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2017 MacRobertson Shield Coverage

ROUND THREE

AUS 14, USA 7
ENG 15, NZL 4 

MATCH STANDINGS

40 -- Australia (3-0)
38 -- England (2-1)
22 -- New Zealand (1-2)
24 -- USA (0-3)

NEWS

Journal: Jeff Soo (USA)
Journal: Paddy Chapman (NZL)
Reports: Chris Clarke

VIDEO

Livestream: Lawn Four Cam
YouTube: James Hopgood Channel

RESOURCES

Photos: Round 1
Photos: Round 2
Photos: Round 3
Link: 2017 Official MacRob Website
Link: 2017 MacRob Scores
Facebook: MacRobertson Shield 2017 Page

ROUND ONE

NZL 11, USA 10
AUS 12, ENG 9

ROUND TWO

AUS 14, NZL 7
ENG 14, USA 7 

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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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Friday
Feb242017

Bromley: GCWC Opening Ceremony Journal #02

We are ready to go! Here are a few team shots taken at the Opening Ceremony today. Today was a practice day for everyone followed by the players' meeting, Opening Ceremonies and reception. Tomorrow is the Main Event and each of us will head to our respective venues to begin our block play matches. Go USA!

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Thursday
Feb232017

Bromley: GC World Championship Journal #01

Greetings from Melbourne! Today was a fun day at the Victorian Croquet center as the doubles portion of the Ramsis Cup was completed. It was great to reconnect with players from all over. The Ramsis Cup originally began as a match between Egypt and a Rest of the World (RoW) and has been played twice previously in 2008 and 2016. Both have been won by the RoW by a narrow margin of 11 matches to 10.

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Tuesday
Feb212017

Morning Coffee: GC Worlds Take Center Stage

The three-segment 2017 edition of the WCF Golf Croquet Championships is now well under-way in Cairnlea, Melbourne, Australia with the Under-21 GC World Championship now down to eight players. Here's an update on Day 3 from the Croquet New Zealand Facebook page:

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Friday
Feb172017

2017 Croquet Mallet Directory

Congratulations to Brass Spot Mallets and Marcelino Piquero for taking top spot in the 2017 Annual Croquet Network Mallet Poll. Brass Spot notched 167 votes in a poll that set a new record with 454 total votes. For players though, the good news is the number of mallet makers has now grown to 27 which is up four from 2016.

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Tuesday
Feb142017

Morning Coffee: European Masters

As posted on the Nottingham List, the schedule for the 2017 European Masters Series is starting to come together. The season long tournament series awards points for performance in both AC and Golf Croquet tournaments in Europe. More information can be found on the European Masters website. Here is the schedule to date:

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Tuesday
Feb072017

Morning Coffee: A Croquet Documentary

On the scene this week is a promo video for a modest GoFundMe campaign by George Saad and Zak Jambor to raise $6,000 to produce a documentary on croquet called To Find True Pleasure. You can read about the full project on their site www.tofindcroquet.com.

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Friday
Feb032017

2017 MacRobertson Shield Statistical Preview: Part 2

In anticipation of the upcoming MacRobertson Shield Tier 1 World Team Championship between Australia, England, New Zealand and the United States this coming April, this is the second of a three-part statistical look at the team line-ups. This week we'll focus on a pair of charts on Tripling Percentage by Games Played and Wins and follow with two charts based on Dynamic Grade and World Rank. As a note, this week's charts do include Chris Shilling in place of Paul Skinley for team New Zealand as that line-up switch was announced this week. All statistics are sourced from croquetrecords.com.

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Tuesday
Jan312017

Morning Coffee: The Inevitable Mar-a-Lago Trump Backlash

The inevitable Mar-a-Lago Trump croquet backlash has officially kicked off. Cue the fireworks and congratulations to the Miami Herald and Carl Hiaasen as first out of the gate. In fact, he gave croquet first mention in his brilliantly circular fake news/non-fake news posting:

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Friday
Jan272017

2017 MacRobertson Shield Statistical Preview: Part 1

With the recent announcement of all four rosters for the 2017 MacRobertson Shield to be held in Rancho Mirage, California, in April and early May, we can now take a snapshot look at how the rosters stack up from a statistical perspective. I am going to present this in three separate postings starting with today's look at individual stats. The future postings will include a Trendline Player Rank look and a Cumulative Team Stats Analysis.

For the tables below, I'll offer some comments on items that caught my eye, but it's primarily from a statistical look as I rarely get to watch even the US players and have no in-person experience watching players from the other three teams. I would encourage anyone with more insight to fill up the comments section with feedback.

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