Ge­off wins in cro­quet


Golf cro­quet re­quires skill and strat­egy, a steady nerve and a readi­ness to go to plan B.

Ge­off Gatchell rev­els in that sort of chal­lenge, which is why he has al­ready rep­re­sented New Zealand in its Un­der 21 team last year in Mel­bourne and hopes to re­peat the ex­pe­ri­ence in Not­ting­ham Eng­land in July next year.

This month he com­peted in the NZ Un­der 21 Golf Cro­chet Cham­pi­onships held at Mata­mata. Over four days he com­peted in the dou­bles then the sin­gles play­ing 14 games in each com­ple­tion.

First up, pair­ing with Ja­son Hod­gett of South Can­ter­bury, the cou­ple fin­ished a com­mend­able fifth in a very large field.

Then it was the sin­gles and Ge­off won all his pool games only to come up against his pairs part­ner Ja­son who won.

Ge­off won his re­main­ing games and fin­ished sev­enth.

Ge­off hopes to do well in the NZ Golf Cro­quet Na­tional Com­pe­ti­tion at Nel­son in Jan­uary.

He wishes to main­tain or im­prove his sixth rank­ing na­tion­ally in the Un­der 21 ta­ble and im­prove his na­tional open rank­ing of 30.

This should ce­ment his po­si­tion in the NZ Un­der 21 team to go to Eng­land in his last chance to play Un­der 21 Golf Cro­quet.

In the mean­time he is jug­gling work as a civil en­gi­neer­ing cadet with the Tararua Al­liance and his train­ing as a vol­un­teer fire­man.

He has just com­pleted his ba­sic course in Ro­torua, to find time to play tour­na­ments where he can hone his com­pet­i­tive skills.

Ge­off Gatchell on the lawns at the Ran­gatira Cro­quet Club.

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