Results 2018-2019 Season
Auckland GC Silver Badge
Played at Pakuranga CC 13/14th April.
Nelson Morrow (Warkworth)
Steve Field (Pakuranga)
On count back from Gillian Railey (Pt. Chevalier.)
Colleen Muir (Pakuranga)
On count back from Anne Griffin (Mt. Albert) & Peter Radley (Warkworth)
Robin Paine (Orewa)
Manager: John Wood.
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Four teams entered the event this year. After 3 rounds Warkworth CC and Orewa CC were tied with 2 wins and a draw.
In the match between Warkworth and Orewa, Warkworth actually beat Orewa on hoop points but as the competition is based on matches won or drawn, the decision had to be made on the total numbers of games won. Orewa had won 13 and Warkworth 11, so Orewa were declared this year's winner and Warkworth runner up.
AC Silver Badge
The winners of the 2018/19 AC Silver Badges
A grade: Kathie Grant (Epsom/Remuera)
Intermediate grade: Chris Smith (Orewa)
B grade: David Ereckson (Henderson)
C Grade: Dan Donaldson (Orewa)
AC Women's Open Singles
Despite only 4 entries the competition was enjoyed by all. 3 2.5hr games with regulation 8 and only 1 of the games finished early. We had a lovely sunny day and I enjoyed watching and managing this tournament.
Winner: Kathie Grant: Epsom/Rem
Runner-up: Heather Richardson: Waikato
Marion Taylor from Warkworth and Elizabeth Bridges from Orewa provided some good competition and a special thankyou to both of them for entering and making this competition viable. Click here for the photos.
AC Men's Open Singles
The Auckland Men's AC Open was played this year for the first time in 3 years at Warkworth CC, on the 2nd March. Due to only having 4 entries the event was reduced to a one day event. The lawns were fast and the weather stunning. It was played as a block, with 3 rounds completed in the day.
Nelson Morrow (Warkworth) won all his games with Robert Lowe (Takapuna) runner up. Robert also completed a TP against Jim Wardle (Epsom/ Remuera) in the first round, while Nelson had a close game against Vincent Commarieu (Epsom/Remuera) winning +1. Click here for the photos.
The GC Unite was held at Morrisville CC over Anniversary weekend. The hosts Thames Valley won the Shield but Auckland came a creditable second. Click here for the photos.
Arthur Ross local final
The Auckland playoff for the Arthur Ross was held at Mt Albert Club on Saturday 15th.
After a few late withdrawals the match was down to two entrants. James Ellis (14) from Orewa Club and Robert Lowe ( -1.5) Takapuna.
James played well with his distinctive side stance style holding out for nearly two hours
against the experienced Robert Lowe. In the end Robert won 26-13 taking home the silver tray trophy and a certificate from Auckland Croquet Association.
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from Amanda Willis
Mt Albert Croquet Club
Winner: Orewa CC
R/U: Takapuna CC
Winner: Takapuna CC
R/U: Warkworth CC
GC Grades Championship
Premier & Senior Divisions. 17/18th November, 2018. Venue: Pakuranga CC.
Sunny skies and good paced lawns were the order of the day for the top two divisions of the Auckland GC Grades competition.
The Senior section had only 4 entries, so this event was played as a one day event, double round robin. The convincing winner was Gill Railey (Pt. Chevalier) who won all her 6 games. Runner up was Jack Yates (Carlton) on 3/6 wins.
The Premier section had 8 entries with players from 6 different clubs. This was played over two days with everyone playing each other twice. At the end of the first day Rod Templeman (North Shore) & the manager, Nelson Morrow (Warkworth) were tied on 6/7 wins. Scott Martins (Pukekohe) caused upsets on the sunday beating both Rod and Nelson, but Nelson managed to win all the rest of his games and was declared winner on 12/14 with Rod runner up, on 10/14.
Auckland Croquet were very grateful to Pakuranga for agreeing to host this event when North Shore was unable to due to the condition of their lawns.
Full results on croquetscores.com Click here for the photos.
C A Grades - Intermediate and Junior Competitions.
