Croquet Tournament Results
|ASSOCIATION CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS
|AC Men's Open Singles
|AC Women's Open Singles
|AC Open Doubles
|Gareth Denyer & Robert Elliott
|Fleur Brockway & Callum Hyland
|AC Beryl Chambers State Handicap
|AC Platinum Singles
|AC Silver Singles
|AC Bronze Singles
|GOLF CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS
|GC Open Singles
|GC Open Doubles
|Ethan Gumbrell & Jamie Gumbrell
|Elizabeth Montague & David Scott
|GC Men's Open Singles
|GC Women's Open Singles
|GC Advantage Doubles
|Sharon Daley & Margaret Mitchell
|Chris Cox & James Hannigan
|GC Advantage Singles
|GC Division 1 Mixed Doubles
|Peter Freer & Kate McLoughlin
|Mark Scruton & Sue Sellers
|GC Division 1 Singles
|GC Division 2 Doubles
|Ian Donald & Ian McRae
|Jaki Gaskell & Janelle Wilson
|GC Division 2 Singles
|GC Division 3 Doubles
|Les Guzowski & Ralph Harrison
|Janelle Gaggin & Judy Tonkin
|GC Division 3 Singles
|GC Silver Brooch
|GC Bronze Brooch
|ASSOCIATION CROQUET SPECIAL EVENTS
|AC 3 & Under Singles
|AC 5 & Under Mixed Doubles
|Rosemary Landrebe & Stephen Richards
|Diane Scott & Stephen Pearce
|AC Eva Short/Win Dickinson trophies
|AC Selectors' Squad Tournament
|GOLF CROQUET PENNANTS
|GC Division 2 Pennants
|GC Division 3 Pennants
|Nelson Bay Birubi
|Ricochet Open Singles
|Ricochet Open Doubles
|Cheryl Patterson & Chris Williamson
|Doug Cornish & Wayne Worrall
|Ricochet Division 2 Singles
|Ricochet Division 2 Doubles
|Walter Mills & John Pace
|Christopher Gill & Richard Hughes
|Golden Mallet Award
DETAILED RESULTS 2023
AC 3 & Under Singles, 4-5 February 2023
This event was held at Mosman because of the extended period required for renovation of the courts at Tempe. You will see that Ron Buist played in the blocks, but was replaced by Ted Woodley in the Y knockout. Ted was originally expected to play on both days, dut after a brief hospitalisation during the preceding week was not well enough to play on Saturday. Thanks to Ron Buist for agreeing to fill in for Ted at short notice.
The weather was great both days, if a trifle hot by the end of each day. Many thans to all at Mosman CC for making the event such a success, specially their President, Cali Craig, Games Captain Penny Paterson (Assistamt Tournament Manager), Ron Hympherson (referee) and the catering and grounds staff. The courts were mown three times in the 5 days before the tournament, and the result of this extra mowing was obvious. Lawn speed was better than I have seen at Mosman for some time. Lunches were available for purchase both days, alomg with a plentiful supply of biscuits, buns and cakes to go with tea and coffee.
In a very tight competition, no player was able to go through undefeated. Two of the 4-player blocjs were decided on net hoops, with 3 players on 2 wins each.
Alison Sharpe was a worthy winner after an excellent final, where she beat Trevor Bassett 26-8, in a game which went doen to the wire, the c;pseness of the battle not properly reflected in the score.
AC 5 & Under Mixed Doubles, 18-19 February 2023
GC Men's Open Singles, 31 March - 2 April 2023
Venue: Canberra, 31 March - 2 April 2023
Tournament Manager: Kate McLoughlin
Tournament Referee: Adrienne Fazekas
Number: 20 players
Held in Canberra as part of their regular schedule of at least 2 Croquet NSW events a year. Canberra was able to organise and supply all referees and Tournament officials. There were 21 entries, with 1 late withdrawal (the event attracted 22 entries in 2022). We had one entrant from WA, who was visiting family in Sydney.
The event was run in 3 blocks of 7,7,6 people; with the first 2 and the 2 best third places in the X knockout finals, the bottom 2 from each block in the Plate, and the middle 4,5 and last third fighting out the 'Y' event.
As in the Women's GC event we have a new champion: Mark Scruton who defeated Peter Freer in the best of three final: 7-5,3-7,7-4. Peter Landrebe was third and David Woods fourth. Malcolm Powys came fifth, Derek Bull won the 'Y', David Scott the 'W' and John Gartner the Plate. Play was of a high standard, with spectators from Canberra and Sydney enjoying the quality of the competition.
