The 2023 retraVision Over 50's Golf Croquet World Championship was held in Western Australia between Saturday 14th October 2023 to Saturday 21st October 2023 at two venues, the Moorabinda Croquet Club (MCC) and the Bunbury Tennis Club (BTC).
Congratulations to Champion Ahmed El Mahdy from Egypt.
Ahmed won the GC World Championship in 2015 and now adds the retraVision Over 50's to his impressive list of titles. Showing strong form throughout the Championship, Ahmed beat fellow Egyptian Omar Fahmy in 3 straight games in the semi-finals with barely a clearance missed. In the other side of the draw Jenny Clarke from New Zealand won through to the final by beating Jeff Newcombe, one of the qualifiers better known for being a long-term top 50 AC player.
Jenny took the first game of the best of five final 7:5 with good clearing and some excellent hoop shots. However, Ahmed settled in patiently and his long hoops and accurate clearing were too strong, and he won the next three games.
The Plate was won by Brett McHardy, from Australian who beat Steinar Olsen from Norway 2:1 in the final.
In the Bowl, Australian Pete Landrebe came through 7:5 7:5 against Stephen Mulliner.
Torben Bak, another qualifier who did well in the main event, reaching the last 16, made it to the final of the Shield but lost to Barry Jennings, also Australian.
The WCF should like to thank the ACA for hosting the Championship. Special thanks go to the Moorabinda Croquet Club and the Bunbury Tennis Club for the use of their excellent lawns. Our thanks also to the Manager Chris Clarke and to Director Max Kewish and to the many other officials and volunteers who organised the event.
Full results can be found on 2023 retraVision Over 50's World Championship Results
The 2023 retraVision Over 50's Golf Croquet World Championship will be held in Western Australia between Saturday 14th October 2023 to Saturday 21st October 2023.
It will be held at two venues, the Moorabinda Croquet Club (MCC) and the Bunbury Tennis Club (BTC). There are six courts at Moorabinda and 2 at the Bunbury club.
The Event capacity is 48 players.
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Age Restriction! Members and Players are reminded that all entrants for this event must be 50 or over on the start date of the event. “Sports Regulations - Clause 5.1.6. A player may compete in an Event subject to a minimum age limit if they have attained the minimum age on the first day of the Event.”
The entry fee for this event is £136 per player. This is based on a rate of £17 per player per day for 8 days.
There will two qualifying tournaments:
- Western Australia, Cambridge Croquet Club, Sunday 8th October to Wednesday 11th October 2023. Download the pdf for information on how to enter: 2023 Over 50 GC Qualifier Flier - Cambridge
- Eastern Australia ,Cairnlea Victoria, Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th September 2023. Download the pdf for information on how to enter: 2023 Over 50 GC Qualifier Flier - Cairnlea
If extra places for the main event become available after the main cut-off date of 27th August, then these will all come from the West Coast qualifier.
West coast final qualifier closing date 23rd September.
Main Event Format
The 48 players will form 8 blocks of 6 players. Top 4 from each block advance to the Knock-Out Stage.
All matches in the Block Stage and Knock-Out Stage will be best of 3 games (except for later rounds of Knock-Out Stage), single-banked and played without time limits subject to Sports Regulations 7.2 and 9.4 in emergencies.
The semi-finals and final will be best of five games. The quarter-final at managers discretion.
The Plate, The Bowl and the Shield will be played in accordance with WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 8 paragraph 2, 4 and 5 respectively.
Hours of play: Play will commence at 8.30 am and continue until around 6.00pm. However, all courts are floodlit so play may continue after dark at manager's discretion.
Hoops: Quadway hoops will be used.
Balls: Dawson balls will be used.
Practice: players wishing to practise before the event starts will be welcome on Thursday 12th October 2023 & Friday 13th October 2023. Details to follow.
Welcome Ceremony: Friday 13th October 2023.
Championship Dinner: Saturday 21st October 2023. Players to purchase tickets.
Award Ceremony: Saturday 21st October 2023 immediately following conclusion of final.
Accommodation and Travel:
Information will be available on the event website early in 2023.
Internet, publicity and Communications
Wireless internet connections will be available. Live streaming is expected to be arranged on the last two days. A dedicated website for the event will be available a few months before the event starts.
The events key dates are below:
Main Event Dates
15 January 2023
This is the date that Members will be formally invited to send players to participate in this event.
15 March 2023
This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking and Wild Card places must have been received by the WCF Management Committee. Members must also specify the number of Membership Places they wish to take up and RCO's should advise if they would like to request a Membership Place.
29 March 2023
The World Ranking List to be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places is that published at the end of the Allocation Date.
12 April 2023
By this date the breakdown of places will be advised and players awarded an Initial Ranking Place or Wild Card will be announced.
12 May 2023
This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places. Within 1 to 2 days the MC will announce recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places.
Player Contact Details & Bios
10 June 2023
This is the date by which players are asked to provide their contact details, bio's and a headshot photo.
Entry Fee Due Date
12 June 2023
Per Sports Regn Appendix 2 6.1. Any players awarded a place on the Announcement Date will lose their place if they have not paid by this date.
Main Event Cut-off Date
27 August 2023
This is the date after which returned places are generally filled by creating extra Qualifier Places instead of Replacement Ranking Places.
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