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2010 Highlander Croquet Competition

What a wonderful week was had by everybody. Over 50 players from all round the country met at Port Alfred for the annual Highlander Croquet Competition. It was played in the most wonderfully friendly spirit and as much fun was had on the court as well as off.

I think many people come for the evenings fun as well as the games.!!! Who can forget the impromptue Port Alfred Ballads on Thursday evening or the Konga of Friday. We became one big happy family enjoying each others company. The weather was not that kind to us as we experienced lovely sunshine, pouring rain and a howling wind when the balls did their own thing !!

Thank goodness the Open Doubles on Friday and the Finals on Saturday were held in perfect weather. Some pretty tough play was experienced and very close games.
Thea Lotz and Mariel de Bie ( K.G.) played Peter Oxton ( K.G.) and Peter Johnson (S.W.) in the semi-finals of the Open Handicap Doubles and managed to take it on the golden hoop. They then went on to play Mike Cocoran and John Hedding (Gauteng) in the finals over 19 hoops. The ladies took the game 10 / 7. I don't think anybody wants to play the black ball after Mike's red -----you spend most of the time walking to the far end to retrieve it.

It was most noticeable to watch the different types of games played by the two couples.
The two men playing an Egyptian - type game with HARD hitting away and running of the hoops.
The two ladies played a much gentler game with some hitting away but a lot of play round the hoop and good placings.
The Open Singles was won by Tim Lewin from Natal. His wife, Alison won the Restricted Handicap singles.
The Handicap Singles was won by Mary Mc. Ghie from Port Alfred and the Handicap Doubles by Peter Oxton ( K.G.) and Peter Johnson ( S.W.). All in all, the Western Province players did very well.  

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