Kangas caught on the hop by Ky
❝Kyabram fought back hard to level the score by the end of second round❞
KYABRAM Croquet Club held a golf croquet social day on Monday, September 17. Players from Albury to Bendigo and in between, enjoyed a great day of sport and friendship. The winner on the day was Rita Jenkins, Shepparton CC, with four games — she seems to be making a habit of winning this year.
The golf croquet pennant season has just completed round one in the GVCA competition.
Kyabram travelled to Moama on Thursday, to play against the Rich River ‘‘Kangas’’ in another see-sawing match.
Kyabram had a blended team again for the second week in a row, due to other Ky players’ unavailability. The return of Cameron Kelly into the number one position strengthened the team, Jenny Kneebone, SCC player, was playing at number two, with Rayleen McDonald (3) and Trudy Serafini (4).
The home team, RR Kangas, got off to an incredible start winning three of the first four singles. Not to be outdone, Kyabram fought back hard to level the score by the end of second round — both teams had four games 47 hoops. As the doubles were to follow after lunch, both teams were keen to win as many of the four games as possible, and every hoop counted.
Kyabram got off to a good start taking the first two doubles, 7/3 and 7/4. The Kangas needed to win the two final games for a chance, Ky only needed one to secure the match. Luck was on their side.
Cameron and Rayleen had a very hard-fought game, going through to the 13th hoop, narrowly winning by one hoop. Jenny and Trudy also paired very well together taking their game 7/2. Kyabram had won all four doubles taking the match to an 8/4 win.
What a finish against the second seed. Overall the hoops scored was fairly close, only 13 the difference over 12 games, which showed that the match was fairly tight throughout the day. Well done Kyabram.
All members of the Kyabram team managed to win three games each, one singles and two doubles, while Helen Brierley, RR Kangas, won both of her singles.
Match results as follows with the home team, RR Kangas, listed first as per scoresheet. Singles Round 1: Russell Smythe def Cameron Kelly, 7/1, Anne Dodd def Jenny Kneebone, 7/6, David Maher lt Rayleen McDonald, 5/7, and Helen Brierley def Trudy Serafini, 7/6.
Round 2: R. Smythe lt J Kneebone, 4/7, A Dodd lt C Kelly, 5/7, D Maher lt T Serafini, 5/7 and H Brierley def R McDonald, 7/6. Doubles Round 1: Smythe/Dodd lt Kelly/ Kneebone, 3/7, and Maher/ Brierley lt McDonald/Serafini, 4/7.
Round 2: Smythe/Maher lt Kelly/McDonald, 6/7, and Dodd/ Brierley lt Kneebone/Serafini 2/7.
Final score: RR Kangas 4/62 lost to Kyabram 8/75.
Kyabram has a bye tomorrow but will be playing at home again on Thursday, October 4.
Club days are on Monday from 10am onwards, new players welcome. Parents are also welcome to bring their school-age children, grade five and upwards, along on Monday, October 1 for a short introduction to croquet. Contact Sue on 0437 290 777 for any further details.