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.