Have mal­let will play

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A host of cro­quet’s finest play­ers have their mal­lets at the ready to com­pete in the fi­nal games of the Na­tional Golf Cro­quet Tour­na­ment which kick off across Auck­land this week­end.

Ep­som’s Carl­ton Cro­quet Club is host­ing some of the ac­tion which will see cro­quet play­ers from as far as Ire­land and Eng­land com­pete against con­tenders from across New Zealand.

Aus­tralian cro­quet player Fleu­ranne Brock­way flew from Perth to com­pete in the tour­na­ment and paired up with Tau­ranga’s John McKen­zie for the dou­bles matches.

Ms Brock­way has been play­ing cro­quet for seven years.

The 20-year-old says she was sur­prised to see so many young play­ers com­pet­ing at the tour­na­ment com­pared with games in Aus­tralia.

‘‘It’s good to see more young play­ers in the sport and to have the chance to play against them.’’

The tour­na­ment runs un­til Sun­day from 8.30am with games at Ep­som/ Re­muera and Carl­ton cro­quet clubs.

Win­ning com­bi­na­tion, above: Aus­tralian cro­quet player Fleu­ranne Brock­way and Tau­ranga’s John McKen­zie paired up to com­pete in the dou­bles tour­na­ment at Carl­ton Cro­quet Club.

Ham­mer time: Sean Fos­ter gets into the cro­quet dou­bles ac­tion on the field.

Brush­ing up, The rules, right: Golf Cro­quet is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from As­so­ci­a­tion Cro­quet. It has a sim­pler set of rules and games are gen­er­ally more in­ter­ac­tive and take less time to com­plete.

left: Ma­nurewa Cro­quet Club mem­ber Noe­line Posselt takes aim.

Cro­quet con­tenders: New Zealand cro­quet youth squad play­ers Sean Fos­ter, left, and Jared Kee­man.

On the ball: New Zealand cro­quet youth squad and Ep­som/Re­muera Cro­quet Club player Hamish McIn­tosh paired up with Ir­ish player Keiran Murphy.

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