2022 AC World Teams Championship – Budleigh Salterton, Devon 9-14 August (updated)

Budleigh Salterton Club, venue for the AC World Teams Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3.

*Post updated 20th June*

There are 9 teams who have confirmed they wish to compete and who have paid their entry fees. These are Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and Wales. With 9 teams entering we will have three tiers: 2.1, 2.2 and 3.

Tier 2.1
Wales, Scotland and Ireland will be joined by a fourth team, decided by a play-off on Monday 8th August between Sweden and Canada. When this event was last played in 2017 their match to decide the winner of Tier 2.2 was left unfinished, so this play-off is to establish which of the two teams will be promoted into Tier 2.1. Thank you to both teams for agreeing to play this extra day.

Tiers 2.2 and 3
The remaining five teams will initially be grouped together and then split into tiers 2.2 and 3 halfway through, based on performance.

Full details regarding the format of the event will be included in the Event Regulations which will be published later this year.

At this time there is no expectation that the event will be disrupted due to Covid.

Planning for this event is on-going with the Budleigh Salterton Club and English Croquet Association.

ERC Meeting 4: Summary

Summary of the meeting of the ERC held on 8th June 2022

The key items discussed were:

Current events
- The European Championship at Budleigh Salterton Devon was successfully held. Winner Aston Wade from England.
- The European Women's Championship is full. The trophy has been agreed and ordered.

Forward 5 year European Calendar
- The forward calendar is now ready for publication. Since the meeting this has been published on this website.
- Number of players for each event will depend on the hosts and number of lawns.

European Club League
See Meeting 3 for launch info relating to this new event. The meeting discussed some fine points in relation to the rules. It is expected that these will be finalised within the next few days, at which point the new league will be formally announced.

European Team Championship AC+GC - August 2023
It is proposed to restart this event which has lapsed in recent years. The format will still be a mix of GC and AC.  The format proposed is for 10-16 teams, over 3 or 4 days. The size of the event may depend on lawn availability, which would optimally be 10. Conversations with potential clubs have been initiated. We hope to hold it in Cheltenham in August 2023. Since the meeting Cheltenham have initially confirmed interest in hosting this - to be confirmed.

General procedure of finding a host of an ERC event
It was agreed that the WCF Event Regulations provide a very formal procedure to find a host. It was agreed to follow these rules as much as possible but not strictly.

Event budget principles
It was agreed to follow the usual WCF procedure that players pay to the WCF, and WCF pays to the Host which is a national CGB.

AOB
Discussion about the design of the forward event calendar
Robert will send a draft to Debbie Lines for publishing. Before publishing Robert will send it to the members. Together with the calendar, members will receive an invitation to consider the hosting of future events.

The next ERC meeting will be held on July 5th 7pm UK

 

2023 AC Women’s World Championship Entry Information

The 2023 AC Women's World Championship will be held between 7 - 14 January 2023 at several clubs in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand, head-quartered at the United Croquet Club.

Main Event
The event capacity is 40 players. The entry fee for successful entrants will be £96.00.

Format
Block play:    4 blocks of 10 players playing single games over 3 days.  The top 4 in each block will qualify for the Knock-Out Stage.
The blocks will rotate around the venues.

Knock-Out:   The Knock-Out Stage will comprise 16 players.  Seeding will be Grade-Based Seeding in accordance with Appendix 7 Section A of the WCF Sports Regulations.

Round 1 will consist of matches of best-of-three games. The quarter-finals will consist of matches of best-of-three or best-of-five games at the discretion of the Tournament Manager.  The semi-finals and final will consist of matches of best-of-five games if time permits.

Plate:   Entry will be open to those that do not qualify for the Championship Knock-Out Stage.  It will consist of block play and matches will be single games.  It will be followed by a knock-out stage of at least semi-finals and a final which will consist of matches of  best-of-three games.

Bowl:  Entry will be open to the 1st round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Shield:  Entry will be open to the 2nd round losers in the Knock-Out Stage.  It will be a knock-out event and matches will be best-of-three games.

Venues:  All Knock-Out main event matches will be played at the United Croquet Club, Christchurch.

Day 4:   This day will be reserved for block play-offs and if possible, the Plate block games will be started  at the other venues.

