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Croquet at Coutts Crossing

Jim Hicks, one of NSW’s best players in the last 20 years, was due to visit the club on 24th and 25th November to play demonstration games.
Golf Croquet players enjoyed a late start, and the cool of the day on Thursday. Yvonne Gillett and Phyl Harrison started with a 7-6 victory over Rina Algie and Peter Martin, with Yvonne hitting hoops from all angles and distances. Gillian Martin and Joy Campbell had a strong win by 7-1 over the Coaldale pair Jane Berger and Debbie McIntosh. Yvonne Gillett and Joy Campbell then beat Phyl Harrison and Jane Berger 7-6. To finish the afternoon just before the rain Debbie McIntosh and Peter Martin came from 5-1 down to defeat Gillian Martin and Rina Algie 7-6. Peter Martin joined the ranks of those who have made a jump shot.
Sunday the court was in excellent condition and the play reflected it. Peter Deeth put in a 6 hoop turn early, but Graham Wilson outlasted him to win 25-19. Jim Algie ground out a 19-16 win over Rod Munro and Rusty Case beat an improving Helen Forrest 19-8. Sue Deeth showed good form in beating the team of Peter Martin and Debbie McIntosh 18-15 on Wednesday in a three player game Peter Martin finished with 26 to Graham Wilson’s 15 and Sue Deeth on 8. Jim Algie had a hot streak, the victim was Rusty Case, the score 26-4. In the match between Wayne Gadke and Peter Deeth Wayne held a 24-11 lead, but Peter pegged out one of his balls. In a fightback which enthralled a group of spectators, Peter won 26-24.
Monday saw nine tactical doubles games, most people playing three. Gillian and Peter Martin were the only two to win all three games. Robyn Walters and Robyn Ware won two each, as did Pam Gauci and Nea Buckley. Phyll Harrison and Yvonne Gillett played well but managed only one win each, but Yvonne had the shot of the day from 25 metres. Joy Campbell lost all three games by the narrowest of margins and with a little luck could have won all three. Pat MacLennan won her only game. Bill Gauci was welcomed back for a game. That left poor John Buckley in his first games as an octogenarian. There were no respecters of age and his balls were constantly hit to all corners of the court. He enjoyed the morning, he said.
The Primary School children enjoyed their last games before the championship. Emily Matthews and Patrick Wyatt were the only team to win all their matches. Close behind with only one loss were Robbie Eveleigh and Mr Attwater, and Lachlan Wilcox and James Cotten, and Monique Franklin and Jess Fuller. Playing well were Hayley Lawrence and Charni Mitchell, Chelsea Williams and Justin, and Brendan Hayes and Jaylah Wyatt, and Holleebree Morris and Jacob Renwick.
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Sue Deeth

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