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Rich River Croquet Club Calendar 2017

*Dates subject to change

Abbreviations- R.R.-Rich River Croquet Club

G.V.C.A. – Goulburn Valley Croquet Association

V.C.A. – Victorian Croquet Association

A.C.A. – Australian Croquet Association

JANUARY 
MONDAY 9TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1.30PM
MONDAY 9TH TWILIGHT CROQUET STARTS @ 6.00PM
THURSDAY 26TH AUSTRALIA DAY- R.R. KINGBALL 9.00 FOR 9.30AM 
FEBRUARY 
MONDAY 6TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1.30PM 
TUESDAY 7TH TILL THURSDAY 9TH A.C. COUNTRY WEEK @ SWAN HILL 
MONDAY 20TH G.V.C.A. MEETING @ MOOROOPNA 9.00 FOR 9.30AM 
WEDNESDAY 15TH & 16TH G.C. OPEN TOURNAMENT @ SHEPPARTON
WEDNESDAY 22ND & 23RD A.C. G.V.C.A. OPEN TOURNAMENT @ RICH RIVER
MARCH 
WEDNESDAY 1ST RICH RIVER CROQUET CLUB A.G.M @ RICH RIVER 6.30 PM 
SUNDAY 5TH CROQUET CLUB “SAUSAGE SIZZLE” @BUNNINGS 8.00AM 
MONDAY 6TH RICH RIVER COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1.30 PM
TUESDAY 7TH RICH RIVER G.C. SOCIAL DAY 
TUESDAY 14TH & THURSDAY 16TH R.R. G.C CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 3 DIV’S
MONDAY 20TH G.V.C.A. G.C. CHAMPIONSHIPS @ RICH RIVER 
THURSDAY 30TH KINGBALL @ R.R. 9.00 FOR 9.30AM 
APRIL 
MONDAY 3RD COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1.30PM AT R.R. 
SUNDAY 9TH TILL 12TH A.C. VICTORIAN COUNTRY REGIONALS @ BALLARAT 
SATURDAY 22 & 23RD G.C. VICTORIAN COUNTRY REGIONALS @ CAIRNLEA 
SATURDAY 22ND TO 27TH A.C. RICH RIVER ANZAC CLASSIC @ R.R. 
MAY 
MONDAY 1ST COMMITTEE MEETING @ 1.30PM @ R.R. 
FRIDAY 5TH A.C. PERPETUAL TROPHY @ R.R.
MONDAY 8TH G.V.C.A. CLOSING OF SEASON @ R.R.
TUESDAY 16TH & 18TH G.C. GOLDEN MALLET @ R.R.  
MONDAY 15TH G.V.C.A. – A.G.M.
FRIDAY 26TH RICH RIVER CROQUET CLUB PRESENTATION DINNER @ R.R.
JUNE
SATURDAY 3RD JOHN KELLY KINGBALL @ R.R.
SUNDAY 4TH BUNNINGS “ SAUSAGE SIZZLE “ @ 8.00AM 
MONDAY 5TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R.
JULY 
NO COMMITTEE MEETING IN JULY 
TUESDAY 18TH KINGBALL @ R.R. 
AUGUST 
FRIDAY 4TH OPENING OF THE CROQUET SEASON @ R.R. 
MONDAY 7TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R. 1.30PM 
SATURDAY 19TH KINGBALL @ R.R. 
T.B.A. – G.V.C.A. OPENING OF SEASON
TUESDAY 29TH CHARITY DAY@ R.R 
SEPTEMBER
MONDAY 4TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R. 1.30PM 
MONDAY 18TH, 19TH & 20TH G.C. LEVEL PLAY OPEN TOURNAMENT @ R.R. 
OCTOBER 
MONDAY 2ND COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R. 1.30PM 
NOVEMBER 
MONDAY 6TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R. 1.30PM
DECEMBER 
MONDAY 4TH COMMITTEE MEETING @ R.R. 1.30PM 
MONDAY 4TH RICH RIVER CROQUET CLUB CHRISTMAS DINNER

Dorothy Dean
Secretary R.R.C.C.


Australia has won the MacRobertson Shield!


All smiles: The winning Australian croquet team Ian Dumergue, Robert Fletcher, Greg Fletcher, Malcolm Fletcher and Stephen Forster. The sixth member of the team, Simon Hockey, was still playing when Malcolm finished his croquet game giving Australia the win.

In 2006 the MacRobertson Shield was held at Rich River Croquet and Shepparton Croquet Clubs. Three boys and their mother arrived to see that event. The boys aged 15,13 and 12 watched the event and made it their croquet goal to play for Australia in the MacRobertson Shield Team.

The team had a practice weekend at Rich River Croquet courts last year. Theses brothers from regional Victoria have helped Australia secure croquet’s most-coveted prize, and in the process have broken an 80-year losing streak. The Australian team, which includes brothers Robert, Malcolm and Greg Fletcher from Dundonnell, near Mortlake, Victoria, secured the MacRobertson Shield in the US last week. It’s the first time Australia has won the prestigious croquet team competition since 1935.

The MacRobertson Shield, described by the world croquet federation as the “Olympics of association croquet”, is held every three to four years. It is played between Australia, England, New Zealand, and the United States of America. Since starting the competition on April 18 at Rancho Mirage in California, Australia has defeated England and New Zealand and USA Thea tournament which went over seventeen days, and consist of three five-day tests and 21 matches.

In total, 63 matches will be played in a combination of doubles and singles.

“Australia creating history, making its first win since 1935 — a drought of 82 years, to come to an end as Australia won the third test with a day to play”, a statement from Croquet Australia.

Australia’s croquet high performance manager Peter Landrebe, who is travelling with the team, said this was a special win, given the oppressively hot conditions the players performed in.

Robert, 23, is the top-ranked croquet player in the world and a former world champion. Malcolm, 22, is the second top-ranked Australian player and the president of the Lismore Croquet Club, which boasts about dozen members. Greg, 25, who is a university student in Adelaide, is ranked fifth in Australia. Mr Forster, who hails from Geelong is a multiple Australian and Victorian champion and this is the fifth time he as represented his country in the MacRobertson Shield. Mr Dumergue is a player from Perth, while Mr Hockey hails from Jamestown, South Australia.

Information taken from the Weekly Times.