The Intermediate & Junior Grades were held at Takapuna Club over the weekend of 17 & 18 November, in perfect conditions with very many hard fought games.
A field of six Intermediate players competed for the beautiful old Annie E Hamilton Trophy with Sara Quirk from the Mt Albert Club taking first place by just pipping Dan Donaldson from Orewa club into runner up position.
A field of seven players competed for the Junior trophy including a Dad with his two sons (The Wilson family) from the Mt Albert club. The winner was Aniko Osvald who won all her games, from Takapuna club and the runner up was Jean Bishop from the Pt Chevalier club.
Another successful Croquet Auckland event! Click here for the photos.
Centennial Cup Final 2018
The Centennial Cup Final for 2018 was played at Epsom Remuera Croquet Club on Thursday 1st November 2018.
The weather was not at all pleasant with showers to start and a very strong wind all day. There were 4 teams and they played 3 games starting at 8.30am.
The teams were Denise Berridge and Les Wakley from Epsom Remuera, Pixie Jones and Dan Donaldson from Orewa, Owen Frewin and Michael Adams from Pt. Chevalier and Alison Ibel and Dot Harford from Takapuna.
The lawns at Epsom Remuera were in a very good condition but playing conditions with wind and rain were very difficult for all concerned.
The winners with 3 wins were Pixie Jones and Dan Donaldson from Orewa and runners-up Owen Frewin and Michael Adams from Pt.Chevalier
Auckland AC Open Doubles and Singles
Played at Carlton CC 2nd/4th November.
The doubles and singles were joined together this year, which proved successful as we had 4 pairs competing for the doubles title, the first time this has happened in many years.
The doubles were played on the friday, as an all play all block. The top three pairs of Nelson Morrow & Malcolm Cawley (Auckland) , Robert Lowe (Auckland) and Peter Filbee (South Taranaki )and Pam Fisher (Waikato) and Roger Adamson ( Counties Manukau) finished the day with 2 wins each. On count back Nelson & Malcolm took the title with Robert & Peter runners up.
The singles was played on saturday and sunday with all the doubles competitors , plus 4 additional players.
This was played as two blocks , with 5 games in each block and a final between the winners of each block.
The blocks produced some surprising results, one being Jacqui Anderson beating Pam Fisher and another, Pam Fisher beating Robert Lowe. The two finalists after a count back on net points were Robert Lowe (Takapuna) and Keith Ebden ( Bay of Plenty).
The final started well for Robert getting to peg and 4 back before Keith eventually hit in. Keith then played a tight game with few errors and managed to edge out Robert 22-21 on time.
The manager Nelson Morrow thanked Carlton for their well prepared lawns and wonderful catering and assistant manager , Hilary Salmons presented the Cups and Auckland Certificates to the doubles and singles winners.
Northland V Auckland Match 2018
The annual match between Auckland and Northland was held on the 16th October.
The AC section was held at Orewa and the GC section at Takapuna.
The AC section started with doubles in the morning, which left the result level at lunchtime. In the afternoon Auckland got into it’s stride and won the singles 5-1.
The GC section started well for Auckland winning 6/8 in the first round. Northland fought back, winning the second round, squaring the third but the initial round sealed it for Auckland and they held their lead and won 18/14.
At a joint lavish afternoon tea at Orewa CC , Auckland President Anne Murphy presented the Shield to Auckland Captain Nelson Morrow.
The final score was Auckland 27, Northland 17.
Full results can be found on www.croquetscores.com. Click here for the photos.
GC Handicap Singles
The 2018 Auckland GC Handicap Singles Tournament took place at the Pt Chevalier club on 29th and 30th September. We had great weather over the weekend.
On Saturday, 12 seniors (handicap 6 or under) played off in 2 sections. Most games were played to a finish, but a few had to be halted to keep the tournament running. Bill Morrison and Pauline Budgen won their sections and met in the final which was won by Bill. Chris Plank was the referee.
On Sunday, 12 juniors followed the same format with Peter Radley and Vanessa Baddock winning their sections. Peter won the final to finsih with a 100% record. Anne Griffin was the referee. Full results are on croquetscores.com. Click here for the photos.