Played at Como and Nedlands with a big entry and a new format featuring blocks, best of three finals and a double round robin plate, the GC Open Singles has been won for this year by Torben Bak. This is Torben’s first win in this event. Forrest Park had 5 of the top 6 placegetters. Click here for all the results.
The GC State Open Singles will be played over three days this weekend. It has attracted 22 entrants and will be played at two venues, Como and Nedlands.
Quarter-Final, Semi-Final, and Final matches will all be best-of-three games; and will be held at Como. The quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon, the semi-finals on Monday morning, and the final on Monday afternoon. Click here for the draw.
AC Ida Thorpe was won by Ian Dumergue – Forrest Park, for the 4th time.
AC City Team of Basil Ladyman – Cambridge , Helen Eagle – Nedlands, Megan Fardon – East Fremantle, Carmel Hodges – Gosnells, John Doepel and Michael Murphy – both Forrest Park defeated the AC Country team.
GC Country Weekend Results: A Grade – Denis Bull – York, B Grade – Robyn Dart – Busselton, C Grade – Bob James – Moorabinda, D Grade – Darcy DeVries – Geraldton, Winning Team – Denis Bull, Helen Amyes, Dan Ryan – York, Player of the Tournament – Helen Amyes – York.
GC One Day Singles Results: A Grade – Brett McHardy – Forrest Park, B Grade – David Williams – Cambridge, C Grade – Joan Doepel – Forrest Park.
Congratulations to the following Grade Winners and Runners-ups.
A-Grade Winner: Denis Bull from York; Runner-up: Gary Phipps from Moorabinda.
B-Grade Winner: Robyn Dart from Busselton; Runner-up: Lyn McPharlin from Narrogin
C-Grade Winner: Bob James from Moorabinda; Runner-up: Helen Aymes from York
D-Grade Winner: Darcy DeVries from Geraldton; Runner-up: Dianne Bower from Busselton
This was the first event for Bob and for Darcy, who is aged 14.
Champion Player was Helen Aymes, who won nine of her ten games. Denis Bull was the Runner-up.
The Champion club was York, which won 20 of its 25 games against other clubs.
ACA is calling for expressions of interest for the 2020 Association Croquet World Championships. The event will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Cairnlea, Melbourne, Victoria from Saturday, 15 February to Sunday, 23 February 2020. Click here to see more details.
This Easter weekend Trevor and Claire Bassett will be joining a group of eager croquet players to raise funds for Royal Far West by participating in a 24 hour croquet challenge.
These 24 hour challenges are fantastic events and help raise much needed funds for worthy causes. If you are in a position to support, please click here.
For information on the AC World Championships being held in Victoria from the 9-23 Feb 2020, click here. More information will added over time.
Congratulations to Jeff Newcombe and Alan Sands of Como on winning the GC State Doubles. The runners-up were Torben Bak and Dorothy Bull (Forrest Park and York).
Jeff’s win came in his first GC competition ever and follows his recent win in the Australian AC Men’s Singles (it should also be noted that Alan was the winner of the ACA Silver Medal). Jeff and Alan were undefeated in their ten round-robin and two finals matches. Jeff and Alan have previously paired to win the AC State Doubles on several occasions.
The championship attracted large contingent of 22 pairs, with players from 13 clubs, which were spread over a crow-flying distance of 537 km. The number of entries meant that two venues, Forrest Park and Nedlands, were used for the event.
Full results on croquetscores.com.
Victoria won its 24th interstate AC competition, with NSW coming second for the 12th time. WA was 3rd, from Qld, Tas and then SA. All the results are on croquetscores.com.
Tasmania had a credible result that with an ounce of luck could have seen them 3rd but still the 5th place has continued a modest recent run.
Kerri-Ann Organ from Victoria won all 10 singles, the only player to do that this year.
Alison Sharpe, Alix Verge and Gail Hopkins all had 9 wins, showing once again that good ladies equal interstate cup success.
The best men were Jim Nicholls, Trevor Bassett, Peter Ross and Stephen Forster with 8 wins.
Doubles combinations that won all 5 matches were Alison Sharpe and Jim Nicholls, Trish Devlin and Chris Grant, Megan Fardon and Ian Dumergue.
Disappointingly a total of 9242 hoops were run which does not compare favourably to the last time the event was in Perth when 10384 hoops were run.
Tasmania were 340 hoops up, SA up by 50, all other states had significant drops in scoring rates, Qld down 200, Vic 358, WA 470, NSW 500.
Congratulations to Jeff Newcombe (Como) on winning the Australian AC Men’s Singles. Jeff beat fellow West Australian, Peter Ross (Halls Head) at Nedlands Croquet Club.
This is Jeff’s first major ACA event win since 2001 and the first time two WA players contested an AC national final (Chris McWhirter and Kim Reynolds met twice in the GC Men’s Singles). It is the 5th time a WA player has won the event, previously George Maslen of Nedlands in 1971 and 1972, and Daniel Anderson of Como in 2000 and 2002.
Congratulations also to Alison Sharpe (NSW) on winning the Australian AC Women’s Singles by beating Kathleen Colclough (Qld). All the results on croquetscores.com (Men’s) (Women’s).
The Eire Cup commences on Wednesday with WA playing Victoria at Nedlands. Full results on croquetscores.com.