2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship – Winner: Soha Mostafa (EGY)

The 6th WCF Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship
Venue: Heretaunga Croquet Club, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Dates: 2 – 9 February 2019

Champion: Soha Mostafa (Egypt)

Finalist: Manal Khodeir (Egypt)

Soha Mostafa (EGY) is the new Women's Golf Croquet World Champion.

Soha Mostafa - Winner

Soha defeated Manal Khodeir (EGY) 7-1, 5-7, 7-3, 7-4 in the final of the 2019 Women's Golf Croquet World Championship held at Heretaunga Croquet Club in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand from 2 to 9 February 2019.  56 competitors from eight countries took part.

Soha's victory in the sixth Women's World Championship was the first Egyptian success since 2007.  The three previous champions were Alix Verge (AUS) in 2009, Rachel Gee (ENG) in 2011 and Judith Hanekom (ZAF) in 2014.

Full results are available at https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/wcf-womens-world-championship

Soha in play during the Championship

Soha Mostafa and Hanen Aref at the GC Worlds at the 2019 GC Women's World Championship from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Soha Mostafa (EGY) is the new Women’s GC World Champion

Soha Mostafa (EGY) is the new Women's Golf Croquet World Champion.

Soha defeated Manal Khodeir (EGY) 7-1, 5-7, 7-3, 7-4 in the final of the 2019 Women's Golf Croquet World Championship held at Heretaunga Croquet Club in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand from 2 to 9 February 2019.  56 competitors from eight countries took part.

Soha's victory in the sixth Women's World Championship was the first Egyptian success since 2007.  The three previous champions were Alix Verge (AUS) in 2009, Rachel Gee (ENG) in 2011 and Judith Hanekom (ZAF) in 2014.

The next Women's Golf Croquet World Championship is scheduled to be held in England in 2023.

 

2019 GC World Championship – list of competitors

2019 Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship

List of competitors awarded Ranking, Membership and Wild Card Places

as at 16 July 2019

RANKING PLACES  
1   Martin Clarke AUS
2   David Hanbidge AUS
3   Lester Hughes AUS
4   Nour Ali EGY
5   Ahmed El Mahdi EGY
6   Mostafa Eissa EGY
7   Omar Fahmy EGY
8   Fathy Farouk EGY
9   Yasser Fathy EGY
10   Karim Ghamry EGY
11   Naguib Hossam EGY
12   Mohamed Karem EGY
13   Abeer Mostafa EGY
14   Mohamed Nasr EGY
15   Ahmed Nasr EGY
16   Khaled Tharwat EGY
17   Walid Wahban EGY
18   Richard Bilton ENG
19   Robert Fulford ENG
20   John-Paul Moberly ENG
21   Stephen Mulliner ENG
22   Jonathan Powe ENG
23   Tobi Savage ENG
24   Manuel Alvarez-Sala ESP
25   Jose Riva ESP
26   Rafael Romero ESP
27   George Coulter NZL
28   Duncan Dixon NZL
29   Joshua Freeth NZL
30   Sherif Abdelwahab USA
31   Ahab Dincer USA
32   David Maloof USA
33   Ben Rothman USA
34   Jeff Soo USA
35   Ian Burridge WAL
36   Reg Bamford ZAF
       
MEMBERSHIP PLACES  
1   Kevin Beard AUS
2   Alison Sharpe AUS
3   Pierre Beaudry BEL
4   Amr Hamdy CAN
5   John Richardson CAN
6   Ian Sexton CHE
7   Wolfgang Usbeck DEU
8   Hamy Erian EGY
9   Mostafa Nezar EGY
10   Nicholas Archer ENG
11   Nicholas Cheyne ENG
12   Mark Daley ENG
13   Peter Dowd ENG
14   Harry Fisher ENG
15   Tim King ENG
16   Guy Scurfield ENG
17   Lionel Tibble ENG
18   Andres Alvarez-Sala ESP
19   Jose Alvarez-Sala ESP
20   Lars Boman FIN
21   Mark Stephens IRL
22   Charles von Schmieder IRL
23   Roberts Stafeckis LVA
24   Brian Bullen NZL
25   Hamish McIntosh NZL
26   Dusan Turcer PRT
27   Lorna Dewar SCO
28   Fergus Thompson SCO
29   Joi Elebo SWE
30   Fernando Bonilla URU
31   Cheryl Bromley USA
32   Macey White USA
33   Peter Balchin WAL
34   Murray Buchanan ZAF
35   Judith Hanekom ZAF
       
WILD CARD PLACES  
1   Euan Burridge ENG
2   Jamie Gumbrell AUS

2019 GC World Championship – entry fees

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

Entry fees

Players are encouraged to pay their entry fee of £108 as soon as possible and in any event by midnight on Tuesday, 26 February 2019.  Payment will be accepted by bank transfer or by PayPal.

Bank transfer

If you have a UK bank account or can transfer money into a UK bank account without significant charges, please pay the entry fee by bank transfer to the WCF bank account below.  In the “reference” or “remark” field, please put your name so it is clear to whom the entry fee relates.

PayPal

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Number of Entrants

December 2018 Newsletter

WCF December 2018 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee (MC) has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future. Comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

Topic 73:      Election of WCF Treasurer

An election for the post of WCF Treasurer made necessary by the decision of Martin French to retire at the end of 2018. The WCF was fortunate to have two very well-qualified candidates in Lorraine Smith (AUS) and Yousry Ghamry (EGY). Yousry was the successful candidate with 31 votes to Lorraine’s 22 votes.

Topic 74:      Consultation on the WCF membership structure

The MC sought and received Members’ views on a change of structure to reclassify Observer Members as Recognised Croquet Organisations (“RCOs”) and permit more than one RCO to be recognised in a country without a Full or Associate Member.

Topic 75:      2019 Budget

The 2019 Budget was approved by 36 votes to nil.

Topic 76:      Election of Independent Examiner

Brian Havill [ENG] was elected Independent Examiner for 2019 by 27 votes to nil.

Topic 77:       Amendment of WCF Refereeing Regulations

Two amendments have been recommended to align the regulations with the 5th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet.

What has happened since September?

World Championship administration activities covered the final stages of preparation for the 2018 Over 50 GCWC, the management of entries for the 2019 Women’s GCWC and the start of the timetable for the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GC World Championship. Ranking Places were announced for both the latter events on 30 December 2018.

The final quarter routine included preparing and publishing the previous year’s accounts, the following year’s budget and the MC Report to Members on the year’s activities. A picture of the range of other issues dealt with by the MC is given by the list of MC topics that have required attention and resolution and can be found at the end of this Newsletter.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

This event is held every four years and this was its third holding, again generously hosted by the Egyptian Croquet Federation in Cairo using its own courts and with the support of the Gizera Club which provided another three courts. The 2018 event attracted 48 competitors from ten countries - Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and USA.

The championship was won by Hanan Rashad of Egypt who thereby became the first woman to win a WCF world title in an event open to both sexes.

32 players progressed to the knock-out stage. Nine countries were represented in the last 32 but this fell to only three (EGY, ENG and USA) by the quarter-finals with the hosts, Egypt, claiming six of the eight places.

Stephen Mulliner (ENG) beat Wael Shahine (EGY), Hanan Rashad (EGY) beat Ayman Amin (EGY), Yasser Fathy (EGY) beat Sherif Abdelwahab (USA) and Hazem Mahmoud (EGY) beat Salib Erian (EGY). In the semi-finals, