CROQUET All hail the Kangas Rich River
PENNANT home and away rounds have finished for this year, and the finals are on.
In the last round of golf croquet pennant on Thursday of last week the Rich River Emus had a bye.
The Kangas won a close game at Kyabram in unseasonal weather, cold and rainy, and even some hail.
After the first round of singles Kyabram were three games 25 hoops to Kangas one game 23.
After the second round Kyabram were ahead five games 46 to three games 47 and it was down to the doubles.
The Kangas won three of the four doubles, three games 22 hoops to one game 17, giving Rich River the win by six hoops: six games 69 to six games 63.
Anne Dodd was the best contributor with three games, and Helen Brierley, Dave Maher and Russ Smyth won two each.
After finishing the season second on the ladder the Kangas are playing Deniliquin Diamonds in a semi-final at Shepparton, with the winner going through to the grand final.
Social golf croquet was called off Thursday due to the inclement weather.
The club held a members, family and friends come-and-try day on Sunday.
There were a number of visitors, some showing remarkable ability for learners.
It was perfect weather and all enjoyed a pleasant day with a few laughs.
On Tuesday, 23 members played golf croquet, doubles and a trio, followed by lunch in the Rich River Bistro.
Ian Grant and Gwen Hurst won all three games, and they both had a nett +12 hoops. Ian won the day on a countback. Bev Floyd scored a hoop in one, and several players had some very well executed jump shots.
In association croquet, Rich River had a win to finish the home and away season.
They hosted Shepparton Gold at home and won two games 39 hoops to one game 27 hoops.
After winning the doubles 13 hoops to eight, Lyn Norwood won her singles 17 to nine, and John Norwood was unlucky to lose his singles last nine hoops to 10.
THE week opened on Wednesday, with seven members travelling to Kyneton for a social day.
It was the first time we have visited this club and what a nice surprise we got when we arrived.
Kyneton Croquet Club is the oldest croquet club in Australia, the clubrooms and the courts had such a nice feel about them.
Doubles were played with four games in total. Two of our members had success on the day with Trevor Peters runner-up and Jan Tracy third place, both receiving great prizes. Thursday was a wonderful day. Some members chose to go to Wangaratta and risk the wild weather — not good with part of the day spent racing to the shelter sheds trying to stay out of the hail and rain.
There was not much luck to be had on the day and members came home empty-handed.
Our pennant team had to struggle on all day playing in horrendous weather, rain, wind and hail at different times of day.
The players were up against it on the courts with so much water it was hard to execute their shots.
Numurkah Whites were the stronger team beating EMCC with a score of 78 to EMCC 61.
Our pennant team have finished for the season, not making the finals, but they are looking forward to next year’s season.
Monday certainly was a good turnout with 21 members attending. Doubles and one trio were played with two games in the morning breaking for a nice leisurely BBQ lunch then one game after lunch.
It was good to see our president, John Alstin, able to fit in a game between his work commitments.
Winner of the Lets Do Coffee Voucher was John Alstin with +7 and Trevor Peters runner up +4.
Hoops in one Glenda Kelly 1, Sandra Alstin 1, Jump Shots Peter Van Der Zande 1 Trevor Peters 1.
New members are always welcome at the courts at Vic Park.
Contact John Alstin 0418 505 614 information. for