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Croquet Phenom from Mission Hills

The USCA Club at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California is extremely proud of its youngest member, Blake Fields. At just 11 years of age, Blake has recently made a name for himself by winning the first flight singles and the first flight doubles (with his father, Justin Fields at the USCA National Golf Croquet Championship (December 12-19, Mission Hills Country Club)! In these victories Blake bested a strong field consisting of top-ranked players from across the county.

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Croquet Poll: 2018 Most Popular Croquet Mallet

Ready, set, go! It's time for our Fourth Annual Croquet Network Most Popular Mallet Poll. The annual poll and follow-up directory has quickly proven to be the most popular annual feature on Croquet Network. As we roll out the 2018 edition all eyes will be on Brass Spot Mallets to see if they can claim back-to-back wins after knocking off RPM Mallets last year. Watch out for PFC Hoop Maker though as they had a strong second place finish after placing 11th in 2016 (2017 Poll Results). No matter what, we are expecting a tight battle at the top ... so for all mallet makers mobilize your social media campaigns and get those votes rolling in.

This year, we'll keep the poll open through March 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. US Central. Users can vote for up to three mallets, so choose your three favorites. The idea is that many players own multiple mallets.

Don't forget, we will follow up with a comprehesive mallet directory featuring the top finishers and all vote getters in March (2017 Mallet Directory).

 Good luck and please report any omissions or corrections in the comments.


Clark: 2018 AC Worlds Overview

Many congratulations to Paddy Chapman on becoming our new AC World Champion! The final was a good quality match played in easy conditions – apart from during one downpour when the lawns became unplayable for about 10-15 minutes. Unfortunately, the hoops were left in the same holes that had been created on Wednesday and which had become wet inside with overnight rain. This made the final very much a shooting contest rather than a more complete test of skill. We need to ensure that hoops are in fresh holes for finals – as is normally the case.

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Soo: Chapman Crowned World Champion in New Zealand #10

One of the most well-liked and respected players in the game, it seemed only a matter of time until Paddy Chapman (NZ) would add the title of AC Singles World Champion to his croquet resumé. A past winner of the NZ Open, the NZ President's Invitation, the UK President's Cup, and a leading member of NZ's victorious MacRobertson Shield team, Chapman did not lack for impressive accomplishments. But the world singles title cements his reputation as one of the very best.

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Chapman is AC World Champion

Updated on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 06:00AM by Registered CommenterDylan

Paddy Chapman found a way back from down 2-1 to claim his first WCF Association Croquet World Championship with a 26tp-19, 0-26tp, 0-26tp, 26tp-11, 26tp-9 win over Reg Bamford yesterday at Kelburn Municipal Croquet Club in Wellington, New Zealand. It was Chapman's second appearance in the final after he made it in 2013, but lost to Robert Fletcher. Bamford made his fifth appearance and is now 4-1 in AC World finals play.

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Soo: No Time Limits Needed #09

The Main KO semifinals were played at the Wellington Municipal Croquet Club, a hundred year old club with three lawns south of the city center. Weather was calm and overcast with occasional sprinkles, and fog developing throughout the day. The lawns were about the same medium-slowish pace we've seen at most venues throughout the week, with some lusher areas and a few tricky hoop approaches, but overall quite true. The main challenges were the hoops -- based on the number of failed shots these must have been quite solid -- and the pressure of the situation.

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