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PresidentMargaret Kennedy(03) 5480 7784
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Association CaptainMarjorie Grant(03) 5482 1509
Golf Captain Bev Floyd(03) 5482 5373
TreasurerAllan Cumming
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Weekly Results:

Rich River hosted its annual Golf Croquet Classic tournament last Saturday, Sunday and Monday, sponsored by local companies S&J Furniture, Mawsons and Byford.

In all, 41 competitors from 14 clubs in NSW and Victoria played a total of 107 games and spectators were entertained with some very strong play.
In Section 1 on Saturday 14 players with a handicap between -2 and 4 competed in two blocks, the winners of which competed in a final. Owen Dickinson of Essendon played Peter Goldstraw of Sale in the final. Both players had won 5 out of 6 games, Owen with an aggregate hoop score of +14, and Peter with +10. It was a very close final game with Owen taking the win 7 hoops to 6.

Sunday saw eleven Section 2 players in the handicap range 5 to 8 playing in two blocks. The block winners were Jeff Pumpa of Echuca Moama with a result of 4 wins and an aggregate +5 hoops and Mary James of Deniliquin with a result of 3 wins and +9 hoops. Roger Bradbury of Bairnsdale was unlucky to miss out with 3 games and +6 hoops. Jeff Pumpa won the final 7 hoops to Mary’s 2.

In Section 3 on the last day of play, 16 players with a 9 plus handicap played in three blocks, with the block winners playing with the next highest scoring player in two semi finals, the winners going through to the final. Block winners were Michael Slattery of Quarry Hill, James Gunn and Dave Maher of Rich River, and the repechage player was Rod Bensley of Howlong.
Michael and Rod played off in an exciting final. Michael took an early lead 5 hoops to 1. Rod made a great comeback, including some great jump shots, but not quite enough. The final score was Michael 7 hoops to Rod's 5.

In golf croquet pennant on Thursday of last week, the Rich River Kangas beat Numurkah White in a close battle. With 2 games to go Numurkah were 1 hoop up, games were equal. The Kangas were able to win the last two games, bringing the final score to 7 games to 5 with a lead of 4 hoops. Anne Dodd, Helen Brierley and Russ Smyth won 3 games and Kaye Joyce won 1 game, unlucky to miss another at 6-7. The Rich River Emus lost to Echuca Moama 3 games to 9, 58 hoops to 77. Each member contributed one win to the final score. The outstanding shot of the match was Rich River's Lorraine Kable scoring two hoops with one shot.

In club play last Thursday 9 members played singles and a trio.

The day's winner was Cheryl Lees, the only player to score 3 games. Runner up was Di Smyth.

In Association Croquet on Wednesday Rich River Section 2 played at home against Numurkah Navy.
John Norwood played very strongly, and he and Lyn Norwood won the day with 2 games 40 hoops to 1 game 23 hoops.

(L to R) Section 1 runner up Peter Goldstraw and winner Owen Dickinson

(L to R) Section 2 runner up Mary James and winner Jeff Pumpa

Michael Slattery of Quarry Hill and Rod Bensley of Howlong competing in the Section 3 final