Jones, Truman croquet stars
Rangatira’s Steve Jones went through all four games unbeaten to win the senior division of Te Awamutu Croquet Club’s annual two-day singles championship.
The long trek from the Manawatu¯ proved well worthwhile for Jones, who emerged a convincing winner on the croquet lawns at the picturesque Victoria Park.
Runner-up was Pam Fisher from the Leamington club with two wins.
Visiting players from Howick, Whangamata¯, Claudelands, Hamilton East, Leamington and Te Kuiti helped swell the numbers competing in the Dental on Mahoe sponsored event.
Claudelands player Sue Truman provided one of the tournament highlights when she achieved a Croquet New Zealand Silver Merit Award by making 12 hoops in one turn, winning the game and also winning her intermediate division overall with three wins.
Runner-up was Maree Burt from Whangamata¯ Club with two wins.
The B grade division was won by Carol Sandford (Howick) with three wins. Three players had one win each, necessitating a countback to decide the runnerup.
Honours went to Brian Richardson (Te Kuiti), from Anne White (Te Awamutu) and Chris Conroy (Whangamata¯ ).
Te Awamutu club captain Jean Fisher said it was pleasing to have the senior division with handicaps ranging from -1 to 3.5. This allowed for some really good play to be observed by spectators.
“A special mention must go to Alan Thornton and his helpers for the work put in to having the lawns in good condition,” said Fisher. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes before a tournament can take place, including lawn marking and changing hoops to avoid the ‘rabbit runs’ that continuous play can cause. The effort of these people is certainly appreciated by all players and visitors to the club.”