Geoff wins in croquet
Golf croquet requires skill and strategy, a steady nerve and a readiness to go to plan B.
Geoff Gatchell revels in that sort of challenge, which is why he has already represented New Zealand in its Under 21 team last year in Melbourne and hopes to repeat the experience in Nottingham England in July next year.
This month he competed in the NZ Under 21 Golf Crochet Championships held at Matamata. Over four days he competed in the doubles then the singles playing 14 games in each completion.
First up, pairing with Jason Hodgett of South Canterbury, the couple finished a commendable fifth in a very large field.
Then it was the singles and Geoff won all his pool games only to come up against his pairs partner Jason who won.
Geoff won his remaining games and finished seventh.
Geoff hopes to do well in the NZ Golf Croquet National Competition at Nelson in January.
He wishes to maintain or improve his sixth ranking nationally in the Under 21 table and improve his national open ranking of 30.
This should cement his position in the NZ Under 21 team to go to England in his last chance to play Under 21 Golf Croquet.
In the meantime he is juggling work as a civil engineering cadet with the Tararua Alliance and his training as a volunteer fireman.
He has just completed his basic course in Rotorua, to find time to play tournaments where he can hone his competitive skills.
Geoff Gatchell on the lawns at the Rangatira Croquet Club.