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Croquet at Coutts Crossing

Joyful celebrations at the croquet club last week. Clarence Valley Council has voted to granted us a licence to run croquet at Wajard Park for the next ten years. It includes enough land to build a second court. Some Christmas present! Midweek three of our Golf Croquet players received new hi-tech mallets. The improvement in their play was immediate, and so was their enjoyment. Joy Campbell and Yvonne Gillett started with a 7-5 win over Phyl Harrison and Pam Gauci. Gillian Martin and Robyn Walters were just too good for Rina Algie and Peter Martin, 7-4. Robyn kept up her winning ways partnering Phyl Harrison to a 7-5 win over Joy Campbell and Peter Martin. Gillian Martin and Rina Algie played well to beat Yvonne Gillet and Pam Gauci 7-6, despite Rina having a loose head. Pam Gauci beat Robyn Walters 7-5. In the bragging rights game an exciting match was won by Yvonne Gillet and Phyl Harrison 7-6 over Joy Campbell and Peter Martin. Poor Peter: he was the only player to lose every match. Sunday saw the never to be repeated “Ron and Daph” tournament with this year’s highest prize money. Money brought out the steel in the Deeth family play. Peter Deeth won the “Ron” with Graham Wilson runner-up above Peter Martin and Jim Algie. Sue Deeth won the cash in the “Daph” with Rusty Case runner-up over Helen Forrest and Kay Munro. The tournament format produced a dazzling display of attacking croquet. Another full house for Golf Croquet on Monday. Robyn Walters was the only one to win all her games. John Buckley sported a modified mallet of his own design with an aluminium face. One spectacular shot by Peter Martin produced the only long hoop of the day, but standards were high and there were no blow out wins. There were seven jump shots attempted and seven failed. Wednesdays association play lacked lustre, except from president Wayne Gadke who crushed Sue Deeth 26-11 in quick time. Peter Deeth lost to Jim Algie 25-22 after leading most of the morning. Graham Wilson beat Rod Munro 18-10. In a return of an epic game played at the Sawtell Carnival, Peter Martin beat Kay Munro 18-11. There are vacancies for new players as we move into 2016 with free training. Call 6649 3200 or 6649 5109. Sue Deeth