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24 Hour Croquet Fundraiser for Junior Diabetes

24 Hour Croquet

It’s on again – 24 Hour Croquet, where we literally do eat, sleep and play croquet.

24 hour croquet - girls

This year we are raising funds for Type 1 Diabetes. Our great friends, Claire & Trev Bassett have been directly impacted and have had a busy time managing T1 Diabetes with their daughter Evie.

As usual we will be having a great time, playing all sorts of variations of croquet throughout the night to keep us awake. And this time we will also have world number 1 Robert Fletcher giving us expert tips. We will also be turning the lights off when he takes lift shots so we have a chance of beating him!

Many thanks to the Shepparton Croquet Club for hosting us.

To donate please follow this link  – Claire’s Page and click on Donate to Fund Raiser.

The Croquet King

“The Croquet King” Robert Fletcher in action at the 2013 Association Croquet World Championships

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.

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.

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

2012 Australian Mens – Perth

A summary of my matches in the 2012 Australian Mens Open held in Perth

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

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.
I have attempted on two occasions to complete a Continue reading

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 Victorian Open

Victorian Doubles
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. 🙂

Victorian singles
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.