Croquet News

In the GVCA Golf Croquet pennant semi final on Thursday of last week, the Rich River Kangas lost to Deniliquin Diamonds at Shepparton. After the 8 singles games Deni were 5 games 47 hoops to the Kangas 3 games 44 hoops. Deni then won 3 of the 4 doubles 7-6, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7. There were some very close games and although Deni won by 4 games, on hoops they were only 5 ahead. End score was Deni 8 games 73 hoops to the Kangas 4 games 68. Anne Dodd and Helen Brierley played well for the Kangas with 3 wins and 2 wins respectively. The Kangas then travelled to Numurkah to play the preliminary final against Shepparton on Monday this week. The first round of singles went Shepparton's way three games to one. The second round was closer at two games each and after the singles Shepparton were 2 games and one hoop ahead. The results of the doubles games were 2 each, 20 hoops each and Shepparton were the winners with 7 games 46 hoops to the Kangas 5 games 45 hoops. Dave Maher was the star of the Kangas side, winning all four of his games including one singles at 7-0. Shepparton and Deniliquin now meet in the Final to be played at Rich River.

On Tuesday 21 members and two visitors enjoyed three games in perfect croquet weather. Three players won all three of their games. On hoops Russ Smyth was declared the winner with Bev Floyd runner up. Allan Cumming was just two hoops behind Bev. The Club held its annual Christmas Party on Tuesday evening in the Rich River Golf Club Tatalia function room, enjoying a delicious two course festive dinner. It was a very entertaining evening and a lot of fun was had by all. There was a Christmas trivia quiz and a “theatre sports” event organised by President Marg Kennedy in which 8 unsuspecting members were asked to participate in an impromptu performance.

The GVCA Association Croquet pennant finals were held at Rich River on Wednesday of this week. Div 1 was played between Shepparton's Kevin Maloney and Noel Dealy, and Helen and Ron Wrest of Mooroopna Gold. Mooroopna had a good start, winning the doubles 26 hoops to 5. Shepparton fought back in the singles, winning both games 26-10 and 26-8. The end result was Shepparton 2 games 57 to Mooroopna Gold 1 game 44. In Div 3, Ken Richardson and Sue Van Luneburg of Mooroopna on 10 hoops beat Beryl Kelly and Kathy Maloney of Shepparton Green on 9. Ken went on to win his singles against Beryl 14 hoops to 9, and Sue lost to Kathy 4 hoops to 18. The end result was interesting, Mooroopna winning 2 games to 1, but the hoop score was in Shepparton's favour, 31 to 28.

Below: (L to R) Ron Wrest and Helen Wrest of Mooroopna, Noel Dealy of Shepparton, Kenn Boal GVCA President, Kevin Maloney of Shepparton, Sue Van Luneburg and Ken Richardson of Mooroopna, Kathy Maloney and Beryl Kelly of Shepparton.