Round two of the golf croquet pennant season was played last week under clear blue skies.
The Rich River Croquet Club Kangas defeated Euroa, the end result being nine games 73 hoops to three games 46.
Ruth Mole and Russ Smyth each won four games, Dave Maher won three.
The Emus travelled to Deniliquin and lost on this occasion four games 49 hoops to eight games 74.
Ian Grant was the best performer with three games and Bev Floyd played well, winning two games against tough competition.
In club play last Thursday, eight members played doubles. Graham Richards took the honours, winning all three games, and Kaye Joyce took second spot with two.
Kaye also scored a hoop in one.
Last Friday, the Rich River Croquet Club held its season opening with Rich River Golf Club president Peter Boek, chief executive Shane Gloury and greens director Bob Young joining the croquet club’s president Marg Kennedy playing the first official hoop for the season.
Despite the drizzling rain, the hoop was played, won by Gloury.
On Tuesday, nine members played singles and a triple.
Two players won all three games.
Gwen Hurst beat Russ Smyth into first place by five hoops.
Several members attended a soup and bun day at Mooroopna Croquet Club.
They reported a great social day, well organised with a few laughs, friendly doubles and a delicious range of soups.
There were representatives from eight clubs in the Goulburn Valley Croquet Association.
Rich River’s Kaye Joyce won the event after a playoff against Shirley Fowler of Yarrawonga.
Seven Rich River members travelled to Deniliquin on Wednesday to attend the official GVCA season opening.
GVCA president Kenn Boal welcomed the various clubs and ran the first official hoop of the season.
All players enjoyed three friendly games and a great spread for morning and afternoon tea.
Pennant has started again and the first game was against Euroa at Euroa.
The team played well and took a win 10 games to two.
Best on day was shared with Vince Jessen and Mavis Peters having four wins.
Last Thursday was a home game against Numurkah Blue who were welcomed by our members.
Play was very competitive with games hard fought.
It was Numurkah’s day, taking the win six games all with 69 hoops to 65 hoops for Echuca-Moama.
Best for Echuca-Moama was shared between Trevor Peters, Mavis Peters and Vince Jessen all with three games.
This was a great game and very close so early in the season.
This week, pennant members play Rich River Emus.
At home play on the 30th, we had 14 players arrive to play doubles and a singles game.
A chilly start but the sun did come out and play was enjoyed by all.
Winner of the Lets Do Coffee was John Graham with runner-up Bill Clee.
On Friday, only five members braved the weather and had a social day having fun and practising shots.
On Saturday, we had a group of members travel to Boort croquet to have a day of fun and croquet fellowship and to compete in a Echuca-Moama versus Boort challenge.
Boort took the win with 40 points to Echuca-Moama 37.
Overall winner was Ian Potter from Boort and our member John Graham was runner-up.
Members had a great day with well fought games.
Looking forward to the next challenge.
With rough weather looking like it might not be a great day, 12 members braved the day and played three games of doubles.
The 4th was abandoned as we had a huge downpour and members ran for cover.
Winner with our Lets Do Coffee voucher was again John Graham who is playing well.
Runner-up was Vince Jessen.
We are looking forward to Monday when we are having our fabulous gourmet burger day.
Club members from around Victoria are joining us for croquet and yummy burgers.
Visitors are most welcome.