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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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Entries in Jim Bast (34)

Friday
Apr072017

Soo #05: AC Nationals Down to Four

Ian HarshmanIn the singles quarterfinals, Danny Huneycutt's uncharacteristically shaky form continued, which allowed me to win 2-0. Dan Pailas gave plenty of fight but likewise went down 2-0 to Stuart Lawrence. Brian Cumming v. Chris Patmore opened with a quick Cumming triple, but Patmore fought back with an extended 3-ball ending and leveled the match. The third game was more error-prone, Cumming winning. Simon Jenkins v. Stephen Morgan had some similarities, particularly in the error-prone game 3. Morgan survived, ending an impressive run by Jenkins, who had started the singles blocks 0-4.

The singles plate is underway as a flexible Swiss. Jim Bast and Wayne Davies are undefeated.

The pegged-down doubles match had to wait for the end of the Jenkins v. Morgan quarterfinal, leaving just over an hour to play. The match has once again been pegged down in game 2, and will resume first thing Friday.

Jeff Soo vs Stuart Lawrence
Brian Cumming vs Stephen Morgan

2017 USCA AC Nationals Singles Knockout:
croquetscores.com/2017/ac/us-national-championship/singles-ko 

Wednesday
Apr052017

Soo #03: Tiebreakers Dead Ahead

Mike TaylorWhile there were some faster games today, there were still plenty of games going to time, including a 14-11 barn-burner in which Jenkins played Aunt Emma tactics to beat Pailas. Pailas has now beaten the top four seeds in his block but lost to two of the lower-ranked players; he can guarantee a spot in the knockout by winning his final game. A four-way tie for second place remains possible in this block. As does a four-way tie for fourth place. Which could also happen in the other block. The manager rather hopes that none of these scenarios transpires. But it does look highly likely that playoff games will be needed to determine the Elite Eight.

Some key matches for the final block games:

Huneycutt v. Lawrence: Lawrence is already in the KO; Huneycutt needs a win, or a loss from Bast.

Bast v. Osborn: An Osborn win and a Huneycutt loss creates at least a three-way tie for fourth in Block A

Patmore v. Morgan: Morgan is already in; Patmore assures himself a spot by winning

Cumming v. Taylor: Taylor desperately wants a win, although even with a loss he could still make a playoff

Jenkins v. Harshman: Jenkins still has an outside chance to make a playoff with a win; Harshman can guarantee at least a playoff spot with a win

Tuesday
Apr192016

Morning Coffee: 2016 AC Worlds Coverage

It's been an entertaining eight days of croquet at the 2016 WCF World Championship in West Palm Beach, Florida. As we prepare for a few remaining block finishes and the tiebreaker, we'll note that Mark Avery (9-0) (ENG) and Simon Jenkins (6-3) (USA) have made it all the way from the qualifier to the knockout. Also from the qualifier, Ted Salter (5-4) (AUS) could make the tiebreaker playoff, if Chris Patmore can defeat Ian Lines in the last remaining game for Block F.

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Friday
Mar252016

2016 USCA AC Nationals Doubles Final

Game footage of the recent 2016 USCA AC Doubles Final between David Maloof/Jim Bast and Stuart Lawrence/Jeff Soo.

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Tuesday
Mar012016

Morning Coffee: US AC Nationals Rolls Out

The USCA Association Rules National Championships is underway at Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The event started yesterday and runs through Saturday, March 5, 2016. The participating player list is to the right and you can follow the tournament at croquetscores.com/2016/ac/usca-national-championship.

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Monday
Feb012016

2015 Best of Croquet Network

As we start, the second month of 2016, we've now had a chance to look at the web statistics and can now present the 2015 Most Popular Lists for Croquet Network:

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Friday
Nov062015

2015 USCA Selection Eights Photos and Standings

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Final results are listed below for the 2015 United States Croquet Association Selection Eights held October 22-25, 2015 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The numbers indicate wins/games played.

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Sunday
Oct112015

2015 USCA Selection Eights: Updated Entries

Updated list of of entries for the 2015 USCA Selection Eights. The entry deadline was October 9, 2015 and the event will be held October 22-25, 2015 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Wednesday
Sep022015

2015 USCA Selection Eights Process

Updated on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 07:36PM by Registered CommenterDylan

The USCA has posted the initial list of applicants for the 2015 Selection Eights event to be held October 22-25 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. There is a limit of 40 players who will participate in the 2015 Selection Eights with a possibility of a sixth group. If that group is formed, all players will be notified. Below is a list of the 40 players followed by the players in the sixth group and waiting lists. The non-top forty players lists are in D-Grade order which will also be the order players move from the these lists to the top 40. In years past there have been eight to twelve players drop out.

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Wednesday
Aug272014

USCA Expands to a Sixth Eight

After initially launching as a 40-player event, Danny Huneycutt announced yesterday that the USCA's Selection Eights event will add a sixth eight and include 48 players. The current list of players and waiting list follows.  Each group is in order by the Selection Committee ranking.  If any players opt out, players will be promoted to the next group by rank.

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Tuesday
May202014

Morning Coffee: Foot in Wicket

Jim Bast submitted the following story from the 2014 MacRobertson Shield:

Danny and I were in a doubles match against Paddy Chapman and Chris Clarke of New Zealand at the United Club in Christchurch.  My ball was near hoop four and it was our turn to play.  After consideration of multiple options it was clear to us that I had to shoot at the opponents’ balls near hoop three.

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Morning Coffee: Selection Eights Round-Up

Ben Rothman in play at the 2013 Eights

WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- The big news to come out of the 2013 U.S. Selection Eights weekend is a line-up change for Team USA for the upcoming MacRobertson Shield. Damon Bidencope has withdrawn due and his spot on the team will be taken by

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Monday
May202013

USCA Announces 2013 MacRobertson Team

The USCA Selection Committee has announced the following team to represent the USA in the upcoming World Team  Championship for the MacRobertson Shield:

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Saturday
Oct132012

Solomon Trophy: Britain Closes Fast 11-4

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC -- They left no doubt this time around. A 4-0 performance on Day Three returned the Solomon Trophy to the British team and erased U.S. hopes of a potential comeback on the final day. David Maugham claimed the test winning peg in a +22 win in game two with partner Marcus Evans over

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Friday
Sep212012

2012 Solomon Preview: Jim Bast Interview

The Solomon Trophy test between Great Britain and the United States is just a few weeks away (October 10-13, Bald Head Island, North Carolina). In anticipation of this edition, Jim Bast of the U.S. team was gracious enough to spend some time fielding questions. Bast is a former USCA National Champion in singles and doubles and a two-time Canadian Championship winner. He's also a veteran of 10 USA teams, including the first USA test team that toured and competed against Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. And at the top of the list, he was a member of the first USA MacRobertson Shield team. More info on this year's Solomon is available on the Bald Head Island website. Let's get to the action:

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