Busy month of croquet

The Milton Ulladulla Croquet Club has had a hectic month with a number of club and interclub tournaments for both golf and association croquet.

The first event was the Shoalhaven Shield Golf Croquet Tournament played against the Nowra Croquet Club at Nowra.

We sent a team of eight players – Trevor McCarthy, Shirley Raine, Sue Weeks, George and Alice Timbs, George Emery, Moya Flynn and Maureen Greenwood, who all performed well against their more experienced opponents.

We held our own in the doubles games, but lost out in the singles with the final score being Nowra 10 games to Milton Ulladulla 6 games.

The Gentlemen’s Trophy Tournament against Jamberoo Croquet Club is an association competition.

It was Milton Ulladulla’s turn to host this event, which is in its twelfth year.

Milton Ulladulla has achieved consistently good results, winning 11 of the 16 times it has been contested.

The match turned out to be a close fought battle for the team of John Gilhooly, Russell Megarrity and Dee Carrington, but Milton Ulladulla were victorious, winning 3 games to 1.

The club also scheduled its own tournaments, the first being the Golf Croquet Novices Competition which was held on Sunday, August 12.

Despite the cold and wild weather, the participants battled on with Phyllis Emery emerging as the winner, Sue Weeks was runner up and Anne Forman took third place.

The club’s Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament on the following Sunday was treated to much better weather.

As they contested the preliminary rounds, twelve teams in two divisions produced some classic shots, none so nervously played out as Phyllis Emery successfully peeled her partner’s ball through the last hoop to win a place in the final.

Moya Flynn and George Emery were up against Phyllis Emery and George Timbs to contest the top spot.

It was a very close game, with Moya and George ultimately claiming the championship.

We were assured they would be no unfortunate ramifications from this outcome in the Emery household.

Everyone agreed Phyllis Emery had earned Woman of the Match award as the outstanding player of the day.

The following day John Gilhooly and Dee Carrington dragged themselves up the Princes Highway along with Russell Megarrity to play in the Shoalhaven Shield Association Croquet Tournament against the Nowra Croquet Club.

The team was thoroughly outplayed, losing 4 games to 1.

The return match is scheduled for November and our major challenge will be to redress this resounding thrashing!

Club members would like to thank Moya Flynn, Lorraine Patterson and John Gilhooly for organising these tournaments.

Anyone interested in this enjoyable social game and in learning how to play golf or association croquet should contact John on 4455 4953.

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