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AUS 14, USA 7
ENG 15, NZL 4 


40 -- Australia (3-0)
38 -- England (2-1)
22 -- New Zealand (1-2)
24 -- USA (0-3)


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


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Photos: Round 1
Photos: Round 2
Photos: Round 3
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NZL 11, USA 10
AUS 12, ENG 9


AUS 14, NZL 7
ENG 14, USA 7 

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Entries in Leo Nikora (17)


2016 US Open: Cumming Over Grimsley in Five

Finals were played on Saturday in both flights.  They were accompanied by a courtside bar and luncheon.

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2016 US Open: Elimination Blocks (Day 4)

For the first time in its 29-year history, the United States Open did not have a single-elimination playoff. Instead, each flight of ten players was reduced to two round-robins of four players each, seeded according to the block results.  The winners will advance to the finals.  There was some trepidation in the players, but I thought it worked well.

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2016 US Open: Block Day 3

The third day of Block play had the best weather yet.  Each player played another three games. Afterword, the Toast & Tally was held at the home of Donna Dixon. 

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2016 US Open: Block Day 2


The second day of Block play was another perfect croquet day.  Each player played another three games.

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2016 US Open: Block Day 1


The first day of Block play was perfect croquet weather – cool air and warm sun.  Each player played three games.

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2016 United States Open: Opening Party

The 2016 United States Open is being held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, on December 6-10.  It is hosted by the Mission Hills Croquet Club

The opening party was held at the 55th Hole bar at the Country Club.  Twenty players and nine guest attended the gala.  Tournament Director Rory Kelley, demurred, and Assistant Tournament Director Doug Grimsley presided.  

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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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Morning Coffee: USCA's March Madness

Checking in on the big stories for the week ...

2016 AC WORLDS: The website for the 2016 WCF AC World Championship is available at:

USCA AGM IN MARCH: The 2016 USCA Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the National Croquet Center. A summery of the minutes of last year’s meeting is also included. 

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USCA AC Nationals Player Journal #4

Today, my spring disaster tour officially came to an end. There were some high heights and some low depths. But more lessons were learned, mostly about expectations.

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USCA AC Nationals Player Journal #3

Association Rules games are long. The minimum time limit for sanctioning purposes is two hours. In the Championship flight, we play a three hour time limit. There aren't many things outside of my job that I spend three continuous hours doing.

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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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Morning Coffee: Trans-Tasman Update and a Sports Illustrated Find

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The Trans-Tasman Test is tied 1-1 with New Zealand holding a 2-1 lead in the final test. The final game is currently pegged down --

The Mar-a-Lago Club singles got a nice write-up from the Palm Beach Daily News. John Joseph edged Geraldine McCauley 11-10 for the championship. Article and full tourney standings --

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Mission Hills Croquet Graduates

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA -- Mission Hills Croquet Pro Ben Rothman conducted an Intro to American & International Rules Croquet Class from November 29th thru December 3rd along with co-facilitators Dick Engebretson and Leo Nikora. Many of the experienced Mission Hills players participated as "coaches"... Aviv Katz, Mike Orgill, Mary Rodeberg (two days!), Len Lyon, Pat Apple, Biff Roche, Jean Engebretson, and Karen Comeau.

Graduates in the above photo from left to right:

Front row -- Coach Jean Engebretson, Lynn Smith, Welles Farago, Lou Ann Evans, Mary Brault, & Coach Mary Rodeberg.

Back row -- Coach Leo Nikora, Paul Christy, Nick Gray, Coach Dick Engebretson, Bob Morford, Bill Courtney, Scott Smith, and Croquet Pro Ben Rothman.

If you are interested in attending a Mission Hills croquet class, contact Ben at (925) 212-2593 or croquetpro@gmail.com for a class outline & details and upcoming dates.


Morning Coffee: Navy Croquet Shirts, USCA Schools and Southern Updates

Click Image to purchase mugLeo Nikora tipped off on his e-newsletter that the official Navy store is offering a Navy Croquet Shirt. Pretty simple, but still, an interesting development. In addition, Nikora has added a slew of new croquet photos, illustrations and advertisments to the Maui Croquet Club site. Check out the recent additions list at the bottom of this page.

The USCA has offered the following spring 2011 dates for instructional schools to be held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. For more info, contact Erica Sherman at 561-478-0760.

  • January 13-15
  • February 3-5
  • March 10-12
  • March 13-15 = Tournament play school, April 7-9

The Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California has announced that Phyllis & Jim Butts have decided to “retire” from their croquet club roles after seven years of dedication and hard work to make the Mission Hills Croquet Club “The Best in the West.” Among their many their many accomplishments for Mission Hills, they were successful in bringing many National and International croquet events and players to the Mission Hills venue and continue to continue in that capacity going forward as the Mission Hills USCA liaisons. Ron Hendry has accepted the President’s role and Genie Hendry be taking up Phyllis duties of planning the catered events. Mike Orgill is our new Treasurer.

The Sydney Morning Herald offers this piece on how croquet has given a man with cancer a new activity to pursue.

