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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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Friday
May302008

May Croquet Photo of the Month

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flickr cc/Newhaircut 

Thursday
May292008

Croquet Gifts for Father's Day

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Father's Day is Coming Up

      Get Your Croquet Dad an Awesome Gift
                        at the
Croquet Network Gift Shop!

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Tuesday
May272008

Backyard Drills: Long Split/Roll

This is my favorite drill to do when I feel like I need to work on my long game. Of course, the best thing to do is to just get as many balls and you can gather, pair them up and work on your long splits at a 25-40 foot range sort of rapid fire, but this is little more fun, while incorporating some long wicket shots and short game work. If you don't yet have your split shot under control, take a look at the videos on the USCA Nine-wicket site.

It starts near wicket #5 (Figure 1). Attempt a long split/roll to put the blue ball out in front of six while positioning red to be played (Figure 2) after blue makes six (Figure 3).

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Contact red (Figure 4) then split again (Figure 5) leaving blue in front and red on the far side of seven. Then run wicket seven (Figure 6).

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Depending on the location of red you can either play off red or go directly to the take. In this case, I'd go directly to the stake, then contact red (Figure 7). Split again for wicket nine (Figure 8). Score wicket nine (Figure 9), then contact red (Figure 10) again (yep, it's the same pattern).

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Another short split (Figure 11). Score wicket ten (Figure 12). Then contact red (Figure 13).

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Now, you'll attempt the long split for wicket #11 (Figure 14). Depending on your skill on the long split, it can make for a long wicket shot (Figure 15). After you score 15, contact red and run the drill in reverse heading back to wicket 10/6.

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Friday
May232008

May Video: Mohamed Nasr by Bob Kroeger



I find this video to be very interesting for two reasons:

-- The way he opens his feet during the huge back swing -- Notice during the slo-mo on the first shot that the mallet follows through all twisted, yet the shot is still successful

Tuesday
May202008

May Links: Sonoma-Cutrer and Kentucky Nine-Wicket

Sonoma-Cutrer Croquet Club / Club
A beautiful club site designed in WordPress, which allows for an RSS feed that people can subscribe to with their iGoogle, My Yahoo or MSN pages. The feed for Sonoma-Cutrer comes in on the Croquet Network feed below. More croquet sites need to use a blog platform (Squarespace, WordPress, TypePad, Blogger) for their sites. The updating is easy and the RSS feed capability keeps more players and fans in touch with the site. http://sonomacroquet.org/

Kentucky Croquet Club / Club
A nine-wicket club that plays on clay and claims to be the oldest croquet club in the U.S. http://www.geocities.com/Colosseum/Loge/9814/

The National Croquet Center / Venue
This is a high quality site with merchandise available. http://www.croquetnational.com/

Friday
May162008

April Tournament Winners

4/25 -- Alumni Cup/Leawood, KS -- Kansas State
4/26 -- International Rules Championship Singles/West Palm Beach, FL -- Brian Cumming
4/26 -- International Rules Championship Doubles/West Palm Beach, FL -- Leo McBride & Doug Grimsley

No word on the results from P. Diddy's tournament.

Sources: USCA, Croquet World, PBR Tour

Thursday
May152008

April Tournament Winners

4/25 -- Alumni Cup/Leawood, KS -- Kansas State
4/26 -- International Rules Championship Singles/West Palm Beach, FL-- Brian Cumming
4/26 -- International Rules Championship Doubles/West Palm Beach, FL -- Leo McBride & Doug Grimsley

No word on the results from P. Diddy's tournament.

Sources: USCA, Croquet World, PBR Tour

Tuesday
May132008

First Shot: Upside/Downside

Well, I'm finding out how difficult it is to manage a blog site, play some croquet, keep the grass under control and spend some time with the family. The downside is nearly another month without getting a post up, but we forge on.

The upside is I've got a couple of tournaments under my belt. The downside is they've both been wet and cold and dark.

The upside is I played and hosted my first team event for our local club -- Alumni Cup. The downside -- we lost to K-State. Oh well, the NC and Orange Bowl will have to satisfy me 'til next year.

The upside is my yard is starting to fill in. The downside is it seems like I spend more time mowing that playing.

The upside is it looks like I've wrangled an invite to play some six-wicket croquet on a real field. The downside -- there is none, you can't go wrong with that.

The true upside is that the weather is starting to warm up a bit in Kansas and it's time to "swing the wrenches."

