Croquet at Coutts Crossing

The Club had the recent pleasure of entertaining a group of eight gentlemen, and their carers from Clarence Valley Council’s Aged Care service. Using his walker was no handicap to Jim Alderman who scored the final winning hoop. Partnering Peter Martin they beat Phyl Harrison and Tom Menchin 7-4, despite Tom hitting home a 15 metre hoop. Heath Robinson showed real aptitude. He partnered Gillian Martin to a 7-3 victory over Roy Ford and Frank Mack. Later Heath moved up to a big boys’ game and did well despite a loss, with partner Frank Mack, 7-3 to Gillian Martin and Iluka visitor Col Hennessy. New member Sheila Foley partnered Peter Love in a 4-4 tie against Brian Shrivner and David Young. Bob Stewart and Joy Campbell were in another 4-4 tie with Annie Hennessy and Toni Bullivant. With our guests gone there was still time for more matches. Sheila Foley, playing two balls shocked Joy Campbell and Phyll Harrison winning 7-6. Gillian Martin and Annie Hennessy lost to Col Hennessy and Frank Mack 7-5, and the Hennessys beat Phyll Harrison and Sheila Foley 7-4, despite Sheila getting the day’s longest hoop; 20 metres. Sunday saw Peter Martin playing Association. He had a dismal morning losing to Peter Deeth 17-11. Jim Algie squeezed in 15-14 over Rod Munro and Sue Deeth managed a 10-6 win over Kay Munro. Spectacular strikes saw Jane Berger and Nea Buckley, each running 25 metre hoops. Gillian Martin hit top form with four wins and Erin Flannery was also undefeated. Joy Campbell had a fine day with only one loss. Six players ended the day with a level score: wins equaling losses: Rusty Case, Frank Mack, Phyl Harrison, Pam Gauci, Bill Gauci and John Buckley. Pat MacLennan continued her hot form with two excellent wins. Mid-week many of the Association players were away on their holidays. Rod Munro and Graham Wilson fought to a 15 all tie. Gillian Martin played singles on a full court for the first time and put up a good fight, eventually losing to Jim Algie 26-15. Highlight of Thursday was Frank Mack achieving his first ever jump shot, helping him and Abbie Ellis to a 7-3 victory over Gillian Martin and Sheila Foley. Abbie was the only unbeaten player. Robyn Walters, another cruiser, won two out of three, while Yvonne Gillett, back after month away, found it hard going, and had only one win. Bill Gauci, Pam Gauci, Phyl Harrison and Joy Campbell all had good wins, but also losses. Abbie had the long hoop of the day, almost 30 metres, but Phyl Harrison’s 15 metres from a more acute angle, was just as good. Sheila Foley struggled till the last game of the morning when, with Gillian Martin she cruised to a 7-6 win over Bill Gauci. The croquet lawns at Coutts Crossing are now closed until Monday May 2. Teams of volunteers will be installing new shades and seats, weeding and giving the grass a rest from the constant use of recent weeks.