Cro­quet Dou­bles win­ners de­clared!

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - GE­OFF MANN MEL POCK­NALL

AF­TER months of fever­ish prepa­ra­tion, prac­tice and tac­ti­cal de­lib­er­a­tions, the Dubbo Cro­quet Club Dou­bles Cham­pi­onships were held at the end of last month.

The first pairs were on the green by 8.30am but ac­cord­ing to the Club’s web­site, the “lawns, that usu­ally ring with laugh­ter and com­ment, en­cour­age­ment and bon­homie” were silent.

“The tone all day was of quiet in­ten­sity and con­cen­tra­tion. Quite un­nerv­ing. There was a quiet trickle of non-com­pet­ing mem­bers drop­ping in dur­ing the day to watch.”

At day’s end Don and Pam Day were the undis­puted cham­pi­ons with Mavis Grant and Beth Stan­ley run­ners up and Tom Bar­clay and novice Tricia Shanks in third.

Dur­ing a spe­cial day of cel­e­bra­tions in the Club’s 97th year, there was much chat­ter about the up­com­ing Royal visit.

It was all put into con­text how­ever by the fol­low­ing as­sess­ment.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex (who will be in Dubbo) will just have to take their chances like ev­ery­one else. They will be in town on a Wed­nes­day which is not a reg­u­lar play day but a prac­tice ses­sion is of­ten held late af­ter­noon.

“We have spare mal­lets and the green fee is mod­est,” the post con­cluded!

Mavis Grant en­cour­ages her part­ner Beth Stan­ley as she pre­pares to move the blue.

Sec­onds (Sil­ver Badges) Mavis Grant and Eliz­a­beth (Beth) Stan­ley

Win­ners (Gold Badges) Pam and Don Day

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