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Irish Peel video – normal and slow motion

Croquet Instructional Video – Irish Peel

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.

The first is at normal speed.

Here is the Irish Peel in slow motion.

The Penultimate Croquet Waltz

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.

Cataphonx and Trolleys

On recent trip to Perth I was able to spend an afternoon in the Arts precinct in Northbridge.
Fortunate for me there was an exhibition – Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond

For those who attended Naracoorte High School many moons ago, it was the likes of Van Gogh, Dali and Picasso who inspired Cataphonx.

Rocks Upon the Sand

Rocks Upon the Sand

Love the use of granite usually used for flooring to be specifically placed on exhibition space.

Goats head using bicycle handle bars
Pure Cataphonx

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Cataphonx was a bit rawer – I used an old rusted pram and two pieces of pine log within the “Golden Rectangle”

Pe-pple or an Ap-ear

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My version of “Babe in the woods”

Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Big Bright and Beautiful

This one is for my sister Angela. I know she loves the bright colours.

Cataphonx and Trolleys

Having been inspired and reliving memories of my early years I was able to feast upon some Cataphonxic Dance, courtesy of “Trolleys”

SBS Interview with Robert Fletcher

SBS Interview wiith Robert Fletcher

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.

Irish Open – craic and croquet

Irish Open

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.

Great Craic

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.

Results of the Irish Open

For all the details of results go to croquetscores

 

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Croquet Fantasy Team – your chance to Win

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.

Croquet Fantasy Tem prize

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)

Player

Cost

 

Player

Cost

Bamford

3000

Hakes

900

Fulford

2500

Irwin

900

R. Fletcher

2500

D. Johnston

900

Beijderwellen

2200

Ormerod

900

Chapman

2000

Bulloch

800

Burch

1900

Giraud

800

Death

1900

Lawrence

800

Avery

1800

Tahurangi

800

Maugham

1800

Crashley

700

Mulliner

1800

French

700

Aiton

1600

Nicholls

700

Forster

1600

Smith

700

Clarke

1500

Walsh

700

Dawson

1500

Kibble

600

Evans

1500

Bent

600

I. Lines

1500

A. Lines

600

Beard

1400

Palmer

600

Hopgood

1400

Parish

600

Patel

1400

Winn

600

Chambers

1300

Berthouze

500

Hockey

1300

Bullen

500

Trimmer

1300

Edwards

500

Brown

1200

Filbee

500

Burridge

1200

Hurst

500

A. Johnston

1200

Louw

500

Bennett

1100

Magee

500

Carter

1100

McAdam

500

Cumming

1100

Morgan

500

M. Fletcher

1100

Morrison

500

Jones

1100

Riva

500

Mounfield

1100

Sharpe

500

Openshaw

1100

Usbeck

400

Wilkinson

1100

Wells

400

Goacher

1000

Mahdi

300

Grimsley

1000

Todorovich

300

Newcombe

1000

Yamada

300

Walters

1000

Bullen

500

Tibble

1000

Edwards

500

Farthing

900

Filbee

500

Higgins

900

Hurst

500

For hints, visit the Croquet Ranking website

Preparing to play croquet in England

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

Hurlingham Croquet Club, England

1. Players

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

Croquet Gazette up and running

An online paper, Croquet Gazette, has been established to compile news articles, videos, photos and blogs from around the world.

Using search engines the gazette automatically processes more than 250 million social media posts per day, extracting & analyzing over 25 million articles, to find news items about croquet.

The gazette has been designed to update automatically on a weekly basis.
Please note, due to the design of some websites not all articles will be captured by the system.

If you know of some good sources of information about croquet, please contact me and I will endeavor to add them to the list.

Devastation of Christchurch

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.

Hoop 1 Court 1 – NZ Open Centenary

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.