2023 WACWC Current List of Players *Updated 6.12.22*

As at 6.12.22

The current list of 34 players is 2023 WACWC Player List 6.12.22

A further 6 places will come from the Qualifier. To enter the Qualifier please see post 2023 AC Women's Qualifier - How to Enter

 

Change History:

12.10.22 - Following a withdrawal, Marion McInnes from New Zealand has now been offered, and accepted, a Replacement Ranking Place.

16.10.22 - Following a withdrawal, Phyllis Young from New Zealand has now been offered, and accepted, a Replacement Ranking Place.

4.12.22 - Following 2 withdrawals, 6 places are now available from the Qualification Event.

 

Khaled Younis

Hall of Fame

Khaled Younis
Inducted: 2022

During the late 70s while still a teenager, Khaled Younis started playing croquet at Zamalek, a club known for its strong croquet traditions. Khaled has always been a gifted athlete. Before croquet, he was considered one of Egypt’s top young field hockey players. He excelled in football, table tennis, snooker among many other games. In croquet, Khaled found his life passion.

As soon as he made the first team of Zamalek Club, it became clear that the sky was the limit for his talent. Practicing and competing against to Egyptian players, Khaled’s game showed strength with unmatched grace and elegance. His fine touch allowed him to adopt a playing style that was a mix of power and finesse. It did not take long before Khaled started to garner national championships in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and club league. In league competitions, Khaled’s calm demeanor and superior tactics earned him the status of the top mixed doubles specialist.

When the WCF Golf Croquet World Championships started, Khaled was the champion of the inaugural event in 1996 in Italy. He won the title again in 1998 and 2002 to hold the record of 3 single open GC World Championships. (A record that is still standing for 20 years at the time these words are written in July 2022)

Competing at the international level allowed the world to see Khaled as a true ambassador of the game and a master who showcased his talent with grace and class.

In 2005, recognizing Khaled’s mastery of the game, the Egyptian Croquet Federation appointed him as the national head coach/technical manager. In 2011, a serious car accident that resulted in a hip fracture prevented Khaled from competing in the World Championship that was held in London. He still travelled with the team and performed his duties coaching the Egyptian team, while wheelchair-bound. After his full recovery, Khaled decided to retire from competitive croquet and dedicate his time to coaching the Egyptian teams. During his tenure, Egypt won the Team World Championship and a few of the Egyptian players he coached won open, women’s and under 21 world titles.

Khaled was one of the first players in Egypt to take on the role of a “coach” professionally with Shooting Club and later with Shams Club. In 2020, he was recruited to start a croquet academy for the newly built croquet facility at the Air Force Club. Everywhere Khaled went, a culture of winning was established. Khaled’s accomplishments in croquet go beyond the championships he won individually or as a technical manager. He is one of the most beloved and respected figures in the game in Egypt and internationally.

In addition to participating in world events, Khaled played an integral role in promoting Golf Croquet internationally. In 1999, he traveled with a group of Egyptian players to Los Angeles California, USA and competed in the Beverly Hills International, the first international GC event in North America. This event is considered the birth of GC in America. Khaled won the event. He returned to America twice; in 2000 to win the US GC national championship in Palm Beach, Florida and in 2002 to win his 3rd world title at the National Croquet Center in Palm Beach Florida. His world championship final game against Salah Hassan in 2002 will remain as one of the top tactical GC world finals to have been played. These 3 US events planted the seed for GC in America. Khaled’s work on promoting the game internationally was not limited to the United States. He was invited to conduct Golf Croquet clinics at the Ripon Spa Hotel in Yorkshire, England.
Furthermore, in his current work at the Air Force Croquet Academy, Khaled is breaking barriers and opening the doors to everyone including individuals with special needs and young children. A great reminder that our game is better when it becomes more about lifting spirits than lifting trophies.

Geoff Young

Hall of Fame

Geoff Young
Inducted: 2022

Geoff has been a dedicated servant to the game of croquet for almost 40 years.  His contributions to croquet administration at all levels, from club through to the World Croquet Federation, makes Geoff an excellent candidate for induction into the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame.

