February 2018 Newsletter

WCF February 2018 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future. Comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

The Council approved the 2017 Treasurer's Report and the 2018 Budget (Topic 65) and elected Brian Havill (ENG) to be the Independent Eaxminer for 2018 (Topic 66).

What has happened since November?

The 2018 AC World Championship was held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018. Paddy Chapman (New Zealand) defeated Reg Bamford (South Africa) +7tp, -26tp, -26tp, +15tp, +17tp in a gripping final to become the new Association Croquet World Champion.

The semi-finalists were Jose Riva (ESP) and Stephen Mulliner (ENG), the defending champion, and the winners of the Shield, Bowl and Plate events were respectively Greg Fletcher (AUS), Jonathan Powe (ENG) and Stephen Morgan (USA).

The Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group produced a report recommending that the WCF assume responsibility for the Golf Croquet rankings and that a new algorithm and automatic start grade adjustment be adopted. The Report and other proposals relating to GC ranking will be submitted to the WCF Council.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held in Cairo from Saturday, 6 to Saturday, 13 October 2018. The formal Invitation to Members was published on 18 December 2017 with a Response Date of 1 April 2019.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. The formal Invitation to Members will be published in April 2018.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club, England from Saturday, 20 to Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club, England from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019.

Membership and development enquiries

Enquiries have been received from the Iran Croquet Association and from Sri Lanka.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 361:         Development

MC 366:         Consolidation of bank accounts

MC 370:         2020 GC WTC Tier 2 enquiry

MC 373:         Management Committee elections

MC 375:         Trophies 2018-2019

MC 374:         MacRobertson Shield repairs

MC 378:         2018 Budget and 2017 Treasurer’s Report

MC 379:         Enquiry from the Iran Croquet Association

MC 380:         Proposal for a publicity booklet

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:         10-year World Championship schedule

MC 353:         Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 371:         Format of World Team Championships

MC 376:         Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 377:         GC Ranking development

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 325:         Enquiry from the Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:         2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 362:        2019 U21 GCWC and GC World Championship

MC 367:         Hall of Fame

MC 367:         Portugal

MC 368:         2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:         2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 372:         WCF Facebook presence

Outlook for February and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on submitting amendments to the WCF Statutes and Regulations to Council, scoping and progressing the GC rankings project, finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and administering the 2018 Over-50 GCWC and the 2019 Women’s GCWC.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

5 March 2018

November 2017 Newsletter

WCF November 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

The Management Committee elections closed on 3 December 2017. Peter Landrebe (AUS), Roberts Stafeckis (LVA) and Geoff Young (NZL) were re-elected.

What has happened since August?

There have been no WCF events since the AC World Team Championship Tiers 2 to 3 were completed at Sussex County Croquet Club, England on 22 July 2017.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday,3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  47 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced on 27 August 2017. Membership Places were announced on 24 September.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018. The event will be held in Cairo from Saturday, 6 to Saturday, 13 October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host.  The event will be held in Hawkes Bay from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship and Golf Croquet World Championship

England has been confirmed as the Event Host for both events. Venues and dates will be available shortly.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 366:          Consolidation of bank accounts

MC 370:          2020 GC WTC Tier 2 enquiry

MC 373:          Management Committee elections

MC 375:          Trophies for 2018-2019 events

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 368:          2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:          2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:          Format of World Team Championships

MC 372:          WCF Facebook presence

MC 373:          2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2

MC 374:          MacRobertson Shield repairs

MC 376:          Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 377:          GC Ranking development

MC 378:          2018 Budget and 2017 Treasurer’s Report

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

Outlook for December and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington including pre-event communication with the players. Other priorities are beginning the administration of the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt in October and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand and agreeing dates for the 2019 U21 GCWC and GCWC in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

12 December 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

WCF August 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

Topic 62: A Members’ consultation on the future arrangements for the Under 21 GC World Championship was launched in June.  The consensus was to retain the timing of the U21 GCWC shortly before the main GCWC but, given the strength of U21 Golf Croquet, to dispense with U21 places in the main GCWC.

What has happened since May?

Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3 of the Association Croquet World Team Championship were held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from 17 to 22 July.  In Tier 2.1, Wales regained the title that it won in 2010 with Scotland second followed by Ireland and Spain.  Tiers 2.2 and 3 were played as a merged event.  The onset of heavy rain on the final afternoon prevented the completion of the Tier 2.2 final between Canada and Sweden who therefore were declared joint winners with South Africa in third place.  In Tier 3, Germany defeated the Czech Republic.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday,3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  47 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced on 27 August 2017.  Membership Places will be finalised by 24 September.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host.  The event will be held in Hawkes Bay from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship and Golf Croquet World Championship

England has been confirmed as the Event Host for July/August 2019.

 

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 364:          U21 GCWC future arrangements consultation

MC 365:          Hall of Fame updating

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 368:          2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:          2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 370:          2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2

MC 371:          Format of World Team Championships

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

MC 366:          Consolidation of bank accounts

Outlook for September and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and managing the arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington, the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand and agreeing dates for the 2019 U21 GCWC and GCWC in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

11 September 2017

May 2017 Newsletter

WCF May 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There have been none so far this year although a Members’ consultation has just been launched seeking views on the future arrangements for the Under 21 GC World Championship.

What has happened since February?

The WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee (“GCRC”) has been working since January on a draft 5th Edition of the GC Rules.  The new WCF Association Croquet Laws Committee met in person during the MacRobertson Shield and discussed plans for a new edition of the AC Laws and areas where common wording with the GC Rules should be sought.  Brian Boutel. Jeff Hill and Stephen Mulliner also attended on behalf of the GCRC.