Full results are on Croquet Scores.
Overall the event went smoothly with fine mild conditions, and no rain eventuating. Players kept to schedule: with the Assistant Tournament Managers keeping the lawns full, and players making good time. Particular matters were:
Thanks to Adrienne Fazekas, Tournament Referee, we had 4 referees from Canberra each day, who were supervising. There were some calls of crushes which surprised some players.
Otherwise there were no major refereeing incidents, with players conducting themselves well.
Positive comments were received about the efficient organisation of the event, and the good standard of hospitality. The event finished before 4pm each day, with the Presentation being made about 3.30 pm on the Sunday. Many players had left by this time, but the local onlookers appreciated the conclusion to the final between two Canberra players.
GC Women's Open Singles, 31 March - 2 April 2023
I volunteered to be Tournament Referee (TR) for this event, and agreed to also be Tournament Manager (TM) for Sat & Sunday since David Stanton was only available on Friday 24 March. It was a juggle being TM and refereeing, but this worked thanks to Ron Johnstone who came on Friday afternoon & Sunday in addition to his negotiated Sat stint as a referee.
We have a new Women's GC Champion, Jill Sullivan, who persevered to win against new talent Sue Sellers in a very close bo3 match, after Sue won the first game 7-3;
Pauline Markwell similarly came back from an initial 3-7 loss against Gerda Lambeck, to win in 3 games and come third.
Liz Montague won the Plate, defeating Karen Bisley 2-0 in their final.
Full results are on Croquet Scores.
Overall the event went smoothly due to threatened rain holding off on all three days & players keeping the schedule moving. Particular matters were:
Thanks to Lynda Toms (Hurstville), Kaye Martin (Coogee) and especially Ron Johnstone (Sutherland) who refereed on all three days.
Referees were Supervising, and this worked well.
There were no major refereeing incidents, and the minor ones provided discussion fodder for the referee debriefs at the end of each day.
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AC Bronze Singles, 11-13 April 2023
This event was played at Killara Croquet Club as a single block of 7 players playing a round robin. Games were all ordinary level play - 18 point games as set out in Law 51.2.1 (starting from hoop 5). All games were played with a time limit of 2 hours, and all games were double-banked. All games were refereed by qualified umpires and referees. Thanks to Ron Buist (Killara) and Maria Morton (Warrawee) for taking on these duties.
Players were Robert Barrie (Cammeray), Margaret Craig (Killara), Fiona Gale (Holroyd), Mary Lambert (Killara), Lucy Rees (Cammeray), Jeremy Tenison-Smith (Killara) and Fidye Westgarth (Mosman). It was particularly pleasing to see two new players, Robert and Jeremy, playing in their first CNSW tournament.
The weather was predominantly fine, with just a few brief showers on Thursday. The morning were quite warm, but the afternoons were pretty cold. Killara provided a good array of morning and afternoon tea cakes, slices and buns, and players provided their own lunch.
Peter and Liz Montague assisted with the tournament management on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Ron Buist assisted by setting the courts up on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as repairing mallets and refereeing. The usual Tournament Manager at Killara, Susan Howland, was not able to attend as she is recovering from a hip replacement.
Mary Lambert won 5 of her 6 games to win the event. Margaret Craig and Lucy Rees each had 4 wins, with Margaret edging out Lucy on net hoops to take the runner-up position. All players had at least one win, and special mention should be made of Robert Barrie, who won 3 games, including his first two games in a CNSW competition.
Tournament Manager and Tournament Referee
13 April 2023
GC Open Singles, 21-24 April 2023
AC Men's Open Singles, 28-30 April 2023
AC Silver Singles, 3-4 May 2023
AC Women's Open Singles, 26-28 May 2023
Ricochet Open Doubles, 26-27 May 2023
Ricochet Open Singles, 28-30 May 2023
AC Platinum Singles, 5-6 June 2023
AC Beryl Chambers State Handicap, 9-12 June 2023
GC Division 3 Pennants Finals, 22-25 May 2023
GC Division 2 Pennants Finals, 5-8 June 2023
GC Division 2 Doubles, 15-16 June 2023
GC Division 2 Singles, 17-19 June 2023
GC Advantage Doubles, 28-30 June 2023
GC Advantage 2 Singles, 30 June - 2 July 2023
GC Open Doubles, 7-9 July 2023
GC Division 3 Doubles, 10-12 July 2023
GC Division 3 Singles, 12-14 July 2023
Mosman couldn't have presented itself better, the weather was perfect and the lawns great.
