As 2016 winds down, it's always a great time to look at the most popular articles and pages on the Croquet Network site. The trends always present an interesting look back at the year in our wonderful sport and the popularity of specific pages or articles makes me appreciate the loyal audience that has been cultivated over a near-decade of work. The past year was particularly enjoyable because, we kicked off a small but targeted effort to invest in and produce more original content. It's nice to see some of those pieces in the top 10 for 2016.
Entries in USCA National Championship (23)
Full bracket for the 2016 USCA Championship Flight Singles held October 9-15, 2016 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Brian Cumming took the title with a 26-17 win over Stephen Morgan. Morgan had advanced with a 26-8 win over Derek Wassink.
Results from First Flight Singles at the 2016 USCA National Championship at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, held October 9-15, 2016. Sandra Knuth-Walsh took the title with a 15-13 win over Loretta Cooper.
Results from First Flight Doubles at the 2016 USCA National Championship at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, held October 9-15, 2016. Just two teams moved from the block to the title game. Lynda Sudderberg and Loretta Cooper took the championship with a 17-13 win over Steve Grassbaugh and Ron Millican.
Three players are still alive and battling for the 2016 USCA Championship Flight National Championship title -- Brian Cumming, Derrek Wassink and Stephen Morgan. Wassink and Morgan will face off at 2:30 p.m. eastern with the winner taking on Brian Cumming at 4:15 p.m. It looks like the Wassink/Morgan winner would have to win twice to snatch the title from Cumming. Full bracket results:
The playoff bracket and plate bracket for the 2016 USCA Nationals Championship Flight:
Full results from the 2016 US Nationals being held this week at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida ...
As we roll in the New Year, let's take a look back at 2014 with the most popular lists for Croquet Network. All four of the lists below, rank the most viewed pages on both the Croquet Network news site and the community/forum site. It is no surprise the 2014 Mallet Poll topped the list for 2014 posts. That poll officially closed on December 31 and I will be going to work on a follow-up post with links and info for all of the top finishers.
Jeff Soo certainly has his name all over the USCA Champion's page. In fact, he currently holds five National American Rules titles in both singles (2013, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2000) and doubles (2013, 2008, 2002, 2001, 1999). When the balls roll out for the 2014 USCA American Rules Croquet National Championships to be held October 5-11 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Soo will be on the cusp of an unprecedented achievement in US croquet.
One advantage of the PDF is that all website and e-mail links are live, so if you see an interesting reference you can reach out right away. The PDF version is best viewed as "two-up" and "show cover page" if you want to see the full spreads (on your Adobe Reader top menu: View/Page Display).
Hope your New Year is filled with plenty of croquet!
RANCHO MIRAGE -- As the number one ranked player in the US, Ben Rothman certainly has his name all over the USCA Champion's page. In fact, he is currently in possession of all six major singles and doubles national titles for the USCA. But when the balls roll out for the 2013 USCA American Rules Croquet National Championship to be held November 11-17 at the Mission Hills