NELSON BAY CROQUET CLUB
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Nelson Bay Croquet Club has been established for 26 years. It is located in the Blue Water Paradise of Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle, NSW. Membership is open to all who are interested in the game, and visitors are warmly welcomed.
Members play all the three internationally recognised forms of Croquet – Golf, Ricochet and Association. The Club plays both social and competitive games five days each week on four professionally maintained full sized courts and has a small clubhouse on-site. We also have an active program of social events.
Playing schedule available here:
2022 CLUB COMPETITIONS
The Club competitions have been scheduled as follows:
A Grade - Sunday 26th June
B Grade - Sunday 24th July
C Grade - Sunday 14th August
Ricochet Competition June/July
Blowes Shield - Sunday 16th October
Sunday 15th May 2022
12 members entered for the Winter Doubles and were randomly drawn with partners to make 6 competing teams. The competition was played as a single round-robin of handicap play, giving each team 5 games.
Ros Slaughter & David Wilson finished on top, winning 4 of their 5 games, losing only to Rosemary Taylor & Barry Elliott who eventually finished 5th. Faby Batho & Marion Graff, Pat Edmonds & Frank Orton and Anne Jensen & Rae Uptin all finished equal on 3 wins with Faby & Marion finishing 2nd on net hoops. Kath Orton & Penny Wilson finished 6th.
A wonderful competition completed just as the rain started, well organised b y Club Captain Rae Uptin. Thank you to Margaret Thompson and Peter Gordon for refereeing.
Club Captain presents the winners' prize to Ros and David
NSW AC SILVER SINGLES
Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th May 2022
Following his success in the NSW Association Croquet Bronze Singles Championship, Peter Gordon backed up to win the NSW Association Croquet Silver Singles Championship. The Silver Championship is for AC players with handicaps 9-12 and was played Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th May 2022 at Cammeray Croquet Club. In winning the Bronze Singles, Peter’s handicap improved such that he qualified to play in the Silver Singles.
With only 6 players entered, the Championship was played as a single round-robin. The weather was not kind and the Championship was played in consistent and at times heavy rain. Peter was undefeated, though his last game was abandoned due ti the heavy rain, and the fact that it had no bearing on the outcome of the competition, He won a close game 16-15 against Diane Scott (Wollongong) but was otherwise untroubled and won the Championship with a massive +52 hoops.
Peter accepts the trophy
The conditions were very wet!!
NSW AC BRONZE SINGLES
Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th May 2022
The NSW Association Croquet Bronze Singles Championship was played Monday 2nd May – Wednesday 4th May at Killara Croquet Club. The Championship is for AC players with handicaps 14-20 and is played as 18 point games, level play but with a time limit.
There were 9 entries including Peter Gordon. The first round was played in 2 blocks of round-robin games. Peter was undefeated, winning 4 games with +45 net hoops in the Red Block of 5 players.
In the semi-final Peter beat Fidye Westgarth (Mosman) 15-4 and then, in the final, beat Warwick Nassif (Warrawee) 16-6.
Peter’s win was the first State Association Croquet title won by anyone from Nelson Bay.
Peter accepts the trophy
Finalists Peter Gordon and Warwick Nassif
TAREE WILD FIG
Tuesday 2nd to Friday 6th May 2022
The Wild Fig tournament was played Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th May 2022 at Taree Croquet Club. 36 players entered including Cheryl Lloyd, Karen Lilly, Sandy Tawa and Rae Uptin from Nelson Bay. The players played in separate blocks, 4 of singles and 2 of doubles, based on handicap. Karen Lilly and Rae Uptin won the top block of doubles winning 6 of 8 games and finishing ahead of Bernie McAlary & Peter Saunders (Wollongong & Toronto) on hoop count-back. Karen Lilly also finished 2nd= in the 2nd block of singles winning 5 of 7 games.
Sandy Tawa executes a jump shot
APRIL MONTHLY SINGLES
Sunday 1st May 2022
8 members entered the April Monthly Singles: Beryl Chalkley, Col Chalkley, Les Guzowski, Greg Long, Jan Marshall, Marty Quirke, Jane Scorer and Rosemary Taylor.
The competition was played in two blocks of 4 players. Greg Long and Marty Quirke qualified from the two blocks. The final was another close affair with Marty again beating Greg for a second win in 4 weeks.
The players with Club Captain Rae Uptin and Referee Barry Elliott
Finalists Marty Quirke and Greg Long ready to play the final