State Championship for Nelson Bay Croquet Players

Sherry Gordon, Peter Gordon, Rae Uptin, Jim Ball, Kay Smith and Cheryl Lloyd at Taree Croquet Club.

 

TAREE Croquet Club hosted the NSW Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles State Championship from 12 to 14 May 2021.

22 players from around the State entered with three teams travelling from Nelson Bay: Cheryl Lloyd and Jim Ball, Sherry and Peter Gordon, and Kay Smith and Rae Uptin.

Sherry and Peter finished top after the round-robin, winning 9 of 10 games and only losing to the Nelson Bay pair of Cheryl and Jim.

Cheryl and Jim finished second with seven wins to also qualify for the semi-final play-offs, while Kay and Rae finished seventh with four wins to qualify for the fifth to eighth play-off.

In the semi-finals, Sherry and Peter beat Phil Monds and Darren Warner (EDSACC) 7-6 while Cheryl and Jim beat Lesley Salzmann and Jill Sullivan (Sutherland) 7-6 to produce an all Nelson Bay final.

Cheryl and Jim won the final 7-5 to become NSW Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles State Champions.

In the fifth to eighth play-off Kay and Rae beat Lorraine Sheargold and John Reynolds (EDSACC) 7-3 and then Helen Chalmers and Ruth Mulvaney (Toronto) 7-6 to finish fifth.

A great result for the Nelson Bay Croquet Club with first, second and fifth positions in a State Championship.

At the same time, Sandy Tawa played in the Australian Open Golf Croquet Singles, featuring the best croquet players in Australia.

The championship was played in Cairnlea, Victoria from 12-16 May 2021.

Sandy did not make the cut from her bottom seeding, but three of her five wins (from 16 games) were against the top three seeds and she had five 6-7 losses.

A fabulous showing in an Australian Championship.

For further information about the Club, visit nelsonbaycroquet.org.au or e-mail [email protected].

 

By David WILSON

 

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