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2017 MacRobertson Shield Coverage


AUS 2, USA 0
ENG 3, NZL 0 


28 -- Australia (2-0)
26 -- England (1-1
18 -- New Zealand (1-1)
17 -- USA (0-2)


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


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Photos: Round 1
Photos: Round 2
Link: 2017 Official MacRob Website
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NZL 11, USA 10
AUS 12, ENG 9


AUS 14, NZL 7
ENG 14, USA 7 

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Selection Eights Winners

The USCA announced the following winners for the 2012 Selection Eights Association event:

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Croquet Network Live #2 - Rothman, Mitchell and USCA Nationals

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Croquet Network Episode #2 - Ben Rothman (1:30 p.m. U.S. Eastern)

The second episode of Croquet Network's live radio show will be aired today at 1:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern). The episode will be available for replay shortly after. Joining the show today will be Ben Rothman to discuss his USCA Nationals title earned over the weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida. USCA President Johnny Mitchell will also join the show to discuss the event as he acted as tournament manager. Show link:


Rothman Reigns Again

Ben Rothman took his second singles title in USCA's American Rules National championship today with a 26-10, 26-7 win over Danny Huneycutt. On the doubles side, Rothman and partner Brian Cumming defeated Rich Curtis and Doug Grimsley 26-2 to win the doubles title.

Rothman last won the U.S. rules single title in 2010, the same year that he won the GC National Championship. That double championship accomplishment in 2010 put him in the same club as Mik Mehas who won the American Rules and Association USCA titles in 1998.

Here's how I think the final bracket worked out. Rothman and Huneycutt came from the winner's side:


2012 USCA Singles Bracket - Update 4


2012 USCA Singles Bracket - Update 2

Evidently, there is a loser's bracket that works back in here. I won't speculate on that, but here is how the winner's side looks:


2012 USCA Nationals Singles Bracket


Top Players Ready to Battle for USCA Nationals

Twenty-nine of the United States best six-wicket croquet players will go to battle next week in the USCA
American Rules Croquet National Championship to be held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm
Beach, Florida. The event runs October 15-21 and will be the 36th edition of the USCA National

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2012 Solomon Preview: Ben Rothman Interview

The run-up to the approaching Solomon Trophy test (October 10-13, Bald Head Island, North Carolina) continues as today we have an interview with USA team member Ben Rothman. The 28-year-old Rothman has been a fixture on the American croquet scene, winning national championships in all three six-wicket disciplines. This will be his sixth appearance as a member of the U.S. team. More info on this year's Solomon is available on the Bald Head Island website. Here's how it went:

How many times have you participated in the Solomon test?

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U.S. Names Solomon Team

The USA will attempt to retain the Solomon Trophy against Great Britain October 10-13.  The Bald Head Island Croquet Club in North Carolina will be hosting the event.  The following team has been selected:

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Morning Coffee: Is Tennis is Better Than Croquet?

There are a number of interesting headlines that lead off the week, but the story that caught my eye was the piece on the Murwillumbah Croquet Club celebrating an 85th anniversary. Late in the story there is a rundown on the history of croquet and the mention of tennis rising to essentially end the reign of croquet as a popular sport in England in the late 1800's. Most malletheads are familiar with the story, but the shelving of croquet for tennis got me to thinking. Is tennis really that much more fun to watch than golf croquet? I wonder if golf

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USCA AC Nationals Player Journal #5

What's the plate? Why would someone be given a plate at a croquet tournament? Those were the first
questions I asked at my first croquet tournament. Sounded strange to me.

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2011 USCA GC Nationals Report

Golf Croquet Nationals were cancelled. Low turnout took the blame for a last minute tournament change this August. So instead of the sticky heat in North Carolina, Golf Croquet aficionados assembled in Rancho Mirage for a Southern California winter experience. The USCA managed to resurrect the tournament at the same venue of the record breaking 2010 competition.

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Huneycutt Takes 2011 U.S. Open

The 24th annual U.S. Open was played last week at the Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event was organized and run by Rory Kelly, the current USCA American Rules doubles champion. Rory did an incredible job with this event.

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USCA GC Nationals: Playoff Time

More clouds, brisk wind and cold in croquet paradise. Hey, isn't this the desert? When is the weather going to get nice. The winds are really bad for people that cast, like myself. My mallet is buffeted so much by the wind that I can see the shaft going back and forth as I follow-through. It is no fluke that I played my best games in the morning and late afternoon, when the wind was calm or light, and my worst games in the height of the gusts. Excuses, excuses.

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