The the MacRobertson Shield was held from 18 April to 3 May at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage in the Californian desert.  This was the 22nd holding in its 92 year history and Australia finally ended its own 82 year drought by recording a convincing and well-deserved victory, defeating England 12-9, New Zealand 14-7 and USA 14-7.

Although Australia came close to victory in 1982, they had to look back to 1935 for their last success in Association Croquet’s premier contest.  Their success was due to a well-balanced team effort and included three Fletcher brothers, the first time half of a MacRobertson side has been provided by one family.  Australia will also be the next hosts in 2021.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship

Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July 2017.  Tier 2.1 will be contested by teams representing Ireland (holders), Scotland, Spain and Wales.  Tier 2.2 and 3 will be played as a merged event between teams representing Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa and Sweden.

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  The formal invitations to participate have been issued and the Response Date is Sunday, 30 July 2017.  Players who wish to be considered for Ranking Places should inform their WCF Member of their availability.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host for January/February 2019.

Membership enquiries

Expressions of interest have been received from Greece, Iran and Pakistan.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 359:          UK Corporation Tax

MC 360:          AC Laws Committee and GC Rules Committee

MC Topics currently open

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

MC 364:          U21 GCWC future arrangements consultation

MC 365:          Hall of Fame nominations

MC 366:          Banking arrangements

Outlook for June and beyond

The MC will focus on the completion of the 10-year World Championship schedule and processing arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington, the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

20 June 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

WCF February 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There were the usual end of year reporting topics and two decisions on the WCF Statutes and the Finance Regulations.  Version 12.0 of the WCF Statutes was approved by Members by Topic 57 on 25 December 2016.  Christian Carter was elected at Independent Examiner for 2017 by Topic 58, also on 25 December 2016.  The 2017 Budget and Business Plan were approved by Topics 59 and 60 on 1 January 2017.  Version 1.3 of the Finance Regulations was approved by Topic 61, also on 1 January 2017.

What happened since November?

As referred to above, the formal reporting to Members was completed and updates to the Finance Regulations and the WCF Statutes were approved by Members.

One of the important elements in the Statutes was the formation of a new WCF Association Croquet Laws Committee which has taken over the functions of the International Laws Committee.  The first voting members of the ACLC are those of the former ILC, namely Elizabeth Fleming (AUS), Graeme Roberts (NZL), Martyn Selman (USA) and Ian Vincent (ENG, chairman).  The GC Rules Committee now contained seven members, namely Brian Boutel (NZL, chairman), Georg Dej (CAN), Luis de Gortazar (ESP), Jeffrey Hill (USA), Gordon Matthews (AUS), Stephen Mulliner (ENG) and Amir Ramsis (EGY).

The 2017 Under 21 GCWC and the main GCWC were held at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Melbourne in February and March.  The standard of play in the Under 21 event reached new heights and Felix Webby, 16, from New Zealand became the new world champion, defeating compatriot George Coulter in the final by 7-3, 7-6, 7-5.

The GCWC entry of 80 contained 19 players aged below 30, of whom 14 qualified for the knock-out stage.  Three of these, Hamy Erian (EGY), Mohammed Karem (EGY) and Felix Webby (NZL), reached the quarter-finals and Erian and Webby went on to the semi-finals.  However, former World Champions Reg Bamford (ZAF, 2013) and Ahmed Nasr (EGY, 2004 and 2008) squared off in the final for a third such meeting, the predecessors being 2008 in Cape Town and 2013 in Cairo.  Perhaps inevitably the match went to the fifth game and Reg Bamford emerged the winner 7-6, 5-7, 7-4, 3-7, 7-4 to regain the title.

The match contained several extraordinary shots but the two that stand out belong to Bamford.  Having been behind for all of game 1, he squared the game at 6-6 but seemed to have blown any chance of saving it when an attempted cut rush to hoop 13 went awry.  However, he hit twice from near 12 and then ran the hoop from near corner 3.  Game 4, although taken decisively by Nasr, contained Bamford’s extraordinary feat of scoring hoop 2 by jumping hoop 1 on the full from the south boundary!

Forthcoming WCF championships

2017 Association Croquet World Team Championship

Tier 1, the MacRobertson Shield, will be held at Mission Hills Country Club, Palm Springs, California from Monday, 17 April 2017 to Friday, 4 May 2017.

Tiers 2.1, Tiers 2.2 and 3 will be held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from Monday, 17 to Saturday, 22 July 2017.  Tier 2.1 will be contested by teams representing Ireland (holders), Scotland, Spain and Wales.  Tier 2.2 and 3 will be played as a merged event between teams representing Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, South Africa and Sweden.

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.

Membership enquiries

None other than the proposed Greek Croquet Association.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 331:          International Laws Committee

MC 346:          WCF Statutes revision project

MC 348:          WCF trophies – repairs and flight box

MC 355:          New signatories for WCF accounts

MC 356:          Finance Regulation amendments

MC 357:          Election of Treasurer

MC 358:          Formal Q4 business.

MC Topics open, pending or under administration on 28 February 2017

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 359:          UK Corporation Tax

MC 360:          AC Laws Committee and GC Rules Committee

Outlook for March and April

The ACLC and GCRC have begun working towards new editions of the AC Laws and GC Rules and the ACLC intends to meet in person during the MacRobertson Shield event in April.  The MC will focus on the completion of the 10-year World Championship schedule and the finalisation of arrangements for the 2017 AC World Team Championship in England in July.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

9 March 2017