Drouin re­spond from loss

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT -

Com­ing off a loss to War­ragul the pre­vi­ous week, the Drouin Croquet Club played at home against Phillip Is­land.

Still con­di­tions pre­vailed and with sev­eral play­ers not avail­able, Al­lan Leesing stepped into fourth po­si­tion on the day.

Drouin got off to a great start, win­ning five of the eight sin­gles games and lead­ing by 12 hoops, 49-37.

Michael Fry of Drouin re­duced his hand­i­cap to eight after his first sin­gles match, while Lilly Eich­stadt of Phillip Is­land went out to 10 at the close of the dou­bles.

Al­lan Leesing led the way for Drouin with four wins (+11), fol­lowed by Nanette Fry (+3), Kath­leen Willems (+7) and Michael Fry (+5) each with three wins. Re­sults: Sin­gles round 1: Nan­nette Fry (hand­i­cap eight) d Pat Willsmore (four) 7-3, Kath­leen Willems (eight) d Mike Bai­ley (eight) 7-3, Michael Fry (nine) d Lilly Eich­stadt (nine) 7-3, Al­lan Leesing (10) lost to Jenni Wills (11) 4-7.

Sin­gles round 2: M Fry lost to J Wills 4-7, A Leesing d L Eichas­tadt 7-3, K Willems d P Willsmore 7-4, M Fry lost to M Bai­ley 5-7.

Dou­bles round 1: N Fry/K Willems lost to P Willsmore/M Bai­ley 3-7, M Fry/A Leesing d L Eich­stadt/J Wills 7-5.

Dou­bles round 2: K Willems/A Leesing d M Bai­ley/J Wills 7-1, N Fry.M Fry d P Willsmore/L Eich­stadt 7-3.

Dou­bles round 3: N Fry/A Leesing d P Willsmore. J Wills 7-6, K Willems/M Fry lost to M Bai­ley/L Eich­stadt 5-7.

Fi­nal re­sult: Drouin nine wins, 88 hoops de­feated Phillip Is­land five wins, 66 hoops. Drouin have the bye to­day. Next week Drouin will travel to Mor­well.

As­so­ci­a­tion croquet

Drouin played at home against Sale on Thurs­day.

It was a first game of As­so­ci­a­tion croquet this pen­nant cal­en­dar for Nan­nette Fry when she stepped in to re­place Jenny Leesing, who was over­come with ‘the win­ter time bug’.

Sale were rep­re­sented by Len Clis­sold on a hand­i­cap of 11 and Bar­bara Cas­tles with a hand­i­cap of nine.

Drouin’s Al­lan Leesing was matched against Bar­bara Cas­tles in the first sin­gles match and won by two hoops, 19-17.

After some years since play­ing the As­so­ci­a­tion game at pen­nant level, Nan­nette Fry (hand­i­cap 20) ac­quit­ted her­self well, go­ing down to Len Clis­sold with a com­mend­able score of 11-15.

With games one apiece and Sale with a lead of only two hoops, it was any­one’s game in the dou­bles.

At the end of time after some two-and-ahalf hours, Drouin were elated to have won the fi­nal game 11-8, thus tak­ing the points by a soli­tary hoop.

The next match for Drouin will con­clude the half way mark of the pen­nant sea­son. They will play Bairns­dale on neu­tral ground at Mor­well.

Croquet birth­day

Drouin Croquet Club will cel­e­brate its 115th birth­day with a come and try day to be held dur­ing Se­niors week.

Mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity are wel­come to the at­tend the event on Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 and have a swing of a croquet ball.

There will be two ses­sions, with a morn­ing ses­sion com­menc­ing at 10am to be fol­lowed by a free sausage siz­zle. The af­ter­noon ses­sion will be held be­tween 1pm and 3pm and is fol­lowed by af­ter­noon tea.

Flat soled shoes are re­quired. The club has mal­lets avail­able to use.

Mem­bers are will­ing to share a lot of their time to show the ba­sics of the game, which can be just for fun or more com­pet­i­tive if you wish.

Croquet is also a non-con­tact sport, with new mem­bers and play­ers wel­come at the Drouin club.

The club re­quests reg­is­tra­tion for ei­ther or both ses­sions by Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11. To reg­is­ter, phone Heather on 0407 821 650 or email drouin­cro­quet@gmail.com.

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