Jones, Tru­man cro­quet stars

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.”

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