Overview:
Geoff’s “croquet life” began in 1984 when he joined Morrinsville Croquet Club in Thames Valley, his club to this day.  Since then, his love of the game and desire to ensure that the game is well run and accessible for everyone have led to countless hours of volunteering through to this day.

Club:
Since joining Morrinsville Croquet Club, Geoff spent ten years as the club treasurer.  Geoff has had a positive influence in his club.  He has encouraged players to do their best.  He is also one who doesn’t hesitate to help when needed.

Association:
For the Thames Valley Croquet Association, Geoff has held almost every position available at some point in time.  He has served as President, Treasurer, Handicapper, Referee, Examining Referee, Selector, Event co-ordinator and delegate to CNZ AGM’s.

However, Geoff’s legacy with the Association stretches beyond simply holding positions and making sure everything is ‘ticking-over’.  Through Geoff’s dedication and hard work, The Midland League was established in 2006.  This League is an interclub competition contested by 24 teams from Thames Valley and Waikato-King Country Clubs (originally including Bay of Plenty as well).

Wanting to provide more competition for the Northern Region, Geoff was instrumental in setting up the UNITE competition which has been a strong competition for more than 20 years with all the association clubs participating.

National:
Having contributed enormously to the local game in Thames Valley, Geoff’s first taste of National administration came in 1989 when he was co-opted onto the CNZ Finance Committee, a position he held until 1994.

Geoff was elected as a Councillor on Croquet New Zealand’s Executive in 1993, which he served for the maximum term until 1997.  Still wanting to contribute to the furtherment of Croquet New Zealand, Geoff served one term as President from 1997 to 1999.

Geoff was a part of the inaugural GC Selection Panel and is currently on the CNZ Laws Committee.

Additionally, Geoff has managed countless National tournaments.

Geoff was made a Life Member of Croquet New Zealand in October 2019.

International:
In 2015, Geoff was elected to the World Croquet Federation’s Management Committee where he served his three-year term.  Upon completion of this initial term, Geoff was re-elected in November 2017 to serve another term after which Geoff stepped down.

Because of Geoff’s years of managing national tournaments, he was selected to manage four World Championships with the most recent being the Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship in February 2019 held in New Zealand.

Geoff Young has given to the croquet community for more than 35 years and taken leadership roles at all levels to help improve the sport.  He continues to contribute to croquet and is always willing to help when needed.

Joe Hogan

Hall of Fame

Joe Hogan
Inducted: 2022

Joe came to croquet along with a group of teenagers in the Gisborne area in the 1970s. Gisborne was a fertile seedbed for young people to take up and develop in the game of croquet. Joe Hogan was surrounded by people who enjoyed their croquet at different levels and abilities. Playing croquet was fun. The group was tutored and encouraged in the sport by Mr and Mrs R A Clarke, parents of Richard and Judith, who all played at the Barry Memorial Croquet Club. The BMCC club members made for a positive place for the younger ones to feel welcome and accepted. These young players achieved various levels of local and national success in the 1970’s before choosing to take up other activities. Judith Clarke won the NZ Womens at the age of 16, Ross Smith won the NZ Levels Singles and, with Paul Stuart, took out the NZ Levels doubles, and Peter Adsett won the NZ Mens Singles after only playing Croquet for just over 2 years, having to beat John Prince on the way through. Joe Hogan and Richard Clarke, along with other BMCC and Gisborne Croquet Club players, Allen and Cliff Anderson reached the dizzy standards asked for being a member of the MacRobertson Shield team. Cliff Anderson captained New Zealand’s 1974 Mac Robertson Shield team in which his son, Allen, was also a member . In 1974 Allen was runner up to Nigel Aspinall in the British Open Singles. Richard Clarke played for New Zealand in 1982 but has since moved on to playing and coaching Hockey.

During the late 1970s and 1980s Joe was a major force to be reckoned with on the lawn and vied with Bob Jackson, in 1986 and 1988 and then with Robert Fulford in 1990 to win his three Open Singles titles.  On the other side of the world, he won the British Open Singles, beating Bob Jackson for the title in 1986 and Mark Avery in 1989, the year he also won the British Open doubles partnering Bob Jackson.