All the feedback was good - everyone enjoyed themselves - really only one player was critical and this was over refereeing which I dealt with.
So far as program for the tournament was concerned, many players felt that six games in a day was too much. I know it was my suggestion that the quarter finals and semi-finals be a 19 hoop game but at Div 3 level, it was apparently very confusing and need to be reconsidered.
One problem was players having to come from the Division 2 Doubles at Chatswood and then have to immediately go on a play after they arrived.
To cut down on the games played, I wonder whether for a Div 3 tournament we need a plate - players at this level really don't understand what a plate is and perhaps this should be considered in the future. I know it was to give players a few more games however perhaps the tournament just could have been spread out a bit more and/or shortened.
It was disappointing that hardly any players stayed for the presentation or to watch the finals. One thing that I thought the winner and runner up usually received is a Certificate however this wasn't forwarded with the plate and the badges. Perhaps this isn't done any more.
As far as timekeeping is concerned, if the timekeepers aren't going to keep tally of the hoops scored, are they really needed? Can the referee's do this?
The catering was well received and I don't think anyone had an issue with this.
Our thanks go to the referees, Alan Robinson, Michael Chambers, Andrew Morrison and of course to David Stanton for helping with all my computer issues and for helping with Joanne Brown on Friday morning whilst I was at the Level 2 Coaching course.
Congratulations to the winner Carol Studdert from Wagga Wagga and runner up Wendy Herbert from Marrickville.
I learned a lot about the actual running of the tournament however, as you are aware, my computer skills lack!
Ricochet Division 2 Doubles, 14-15 July 2023
Ricochet Division 2 Doubles, 14-15 July 2023
AC Eva Short/Win Dickinson trophies, 29-30 July 2023
GC Silver Brooch, 31 July-2 August 2023
The weather was unbelievably kind to us for the first two days. Some cold, drizzle stuff on Wednesday morning but cleared off for the Finals. Clubhouse was under pressure during the cold wet spell. If weather had been bad throughout, I think we might have had some issues with players waiting to compete and scorer/time-keepers getting very cold as our verandah is quite small.
No one commented on, or asked for relief, from the slightly raised grass edges close to the perimeter lines - however, we hope to resolve this issue later in the year.
No one commented on the lack of a buffer between the two lawns - so strong clearances often interfered with the neighbouring game. We'd like to resolve this in the future.
Nearly all competitors commented favourably on both the administration of the event, and the quality of the lawns.
Nearly all competitors (and volunteers) commented favourably on the catering arrangements.
Some negative comments about the long walk to the toilets, and the fact that we have no running water in the Clubhouse but these were more in sympathy than anything.
Apart from SHCC Committee members very few ordinary members volunteered to help with catering or time-keeping etc, nor did many bother to come and watch which was very disappointing. At our recent AGM some members commented negatively on the loss of a Club Playing day and the fact that they were not adequately consulted about the possibility of hosting a CNSW event! We hope the positive outcome, and financial benefits, will go some way to dispel this negativity.
The tutorial session with David Stanton just prior to the event was extremely helpful - invaluable actually!
I had chosen to have the 'Starter' , Stephen Bruce, sit in so we had two brains on the job! Between us we understood enough of David's complex spreadsheets/grids etc to be able to work our way through, without having to call him for help during the tournament. We were also assisted by Rik Mills and Margaret S from Nowra, both of whom are familiar with the process.
The thing we had most trouble juggling was the intermittent internet connection via phone hotspot to upload to CroquetScores in real time. Some entries had to be delayed until I got home. (We had previously alerted that phone/internet reception is notoriously weak in Exeter and warned players that in some instances scores would be uploaded late.)
Stephen had spent time at the recent Mosman tournament closely observing 'how it was done'. He quickly grasped the Draw, progressing from Round Robin through to X and Z Quarters to semi's and finals. He also managed all the score sheets with tidy efficiency. Once we had got out of the Round Robin phase we found it difficult to print score sheets from David's programme so Stephen adapted some we had and we worked from there.
Our scorers/time-keepers wanted to keep a running tally of the hoops/balls run so we would have liked a grid at the bottom.
Our own 'cobbled together' sheets did not have the boxes 'Entered to' Grid Spreadsheet Croquet Scores which caused me to get in a bit of a muddle especially when we lost internet at the Croquet Scores point!
AC Selectors' Squad Tournament, 5-6 August 2023
GC Bronze Brooch, 8-10 August 2023
GC Division 1 Mixed Doubles, 21-22 August 2023
GC Division 1 Singles, 23-25 August 2023
AC Open Doubles, 2-3 September 2023