The 2018 Nationals were held at Country Club Johannesburg (CCJ) from 29 October to
10 November. There was a record entry of 64 players for the GC event and also 10 in
the AC event. Continue reading
Association Croquet winners 2018
Peter Dreyer and Chris Wakeham runners up to Silvia Dreyer and Victor Dladla Open doubles
Esther Jones runner up of veterans
Peter Dreyer winner of open singles
Fish Hoek Croquet Club will be celebrating its 50 th anniversary shortly. The club was established in 1968 and started playing at de Waal Road which is now a parking lot behind the BP garage.
In 1969, the club moved to site in front of the town hall provided by the Fish Hoek Municipality.
A few years later the Civic Centre was built and so the club had to vacate this site. In 1973 the
Council created two new courts at the present location in Paris Road. A lease was granted for the courts by the Fish Hoek Municipality. The existing clubhouse was then built by Charles Gainsford.
In 1982, the High School was built on the land adjacent to the club and our lease was then held by the Department of Education and subsequently, directly with Fish Hoek High School.
The current lease has a 12 month notice of cancellation. On several occasions, our site has been
under threat from the school. We have heard of various plans of the school to use our site for a
swimming pool, a hockey field or cricket nets. Luckily, none of their plans have been implemented to date, but we remain under threat.
Like many other sporting clubs, we have been adversely affected by the drought. After much form- filling and approvals, we managed to get ‘treated effluent water’ delivered to the club to save the lawns. For next summer, we will need to have a better solution in place.
Given our lack of security of tenure, we are exploring options to re-locate. We hope to decide within the next few months.
In the meantime, we continue to participate actively in the WCCA events and intend to remain
competitive, so beware!
Our 50 th anniversary will be celebrated with a ‘High Tea’ and fun games on 29 July.
“What a beautiful weekend it was with The Open’s inaugural outing.”
“Thanks to you and everyone involved with the organization and catering. It was great fun”
“A most enjoyable two days for all the contestants and spectators alike.”
“A most pleasant and stimulating weekend of GC croquet.”
“I would like to add my thanks, Iain and Gannick and the HVCC for a really well run and fantastic event. New standards are being set, not just for hosting and organising events like this, but in croquet as well.”
“The friendly atmosphere and camaraderie amongst the players was a delight to see – well done the folks at WCCA who initiated this idea of an Open, and many thanks for all the effort that went into the organisation and planning!”
“Thanks for organising a really enjoyable tournament. Yes the lawns to great and the catering even better – especially the chicken curry – I can do that again anytime. Loved the general spirit of goodwill on the day – that’s croquet to enjoy.”
“Helderberg were wonderful hosts and the lawns were just great. Play at this level was a joy to watch and it was quite clear that an excellent day’s play was had by all. Next Saturday’s format will be best of 3 games (13-hoopers) each and our young friend from UCT is likely to put up some fierce opposition.”
“Most certainly all these top players were on form and the scores were very close in most instances – a joy to watch.”
” It was just a pity that light stopped play is still to be decided when the last match will be played to decide the individual winner. Lots for the organisers to plan for next time but there is no doubt that, not only did all the clubs put up wonderful opposition, but Helderberg Village Croquet Club were wonderful hosts.
It seems to me that this will become the premier event of the season – such a good idea for our top players and following in the tradition for which the beautiful Level Best Trophy was designed many years ago.”
“Just a big thank you to you Helderberg Village for organising and hosting a wonderful tournament over the last two Saturdays.
Some excellent croquet and some rising stars, and a great atmosphere with super support from players and spectators.
Well done to all, and I hope this tournament will become an annual event.”
“HVCC received lots of compliments and thanks which we’re happy to receive but in honesty must share
1: Servest and HV staff did a great job over months preparing Lawns,
2: Invaluable guidance came from the key people in WCCA SACA SWCC.
3: Skills & enthusiasm of all players created an electric atmosphere.
