I've just returned from four days in West Palm Beach, Florida where I participated in the Annual USCA Planning Meetings at the National Croquet Center. It kicked off on Friday night, with the 2010 awards ceremony, where I am thrilled to announce that Croquet Network was given the USCA's Media Coverage award.
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The new issue of Croquet Network magazine is now available for free viewing as a digital magazine on your PC or laptop. Click the magazine graphic above to enjoy the December/January issue.
- MacRobertson Shield Wrap-up
- Chris Clarke Column On MacRob
- Reg Bamford Profile
- Viewpoint: Lessons from Seattle
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From the USCA announcements page, the U.S. Solomon Trophy team has been announced:
Danny Huneycutt (Captain)**
The 2011 Solomon Trophy Test (U.K. versus USA) will be played June 28 - July 1 at Hampworth (near Salisbury), United Kingdom.
** Selected by team
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The magazine is currently available for free viewing on the iPad via the MagCloud app. The free digital desktop version will be released next week.
I've had some questions on what "MagCloud" is and maybe some frustration over not necessarily having access to the normal "digital flip magazine" format.
1) First, the standard free magazine will be released sometime in the next week or so and notification will be sent out. The time lag is mainly because there are slight differences in format between the "print" version and the "digital" version. The print one has a longer turn-time from a proofing standpoint, so it is better for me to release that one first.
2) MAGCLOUD -- MagCloud is simply an external service that provides single copy printing of magazines. Meaning when you order, one copy is mailed and sent to the buyer. You don't have to become a member of MagCloud if you do not want to. The purchase can be as simple as any other online purchase.
Rhys Thomas announced the members of the 2010 WCF Hall of Fame class on the Nottingham list. The Class of 2010 (in order of election):
According to the WCF website, the USCA has named a trophy in honor of Jerry Stark, to be awarded to the USCA AC National Singles champion in perpetuity -- the "Stark Cup." If you wish to make a donation toward funding the trophy on Jerry's behalf, you may send it to Shereen Hayes at the USCA, with a notation for Jerry.
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According to the Croquet Australia website, the Sunshine Coast Region of Queensland withdrew the offer to conduct the World Association Championships in 2012. Reports on the Nottingham list indicate that the previously reported dates of April 23 will May 1 will likely be revised as well.
The 2009 USCA Grand Prix results are in and Croquet World has a fantastic article with photos breaking down the season. Ben Rothman took the overall Grand Prix title and also finished first in both the doubles and singles standings. Rothman's frequent doubles partner Doug Grimsley was second overall and second in doubles play. Following Rothman (18,570 singles points) in singles play -- 2. Danny Huneycutt (15,525) 3. Jeff Soo (13,800 ) 4. Doug Grimsley (11,810) 5. John C. Osborn (11,180).
Video features the Solomon Trophy to the U.S. team with speeches by Jeff Soo and British captain Ian Burridge. Congrats to the American team for their first win in the series.
U.S. SCORES HISTORIC SOLOMON TROPHY WIN -- I suppose it doesn't quite compare with the Miracle on Ice from the 1980 Winter Olympics, but the 11-9 U.S. win over Great Britain for the Solomon Trophy certainly represents a huge step forward for U.S. croquet. Great Britain came into the year's event with a perfect 17-0 record versus the Americans. However, based on world rankings, it appeared to be a close match on paper and it certainly was. If I am deciphering the Nottingham board reports properly, the home field advantage gave the Americans the final edge. Congratulations to the U.S. team for a great win.
U.S. TAKES PRESIDENT'S CUP 2-1 -- In a prelude to Solomon Trophy play, the U.S. players took on members of the British team for the President's Cup. Last played in 2002, the competition is American rules croquet and featured the following matches:
US -- Danny Huneycutt beat Ian Burridge
US -- Ben Rothman and Ron Hendry beat Jeff Dawson and Tony Le Moignan
GB -- Samir Patel and Robin Brown beat Jeff Soo and Jim Butts
MOHAMMAD KAMAL WINS US GOLF CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIP -- After three days of competition at the National Croquet Center in Florida, Mohammad Kamal took the U.S. Golf Croquet title in a best of five finals against Sherif Abdelwalhab 7-2, 7-1, 7-4. The event featured the top level American GC players but only had a field of seven players. I certainly would think this event would fit much better sometime during the lighter summer schedule. I suppose heat is the consideration there, but it seems like a lot of events are jammed into the busy fall schedule competing against holidays, football and other croquet events. Early June or late August seems like it would be worth the risk.
Final GC Placings:
1. Mohammad Kamal
2. Sherif Abdelwahab
3. Len Canavan
3. David McCoy
5. Mike Gibbons
6. Cheryl Bromley
7. William Bromley
Mohammad Kamal defeated David McCoy 7-6, 7-5
Sherif Abdelwahab defeated Len Canavan 7-3, 7-4
Here is the historic report that Samir Patel posted to the Nottingham e-mail list:
US win 11-9
Jeff completed his delayed TP to take the winning point in the pouring rain.
Unclear whether Tony and Doug will bother with the dead game.