In December 2012 I played in 3 different tournaments, The NSW Bronze Medal, NSW Gateball competition and the Victorian Open.
The NSW Bronze medal was a close tussle with all competitors on handicaps of minus 1/2 and lower. It would seem the lack of consistent competition in the second half of 2012 showed as not one player consistently played well through out the 3 day competition. Continue reading
Round 1 v Jock Capobianco
Game 1 was a scrappy game at first, having made a couple of errors and Jock hitting some good roquets. Eventually pulled my finger out and completed the triple, with a cheeky penult & rover peel when making penult. I must say it makes it easier to complete the straight double! Score 26tp-12.
In the second game Jock had failed hoop 2 letting me in, so set up for a sextuple Continue reading
Tim Murphy and family proudly announce the arrival of croquetscores.com The gestation period was eventful, but the birth was easy and much joy experienced by all!
Please feel free to check out Tim’s new baby. If you think it looks simple you’re right. Continue reading
Australian men’s final versus Robert Fletcher.
- Jim Nicholls and Robert Fletcher
Was pleased that I didn’t feel any different or over-awed by the occasion especially this being the first time playing in front of a (knowledgeable) crowd. Won the toss.
Game 1. Started the game with a super shot and got the first break after Robert missed the corner 2 double. Unfortunately I wired myself going to one back allowing Robert to make nine stop I missed the lift and lost the game 6-26tp. Continue reading
Australian Mens, Launceston, Tasmania
Round one of the Australian men’s championship involved quite a long match against Dean Patterson. For some reason could get going but was able to graft out and win 2-0.
In round two had to play Pete Landrebe. Surprised myself somewhat and probably Pete as well with a 2-1 win (26tp-0, 0-26tp, 26tp-3). As an aside Pete is now my triple bunny, having tripled him three times in five games Continue reading
Sandy Bay Croquet Club, Hobart, Tasmania
First day of the gold-medal, not nervous and just taking in the whole thing of being part of the gold-medal and representing New South Wales. The support that I have been receiving via e-mails and texts has just been fantastic. Had a bit of a struggle in the early games against Don Close and Bob Bye, but was able to get through and win those. Missed a 5 yarder against Stephen Forster which was very costly. Had an epic game against Allan Sands, had trouble completing the Continue reading
Practice & 3 & Under
The final team practice before Tasmania was really enjoyable. In the “reserves” game against Pam I attempted a QPO, however missed the rover peel, letting Pam back into the game for the eventual win. Had a good session with Tim and Pete spending time on straight peels, rushing, leaves and tripling.
Day one of the 3 & Under I woke up a stiff as a board and exhausted. Kept missing to the left all day by 2 to 3 feet which resulted in only winning one game of the four played.
Day two was still very sore (will be off to the chiro as soon as I get back to Wagga) however was able to hit everything in the middle and played well with the best game being the last one versus Rosie.
Have really enjoyed being part of the team as reserve and involved with the practice sessions and having good hit outs in both the doubles and the singles. Really looking forward to heading down to Tasmania, representing New South Wales, and being able to catch up with Mum.
5 & Under doubles
Given the last week was spent moving was very grateful to share the ride with my doubles partner Stephen Richards from Goulburn up to Sydney. We both played well on day 1, despite missing a couple of opportunities to triple, won 3 from 3. On day 2 was very happy to make two breaks of nine (error free). We won our first game, however we lost the game against Pete and Tim in a close encounter 26 – 23 after Pete TPO’d Stephen with Tim for (I think it was) 4 and I was for 4back. Overall was a good weekend with Pete and Tim the eventual winners and Stephen and myself as runner-up.
Enjoyable drive up to Canberra and only have to play 2 games on day 1. In the first game got all three peels done and then bombed 4back. Overall playing very well a little surprising given the lawns in Wagga.
Day 2. Won 3 games from 3 played today. Have attempted triples in 4 out of the 5 games and only lost control in one. Very close with a long peg out and attempted bombard. In between games had a bit of a wait and so took the opportunity to go to the National Gallery and have a look at the Canning Stock Route exhibition with Trish Devlin.
Day 3. Won 2 from 3 today losing to Ken Edwards after deciding to peg him off with him at 4back and me for 1 and peg. I ended up breaking down at hoop 3, Ken hitting the 15 yarder fair in the middle. The loss had no bearing on the outcome of the block which I won. Will be playing Ian Bassett in the quarter-final.
The first game against Ian was a very close encounter and had to hit across the lawn, time then called, and went on to make hoops and to eventually win 25-23 after 3 1/2 hours. I must have warn Ian out in the first game as I won the second game 26-0.
Playing against the Martyn Prins in the semi-final was able to get one peel done in the first game and three peels down in the second game, but failed a jump shot at Rover. Eventually won in two games. (Played the wrong ball at the end of the first game and then Martyn played the wrong ball at the beginning of the second so we had a good laugh – well I the last laugh)
An Australia Day final versus Ken Edwards in 37° heat. In the first game was peg & peg versus 1 & 4back and decided to keep a dolly rush on the lawn for the peg out. Ken hit and eventually got around to win 26-24. In games 2 & 3 I was hitting well and made less errors which made all the difference, winning 26 – 1 and 26 – 3 in a good tick over six hours.
Happy 2011 Canberra Open Winner
Playing with Pete Landrebe in the doubles on day one we won three games from four matches, only losing to Kevin and Trish due to an error I made when setting the leave. Attempted one triple, blobbed in 2back, however finished with a straight double and a bombard pegged out. Still feeling the leg back muscles after doing my hamstring prior to Christmas, however the walking is doing it some good.
Day two of the doubles Peter and I won 3 from 3 to finish second behind Kevin and Tricia. Made some good breaks and attempted another triple. Enjoyed playing with Pete and learning aspects of doubles play and different tactics. We also won seven out of seven coin tosses.
Won 4 of 4 games today to be equal first in the block. Still feeling the thigh and back muscles, but generally okay. Won four of four coin tosses.
Day two of the singles saw me winning 2 of 3 games played, after having a very good chance against Kevin Beard in very testing conditions. Won 2 of the three coin tosses.
Day three. Played a great game versus Robert Fletcher only to blob hoop three when going for the triple. Played an average game versus Ian Bassett but still qualified for the knockout finals.
Playing against Greg Fletcher I won the first game, he won the second game with a sixth turn triple. Greg should have finished with a triple in the third however broke down making rover to let me in. I then played error-free from hoops 1 and 3 to eventually be peg and penult, deliberately setting the leave so Greg would be looking directly into the sun (he wears glasses) if he was to take the short shot. However Greg hit the longshot (25 yards) to finish the decider 26-22.
Overall a good tournament, the lack of practice showed but the hamstring/back is doing okay.