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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.

2013 NZ Open Winners

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NZ Open winner

Congratulations to Toby Garrison who overcame very tricky courts, “amazing” hoops and a top quality field to win the NZ Open.
Very well deserved.

Thirsty Crow hosting sporting champions

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

“Canary played by a Budgie” trophy

ABC Open – croquet documentary about me!

ABC Open is an exciting initiative which provides a focal point for Australian regional communities who want to get involved in sharing their experiences through the ABC via websites, radio and TV.
… and they chose me as a subject.
During the school holidays Sonya Gee had 3 student under her watchful, artistic eye to teach how to put a documentary together. Tristan very ablied assisted with the filming.
Take a look at the fantastic job they have done

Jim Nicholls. Croquet Champion. Wagga Wagga. from ABC Open Riverina on Vimeo.

Many thanks to
Up and coming producers – Sachitha Bandara, Liam Campbell, Jade Miller;
Camera extraordinaire – Tristan Strong;
ABC Open Producer – Sonya Gee

 

Will Kim Kardashian ever complete a sextuple?

 This is probably one of the most un-asked questions of this century, and for good reason… Kardashian doesn’t play enough croquet to hone her skills for sextupling.
For the non-croquet people the sextuple requires one to make a break of 12 whilst peeling their partner ball through 6 hoops. Something that only the top players in the world accomplish on a regular basis. Robert Fletcher, Australia’s number 1 player has completed 3 sextuples, one of which was against me in the Armstrong trophy.
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2011 Australian Men’s Final

The 2011 Australian men’s final versus Robert Fletcher.

2011 Australian Mens finalists
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

2011 Canberra Open

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

2010 NSW Mens Championships

Played at a number of different venues with a field of 18 in 2 blocks of 9. Superhoops were also used at Tempe for the first time in a NSW event.

Day 1 started with a couple of good wins over Martyn Prins and Alan Walsh which triggered another handicap level, so now playing off scratch. Lost the third game of the day to Tim Murphy after been hampered out of hoop 1 and missing. Lost 1 – 26tp.

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Wagga Wagga Club Championship

 Won all 5 games conceding only 17 hoops with 2 triple peels. Off to compete in the NSW Champion of Champions in June.