Gair scores good win at croquet
stands. Jacob intends to set a few of his own.
‘‘It’s my first year back in athletics after doing it when I was younger,’’ he said.
‘‘I like the training here [at the Titahi Bay club] and the competition side of it is great.
‘‘It’s something different from rugby and it’s been good for my fitness, especially as I’m a fullback and need that explosive speed. I even came out for train- ing on Christmas Eve.’’
Jacob was especially pleased with his performance in the Colgate relay, when he anchored his team and sped away in the home stretch.
‘‘That was a really good feeling.’’He has a steady programme of competition in coming weeks, including interclub meets, Wellington championships and the big one – interprovincials in Dunedin in March. It’s been a busy time for croquet in the Porirua-Tawa basin.
Wayne Gair (Titahi Bay) won the Wellington Regional Association playoff for the Arthur Ross Trophy last month, trouncing well-performed Wellington player Paul Skinley, who has a much lower handicap. Skinley is the Wellington open singles champion.
Gair will play in the national finals in March.
Meanwhile Tony le Petit (Tawa) was runner-up to Alison Robinson in golf croquet’s equivalent to the Arthur Ross Trophy – the Croquet New Zealand Gold and Silver Stars tournament. Robinson was a clear winner, but several players had two wins and le Petit gained second place after a close ntt points countback.
Tom Berryman (Titahi Bay), a master association croquet player, stepped in at the last moment to manage the national croquet championships around the Wellington region.
During the week he controlled 44 doubles players and 46 singles players at different sites.
Plimmerton club is installing a fifth lawn. That is in answer to the demand in the region for goodperformance lawns that are open all year and not as subject to the vagaries of winter weather.
Mana Community Grants Foundation has provided the support to get the project over the line.