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    Latest Croquet News

    2014 Highlights

    Committee 2013/14

    Helen Worladge (chair), Catherine Symons (secretary) and Bruce McComb (treasurer).

    General committee members: Carol Dobbin, Gail Plunkett, Graham Fahey, Lyn Maddock, David Rhodes, Anne McLachlan (co-opted)

    Committee 2014/15

    Graham Fahey (chair), Wayne Worladge (secretary) and Bruce McComb (treasurer).

    General committee members: Catherine Symons, Lyn Maddock, Patrick Moore, Rosalind Merry, Margo Kelly, Helen Worladge.

    Presentation Dinner

    The third annual Presentation Dinner was held in the MCC Committee Room on June 4, 2014.

    Award winners:

    Chairman’s Award: Elizabeth Duff
    Club Award: Barbara Evans
    Most Improved Player: Geoff Dobbin
    Pennant Player of the Year: Patrick Moore

    Club Championships

    Association Croquet

    Division 1: Adrian Palmer
    Division 2: Graham Fahey
    Division 3: Colin Melville
    Division 4: Mary Vindin

    Golf Croquet

    Division 1: John van der Touw
    Division 3: Mary Vindin

    Club Tournaments

    Association Croquet Tournament results

    Division 1A: Kevin Beard (Essendon)
    Division 1B: Bruce McComb (MCC)
    Division 2: Alan West: (Brighton)
    Division 3: Ian Philpott (MCC)
    Division 4: Alan Notley (MCC)

    Golf Croquet Tournament results

    Division 1: John van der Touw
    Division 2: Jill Tainsh (Deniliquin)
    Doubles: Deidre Lebbon/Peter Goldstraw (Sale)

    Outstanding achievements:

    • John van der Touw represented Australia in Golf Croquet.
    • John van der Touw won the Australian Golf Croquet Singles Championship, and also the Doubles with Kevin Beard.
    • Bruce McComb and Graham Fahey were asked to join the Victorian Association Croquet Development Squad.
    • Graham Fahey won the Victorian Handicap Championship 1-7 Division.
    • Tom Kudelka won the Ringwood Tournament 12-20 Division.
    • Tom Kudelka came second in the Leongatha Tournament 7-13 Division.
    • Charlie Davis won the Geelong CA Tournament 11-16 Division.
    • Ian Philpott won Kew Open Division 4.
    • Adrian Palmer came second in the Brunswick Tournament Division 1-2.
    • Gavan Woinarski came second in the Brunswick Tournament Division 3.
    • Geoff Dobbin came second in the Brusnwick Tournament Div 4
    • Colin Melville won Monash Tournament Division 3.
    • Geoff Dobbin won Monash Tournament Division 4.
    • Wayne Worladge came second in the Monash Tournament Division 4.

    Pennant results

    Autumn Pennant

    Monday Pennant:

    First: MCC Ruby
    Second: MCC Gold 

    Wednesday Pennant

    Second: MCC Red
    Third: MCC Blue
    Fourth: MCC Yellow

    Spring Pennant

    Monday Pennant

    Third: MCC1
    Fifth: MCC2

    Wednesday Pennant

    Third: MCC3
    Sixth: MCC4
    Seventh: MCC5


    2013 Highlights

    Presentation Dinner

    Individual and club successes were celebrated at the second annual presentation dinner in the Committee Room at the MCG. President Paul Sheahan presented the Division 4 pennant to secretary Catherine Symons and Peter Dakin, the MCC's sporting section chair presented the newly created perpetual awards:

    Pennant Player of the Year - Bruce McComb
    Most Improved Player of the Year - Colin Melville
    Club Award - Di Refshauge
    Chairman's Award - Mary Vindin

    Club office bearers

    Chair - Helen Worladge
    Secretary - Catherine Symons
    Treasurer - Bruce McComb
    Committee members - Carol Dobbin, Gail Plunkett, Graham Fahey, Lyn Maddock and David Rhodes.

    Club Champions 2013


       Winner  Runner Up
     Division 1  Adrian Palmer  Patrick Moore
     Division 2  Gavan Woinarski  Graham Fahey 
     Division 3  Jane Waters  Glenda Burt
     Division 4  Geoff Dobbin  Carol Dobbin


    Winner Runner Up
    Division 1 Adrian Palmer Patrick Moore
    Division 2 Mary Vindin Di Refshauge 
    Division 3 Margo Kelly Jill Murray


    Autumn Pennant








    MCC 1 Reen Hancorne, Jane Waters and Patrick Moore (Bruce McComb)
    MCC 2 Colin Melville, Cath Symons and Glenda Burt
    MCC 3 Mary Vindin, David Rhodes and Margo Kelly
    MCC 4 Wayne Worladge, Geoff Dobbin and Alan Notley

    Spring Pennant








    MCC 1 Patrick Moore and John van Der Touw
    MCC 2 Tom Kudelka and Bruce McComb
    MCC 3 Glenda Burt, Colin Melville and Alan Notley
    MCC 4 David Rhodes and Geoff Dobbin
    MCC 5 Wayne Worladge and Lyn Maddock 

