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Friday
Mar242017

Croquet Website Power Rankings - March 2017

The recent post from CWO on the OxfordCroquet.com website prompted me to take a look at the site rank for all of the prevalent croquet websites. Using independent sources along with a power formula the top 10 sites based on traffic stats over the are presented on the right. It's no surprise to see USCA website at the top of the rankings, but it should be noted that winter is the slow time for the USCA site.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Morning Coffee: Time to Get Out and Play

It's 81 degrees in Kansas City, so it's time to stop writing about croquet and start playing. Here's your speed version of the Tuesday Morning Coffee ...

CROQUET WEEK GC: To kick of the USCA's Croquet Week and Club Teams festival of croquet, Sandra Knuth Walsh took a 7-5, 7-1 win to snag the USCA Croquet Week Golf Croquet Tournament title. Larry Cranfield took the first flight final with a 7-1, 7-4 win over Karen Heckman.

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Tuesday
Mar142017

Morning Coffee: GC Worlds YouTube Binge

Updated on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 06:37PM by Registered CommenterDylan

The WCF Golf Croquet World Championship videos are piling ups and ready for binge watching on your favorite device. I prefer the XBox One personally on the 55-inch TV, but occasionally, I'll use the iPad as well. I'm sharing as fast as I can on the Croquet Nation video page, but Chris Clarke is definitely outpacing me. To stay up to date on his channel go directly to: Kruncher89. As of Monday evening, he had 18 videos already posted from the event. And on to this week in croquet ...

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Friday
Mar102017

2017 MacRobertson Shield Statistical Preview: Part 3

Today, we finish off the early preview of the 2017 MacRobertson Shield World Team Championship Tier 1 to be held in Rancho Mirage, California, April 18 to May 4, 2017. This simple look is centered around cumulative team stats from this team table ranked by Triples per Games Player. Chart 1 follows and is a visual on the Average Dynamic Grade per team. All stats are souced from croquetrecords.com.

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Tuesday
Mar072017

Morning Coffee: One Magic Moment

Well, it's more like your Evening Coffee* this week, but I hope you enjoy this video from Bill Bromley showing Reg Bamford's magic moment. I'm sure we'll soon see full coverage of the five-game battle between Reg Bamford and Ahmed Nasr, but sometimes it's nice to just cut to the chase and enjoy the celebration. In the meantime, you can always run through the text commentary to relive the glory (Part 1 | Part 2).

And now for the best of the week ...

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Sunday
Mar052017

Bromley #11: Bamford Over Nasr 3-2

With great anticipation, the GC World Championship Final got underway at noon under picture perfect skies. Close to 300 spectators were on hand to witness the epic battle that was to unfold. In the best of five match, Reg Bamford of South Africa took the first game 7-6. That was followed by Ahmed Nasr of Egypt winning the second game 7-5.

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Saturday
Mar042017

Bromley #10: Bamford and Nasr - Round 3

It was a spectacular day of croquet at the highest level with two fiercely competitive semifinals. In the first match, Felix Webby, the 17-year old phenom from New Zealand took Egypt's Ahmed Nasr to the limit in a thrilling five-game match with both player's superb shot-making on display. Nasr was able to hold on and propel himself into tomorrow's showdown with 5-7, 7-2, 7-4, 6-7, 7-4 win where he will face South Africa's Reg Bamford for the third time in a World Championship final.

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Friday
Mar032017

Bromley #09: GCWC Final Four Set

New Zealand Wunderkind Felix Webby continues to be unflappable as he secured his spot in the Semi-final of the main event. He will face Egypt's Ahmed Nasr in a best of 5 game match. Reg Bamford took out Jenny Clarke to earn his spot and Hamy Erian defeated his countryman, Mohamad Karem 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 to secure his place in the top 4.

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Thursday
Mar022017

Bromley #08: GC Worlds Final Eight

The Final Eight have been decided! After two rounds of Knock Out play, the following players have reached the quarterfinals - John Christie (NZ), Ahmed Nasr (EG), Peter Landrebe (AUS), Felix Webby (NZ), Hamy Erian (EG), Mohamad Karem (EG), Reg Bamford (SAF), and Jenny Clarke (NZ).

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Wednesday
Mar012017

Bromley #07: Five Players Undefeated

Updated on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 08:20AM by Registered CommenterCheryl Bromley

This evening as I am writing this, there is still much that is going on behind the scenes to set up the Knock Out Draw, Plate matches, and venue allocations and start times. There were several playoff matches going on into the late afternoon that had a bearing on all of these things being finalized.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Morning Coffee: Spotlight on GCWC

With the 2017 WCF Golf Croquet World Championship in the spotlight this weekend, I will keep this week's Morning Coffee brief and provide an index for following the event:

Right here on Croquet Network, Cheryl Bromley (USA) is providing a daily journal on here experiences at the 2017 GCWC. Her husband Bill has also been providing photos, and they've been collected in this gallery. Coming soon --  a few video clips.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Bromley #06: GCWC Block Action Winding Down

Sherif Abdelwahab and Mohammad Kamal continued to put in impressive performances today with both players now 7-1 with one block match remaining.

In Abdelwahab's second match of the day, he faced George Coulter, age 20, the older of the two brothers from New Zealand who are absolutely fantastic shooters! The "young guns" are well-coached, composed and wonderful young men

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Monday
Feb272017

Bromley #05: Hot Hot Hot!

It wasn't only the 95 degree weather today that was hot but the impressive play led by US players Sherif Abdelwahab and Mohammad Kamal as they improved their records to 6-0 and 5-1 respectively in block play. Kamal had solid wins over Aussie Geoffrey Reilley and England's Stephen Mulliner to wrap up his day while Abdelwahab posted wins over Richard Brooks of England and Anne Quinn of Australia.

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Sunday
Feb262017

Bromley GCWC #04: Day 2 Blocks

Updated on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 04:43PM by Registered CommenterDylan

It was an absolutely beautiful warm day during this last week of summer here in Melbourne. USA players had a good day on the lawns with Sherif Abdelwahab posting his third win (and currently in the middle of his fourth match at the time of this entry [He won -- DG]).

Matt Griffith notched a win against Sweden's Joakim Norback and, in an exciting three-game match, Mohammad Kamal took down Australia's John Arney to add another win to his record. The photo above shows Kamal's hampered jump shot attempt at the 13th hoop in game two.

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Saturday
Feb252017

Bromley: GCWC Block Play Begins #03

Block play is underway! Sherif Abdelwahab had a good day with two wins over Charlie Sharpe of Australia and Evan Newel of Ireland. Mohammad Kamal also won one of his two matches with a solid win over Mostafa Eissa of Egypt. Matt Griffith came up against the number one and two ranked players in his block and I'm sure didn't go down without a fight.

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