A Croquet Challenge Tournament was held between the two clubs of Narooma and Bermagui at the Dalmeny Croquet Courts on Thursday, October 31. This was the first Challenge Day, played under Association Croquet Rules.
Two matches were held starting 9.30am and two matches were held at 1pm. The games were fought tooth and nail by both clubs with only one point the difference in two of the games and Narooma emerging the challenge winner 8 points to 4.
Full details of the matches were:
Christine Stent & Pauline Wilcock (Narooma) 14 def Warren Cotton & Lynn Lawson (Bermagui) 12.
Janet Jones & Len Favier (Narooma) 21 def Dave Cotton & Tina Cotton (Bermagui) 8.
Pearl Hanson (Narooma) 9 def Lynn Lawson (Bermagui) 8.
Pauline Wilcock & Len Favier (Narooma) 11 def Dave Cotton & Warren Cotton (Bermagui) 10.
The golden mallet trophy will be finally decided on Thursday, November 21, when a second challenge day will be held with matches under Golf Croquet Rules between the two clubs.
Narooma Croquet Club's Fun In The Sun Twilight Try-out was held on Wednesday, October 23. A good rollup of potential croquet players attended the introductory try-out session at the Dalmeny croquet courts. Instruction on the outline of the game, rules and mallet use was given by Club Captain Christine Stent.
The trainees then teamed up with regular players (Pearl, Sally, Jean, Len, Fay and Louise) in a format of trial games of golf croquet. Assessment points were awarded to the trainees based on the number of hoops scored.
Ginni Wallans was judged best newcomer with 10 points, Charles Demajo was second on 8 points, equal third were Tim O'Connor and Jan Morrison on 7 points, and Tony Morrison was fourth on 6 points.
The activities ended with Christine Stent providing instruction on the technicalities in stroke play of association croquet. All had a very enjoyable and fun time, with Christine Stent being thanked for organising and managing the event, plus providing the instructions. The day finished with a convivial and scrumptious evening meal in the Dalmeny Club.
Association Croquet, Saturday, October 19: Three players competed in singles Scarborough (yellow ball wild) association croquet, the results being: Janet Jones 22, Len Favier 14, Pearl Hanson 9.
Association Croquet, Saturday, October 26: Singles Scarborough (yellow ball wild) association croquet: Kathy Hoyer 13, John Gerrard 8, Pearl Hanson 7. Singles, four ball, association croquet: Janet Jones 26 def Len Favier 7.