Croquet at Coutts Crossing

Abbie Ellis, in her first games since the NSW Schools Championship, partnered her sister Bree to a 7-6 win over John Buckley and Barry Campbell. Youth and exuberance overcame age and cunning; Phyll Harrison contributed the long shot of the day, a 25 metre hoop partnering Gillian Martin to a 9-4 win over Robyn Walters and Joy Campbell; Nea Buckley and Peter Martin played a shortened singles match to a draw; Joy Campbell and Gillian Martin went down 7-5 to Phyll Harrison and Barry Campbell. Shot of the day, even of the month, went to John Buckley partnering wife Nea. They overcame Bree Ellis and Peter Martin 7-5 with John hitting a jump shot from an angle, only the third time a jump shot has been made at Coutts Crossing. Sunday saw a couple of blow out Association games. An in form Jim Algie had a clear win over Sue Deeth and Peter Deeth beat Kay Munro. Helen Forrest was back after a long injury lay off, but soon rediscovered her skills to draw with Peter Martin. The Golf Croquet enthusiasts enjoyed the sunshine on Monday morning. Ken Davison and Joy Campbell overcame Nea Buckley and Pam Gauci 8-5; Pat MacLennan helped John Buckley to another 8-5 victory over Barry Campbell and Robyn Walters; Peter Martin was running every hoop in an 8 to 3 to 1 win over Phyll Harrison and Helyn Davison; Phyll Harrison and Ken Davison just got home ahead of Joy Campbell and John Buckley 4-3; Helyn Davison and Gillian Martin were in a very close tussle with Pat MacLennan and Peter Martin. Gillian got her team home 4-3; Sue Buckley partnering Robyn Walters won 4-3 over Pam Gauci and her mother Nea; Sue then went into a fast three ball game getting 3 hoops to Helyn Davison’s 2 and Gillian Martin’s 2; Pam Gauci and Pat MacLennan beat Phyll Harrison and Nea Buckley 4-3; John Buckley and dead-eye Peter Martin won 4-3 over Robyn Walters and Ken Davison. Mid week saw some excellent entertainment in Association play. In a three handed game Sue Deeth won with 13 hoops to Kay Munro’s 11 and Jim Algie’s 10; Rusty Case was too good for Debbie MacIntosh winning 20-8; Peter Deeth d Graham Wilson 26-23. But the spectacular games were between two of the fastest players in the Club, Peter Martin and Wayne Gadke. Peter won the first game 26-16 in just 80 minutes despite Wayne recording a life-time personal best turn of 6 hoops. In a second game Wayne led almost throughout, but Peter came from behind to win 22-21. They scored 85 hoops between them in two and a half hours, a remarkable pace. Want to join in? Call 6649 3200 or 6649 5109 for details. At only $7 a day where can you have such good fun and exercise?