Croquet clubs from Wodonga Walla Walla, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Young competed for the 3WAY TROPHY on Sunday 6 May.
This is an annual competition played as a team event with four representatives from each club. Albury and Young clubs have been the winners since the inception of the competition in 2013 and again were favourites to take home the trophy.
The morning play saw each club competing eagerly for the trophy. By the time of the lunch break Albury Club had dropped out of contention and Young club were confident they would once again have the trophy in their club rooms. However a dark horse in the form of the Wagga Wagga club had a strong desire to get their hands on the coveted trophy.
Needing one further win after the lunch break the Wagga tam played Wodonga, who were determined not to go home without a win. At the end of play Wagga had gained another win. This resulted in Young and Wagga finishing the day with 5 wins each.
After the count back Wagga Wagga claimed the trophy for the first time.
Picture: Captain of the Albury Team presenting the trophy to Wagga Wagga players Peter Lloyd, Fran Brown, Eileen Zurbo and David Glastonbury.
Brilliant autumn weather greeted teams from Wodonga, Walla Walla, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Young to the 2015 3WAY Carnival which is held in Wagga each year.
The competition to knock Albury off the shield this year was fierce, as they have been the winners for the past three years. This feat was achieved by the Young team of Reigh McCoy, Sue Luckie, Pat Nowlan and Cheryl McInerney who only lost one match over the day. Wodonga was second with only three losses over the day.
Twenty-nine gateballers from around NSW and Victoria attended the 2015 Riverina Gateball Championship at the Wagga Wagga Croquet Club.
Persistent but gentle rain welcomed players for the teams event on Saturday. Blue Mountains and Canberra were the clear standouts in the block both going through to the final with only one loss. Canberra controlled the final and finished strongly with some peg outs to win 17-9. The Canberra team included new gateballers Judy Tier and Adrienne Fazekas who both played very well in their competition debuts. Wagga defeated Victoria 13-9 in the play-off for third place.
Players enjoyed better playing conditions on the Sunday for the triples competition. Teams were randomly drawn which made for interesting combinations of players.
The partial block was very competitive with all teams winning and losing matches. The top three teams were tied on three wins and one loss with just a two net point difference between 1st and 3rd place. Philip Brown (Kew), Kristina Whitehead (Canberra) and Bev McCoy (Young) finished on top with the best for and against.
On Saturday players enjoyed an evening of dinner, drinks, table tennis and trivia at the Charles Sturt University – thanks to the wonderful hospitality of the Wiltshire family. The success of the weekend tournament was largely due to expert organisation by Josh, Jenny and David.
A successful grant application through NSW Sport & Recreation of $2,800 and excellent work from our resident handyman Ian Hayes has resulted in having a first class shelter area. Perfect for watching croquet and firing up the BBQ. No doubt this will be put to good use in years to come.
A full field of 32 players from Wollongong, Forster, Toronto, North West Rocks, Port Hacking, Canberra, Young, Rich River, Taree, Walla and Wagga enjoyed magnificent weather over the four days of our recent Carnival.
Completion of the shade shelter BBQ area and the third lawn allowed for a more comfortable Carnival atmosphere, with many close and exciting games being played.
Singles Block winners were Yvonne Grattan, Carol Hayes, William Strick and Kate McLoughlan, with Carol Hayes from Wollongong eventually winning the final after a tussle with William Strick from Taree.
Graham Innocent and Katrina Strick came out top in the doubles achieving the win from second placed Yvonne Grattan and Alan Hunter.
The inaugural Thirsty Crow Quet Challenge was held in hot conditions on the 21st December.
The majority of the 32 competitors had generally not played croquet previously, so a quick ‘how to play’ was conducted by Jim Nicholls. Whilst some of the finer technical points were ignored, eg how to hold a mallet, the competition was soon underway with a fierce intensity.