    Individual Achievements










    Geoff Dobin     Winner of the Noel Grant and MCC Division 4 championship .
    Colin Melville     Winner of the Brunswick Division 4, Kew Division 3, Monash Division 3, Essendon Division 4 and MCC Division 4 championships.
    Charlie Davis     Winner Cobram Division 4 and runner up in Brunswick Division 4, Brighton Division 4 and Ringwood Division 3 championships.
    Gavan Woinarski Runner up Brunswick Division 2.
    Adrian Palmer     Runner up Rich River Division 1.
    Bruce McComb Winner of the Chairman's Sheild and runner up in the MCC Division 1 championship.
    Wayne Worladge Winner MCC Division 4 championship and runner up in the Noel Grant.
    Glenda Burt         Runner up in the Chairman's Association Shield. 
    Carol Dobbin     Runner up in MCC Division 4 club championship.
    Gail Plunkett     Runner up in MCC Division 4.










    Colin Melville         Winner of MCC doubles Division 2.
    Brent Campbell     Winner of MCC doubles Division 2.
    John van der Touw Winner Victorian team WCF interstate shield and runner up in the President's 10. Represented Australia in Cairo.


    2012 Highlights

    In 2012 we celebrated team and individual success at an inaugural annual dinner held in the Committee Room at the MCC with members and guests from the other sporting sections.

    Club Champions 2012

                              Winner                         Runner Up                         
    Division 1       Adrian Palmer              John van Der Touw
    Division 2        Patrick Moore                   Bruce McComb
    Division 3         Jane Waters                    June Holyman
    Division 4         Glenda Burt                   Catherine Symons

    Golf                    Winner                        Runner Up         
    Division 1     John van der Touw             Adrian Palmer
    Division 3      Helen Worladge                  Shirley Hays


    Autumn Pennant

    Autumn pennant saw the MCC field four teams across a range of handicaps with 15 participants.

    Green Section: First - MCC1: Reen Hancorne, Patrick Moore, Bruce McComb, Walter Runciman
    Brown Section: MCC 2 - Jane Waters, Colin Melville, Tom Kudelka
    Purple Section: First - MCC 3: Cath Symons, Margo Kelly Marj Button,Tom Kudelka, Mary Vindin, 
                                                   Brent Campbell (Carol Dobbin, Barbara Evans, Bruce McComb)
    Red Section: MCC 4: Gail Plunkett, Glenda Burt, Mary Vindin, Helen Worladge (Bruce McComb)

    Spring Pennant

    The MCC are setting out to defend their three pennant wins in 2011, with wins in divisions 1, 2 & 3 last year. This year the MCC will field a total of six teams across all divisions.

    Division 1: Bruce McComb, Captain - Patrick Moore.
    Division 2: Reen Hancorne, Captain - Tom Kudelka
    Division 3: (A) Jane Waters, Captain - Sas Derham
                      (B) Glenda Burt, Captain - Colin Melville
    Division 4: (A) Gail Plunkett, Captain - Mary Vindin
                      (B) Cath Symons, Captain - Charles Davis

    Individual Achievements for 2012

    Tom Kudelka:

    Winner Rich River Anzac Classic
    Runner-up - Ivanhoe Division 3 Golf Croquet
    Winner Division 3 MCC

    John van Der Touw:

    Winner Williamstown Golf Croquet Open Singles
    Winner Victorian section Australian Golf Croquet Bronze Medal
    Winner Ivanhoe Park Golf Croquet 
    Winner Australia Day Golf Croquet Tournament (0-5) Cairnlea
    Winner Australian Open Golf Croquet  Doubles
    Winner Australian Open Golf Croquet Singles
    Australian Team World Golf Croquet Championships in South Africa.

    Adrian Palmer:

    Runner-up Division 1 Rich River Anzac Classic
    Winner Division 1A MCC

    Glenda Burt:

    Winner Monash Club Championship Division 4

    Gail Plunkett:

    Runner Up - Division 4 MCC

    Patrick Moore:

    Runner Up - Division 1B MCC

    Bruce McComb:

    Winner - Division 2 MCC


    2011 Highlights

    It was most certainly a year to rejoice. We had teams in all four divisions of association croquet and golf croquet. It was the first time the section fielded a golf croquet team and the first time we have had representation in all four divisions of association croquet.
    An exceptional Christmas lunch saw over 60% of the membership present, and $520 was raised for charity.

    A special meeting of members unanimously voted in favor of a changed end of financial year to July 31.

    Spring Pennant 2011

    MCC fielded five teams including Division 1 for the first time, with great success:
    Division 1: First - Bruce McComb, Patrick Moore, (John van der Touw, Adrian Palmer, Graham Fahey).
    Division 2: First - Reen Hancorne, Walter Runciman (Gavan Woinarski).
    Division 3: First - Jane Waters, Sas Derham (Betty Silverson, June Holyman).
    Division 4: Second - Mary Vindin. Colin Melville (Gail Plunkett, Marg Tomlinson, Barbara Evans).

    This was truly a magnificent effort from those who have played and those who have coached our teams. We also need to thank our many referees and umpires who oversaw many of these matches.

