Gair scores good win at cro­quet

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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.

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