In February 1990, he won the World Croquet Federation Championships Singles, the British and New Zealand open singles, the British and New Zealand open doubles titles (both of the latter with Bob Jackson), the NZ Men’s and Mixed Doubles titles and was widely regarded as the best player in the world. He partnered Bob to win 9 NZ Doubles Championships between 1979 and 1990 and also won the title with Aaron Westerby in 1991.

Joe became a builder but was then destined for the priesthood, training towards that vocation while playing croquet at national and international level.  He was ordained but found the monastic life was not for him and he chose to leave the priesthood and return to carpentry.  In 1991-92 Joe met and married Robyn MacKenzie and they have three children – Sam, Mary and Matthew.  Joe developed his building skills into a qualified teaching career, spending 12 years at a college and the Technical Institute in Gisborne  In 2015 he returned to building.

Joe has chosen to concentrate on his family in recent years but he does come forward at times with little practice but much success.  When the WCF Association Croquet World Championships were held in New Zealand for the first time, in Wellington in 2002, Joe entered the qualification tournament and was successful in gaining entry to the Championship.  He then qualified from his block, and defeated the World number 3 in straight games in the knock-out before losing in the last 16 to Ronan McInerney of Ireland.  Joe qualified for consideration for the MacRobertson Shield team in 2010.  He won the Heenan Plate in 2013 on the occasion of the centenary of the Open Championships in Christchurch, the only time since he began competing in 1978 that he had qualified to play in the Plate.

In 2017, he once again played in the MacRobertson Shield, 38 years after his debut in the event, providing the crucial win to beat the USA 11-10 in a doubles match with partner Chris Shilling that needed three days to complete. Playing with his old wooden 9 inch mallet, he was able to play extreme stop shots that were the envy of modern players.

Joe wishes to acknowledge with gratitude the many people who have influenced his game over the years.  Two in particular stand out for him: first, the ever-consistent Bob Jackson, who he had to either get past or partner to achieve title successes.  Secondly, in terms of the attitude and tactics to be used in Test Matches, Roger Murfitt of Christchurch.  Roger and Joe successfully held the number 3 test doubles combination for NZ in the 1979, ’82, ’86 and the beginning of the 1990 MacRobertson Test series.  Joe considers Roger has one of the best tactical minds for Test croquet.

List of Achievements:
MacRobertson Shield Team 1979, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2017
1989 World Croquet Federation World Champion (Inaugural event)
Trans-Tasman Open Croquet Test 1994
NZ Representative Matches : 1982 – Australia & England, 1986     England
1986 The Croquet Association (CA) (England) Silver Medal
The CA (England) Open Champion  1986, 1989
The CA (England) Open Championship Doubles with R V Jackson  1989
NZ Open Champion 1986, 1988, 1990,
Runner-up 1978-79, 1985, 1991
Heenan Plate 2013
NZ Men’s Champion 1981 1989, 1990, 1991
NZ Championship Doubles: 1979-82 with R V Jackson, 1985 – 88 with R V Jackson, 1990 with R V Jackson, 1991 with A Westerby
NZ Mixed Doubles: 1990 with Miss D Cornelius (England), North Island Open Champion 1976, 1981, 1982, North Island Men’s Champion 1982
North Island Open Doubles: 1982 with R Duncan, South Island Open Champion 1985, 1986
South Island Men’s Champion 1984, 1985
South Island Open Doubles: 1985-86 with R J Murfitt

 

 

 

 

 

2022 AC World Team Championship Tier 1: Champion England

England Win the MacRobertson Shield

The England team put up a fantastic performance in Australia to triumph in the MacRobertson Shield winning all three tests against the other nations.

The Croquet World Team Championships are a gruelling three-week test of stamina and skill and this series has been extremely challenging. The teams were all very evenly matched and the lawn conditions difficult with tight hoops and high winds effecting play. This led to fewer peeling turns than we might have expected, but some interesting and interactive matches.

