Deni hosts national event

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

The De­niliquin lawn tennis courts have been a hive of ac­tiv­ity this week with the De­niliquin Croquet Club host­ing the Aus­tralia Open Golf Croquet Na­tion­als.

It’s the 10th year the club has hosted this im­por­tant event on the Aus­tralian croquet cal­en­dar.

Over 50 play­ers have com­peted in both dou­bles and sin­gles matches, with more top Aus­tralian play­ers com­pet­ing this year than ever be­fore, with play at an ex­tremely high level.

Three cou­ples came from Queens­land, two from Western Aus­tralia and oth­ers from sev­eral states.

De­niliquin has been rep­re­sented by eight play­ers at the event.

The Hand­i­cap Dou­bles fin­ished up on Tues­day af­ter­noon with Canberra team Peter Freer and Kate McLough­lin claim­ing the vic­tory.

The Canberra team over­came Essendon’s Brian Rowe and Al­bury’s Kaye Mof­fat in the fi­nal.

The event will con­clude to­day, with the sin­gles fi­nals be­ing played and a din­ner at the RSL tonight for all play­ers and their part­ners.

Club pres­i­dent John Tainsh said it had been a fan­tas­tic week.

‘‘The level of com­pe­ti­tion has been tremen­dous,’’ he said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing has been go­ing well and the weather has been fan­tas­tic.

‘‘It’s prob­a­bly been the best tour­na­ment we’ve hosted.’’

Both De­niliquin pen­nant teams won last week.

The next pen­nant match on Thurs­day will be at home, when the Deni Gems meet the Deni Di­a­monds in what will be a hard fought game.

Play­ers are re­minded that the last round of the Challen Cup will be played on Sun­day at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

Aus­tralian Open Golf Croquet Na­tion­als Hand­i­cap Dou­bles win­ners Kate McLough­lin and Peter Freer from Canberra fol­low­ing their vic­tory on Tues­day.

Canberra’s Ralph Richard­son in sin­gles ac­tion.

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