Rich River croquet

By Riverine Herald

Rich River

IN THE GVCA Golf Croquet pennant semi-final on Thursday of last week, the Rich River Kangas lost to Deniliquin Diamonds at Shepparton.

After the eight singles games Deni were five games 47 hoops to the Kangas three games 44 hoops.

Deni then won three of the four doubles 7-6, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7.

There were some very close games and although Deni won by four games, on hoops they were only five ahead.

End score was Deni eight games 73 hoops to the Kangas four games 68.

Anne Dodd and Helen Brierley played well for the Kangas with three wins and two wins respectively.

The Kangas then travelled to Numurkah to play the preliminary final against Shepparton on Monday this week.

The first round of singles went Shepparton’s way three games to one.

The second round was closer at two games each and after the singles Shepparton were two games and one hoop ahead.

The results of the doubles games were two each, 20 hoops each and Shepparton were the winners with seven games 46 hoops to the Kangas five games 45 hoops.

Dave Maher was the star of the Kangas side, winning all four of his games including one singles at 7-0.

Shepparton and Deniliquin now meet in the final to be played at Rich River.

On Tuesday, 21 members and two visitors enjoyed three games in perfect croquet weather.

Three players won all three of their games.

On hoops Russ Smyth was declared the winner with Bev Floyd runner up.

Allan Cumming was just two hoops behind Bev.

The club held its annual Christmas party on Tuesday evening in the Rich River Golf Club Tatalia function room, enjoying a delicious two-course festive dinner.

It was a very entertaining evening and a lot of fun was had by all.

There was a Christmas trivia quiz and a theatre sports event organised by president Marg Kennedy in which eight unsuspecting members were asked to participate in an impromptu performance.

The GVCA Association croquet pennant finals were held at Rich River on Wednesday of this week.

Division one was played between Shepparton’s Kevin Maloney and Noel Dealy, and Helen and Ron Wrest of Mooroopna Gold.

Mooroopna had a good start, winning the doubles 26 hoops to five.

Shepparton fought back in the singles, winning both games 26-10 and 26-8.

The end result was Shepparton two games 57 to Mooroopna Gold one game 44.

In division three, Ken Richardson and Sue Van Luneburg of Mooroopna on 10 hoops beat Beryl Kelly and Kathy Maloney of Shepparton Green on nine.

Ken went on to win his singles against Beryl 14 hoops to nine, and Sue lost to Kathy four hoops to 18.

The end result was interesting, Mooroopna winning two games to one, but the hoop score was in Shepparton’s favour, 31 to 28.

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FRIDAY of last week six members decided to enjoy the morning at Vic Park and play some croquet. Two games of doubles were played before the heat set in, Jan Tracy was the winner and Elayne Pickthall runner-up.

Monday this week was a nice day with plenty of sunshine and 14 members joined together to play doubles, the games were all taking a long time to finish as they were being fought out to the last hoop.

There was plenty of laughter on the courts especially when Jill Graham did the most brilliant jump shot, the ball ricocheting off another ball and doing a reverse jump shot through the back of the hoop. Unfortunately Jill couldn’t claim the hoop, bad luck Jill.

The day turned out to be a very good day with the nice weather and good company, the winner of the Let’s Do Coffee Voucher was Jenny van der Zande winning her three games with a score of +21 and a tie for runner-up both winning two games Jan Tracy +6 and Trevor Peters +6.

Jump shots for the day were Trevor Peters one and Jeff Pumpa one.

Hoop in one — Jeff Pumpa one.

New members are always welcome at the courts at Vic Park, contact John Alstin on 0418 505 614 for more information.