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
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
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
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.
Was thrilled to get an invitation to play in the Armstrong Trophy, an event named after Tom & Jean Armstrong and are both still alive. I think Tom is 100 and Jean 98. Being in Adelaide also gives me the chance to catch up with my family – mum lives only 3 blocks up the street from the Brighton Croquet Club.
Also my first tournament playing with my new pidcock. Continue reading
Played at Cairnlea Croquet Centre, Victoria.
Round 1 defeated Brad Maguire 26 -18, 26 -3.
Round 2 lost to Robert Fletcher 1 – 26tp, 26 – 0, 0 – 26tp.
Was a good battle against Robert, narrowly missing out on a triple peel in game 2. Made a mistake after hitting the lift in the third game which Robert then Continue reading