4: Unforgettable performances are very rare. Yesterday they happened.
From out Committee in particular. HVCC in general, thanks to you for creating the fantastic sport we share”
“sincere congrats to you for your superb organization of this event…we all so enjoyed the fantastic display of how croquet should be played! What a pity we ran out of daylight”
The Robinson Cup
In the this 25th year of the Robinson Cup the final show down on Sunday (15th April) was between old adversaries KGCC and SWCC.
Although SWCC beat KGCC 10 to 6 games the 4 game win was not enough to close the gap on KGCC’s lead for the whole 2017/2018 season.
So congratulations to Kelvin Grove Croquet Club who are this season’s winners.
SWCC came 2nd and FHCC were third
cwt (the croquet war tomes league)
In the final matches of the season that were played on Wednesday 14th April
SWCC narrowly beat HVCC for this year’s trophy.
Going into the final round HVCC and SWCC were “neck and neck” on matches AND games – the first time ever that there has been such a close contest between two clubs. Happily RCC “helped” SWCC by beating HVCC in their final game of the season which, when put against SWCC’s 5 to 4 final games score against FHCC, allowed SWCC to pip HVCC at the post by just one match !
(second division / reserves)
The SWCC teams managed to win the Second Division CWT trophy too. These are matches played, 4 in a season – all against Fish Hoek. These two tournaments (cwt 2nd division and the HelderWest competition are very closely inter-linked with the players from each switching between the two contests, depending on who is available.
HelderWest social league
(Played twice per month between HVCC and SWCC – for 6 handicaps up to 10.)
This was the first season of this new event and SWCC rotated 15 different players through this league throughout the 2017/ 2018 season and managed to emerge victorious over HVCC – it was interesting to note how many wins on both sides were down to the wire 7 to 6 scores over the entire season.
A very high percentage, which bodes well for the GC game going forward.
Wow….what a week….full of “fun and games” and a fair amount of pretty impressive play by a number of competitors. Overheard being said by one of our overseas visitors “the standard of play certainly has shot up”….so well done to all our local players, you should be super proud of yourselves.
We completed the week with smiles on our faces, ready to face the rest of the season with determination. There are some, who unfortunately were pipped at the post, but certainly deserve a well earned mention for outstanding play: Roly and Sheena Hutchings, Carole Jennings and Jill Newton, well done to each and every one of you.
Somerset West Croquet Club – hats off to you and your members for all your hard work, not only on the lawns, but the refreshments and organisation behind the scenes.
Tony Whateley and Esther Jones for being fantastic assistant managers – after this event I am sure you two are going to be in high demand – thank you so much and well done.
So now we look forward to next year, which promises (with a possible “Viking” influx) to be an even better championship.
Once again, well done to all.
See results here.
Judith Hanekom Tournament Manager
Standing: Roly Hutchings, Caroline Burr, Richard Prosser, Gannick Ogiela, Paul McCreadie, Dick Selby, Judith Hanekom, Lionel Tibble. Seated: Sheena Hutchings, Jill Newton
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Not only did the weather throw us a few “curve balls”, which included an almighty thunderstorm on Tuesday – hailstones the size of which I don’t ever recall seeing here in Somerset West, but the lawns threw us a few too. Drought conditions are tough on the lawns, and SWCC certainly have been doing their best to work miracles.
It was wonderful having all our UK friends back again, and we look forward to seeing them again next year.
Event winners left to right:
back row: Judith Hanekom (Open Handicap Singles X), Barry Huxley (Restricted Singles B), Mike Moore (WCCA & SACA president), Richard Stevens (Restricted Singles C), Chris Evans (Scottish Salver)
front row: Diana Stevens (Open Handicap Singles Y and Veterans Singles), Mark Avery (Opens Singles & Open Handicap Doubles), Caroline Burr (Open Handicap Doubles with Mark Avery)
Absent: Johnathan Edwards (Restricted Handicap Singles)
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