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.
As I have been playing croquet in different parts of Australia I have found it is a good idea to acclimatise myself as best I can in order to perform at my peak and not get any strange surprizes from the locals. For example, prior to playing in Tasmania my diet included James Boag beer and King Island Cheese, to which I partly attribute the success of making the Australian Mens final.
With this in mind, I have commenced trying to master the local New Zealand lingo to improve my results in the centenary of the NZ Open.
After completing a rendition of jungle bells I travelled to Milburn to play in the Victorian open and since then have been practicing sex times a week. Upon returning to Wagga Wagga my mcKennock did a tin thousand km service on my car as I did my washing and used pigs to hang my clothes.
My diet includes munnwe stroney, and fitta cheney, along with warm chuck and ever coadeau salad.
As there is no brudge to New Zulland I will have to go via earplane – a sivven four sivven on the way there, and a sivven sucks sivven when I return.
There are not any beers in New Zealand, but some people have bun button by small insects so I will peck some pissed aside; hopefully this will not cause any problems at beggage chucken as the earplane leaves at iggs ektly sex pissed tin.
Junie Clark, a whomin with fear hear, has told me the lawns will be first and duffy cult. I amejen that this will be more of a problem for my inner me than myself. At least I have a good beard to sleep on at night after enjoying a sex pack with the other pliers.
I have been told some pliers from the nirth island have nasty hobbits like guess, so I will keep clare of them so I have frush ear.
Kip a close eye out for Tum and Jum in the dub ells, as wear hoping to stick it right up our inner mes.
What an opportunity. It is not every day you get the chance to play in a centennial event.
Having played in the NZ Open last year I am looking forward to catching up with friends I have made during the past twelve months from both New Zealand and abroad. ie from the UK. Continue reading →
Tim Murphy has been doing a fantastic job developing the Croquet Scores website. It has come along way during the past 12 months and is continually being improved upon.
Much of the development has been improving the usability for tournament managers entering tournament data and results.
Results can be viewed in the order they are entered for the tournament or in the blocks in either grid, summary or order of play. Results are also tweeted at https://twitter.com/croquetscores.
I have add the twitter feed to this website.
I only hope the results from my games do justice to the efforts Tim has put into Croquet Scores
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 →
Wagga Wagga’s finest champions, past, present and “legends of their own lunch boxes” are celebrating their sporting championship status this afternoon at the Thirsty Crow.
Thirsty Crow’s brewer’s head
Head brewer Craig Wealands wasn’t known for his sporting prowess on the field, however he has honed his skills to providing all sporting champions the finest of ales to toast their achievements.
And he has a trophy to prove it.
So being the good sport that he is, Craig has “Sporting Ale” on tap for all sporting champions to enjoy.
Croquet Champion Jim Nicholls enjoying a “Sporting Ale”
So come on down to the Thirsty Crow to watch our finest footballers this weekend, bring your trophies, and embellish the great moments, both on and off the field (pool table or dart board), that has made Wagga Wagga Australia’s greatest city of good sports.
Given that Two Bird clubs, Hawks and Swans, are competing for the title, it is only fitting that I take my “Best part for a Canary played by a Budgie” trophy