Going into the final day the English team were in a commanding position, leading Australia 10 to 5 and needing just one match win to take home the trophy. However, it’s never easy to cross the line, and memories from 2010 will have kept tension high, it took the then British team to the final game to win. However, Mark Avery the most experienced of the English players, and playing in his fifth test series, didn’t hang around. A quick player, he beat Australia’s Edward Wilson in 2 straight games, the first match to finish of the day.

Mark and Jamie were the stars of the English team with just one match loss between them across the whole series. Jamie is only the second player in history known to have won all his matches throughout the series, both doubles and singles.

Congratulations and well played to all the England Team. Great to have a World Cup win for England.

Final score: England win 3 out of 3 tests, beating USA 16:5, New Zealand 11:10 and the final score against Australia was 13:7. New Zealand beat the USA 8:5 to come third.

The event was filmed every day by 'MySportLive' and the videos can be watched in full on their site. To see highlights go to the WCF YouTube Channel and select the 2022 MacRobertson Shield Playlist.

For background and articles, visit the The MacRobertson Shield Facebook page
For a blog, schedules and team details, visit the The MacRobertson Shield Website

And Full Results can be found on CroquetScores

Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers who helped to make this event such a success. Your efforts are very much appreciated by the whole croquet community.

The 2022 England Team with the MacRobertson Shield
The England Team celebrate their win [Left to right: Harry Fisher, James Death, Jamie Burch, Samir Patel, Christian Carter and Mark Avery)

Mark Avery on his way to rover as he seals the 11th win

Mark and Jamie celebrate their 9 out 9 Doubles Match wins.

ERC Meeting 8: Summary

Summary of the meeting of the ERC held on 7th November 2022

Present: Roberts Stafeckis, Debbie Lines, Ian Burridge, Peter Payne, Begoña Elzaburu, Andrés Álvarez-Sala, John Swabey

ERC events 2023

a) Event agreements for the 2023 Teams Championship and 2023 Singles Championship are with their respective hosts for signature (Cheltenham and Budleigh).

b) Singles Championship

i) allocation principles. It is proposed to have a cap of 5 players per country, to avoid swamping with English / Spanish players. Ian to draft wording.
ii) Event Lead Ian Burridge

c) Team Championship

i) Squad size. Squad to be up to 5 players
ii) Cheltenham are happy to host coaching the day before the event. Funding still an open issue. Sarah Hayes happy to do AC coaching also the day before the Team event
iii) Event Lead Andrés

d) U21 Event, Latvia.

i) Format - to have maximum 28 players (4 blocks of 7)
ii) Potentiallly Begoña - tbc

ERC Budget

Overall budget for trophies to be 270 euro.

Team Championship trophy is with Tony Le Moignan. TBD whether Peter can pick it up or Gavin bring it to the Inter-Counties tournament in England, or get it couriered.

U21 should have a perpetual trophy (not too expensive?) plus a personal memento for the winner. Suggestions invited

European Clubs League

a) Grand Final … Madrid still doesn’t know if it will get local authority permit for extra lawns. Andrés to ask Madrid same question about hosting if delayed till 2024

b) last weekend’s event in Portugal was won by Roehampton club. Players seem to have enjoyed themselves overall despite issues over paying an unexpected green fee and for lunch. Clarity of communications with host clubs must be improved.

c) for 2023 there should be 4 heats announced (4 clubs want to act as hosts) and a 6 team final but if a lot more clubs want to play we can be flexible. The need is for there to be at least 3 lawns available

General issues

John will coordinate collecting a timetable of member countries Open events. Debbie to send him a link to the existing database

AOB

Roberts will draft a reply to the message from the German Federation request for the Team event to have 2 AC and 1 GC. The ERC maintains its position that we keep things as published but ask members for feedback after the event in 2023

Latvia will run their traditional Baltic Open GC 1-3 September 2023 and also want to host one of the weekends of the Clubs League

 

ERC Meeting 7: Summary

Summary of the meeting of the ERC held on 10th October  2022

Present: Roberts Stafeckis (Chairman), Kerstin Loretz, John Swabey, Andrés Álvarez-Sala, Daniel Larsson, Ian Burridge, Peter Payne, Begoña Elzaburu

Apologies: John Swabey, Samir Patel, Debbie Lines

ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
The items of the agenda were addressed as follows:

ERC event list
Discussion was held regarding the events held by the ERC.
No immediate comments were made regarding format nor amount of events. A window for comments or questions etc is open until October 12th. They should be sent to the chairman of the ERC, Roberts Stafeckis.

