Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Six croquet clubs in tight competition

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Blue Group winners, from left, Ed Lander and Lauren Goodwin with tournament administrator Brian Price.

Summerset Retirement Village was the sponsor of a doubles handicap golf croquet tournament at Howick Croquet Club on Saturday February 26.

Six croquet clubs from across Auckland competed in the hot summer sun across Howick’s four lawns at Millhouse Drive.

Two groups were allocated to cope with the numbers and games were very tight so that eventual winners were not clear until late in the day.

Ten prize winners emerged with Howick Croquet Club dominating on this occasion and including the closest tournament tie for runners-up in one group.

Results as follows: Blue Group – Winners were Ed Lander (Howick) and Lauren Goodwin (Howick). Runners up were Bryn and Jenny Walters (Henderson). White Group – Winners were John Wood (Pakuranga) and Mark Thornton (Pakuranga).

Runners-up were Vanessa Baddock (Howick) and Trevor Stretton (Pakuranga) plus Jim Dickson (Howick) and Raewyn Furness (Howick).

Summerset spokesperson, Stan Newdick, was enthusiastic and full of praise for the standard of the greens at Howick and the competitive spirit of the players in such a closely-fought tournament.

He explained the 16-year history of Summerset by The Park comprising of 89 villas, 92 apartments and a care facility for 55 people, and their enthusiastic sponsorship programme.

The Howick Croquet Club provided a popular afternoon tea to close off a very successful day.

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