Sincerely, Dylan, Publisher -- Croquet Network

Tuesday
May132008

First Shot: Upside/Downside

Well, I'm finding out how difficult it is to manage a blog site, play some croquet, keep the grass under control and spend some time with the family. The downside is nearly another month without getting a post up, but we forge on.

The upside is I've got a couple of tournaments under my belt.
The downside is they've both been wet and cold and dark.

The upside is I played and hosted my first team event for our local club -- Alumni Cup.
The downside -- we lost to K-State. Oh well, the NC and Orange Bowl will have to satisfy me 'til next year.

The upside is my yard is starting to fill in.
The downside is it seems like I spend more time mowing that playing.

The upside is it looks like I've wrangled an invite to play some six-wicket croquet on a real field.
The downside -- there is none, you can't go wrong with that.

The true upside is that the weather is starting to warm up a bit in Kansas and it's time to "swing the wrenches."

Sincerely,
Dylan, Publisher -- Croquet Network

Friday
Apr252008

April Croquet Photo of the Month


recursion_see_recursion / flickr creative commons

Tuesday
Apr222008

2008 WCF Golf Croquet Championship Video


April Video of the Month


Last point of a series of videos from YouTube on the final game between Ahmed Nasr and Chris Clark. Could use some play by play, but otherwise, very good.

Tuesday
Apr222008

March Tournament Winners

Available tournament results from March:

03/08 -- Peyton Ballenger/Palm Beach Gardens, FL -- Bob Chilton
03/11 -- Croquet Week Golf Championship/West Palm Beach, FL -- Trevor Herin
03/16 -- 2008 World Golf Croquet Championship/Cape Town, S. Africa -- Ahmed Nasr
03/16 -- Club Championship/West Palm Beach, FL -- NCC/Stewart Jackson & Johnny Mitchell
03/22 -- Mar-a-Lago Singles/Palm Beach, FL -- Sandy Walsh

Sources: USCA, Croquet World

Thursday
Apr172008

First Shot: The Best Intentions

Wow. I laid out the best of intentions last month in the first edition of this department establishing a minimum target for monthly features/departments. I hit on two of the seven targets for March. So what happened? Well, a little of everything. I picked up that little cold/flu and that held me back a bit. That was followed by a couple of major family birthday celebrations. Throw in that miserable daylight savings switch and it was a rough month.

The good news is that despite a very cold spring here in Kansas, I did get my backyard field set up. The consistency is off a little as we suffered through a pretty good drought last summer, but it seems to be filling in.

So, a new season goal after I got hooked on the WCF Golf Croquet Championships in March was to an attempt to try out the golf version for myself. I've had three occasions to give the game a shot and I have to say I think it's a winner. Under thirty minutes each time and in a backyard setting, it's pretty much a shooters game. Quick and fun. My club will definitely be doing additional testing over the summer.

Up next, I've changed over the field to the nine-wicket set up and it's time for some team play. As for Croquet Network, I have a few improvements in mind and the goal is to at least get a feature and skills story out before the end of April. In general, I want to get two posts in each week. In the meantime, get out and play and if you're in the mood check out the website store at http://www.cafepress.com/croquetnetwork.

Sincerely,
Dylan, Publisher -- Croquet Network

Monday
Mar312008

U.S. Tournament Calendar -- April 2008

Apr 3 -- Bald Head Island Singles Tournament
Bald Head Island Croquet Club, Bald Head Island, NC
Contact: j_jknott@bellsouth.net

Apr 4–6 -- National Croquet Center Singles Championship
National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Contact: archiepeck@aol.com

Apr 5–6 -- Croquet Fools
King City and Westmoreland, OR, King City&Westmoreland, OR
Contact: sweeney@pdxlawyer.com

Apr 10–13 -- NC Open Croquet Champ. Flight
Pinehurst Croquet Club, Pinehurst, NC
Contact: ron.lloyd@pinehurst.com

Apr 11–13 -- NCC Association Rules Championship Singles
National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach, FL
Contact: archiepeck@aol.com

Apr 18–20 -- Sarasota County Spring Singles Invitational
Sarasota County Croquet Club, Venice, FL
Contact: Crokpeople@aol.com

Apr 21–26 -- USCA Association Rules Nationals
NCC, West Palm Beach, FL
Contact: tournamentusca@aol.com

Apr 26–27 -- USCA Collegiate National Championship
Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA
Contact: lehanna@aol.com

Source: USCA Calendar Page (click for more details)

Saturday
Mar222008

Another Great Golf Croquet Video

In honor of the WCF World Golf Croquet championships, I had to post this awesome little segment of great golf croquet shots. I've got to try this game.