Skill with a mal­let goes a long way

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By Scott Mor­gan

At the Mt Al­bert Cro­quet Club, up-and-com­ing player Hamish McIn­tosh is lit­er­ally a jack of all trades.

The 19-year-old will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the World Un­der-21 Golf Cro­quet Cham­pi­onships in Cairo later this month.

But he’s also in charge of mow­ing the green to keep it in pris­tine con­di­tion, giv­ing him an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to see how it will play dur­ing a match.

And mix­ing study with cro­quet down at the club has pro­vided Hamish with some re­lief dur­ing his univer­sity ex­ams.

Golf cro­quet is a tricky game where play­ers hit coloured balls through hoops in a cer­tain or­der.

Af­ter just two years in the sport, the Mt Al­bert res­i­dent has come a long way in a short space of time.

“I emailed the New Zealand se­lec­tors and asked if I could go to Cairo and they said: ‘No, you haven’t done enough on a na­tional level.’

“I went and won the New Zealand Open Hand­i­cap tour­na­ment and Auck­land Sil­ver Badge tour­na­ment and they said yes.

“I don’t think they ex­pected me to come back to them.”

Hamish says the Egyp­tians will pose the big­gest chal­lenge at the tour­na­ment, with the English and Aus­tralians not far be­hind.

“The stan­dard’s go­ing to be re­ally high, but there’s no point go­ing away if you’re not aim­ing to win a medal.”

Hamish says it’s the strate­gic el­e­ment of the sport that at­tracted him in the first place.

“It’s noth­ing like the stereo­type that it’s an old per­son’s game. You’ve got to be in­cred­i­bly tac­ti­cal, skil­ful and ag­gres­sive.”

Club pres­i­dent Martin Har­vey says a mix­ture of nat­u­ral tal­ent and the right at­ti­tude has seen Hamish progress so quickly.

“He’s a nat­u­ral sports­man and has got the drive to suc­ceed.”

For in­for­ma­tion about Mt Al­bert Cro­quet Club phone 849-3003.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

On the ball: Mt Al­bert Cro­quet Club mem­ber Hamish McIn­tosh will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the World Un­der-21 Golf Cro­quet Cham­pi­onships in Cairo on July 18.

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