    Club Champions 2011

                              Winner                  Runner-up
    Division 1        
    Allan Cleland            Adrian Palmer
    Division 2        Graham Fahey          Reen Hancorne
    Division 3        Hilary Elliott                Ruth Firkin
    Division 4       Catherine Symons    Helen Worladge

    Golf Croquet      Winner                     Runner-up
    Division 1       John van der Touw        Adrian Palmer 
    Division 2        
    Catherine Symons         Helen Worladge
    Division 3          Colin Melville               Di Refshauge

    Individual Achievements for 2011

    Golf Croquet

    John van der Touw

    • Winner Australia Day Tournament, range 0-5
    • Runner Up VCA Open Singles, range 0-12
    • Winner Handicap Doubles, range 0-12
    • Runner Up Australian Championships, range 0-5
    • Runner Up World Championships Plate, range 0-5
    • Winner VCA Regional Championships, range 0-5 

    Association Croquet

    John van der Touw:

    • Runner up VCA handicap championship, range 2-5.
    • Runner up VCA bronze shield, range 3−9.
    • Runner up silver medal, range 0-6.

    Glenda Burt:

    • Runner up VCA handicap championships, range 16-20.

    Reen Hancorne:

    • Winner VCA divisional championships, range 9-14 (Tregallis Medal).
    • Winner Brighton tournament range 6-11.

    Graham Fahey:

    • Runner up bronze medal, range 7-12.
    • Winner Victoria handicap championship, range 7-9.
    • Winner Ringwood tournament, range 7-11.

    Tom Kudelka:

    • Runner up Traralgon tournament, range 12-16.
    • Runner up Leongatha tournament, range 11-16.
    • Winner Rich River doubles, range 0.5-20.
    • Winner Rich River singles, range 3-20.
    • Runner up ringwood, range 12-16.

    Adrian Palmer:

    • Winner state squad doubles range −3-6.

    MCC Annual Tournament - Member Results

    Division               Winner                     Runner Up
    4   (18-20)           Tom Kudelka               Jane Waters
    2   (8-11)            Bruce McComb              Graham Fahey
    1b (3-7)                        -                    John van der Touw



    Pennant Results
    Seventeen players competed across all divisions in each season.

    Division 2 - Runners up - Bruce McComb, Patrick Moore (John van der Touw, Gavan Woinarski).

    Division 2 - Runners up - Bruce McComb, Sas Derham (Walter Runciman).
    Division 4 - Runners up - Gail Plunkett, Tom Kudelka, Colin Melville (Marg Tomlinson, June Holyman).

    Club Champions 2010
                                Association                  Golf
    Division 1            Allan Cleland          Adrian Palmer
    Division 2            Graham Fahey      Catherine Symons
    Division 3             Hilary Elliott            Tom Kudelka
    Division 4          Catherine Symons

    MCC Association Croquet Tournament 2010

    Firty-six players from 16 different clubs from around Victoria competed in the annual event.

    Division 1 - Simon Watkins (Brighton CC) was undefeated.
                       Grant Marlor (Dandenong CC), with only one loss, came runner-up
                       Allan Cleland (MCC CC) finished in third place.
    Division 2 - Don Ashton (Sandringham CC) defeated John Grieve (Williamstown CC).
    Division 3 - Chas Quin (Brunswick CC) defeated Rex Cairns (Essendon CC).
    Division 4 - Julie Adams (Sandringham CC) defeated Len Twigg from (Williamstown CC).


    2010 Season Opening

    July 31 saw Peter Mitchell, Chairman of the MCC Sporting Sections, open the MCC Croquet Section season by running the first hoop. Robert Rouch, Chairman of the MCC Bowls Section was also in attendance.

    Members from nine surrounding croquet clubs also joined us in celebrating our season opener. It was done in the usual manner with various people running the 11 hoops after Peter made the first hoop. 

    Peter Antonie, Olympic gold medallist oarsman, then pegged out for us and announced the teams for the Spring/Summer Pennant which are as follows:
    Division 1 - John van der Touw and Patrick Moore.
    Division 2 - Sas Derham and Bruce McComb.
    Division 4 Gold - Helen Worladge, Colin Harper and Xandra Macmillan.
    Division 4 Green – Gail Plunkett, Colin Melville and Tom Kudelka.

    After the opening, which was attended by over 50 people, many stayed on to play and both Peter Mitchell and Peter Antonie managed the incredible feat in hitting a ball over another ball to make a hoop!  We certainly look forward to recruiting both of them into the MCC Croquet Section. 


    Club Champions 
                            Association                  Golf
    Division 1
            Allan Cleland            Adrian Palmer
    Division 2       Graham Fahey  
    Division 3       Bruce McComb   
    Division 4       Brent Campbell


    The croquet section welcomes new members. There is a program of beginner lessons offered, after which players are able to join the section. Members of the MCC enjoy reduced fees.


    Please direct membership enquiries to


    Chairperson's Report - 2010 AGM

    Members' booklet - useful information for MCC Croquet Section members.

    Croquet Section NewsletterFebruary 2012
                                                        - February 2010
                                                        - September 2009

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