls Head

I might need to check with Marty but with 12 competitors, this could be the largest AC tournament held for many years. It certainly compares favourably with the same event in 2018 and 2019 when only 6 competitors battled for the title. Good luck to all those involved. You can follow all the results on Croquetscores.

11/12th September Mandurah GC B Grade Doubles

If you would like to share an event held at your club recently with the wider Croquet community, simply submit the Croquetwest – Around the Courts form and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

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Around the Courts – August 30th

Cambridge hosted the annual State Team vs Barbarian clash and a great time was had by all. Results can be found on Croquetscores.

From the Tournament Manager/Organiser:

Well done all on a great weekend everyone, it certainly felt like an ISS match today and very much a team environment.

Im certainly feeling sore and tired!

Thank you to Cambridge for hosting the event again this year, the courts were in great condition and we appreciate the hospitality and the work involved to allow us to play.

Thanks to Alan for refereeing all day today and staying past the finish. Having a ref added to the integrity of the event.

Thanks to the country players who have travelled and participated, hopefully there was some good experience gained from the weekend and good on you all for taking up the challenge when often highly outranked.

Special thanks to Judy for being a late addition and especially for winning the Barbies a rare team point today!

We haven’t got Marty’s number flashing number 1 but if we were going to hand it out, it would go to Maggie with 11 wins from 12 games.

Special mentions to Ben, Joyce and Janine with 9 wins but thank you all again for having a crack and making the competition what it was.

Cheers, Chris.

State Team and Barbarians 2021

Gosnells hosted the Croquetwest AC State Division 2 Doubles which saw a strong showing from the pairing of Coral Broun & Elizabeth Petrich (Como). They topped the table combining to win 5 out of their 6 games and finished one game clear of John Doepel & Edna Matthews (Gosnells). Well done to all the pairings. Full results can be found on Croquetscores.

On Sunday, 14 pairs participated in the Como Handicap Doubles event. In the final, Barbara Sherriff & Di Dalzell came out on top 10-5 against Lachlan & Jenny Millar. Congratulation to all who competedA great way to spend a Sunday. Full results can be found on Croquetscores.

What to look forward too:

6/7th September AC State Handicap Singles – Halls Head

11/12th September Mandurah GC B Grade Doubles

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Around the Courts – 23rd August

24 pairs tackled the highly popular York GC Doubles event on the weekend. To cater for the large field, one block had the pleasure of playing their games at Beverley. No doubt a first for many. In the final, the pairing of Brett and Jannine McHardy repeated their winning performance from 2020. Second place went to Des Boxall and Greg Jessop with John and Joan Doepel finishing 3rd.  Congratulations to all who played and to all the hardworking members of the York Croquet for running another successful tournament.

What to look forward to: 

28/29th August – AC State Div 2 Doubles – Gosnells

Croquetwest GC State Team vs Barbarians –  Cambridge

Want to find out who has already entered the GC Country All Stars? Check it out on

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Around the Courts – 14th August

Competitors were graced with beautiful conditions at Cambridge over the weekend for the GC Champion of Champions event. A big thank you goes to Matthew for his tireless effort in managing the tournament and to the many Cambridge members who assisted, and came to give their support as spectators.

The competition was tight all weekend with many close games. The final between Gary Phipps (Moorabinda) and Chris McWhirter (Forrest Park) ebbed and flowed throughout and went down to the wire. Full results can be found on the website.

City Winner: Chris McWhirter
Runner Up: Basil Ladyman

Country Winner: Gary Phipps
Runner Up: Eric Ayling

It is worth noting that this was the 7th time Chris has won the City Champion of the tournament!

What to look forward to:

21/22 August – GC York Doubles

and for all the country players, take the time to check out the flyer for the GC Second Annual Country All Stars to be held at Moorabinda on the 23/24th of October.

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Around the Courts – 7th August

Welcome to a new regular update on what’s happening around the Croquet community.

There was plenty happening around the courts over the weekend.

A large contingent of players headed up to Geraldton to compete against the locals over four days in various events. Handicap Singles, Handicap Doubles, and Level Play Singles. You can find the results for all events on

Gosnells held their annual GC Doubles Championships. In a close finish, Martin Clarke and Janeen Kenny topped the table from the pairing of Sue Anderson and Joyce Carbone.

Forrest Park conducted their GC Club Championships over two days with a 19 point double round robin. The result was very tight with only net hoops separating Chris McWhirter and Brett McHardy.

In the South-West, Moorabinda had the pleasure of hosting a group of very talented players from Balingup with a round of singles games followed by general club play. A great time was had by all.

Coming up next weekend, Cambridge is hosting the Croquetwest GC Champion of Champions Singles event. Good luck to all those participating.

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AC State Skills Squad Announced

Croquetwest is pleased to announce the 2021 AC State Team Skills Development Squad. Congratulations to the following players on their inclusion: Jennifer Brand, Robyn Dart, Elizabeth Petrich, Erica Smale, Tim Barkes, John Doepel, Peter Pekaar and Gary Phipps.

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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

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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