Croquet News


President  Margaret Kennedy  Captain (Association)  Marjorie Grant 
Vice President  Anne Dodd   Captain (Golf) Bev Floyd 


It was a very busy week for the Rich River Croquet Club. The Rich River Golf Croquet Open Singles Tournament was run on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with players from around NSW and Victoria competing in divisions based on handicaps.

On Saturday competitors in the -2 to 4 handicap range competed in a closely fought battle in which the top three places depended on the last game. Owen Dickinson of Essendon and Richard Parks of Monash were tied on wins and hoops as they went into the final game. Owen won the game and the tournament, showing the form which earned him the Australian GC Champion title earlier this month. Runner up was Rich River’s Russ Smyth who nudged Richard into third place with a nett hoop score of +10 to Richard’s +5.

On Sunday players with the handicap range 5 to 8 completed in friendly but highly competitive play. Played in 2 blocks, the block winners Rhonda Smith of Lakes Entrance and Bev Floyd of Rich River played off in the final. Winning the toss and getting a perfect shot down to hoop 1 got Bev off to a good start. But Rhonda played a great game with accurate croquet and hoop shots and it was anyone's game right to the end when Bev won 7-5.

On Monday the competition was for players with the 9 to 12 handicaps. Again played in 2 blocks, block winners Peter Whittakers from Deniliquin and Sandra Retallick of Rich River played off in the final. The win went to Peter who beat Sandra 7-4 in a well played final.

The club extends its thanks to its sponsors who provided the prize money: Carpet Court Echuca, Mawsons Concrete & Quarries, and S & J Furniture & Bedding. The support of these local businesses has made the tournament a popular one.

In golf croquet pennant last week both Rich River teams had wins. The Emus defeated Kyabram 7 games 67 hoops to 5 games 58 hoops. Jim Gunn won both his singles and one of his doubles with Kaye Joyce, while Ian Grant and Bev Floyd both won both of their singles. The Kangas beat Numurkah in a nail biting 7 games 69 to 5 games 70. Although 2 games ahead, the Kangas were one hoop down. Russ Smyth won both singles and one doubles, Helen Brierley won one singles and both doubles, Anne Dodd won one singles and one doubles and Dave Maher won both his doubles. The Kangas are now second on the ladder, while the Emus are one point off being in the top four.

In Association Croquet pennant on Wednesday this week, the Rich River team all fought hard, but Lyn Norwood was the only one to win a game. Lyn won her singles after playing extremely well against tough competition.

In GC club play on Tuesday 13 members played doubles. There were two players on 3 wins. Dave Maher was the winner with +12 nett hoops and Jim Gunn runner up with +6. Gillian Holding scored a hoop in one.

Last Thursday 6 members played one doubles and one singles. The only 3-game winner was Cherie Lessing with a nett +4 hoops. Runner up was Cheryl Lees on 2 wins and +2 nett hoops, just ahead of Jay Grant with 2 wins and a +1. Alan Holding scored a hoop in one.

The club will be running “come and try” croquet on Sunday 27thOctober at 4.00pm. All seniors and local health practitioners are invited to come along and experience the social and health benefits of this fun, low impact and mentally engaging sport. Enjoy a game or two and a BYO picnic tea with the club’s friendly members. Please contact Marg Kennedy on 5480 7784 if you have any queries.

Rich River Croquet Club has around 50 members and welcomes visitors and new members to join golf croquet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with a 9.30am start. Lessons can be arranged. Enquiries can be made to Marjorie or Ian on 5480 9985 or Helen on 0428 307 200.