Match of the day was the semi final between One Man Job (aptly named given Ravs and Irvys form) and the Euberta Bruisers. Noel, complete with deck chair played the tactical game to a tee, however his teammate failed to coverdrive the ball through final hoop to go down 3-4.
By the end of the afternoon the crowd had settled in (thanks to Thirsty Crow beers and pizzas) to watch the unbackable favourites The Destroyers clinical demonstration of clearing opposition off the court.
This year the Christmas & Presentation evening coinsided the official opening of the third lawn.
Nola McRae, Ruth Wilson and their hard working elves did a spectacular job in organizing the dinner which included a fully decorated clubhouse.
Presentations were made and there was a familiar pattern, winner on full court – Jim Nicholls, winner on half court – Peter Lloyd, bridesmaid (runner up) Nola Scott.
Ruth Wilson was made a Life member of the club. Ruth has been served on the committee for many of the past 14 years, as well managing the school’s program. Ruth has volunteered much of her time to the club, be it for hosting card parties, organising morning teas or assisting with group bookings.
This year’s Bess Webster Memorial Trophy was awarded to Jim Nicholls. Apart from the secretarial work and newsletter composing, Jim has been involved in the preparation, levelling, seeding of the 3rd lawn, representing the club at NSW council meetings and somehow still finds time to maintain his form to play at the top level of the sport at state and national competitions.
All in all a delightful evening was had by all.
Wishing all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous and Croquet filled New Year.
Address given by President Robyn Willis on 30 November 2014
The idea of expanding Wagga Croquet Club’s playing facilities was first discussed four years ago because of increased activity due to our very successful schools programme and an increase in membership as well as a desire to host NSW State and regional events.
Approval was initially given by Wagga Wagga City Council after letters of support from the Australian Croquet Association and Croquet NSW.
It has been a long haul, and, without the assistance of many organisations and people, we would still be talking about it. Inside the clubhouse, you will see a mosaic of photos taken over the past two years depicting the progress of the lawn.
Special mention must be given to the following people for their assistance in the project
Wagga Wagga City Council for approval to use the additional land and for awarding us a community grant to assist in the completion of the fencing.
Club members for attending the working bees to pull out shrubs, and generally clearing the way for TAFE.
Wagga TAFE for excavating, levelling and filling in the area – a huge help.
South West Irrigation
Brian Cattell for his expert advice on what to do when the first shoots started to appear.
Peter Lloyd who, in the capacity of project manager, liaised with Council, contractors and members to keep things running smoothly and on track.
Kurrajong Waratah for their amazing EWood product, which, as you can see, gives a perfect ball barrier finish to the surrounds. Thank you to Ian Hayes and Ron Westman for putting it all together.
Now, Ian Hayes and Jim Nicholls have done an enormous amount of work in assisting with the establishment of this whole area. Ian and Jim have taken a personal interest in improving the surrounds, with Jim organising the purchase, planting and watering of shrubs, and Ian getting the western area ready for the shade shelter which, hopefully, will be erected in the near future. They, together, have spent many hours establishing the lawn, with sowing, rolling and top dressing where required. We, as a club, cannot thank them enough for their voluntary time and effort.
As a result of this extra lawn, we are now able to expand numbers to our Golf Croquet Carnival in March, and to hold the NSW Selectors 8 in August. We are also hoping to hold more representative events for all forms of croquet in future years as well as catering for increased membership.
Wagga Wagga Croquet Club will be running an Introductory Come and Play Croquet afternoon on a monthly basis commencing in September. The afternoons will be held on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 2pm onwards.
During the session the different versions of croquet will be explained and everyone will get the opportunity to play a basic game.
Croquet is primarily a tactical game in which you out-manoeuvre your opponent to score hoops or create breaks. With only a small tolerance on hoops, usually 1/16th of an inch, players also require skills to hit the ball through the hoops.
Afternoons are free. Please wear flat soled shoes so as not to damage the lawns.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jim on 04117 14117.
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