SOUTH AUSTRALIAN INAUGURAL U21 GOLF CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS
1ST – 3RD OCTOBER 2019
Croquet SA has held its first ever State Championships for junior players, a new event that we are very excited to add to the annual calendar. This competition attracted 13 participants, aged 10 to 16 years, from Casterton Victoria, Woodville, Hyde Park, Norwood and Tumby Bay (10 boys and 3 girls). This is a great result for a sport that has around 57 registered junior players in Australia.
We were honoured that Adelaide City Councillor Arman Abrahimzadeh opened our tournament, hitting the first ball through a hoop and we were grateful for Adelaide City Council’s support of the purchase of 2 state of the art mallets for competitors and future participants to use and for the purchase of a commemorative shirt for all participants.
The U21 Golf Croquet Committee would also like to acknowledge and thank Croquet SA president Eileen Ferguson and the volunteers (referees, scorers and caterers) that made the event such a success.
The singles tournament was well fought out in warm conditions with a round robin on day 1 to determine the finalists for day 2. Woodville players Marcus Hennigan, Chris Crook and Ethan McEnteggart-Larsen placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The Doubles were won by Bill Hollier (Tumby Bay) and George Walker (Hyde Park) with Marcus Hennigan (Woodville) and James Mason (Casterton) runners up. This competition had five pairs and was played in a round robin.
We have already set the date for the next U21 Golf Croquet Championships 29th September to 1st October 2020. We would encourage any U21 players to consider taking part in next year’s tournament. Coaching will be available in Adelaide for any players new to the game.
GC STATE TEAM INTERSTATE SHIELD 2019
From the 11th to the 15th of September the SA Golf Croquet team competed in the ACA Interstate Shield. I am pleased to say the we came 4th. However, that is just the short answer.
Four days prior to the tournament start Vice Captain Kate Logan withdrew for family reasons. Luckily Norma Greig was available to fill in. Then after playing the doubles against Vic, I had a sudden downturn in my health. The team all stepped up and put in an amazing group performance, not only covering for Kate and myself but producing personal best performances.
We only lost to eventual winners, Victoria, by 12 hoops. A magnificent effort.
Team members were: Mick Reidy, John Arney, Barry Jennings, Heath Jackson, Virginia Arney, Karen Magee, Anne Woodhouse VC, Julianne Jago, Norma Greig, Jim Grindrod.
They did me proud, they did themselves proud and most importantly they did South Australia proud.
Jim Grindrod SA GC Captain
SA Players’ results:
Virginia Arney 2nd in the Women’s Singles
Jim Grindrod 4th in ACA Gold Medal and 16th in the Men’s Singles
Julie Grindrod 11th in the Women’s Singles
John Arney 13th in the Men’s Singles
Heath Jackson won the Men’s Plate
Karen Magee won the Women’s Plate
Barry Jennings runner up in the Men’s Plate
Norma Greig runner up in the Women’s Plate
GC Spring Singles 5+
This event was managed by South Terrace.
Stephen Condous (Hyde Park) emerged as a worthy winner of the GC Spring Singles +5 event held at Hutt Road on 12th and 19th September.
Stephen won with 5 matches and 10 games to beat David Darke (Runner Up of South Terrace) on 4 matches and 9 games. Paul Wahlstedt (Holdfast Bay) also won 4 matches and 9 games but with fewer net hoops than David.
Many thanks to the referees, Graeme Thomas and Barry Haydon.
C B Sharp – 13/9/19 – 15/9/19
It was a wonderful three days of high level association croquet from some of the best players in this State competing against each other. There were 10 entrants, 8 men and 2 women. A few matches saw players forced to play with one ball each to finish the game. Players took delight in pegging out their opponents ball so they could play with two balls and their opponent only one The tactics and strategies used by our top ranked players in these scenarios was skilful and entertaining – we don’t often see this type of game at our local Clubs and it is a pity more Association players do not come to watch this event as the standard of play is very high. When the result of a game is determined by the player who may be well behind, but plays a smarter tactical game, it is exciting to watch and a great way to learn.
Players in this event were Dwayne McCormick, Harley Watts, Mark Kobelt, Roger Buddle, Mark Senior, Murray Baum, Greg Rowberry and Ron McBride. The women were Mary Marsland and Shirlene McBride. Mary and Shirlene both had two good wins and the support between the players displayed great sportsmanship and respect. It was nice to see Mark Kobelt making the effort to drive on his own from Cleve (some 6 hours each way) to participate in this event. Dwayne and Harley both won 7 of their 9 matches but Dwayne was the winner with a higher net hoop score (108) – Harley (84). Congratulations to Dwayne who has now had back to back wins in this event (he also won it in 2013). Mark Senior also had a good tournament and finished third with 6 wins.
Dwayne is currently ranked 5th in Australia and is one of only 3 players from this state to be invited to compete in the World Croquet Championships to be held at Cairnlea in Melbourne next year. We all wish him the very best and hope his winning form continues.
The Presidents Trophy was held over weekend of 7/8 September – two separate events are now held for the men and women – 8 men and 6 women competed – the men were Dwayne McCormick, Harley Watts, Murray Baum, Roger Buddle, Greg Rowberry, Mark Senior, Ron McBride and David Wise. The women were Robyn Short, Mary Marsland, Shirlene McBride, Sally Harper, Marga Podnieks and Tracey Sincock.
Despite one massive downpour the weather conditions were generally favourable. There were a number of exciting matches as indicated by the close results. Mark Senior was unlucky – being in a winning position he “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory” on three occasions with a losing score of 25, 23 and 21 ! Entertaining to watch but not for Mark ! Highlights were when players found themselves in a tricky/losing situation and managed to find a way to win by using their skills, tactics and game strategy. Dwayne McCormick had an excellent tournament winning all his matches and triple peeling on numerous occasions to retain the men’s Presidents Trophy – Roger Buddle finished second and like a
bottle of wine just gets better with age – he played some textbook croquet matches.Robyn Short was in top form winning all her matches to retain the women’s Presidents Trophy – Robyn lives in Cabowie on the York Peninsula and although introduced to croquet at a young age by her grandfather she stopped playing for a long period until her friend Mary Bishop encouraged her back to the sport – we are all so glad she did ! Robyn is currently our top ranked Association croquet player in South Australia. Finishing second was Mary Marsland who despite having suffered a shoulder injury earlier this year is getting back to top form losing only one match to Robyn.
Thanks to all the players who helped set up the courts and a special acknowledgement to Mary Marsland who made delicious soups and other goodies for everyone to enjoy.
GC 9+ Spring Singles
Thirteen players, many of them new Golf Croquet and to singles competition, competed in the 9+ Spring Singles on the 10th and 17th of September. The days were sunny and competition was able to run uninterrupted start to finish. Graeme Thomas and Karen Magee spent a day each refereeing the even, a vital service that players greatly appreciated. Games were played in very good spirit, but never lacking in competitiveness, with a lot of games being wins by one hoop.
Winner of the event was Mary Murphy from the South Terrace club, with Runner Up being Marie Winter from the Brighton club.
Thanks to Howard Wood, Mick Dawkins, Ken Nunan and Karen Magee from the Brighton Club for managing the event.
AC Maslen Brooch