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Entries in Ben Rothman (144)

Tuesday
Apr182017

Soo 01: 2017 MacRob Preview

Defending champion NZ team practicing shortly before the opening ceremony

After many months of preparation from organizers and players alike, the 25th MacRobertson Shield is about to begin. New Zealand looks to successfully defend the Shield, something they have never done before. Australia, making history with a team including three brothers, hope to make more history by winning the Shield for the first time since 1935. England hope to return to the norm: a GB or England team has won the Shield 14 times. USA look to defy the rankings and international expectations by winning the Shield for their first time ever.

After team orders were announced, the Australian and New Zealand teams mounted appeals against England's team order. USA supported England, and the Tournament Director cast the deciding vote to deny the appeal. The team orders (singles in order of merit, doubles ordered arbitrarily):

USA
1. Rothman
2. Maloof
3. Soo
4. Huneycutt
5. Morgan
6. Lawrence

1. Rothman & Maloof
2. Huneycutt & Morgan
3. Soo & Lawrence

NEW ZEALAND
1. Chapman
2. Garrison
3. Hakes
4. Hogan
5. Clarke
6. Shilling

1. Chapman & Clarke
2. Garrison & Hakes
3. Hogan & Shilling

AUSTRALIA
1. Robert Fletcher
2. Hockey
3. Dumergue
4. Malcolm Fletcher
5. Greg Fletcher
6. Forster

1. R. Fletcher & M. Fletcher
2. Forster & Dumergue
3. Hockey & G. Fletcher

ENGLAND
1. Burch
2. Mulliner
3. Maugham
4. Patel
5. Death
6. Hopgood

1. Death & Burch
2. Maugham & Hopgood
3. Mulliner & Patel

In the first round, NZ plays USA and Australia plays England.

Tuesday
Jan242017

Morning Coffee: US Announces MacRob Roster?

There was certainly a bit of drama in the long wait for the US MacRobertson Shield roster line-up. I was sort of expecting a Livestream press conference with fireworks, cheerleaders and some AC/DC. Alas, the roster quietly appeared on the Americas forum on Croquet World Online. The report there names Jeff Soo, Ben Rothman, Danny Huneycutt, David Maloof, Matthew Essick

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Friday
Dec302016

2016 Best of Croquet Network

As 2016 winds down, it's always a great time to look at the most popular articles and pages on the Croquet Network site. The trends always present an interesting look back at the year in our wonderful sport and the popularity of specific pages or articles makes me appreciate the loyal audience that has been cultivated over a near-decade of work. The past year was particularly enjoyable because, we kicked off a small but targeted effort to invest in and produce more original content. It's nice to see some of those pieces in the top 10 for 2016. 

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Tuesday
Sep132016

2016 USCA Croquet News Volume 2, Web Edition

The 2016 Volume 2 issue of the USCA's Croquet News magazine delivered to the mailhouse last week and should be arriving in member's mailboxes this month. The web edition PDF is also now available to USCA members on the magazine page of the USCA website (log in required).

It was quite a line-up of croquet events that took place since the last edition of the magazine as the AC World Championships were held in April, followed by the GC World Team Championship, the 9-Wicket National Championship, the Solomon Trophy test and the surprise of the summer as Ben Rothman became the first American to win the British Open singles title (check out the list of winners for the Open for some perspective on that accomplishment).

In addition, five of the six USCA Regionals were held over the Spring/Summer and we squeezed them all in. It's a jam-packed issue and we hope you enjoy it ... here's the full run-down of articles:

  • USCA Hosts Epic AC Worlds
  • 2016 US Hall of Fame Inductees: Damon Bidencope and Bert Myer
  • 2016 National 9 Wicket Championship
  • 2016 Northeast Regional Tournament
  • 2016 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament
  • 2016 Western Regional Tournament
  • 2016 Midwest Regional Tournament
  • 2016 Southeast Regional Tournament
  • Club Profile: Pasadena Croquet Club
  • Member Profile: Ben Rothman
  • Hydration article from Russ Dilley
  • Bob and Ted On Tactics: Pivot Ball 

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