Jenny Clarke continued her hot streak with a win at the Women's Invitation held in Masterton, New Zealand.

A recent article in the The Bayside Bulletin describes the burgeoning croquet scene in Australia:

"2010 has demonstrated that Australian players are proving to be very competitive internationally in the mallet sports disciplines of golf croquet, gateball (Australia's newest mallet sport), ricochet and traditional association croquet."

Though this article from the Brimbank Leader seems to temper that enthusiasm a bit (also includes a few photos);

Mr Reither thought the sport’s popularity was increasing but that croquet was still trying to rise above the stigma of being “the old people’s game.” “We’re having trouble convincing people it’s not,” he said.

And it is hoped that the young rising stars of croquet will help lead the way. Three of the country’s best are teenagers from the same family, including 17-year-old Robert Fletcher who is Australia’s number one.

Mike Orgill sent a recent announcement that the 2011 North American Open will be held at the Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards in Windsor, California from May 8 to May 14, 2011. The tournament will be played under association rules and limited to 16 players. Tournament entry will be based on world rankings. Details about purse and other information will be forthcoming in January.

Martin French gave an interesting tidbit about future schedules in a recent post on his WCF blog:

"One of the big improvements I hope we can make very soon is to publish a 10 year rolling schedule of when we'd like to hold each type of championship - and then start asking for bids for the next couple of years."

In case you missed it in the forum or on Facebook, the Morehead/Fargo High School Croquet League is looking for equipment donations. More details are in the Croquet Network forum.

The ACA recently announced their roster for the Trans-Tasman team. The Team will travel to Cairnlea, Victoria to compete in the Trans-Tasman Test Series from April 15-20, 2011. 

Ian Dumergue
Greg Fletcher
Robert Fletcher
Stephen Forster

Malcolm Fletcher
Peter Landrebe (Captain)

Rosie Graham
Margaret Melville
Miranda Morgan
Alison Sharpe

Trish Devlin
Charlotte Morgan

The ACA has also provided the PDF entry form for the Inaugural Golf Croquet President’s Tens to be held in Melbourne February 11-14, 2011

Croquet New Zealand recently announced results from the North and South Island GC Grade Championships:

North Island GC Grade Champs / Taranaki Association, New Plymouth

Premier: 0-4 handicap
J.Christie; Morrinsville 1st
N. Morrow; Warkworth 2nd
B. Bullen; Wanganui 3rd

Intermediate: 5-7 handicap
J. Kermode; Palmerston North 1st
B. Reader; New Plymouth 2nd
S. Mitchell; West End 3rd

Primary: 8-12 andicap
G. Cooper; New Plymouth 1st
C. Reay; Palmerston North 2nd
A. Ridgway Ellis; Inglewood 3rd

South Island Golf Grade Championships / United Croquet Club in Christchurch

Duncan Dixon 7-4,6-7,7-5 over Jenny Clarke

Chris Clarke also made a recent appeal for donations for Kaiapoi Croquet Club to repair damage suffered during the recent earthquake that hit Canterbury, New Zealand.

"All of you will be aware of the earthquake that struck Canterbury on 4th September. Most of our clubs have escaped with very little damage, however the Kaiapoi Croquet Club was not as fortunate. There are cracks 6 feet deep and 20 yards long in the lawns and there is now a slope of over 2 feet on their previously flat lawns. The clubhouse has moved nearly 3 feet and is no longer level. They are waiting for an engineers report, but in all likelihood will end up having to move to a new location. It has been suggested by CNZ, that Canterbury should ask each club in NZ for a contribution towards getting Kaiapoi back on their feet. Any donation will be appreciated, but if you could raise $100 per club, that would be wonderful. I attach some photos of Kaiapoi Croquet Club after the earthquake."


Ben Rothman Wins USCA GC Nationals

Championship Flight
1. Ben Rothman
2. Danny Huneycutt
3. Rich Lamm
3. Leo Nikora
5. Sherif Abdelwahab
5. Paul Bennett
5. Jacques Fournier
5. Arthur Bagby

Championship Doubles
1. Paul Bennett/Jacques Fournier
2. Danny Huneycutt/Sherif Abdelwahab
3. Ben Rothman/Bob Van Tassell
3. Ron Eccles/Leo Nikora

First Flight Singles
1. Karl-Heinz Kempfer
2. Eric Sawyer
3. Jean Engebretson
4. Bob Riddell
5. Sheri Foroughi
5. Mary Rodeberg

First Flight Doubles
1. Eric Sawyer/Caren Sawyer
2. Bob Riddell/Mary Rodeberg
3. Karl-Heinz Kempfer/Phyllis Butts
3. Bob Morford/Nick Gray

Second Flight Singles
1. Welles Farago
2. Ruth Stotter
3. Betty Teoman
4. Marc Clausen
5. Jerry Phillips
5. Paul Christy

Second Flight Doubles
1. Welles Farago/Marc Clausen
2. Jerry Phillips/Paul Christy
3. Larry Stotter/Ruth Stotter
3. Helen Orgill/Phil Arenson