Regarding the ERC events, they use the same template as the world events.

ERC budget 2023 (entry fees, event income, expenses)
Questions regarding perpetual trophies for certain events was discussed to keep costs down a bit. Otherwise the fees looked alright and should pose no real issue.

The ERC agreed that the WCF method of funding and costing events would be followed going forward. As such, the entry fee, if adopted by the WCF, will henceforth be £17 per player per day.  This will be split £10 to hosts and £7 to the ERC for singles events, and £15 to hosts and £2 to the ERC for team events.  It was further confirmed that there was no provision for the WCF to fund the ERC and that the ERC would need to stand, financially speaking, on its own two feet.

European Clubs League
A first trial heat will be held in Portugal in November, with 4 teams. Entry fee is 50 Pounds Stirling or 60 Euro.

It was decided that the payment of the entry fee will be postponed until a payment to the WCF is set up and ready later this year.

According tot he regulation, each team will compete with 4 players.

The host will arrange for meals etc, which brought up the discussion of accompanying people. Accompanying people is not part of the competition, therefore not covered for any costs otherwise covered by the host.

Situation regarding the Grand Final of the Club League
No updates has been received from the Spanish Association regarding this. They can’t comment on this matter until the regular tournaments in Spain are completed. The clubs in question will get back tot he ERC within a matter days.

Procedure and calendar for 2023
We can potentially get hosts from the clubs that has already experessed an interest. So far, 7 teams have shown an interest in the event.

Until end of October, we will know the host for the grand final. Once we have that, we can make another round of advertise, in November we till have the first heat done. After that we can start planning for the league next year.

Allocation principles for ERC singles events (distribution of membership places, limits of players per member)
By January, decisions regarding allocation for the ERC singles events will be made.

Since this is a ERC/WCF event. Depending on your membership status, you get different amount of seats.

The remaining seats are under advisement on how to allocate.

General issues - what can ERC do apart from events?
The possibility of the ERC arranging coaching courses was up for discussion. One way to achieve these is to place these courses adjacent to an event such as a championship or club league event. The ERC recognized that a coaching coordinator might be preferable for this task.

A wish for an international European calendar was requested where not only events held by the ERC is registered but also individual countries Open games.

That way players can easily access all open tournaments, happening in Europe.

AOB
Estonia has shown some interest in starting playing croquet. The chairman, Roberts Stafeckis of the ERC has had some communication with some of the people in Estonia regarding croquet.

First heat of the European Club League takes place in the Algarve

This first heat was greeted with beautiful weather with no clouds whatsoever.

The four competing teams of Roehampton, Vilanueva, Algarve and SigLig all arrived safely and had a little practice on Friday evening.

Each day started with 30 minutes practice/preparation and then continued with 45 minutes games double-banking on our 2 lawns. We applied a 4-minutes rule to avoid delays.

All games went smoothly except for 2 where players forgot to measure their starting time, but these were resolved to achieve a fair result for both sides.

Each day we had a nice lunch at the club house from 13.00 to 14.00 and on Saturday we enjoyed lovely Portuguese food in the best restaurant in the area. Our club arranged the Buggy Bar right next to the lawn and provided cakes and biscuits for everyone free of charge.

As expected, the 1st place goes to Roehampton Team after they managed to win all 3 matches and were clearly the best squad by a comfortable margin.

All teams enjoyed the event thoroughly and assessed the quality of the lawns as good. There were no complaints received, so all in all, a great success.

Results: https://croquetscores.com/2022/gc/european-club-league-algarve-1/summary

The players in the first heat in the Algarve
The Algarve Croquet Club (stock photo)