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.
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.
Thirty six players from Wollongong, Forster, Port Hacking, Albury, Canberra, Blue Mountains, Deniliquin, Jambaroo, Toronto, Young and Walla Wagga, as well as Wagga Wagga entered our 2014 Golf Croquet Carnival, which was held in pleasant weather conditions, although the afternoons did get warm.
This Carnival was played on three lawns for the first time, even though two lawns were slightly smaller, but in proportion. It was unfortunate that grass growth was delayed, however all is on track to have all three full lawns up and running later in the year.
20 players, representing the Walla Walla, Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Young croquet clubs competed for the 3WAY Challenge Shield in glorious Autumn weather.
Once again it was a tight tussle with some brilliant clearing and hoop running.
Albury Croquet Club proved that they are the club to beat, successfully defending their title.
Young were hot on their heels throughout the day and were the runner-up.
A full field of 24 players from Maitland, Macquarie City, Toronto, Jambaroo, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Young, Deniliquin, Dubbo and Horsham enjoyed four days of golf croquet at Wagga Wagga last weekend.
Players encountered rain on the first day of the doubles, but showed determination to finish all games but one allocated for that day. Fortunately the following three days were bright and sunny and some excellent croquet was played, with many local spectators witnessing the very exciting final.
Carol Hayes from Wollongong had a financially rewarding Carnival winning the doubles with partner Doug Leabeater from Young.
Carol again fronted up to play in the singles final, losing to Graham Innocent from Dubbo, a 1 handicap player, who played first class croquet over the Carnival.
It is hoped that next year the Club will have a third lawn, and will be able to accommodate those visiting players that were not able to play this year because of limited lawn space.
Hertz again assisted with sponsorship this year allowing the Wagga Club to increase prizemoney, which, as a result, attracted some excellent croquet players.
The Wagga Wagga Croquet Club has continued its fantastic work promoting gateball, with a
demonstration at the farmers market earlier this month.
Organised by Jim Nicholls, the event was
run by young members of the club who attend the Riverina Anglican College. The demonstration has
already resulted in another school approaching the club to discuss playing gateball. Congratulations
to all involved!
Of course the best art about croquet and gateball is you are never too young to start.