Use of double banking: the main event Knock-Out will be single-banked, apart from the first round.  The main event blocks will be double banked and other events will depend on detailed schedules. The Manager will have the right to double bank as necessary in order to ensure the tournament stays on schedule.

Qualifying Tournament
The Qualifying Tournament will be held in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand (venue tbc) between 3 - 5 January 2023. Further details to follow.

Entry Method Main Event
Players should submit their availability to their Member Governing Body in accordance with their published entry method. Any applicants from non-Member countries should email their availability, by the response date, to secretary@worldcroquet.org.

Player Information
Successful entrants should note that contact details, a photograph and a short bio for the programme, must be provided to the Secretary-General as per the published timetable.

Main Event Key Dates

Invitation Date

01/06/2022

This is the date that Members will be formally invited to send players to participate in this event.

Response Date

13/07/2022

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.

Allocation Date

28/07/2022

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. (Note: 1).

Announcment Date

11/08/2022

MC announces recipients of Ranking Places and Wild Card Places. This is also the date that a pandemic final Go/No Go decision will be made, should it be necessary.

Closing Date

11/09/2022

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 Information Due Date

10/10/2022

This is the date by which players are asked to provide their contact details, bio's and a headshot proto

Entry Fee Due Date

12/10/2022

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

22/11/2022

This is the date after which returned places are generally filled by creating extra Qualifier Places instead of Replacement Ranking Places.

Qualifer Key Dates

Qualifier Entries open

tbc

Further information on how to enter will follow shortly

Qualifier Allocation Date

03/11/2022

Entries received by this date will be accepted in ranking position order as shown in the Qualifier Ranking List.

Qualifier Closing Date

20/12/2022

Last date any players will be accepted into this event.

Key Personnel

Tournament Director

Owen Evans

Tournament Manager

Chris Clarke

WCF Event Lead

Graeme Roberts

Tournament Referee

Graeme Roberts

Pandemic
There is still some risk that travel or other restrictions arising as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic may cause the cancellation of the Event, although this is not anticipated unless the global situation changes. Players are advised that any expenditure incurred is at their own risk.

Players will be expected to comply with whatever rules the government and/or Croquet New Zealand have in place.

Further information about the event, including the venues, local accommodation and attractions, transport links, the event timetable (including social events) and any other relevant information, will be published nearer the start date.

European GC Open Championships: Winner Aston Wade

Congratulations to Aston Wade, winner of the 2022 European GC Open Championship.

The  European Golf Croquet Championship took place in Budleigh Salterton, Devon between Thursday 26 May to Sunday 29 May.

Aston beat Rachel Gee 7:3, 7:2 in the final.

Aston Wade is presented with the trophy by Roberts Stafeckis, Chair of the European Regional Committee of the WCF

For full results go to Croquetscores.com 2022 European GC Open Championship Results

ERC Meeting 3: Summary

Communiqué of the meeting of the ERC held on 17th May 2022

The key items discussed were:

Current events
- Roberts updated that all is ready for the European Open  at Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England which starts on Thursday 26th May
- The European Women's Championship has one space left which will be advertised.

Forward 5 year European Calendar
- The draft was approved. This will be published after the WCF World Calendar is finalised in early June. This to ensure no clashes with the final programme.
- Number of players for each event will depend on the hosts and number of lawns.

European Club League
- This new event will invite club teams from around Europe to play against each other. Some matches are planned for this year with a full roll-out and grand finals weekend to be held October 2023 in Madrid.
- The two dates scheduled for teams to participate during the first stage this year are: 10-11 September 2022 and 17-18 September 2022.
- The entry fees will be €60 per team (or £50). Teams will be composed of 4 players.
Full notification and Invitation to compete will be sent out shortly

Young Players Survey
- It was agreed to survey European Members to determine how many young players they have and how they are supported and encouraged.

Next meeting of the committee: 8th June.

 

Players for the 2022 Women’s European Championship – Latvia

The current entry for this event is 27 players and they have all paid. There is one space, please contact Roberts Stafeckis if you wish to apply.

