Croquet week ending 12th January
It was good to be back on the courts for our first games of the New Year. The courts were full with players talking about the festive season, their holidays and the upcoming year. The new starting time of 8:30am is an effort to beat the heat, but the heat still managed to beat us! The winners of three games were Veva MacCullagh, Bruce Field, Joan Littlejohn, Evelyn Mahlo, Bill Scott and Alec Todd.
This Saturday’s Aussie croquet saw the hot wind play havoc with many players’ hats. We finished in record time with tea, coffee and toast all finished by 10:30am.
There were three winners of three games namely John Job, Harley Stewart and Tony Thomson.
January’s birthdays will be celebrated along with the February birthdays on Tuesday, 12th February. The venue will be advised at a later date.
Croquet week ending 19th January
Hot weather cut the numbers down for our Tuesday golf croquet. Some players could not handle the temperatures and left early.
Even with our 8:30am start some could not take the rapid rise of the temps on court.
It was great to see our young mate Bob Murray back in action after a few medical issues. There were three winners of the three games namely John Allegri, Evelyn Mahlo and Neville Spry.
Only 20 competitors turned out for our Saturdays Aussie croquet. The courts were slow because of the top dressing sand and thick grass slowing the balls.
One of the closest games was between Tony Thomson and Neville Spry with 14 who defeated John MacCullagh and Bob Murray with 12. The most exciting game was between the champions of last year, Bruce Field and John Cole, who were beaten by Harley Stewart and Alec Todd. It was a true battle in the end and came down to who hit the finishing peg first, as players all charged towards it at the same time. Bruce field missed on his last shot giving victory to Todd and Stewart. The score ended up 14 to 13.
The only winner of three games today was Merv Langfield. Congratulations Merv!
By Anne and Harley Stewart