Bob Kroeger has some wonderful instructional videos which he has been perfecting with a super slow motion camera. You can see all his videos at his website
I don’t have the equipment Bob has, however I was fortunate to get this footage of Robert Fletcher completing an Irish Peel at Rover in game 1 of the 2013 Association Croquet World championships in Surbiton.
Croquet is not only a game of skill and tactics, one needs to have good footwork and be in harmony.
One of the best proponents of being in harmony and exquisite footwork is current world number 1 Robert Fletcher.
Here Robert shows off his talent doing the Penultimate Croquet Waltz during the semi final against Irishman Andy Johnson in the 2013 World Championships on his way to becoming world champion.
His technique has been commented by many and widely acclaimed as one of the reasons of his fast rise and success in the last 5 years.
Croquet Australia, and indeed croquet enthusiasts around the world are extremely grateful for promotion of croquet by the main stream media.
Whilst not the easiest sport to promote to the masses, when your home grown hero wins the world championship everyone (we hope) jumps on the bandwagon.
I had a fantastic time enjoying the craic at the Irish Open at Carrickmines Croquet Club, Dublin.
The Irish Open caters for all players, from experienced through to beginners. One player had only started playing three weeks earlier. Events included advanced singles and doubles, handicap doubles, 14 point games and after a hard day’s play some Irish Speed Croquet.
Ed Cunningham did a marvelous job as tournament manager – have never been involved in a tournament where there is so many events happening.
Only at the Irish Open
Of course there has to be something unusual happen. With so may events there was the possibility of Australian Alan Walsh winning some silverware. Having been knocked out of the advanced singles Alan played a number of games in the consolation event – advanced plate. In order to qualify to win the event players have to play a minimum of 4 games.
At the end of day 1 Alan had played and lost 3 games, with no one else playing any more than 2 games. Having looked closely at the results and the permutations Alan discovered that if he played 1 more game and lost AND no one else played 4 games he could win the event without winning a game.
On hearing this several of the Irish said “let’s organise it”.
Unfortunately the manager didn’t allow this to eventuate.
Of course it isn’t all about the croquet. One hasn’t been to Ireland unless you experience the craic. And there was plenty. My hosts Joe & Anne-Marie spoilt me rotten with food aplenty and 3 replays of Mayo winning the quarter final. Am looking forward to hearing Joe shout from the rooftops when Mayo win the championship later in September.
Evening included wine tastings, barbecues and Irish stew at Johnny Foxes.
And to top it all off a visit to the Guinness factory to sample Ireland’s finest.
Following on from the success of the 2013 World Championship Croquet Fantasy Team, Chris Clarke will be conducting another Croquet Fantasy Team competition for the upcoming World Championships in England.
The rules are simple, you have 8,000 fantasy dollars and you are required to purchase 6 players, without exceeding the “salary cap”. (we live in hope – Editor)Points will then be awarded based on their performance throughout the tournament.
And yes there is a prize – a beer mat.
Prize for the BFS Croquet Fantasy Team winner A Thirsty Crow-quet Beer Mat
Please select your team of exactly 6 players from the list below up to a total cost of F$8000, plus the estimated time of the best of 5 final – take a stab of somewhere between 3 – 10 hours.
Forward your entry to chrisdclark at hotmail dot com with BFS Croquet Fantasy Team in the title)
With less than a week before heading off to the “Mother country”, I have been busy preparing for the Holy Grail; to play croquet in England. Unlike the ultra tough conditions in Christchurch, playing croquet in England will throw up some new challenges for me.
Hurlingham Croquet Club, England
The 2013 Association Croquet World Championships will host a very strong field of 80 players from 22 countries. Traditionally the UK has had very strong players, with approximately 50 players regularly ranked in the top 100. That said, Australian Robert Fletcher is currently ranked #1, Reg Banford (South Continue reading →
Having visited Christchurch back in 1993 & 2000, it was amazing to see the devastation of the main CBD area, even a full 2 years after the earthquake.
It was virtually impossible to find your way around the CBD as there are no landmark buildings anymore.
At times I felt like crying. It was so sad to see such a beautiful city in such disrepair.
One of the more difficult hoops to make at United Croquet Club during the 2013 NZ Open Centenary was hoop 1 on court 1.
Rushing to the hoop from hoop 2 usually resulted in having to approach from A baulk as there was a nasty decline sloping back from the hoop to the boundary.
Aaron Westerby successfully negotiated the hoop in the video below.
Lawn was quite fast running at 13 seconds.