Croquet… go away to play

It was another blank week on the Coutts Crossing croquet lawns as the rains came, day after day, producing puddles and turning parts of the lawns to mud.

The only way to get a game was to travel and play in tournaments in other parts of the country.

The most adventurous were Jan and Keith Brodie who motored down to Cairnlea, Melbourne and entered the GC Pairs National Championship. Their combined handicaps were 17, the next highest were 4, and the best minus 4. They were not expected to win any games as most players have represented Australia but came through late on Sunday to defeat a pair who play for NSW. It was overall a fine performance.

Gillian Martin went to Killara in Sydney to play in the NSW over 14 handicap AC championship. The lawns were wet and slow being built over the concrete roof of a reservoir. Lack of practice, a recent injury and a new mallet put her at a disadvantage, and she had a disappointing tournament.

Simon Cook and Peter Deeth had a shorter trip to Urunga for a qualifier for the State AC handicap championship. They had to play two of the three days in the rain. Local Urunga player Jonathon Deans was the stumbling block winning through to the finals with Simon second and Peter third.

Paul Schofield went further to the Taree Wild Fig GC carnival. In his Block he came second and reduced his handicap from 7 to 6, quite an achievement. With an allocated doubles partner he came third out of eight.

The GC Pennants team will play a double header against SW Rocks at Urunga on Wednesday.

Peter Martin