Michelle Leonard, England
Glynis Davies, England
Ulrike Potratz, Germany
Inken Gattermann, Germany
Jane Morrison, Ireland
Patricia Whitty, Ireland
Celine Reilly, Ireland
Silvija Freimane, Latvia
Aija Usane, Latvia
Liga Usane, Latvia
Jolanta Stafecka, Latvia
Sabine Martinsone, Latvia
Tania Varsa, Latvia
Begona Elzaburu, Spain
Paz Gonzalez De Aguilar, Spain
Rosario Garcia-Zozaya, Spain
Maria Gema Pombo, Spain
Maria Eugenia Ortiz, Spain
Maria Jose Montojo, Spain
Belen Diaz De Bustamante, Spain
Paloma Vermenouze, Spain
Enriqueta Cuartero, Spain
Ana Caicoya, Spain
Jasmine Rule, Sweden
Simone Huber, Switzerland
Kerstin Loretz, Switzerland
Edit Nemeth, Switzerland

2022 MacRobertson Shield – an article by Chris Clarke

The MacRobertson Shield, Tier 1 of the AC World Teams Championship, is due to take place this November in Melbourne.

Please follow this link to go to the Event Page where an interesting article, written by Chris Clarke, and giving his preview of the four teams, can now be read.

2022 MacRobertson Shield

 

Thank you to Chris for agreeing to share his article with the wider croquet community via this website.

2022 GC WC Member Places Announced

The closing date for Members to nominate players for their Membership places was 8th May. All Members have nominated valid players for their Membership places.

The file below shows these 38 players and also the previously awarded Ranking and Wild Card Places. The player lists are displayed in various orders for ease of use. It also includes the 70 players currently on the Replacement Ranking List.

2022 GC WC Places 8.5.22

There are four places remaining which will be awarded to the qualifiers from the Qualification Event. The closing date for entries to the qualifier, (enter online via the English Croquet Association website), is 25th May 2022.

Player Information

The following information is requested from all the above competing players by 8th June 2022 (or sooner if available).

    • A recent photograph (ideally headshot)
    • One or two paragraphs of biographical details
    • Any food allergies (so we can notify the club catering team)
    • Contact email and mobile phone numbers for during the event (for use by the Tournament Manager

Please note, the photo and bio may be published on the event website and on the WCF website. Some live filming by the Croquet Association may take place during the event, and press may be present taking photographs. Players should note that their results will be published on Croquet Scores. The contact details will be held by the WCF Secretary-General and Tournament Manager only and deleted after the event in line with data protection and privacy best practice.

Entry Fees

These are due by 10th June at the latest. Please pay by bank transfer if  possible, this will avoid costly PayPal charges. Players should be notified how to pay in this way by their Member.

Withdrawals

If for any reason a player cannot now take up their place, please notify me as soon as possible so that a replacement can be found. Per the Sports Regulations, the following process is followed in the event of a withdrawal:

Players who have received a Membership Place: when a player withdraws, the Member has 14 days to nominate a replacement; if no player is nominated a Replacement Ranking Place is awarded. If the 14 days expires before the Qualifier closing date of 10/07/2022 the place becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

Withdrawal by a player who received a Ranking or Wild Card place: when a player withdraws, if this is before the Qualifier closing date, then the next most highly ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list on that date will be offered the place.

After the Qualifier Closing date, all withdrawals from the main event become extra qualifiers from the Qualification tournament.

Further details regarding the venue and programme, will be published on the WCF website and on the Championship website over the coming weeks.

2022 Golf Croquet World Championship – Entry Fees

Players who have been notified that they have received a place in the upcoming World Championship need to pay their entry fees of £108 by 10th June 2022 at the latest.

Per WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 6, players who fail to pay by the due date will lose their place. The relevant sections of the regulation are below for your information:

6.1 Subject to paragraph 6.2, failure to pay the entry fee by the due date will lead to automatic disqualification and the place will be filled in accordance with paragraph 7.

6.2 Before disqualifying a player for failing to pay their entry fee on time, at least two reminders must have been sent to the Member which nominated the player and all reasonable efforts must have been made to contact the player directly.

Successful players from the Qualifier, must pay as soon as possible after qualifying.

All players who can pay by Bank to Bank transfer are encouraged to do so. Instructions are included in each players announcement notification email. This avoids the WCF incurring costly PayPal fees.

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