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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With the summer croquet season winding down here in Kansas City, the Morning Coffee series is back on tap until next summer. Out of the gate for the offseason, we are making some branding adjustments. Several years ago, the forum site became the home of croquetnetwork.com. Over the next few weeks, the forum community will officially transition to the CroquetNation.com name and domain. And, this old magazine site is re-claiming the CroquetNetwork.com domain and branding.
Last month, several readers participated in a survey on the weekly Croquet Network eNewsletter (now closed). I am pleased to report that all respondents rated the newsletter as good (58%) or excellent (42%). Granted, the survey obviously would have been most likely to find current subscribers ... and well, readers that don't like the newsletter would have unsubscribed long ago, so you can assume the favorable rating is a bit skewed. However, I'm going to run with that stat for now.
Another vote came in for croquetrecords.com came in. Two votes so far, it is now in the main poll. Also, someone submitted Oxford Croquet and I have added that to the main poll. I've also allowed the ability to vote for up to three sites.
Looks like the CA and Oxford Croquet are the big champs to date. Lots of club votes in the other category. Bowdon Croquet Club is popular. I've also added www.kroket.de to the main poll as it received four votes in the other category.
Jaques London is the new fast mover for croquet Facebook groups with a jump from ninth place to fifth and 626 followers/likes. "Posh" is staying on the list because occasionally intersting croquet items are posted there (like Croquet Cuppers). Most popular croquet groups on Facebook for April 2011:
Most popular croquet groups on Facebook for March 2011:
Rank / Group / Likes / Last Month
01. I'm not posh, just jolly good at croquet - 58,247 (1)
02. Croquet (Wikipedia) - 7,751 (2)
Here are the hottest trending keywords to hit croquetnetwork.com in December:
01. croquet network
02. wii croquet
03. ben rothman
04. brian cumming
05. croquet video game
06. steve scalpone
07. alix verge
08. croquet magazine
09. david collie
10. frank vuitch
11. leo nikora
12. morford mallets
13. navy croquet
14. rufus bayard wilmington
15. us open croquet
The WCF is accepting 2011 nominations for the Croquet Hall of Fame. Follow the link to see previous inductees and a link to the online nomination form.
In other WCF news, Martin French is providing a monthly newsletter on WCF activities that will be available as a PDF.
Great article on Paul Skinley appeared on the Wauganui Chronicle website the other day as a follow-up to his North Island Championship win. Here's an excerpt:
"I'm not sure how many times I've won this tournament because I haven't played in it often - but I played in it when I was 15 in 1974, and won. So it's nice to win it at 51, going on 52."
The CA website has a photo up for Rutger Beijderwellen's new swing trainer.
The ACA has made an invitation (PDF) available for the Inaugural GC President's Tens to be held February 11-14 at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Cairnlea.
Check the CWO Australia forum for several posts from Liz Fleming on the flooding in Australia. Opening excerpt:
These 100-year floods in Queensland, with three rivers overflowing their banks, have put most of the croquet lawns under water and dislocated both croquet players and crocodiles.
An Abilene, Texas reader gave croquet a little press on the Reporter News website, when she claimed that croquet might be too rough for the Big 10 after their "less-than-stellar" bowl season.
The Sunshine Coast Daily has reported that Margaret Melville took down reigning world champion Alix Verge 7-4, 6-7, 3-7, 7-5, 7-4 in the Australian Women's Single GC final at the Headland Buderim Croquet Club.