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Croquet at Coutts Crossing

cvindependent   The golf croquet players enjoyed a morning of both croquet and skills competitions. In croquet Pam Gauci and Yvonne Gillet were both hot, winning all their matches. Rusty Case, Joy Campbell and Ken Davison had two wins and a loss. When the skills were added the runaway winner was Joy Campbell with Yvonne Gillet second. Alas, there were no prizes. In the bragging rights game the two Poms, Jane Berger and Peter Martin could not maintain the British supremacy from the Olympics, losing to the Aussies, Pam Gauci and Rusty Case by 7-5. Saturday saw four players, Bill Gauci, Cave Steiner, Rusty Case and Jane Berger. Jean Gadke ran a 10 metre hoop from a fine angle. The shot of the day belonged to Jane Berger. From 20 metres she unleashed a thunderbolt which flew through the hoop without touching the sides and clanged into the fence. Sunday’s association players loved the flat lawn and warm sun. Peter Deeth had the better of Jim Algie 18-6 and Sue Deeth beat Gillian Martin 17-8. Peter Martin overcame Kay Munro 22-11. Kay did not find form until her last turn when she hit the day’s best, a six hoop turn. Monday saw sixteen golf croquet players. In a welcome return to full fitness Ken Davison was unbeaten along with Joy Campbell. Nobody lost all their games. The spectacular was provided by Frank Mack with a jump shot on the 13th hoop to win a game and John Buckley with the longest hoop of the day. Association training for beginners has begun: very small groups, very personal attention. Simon Cook and Joy Campbell were the first pupils, both show great promise. And then it rained. The club has vacancies for new members at present, call 6649 5109 for details.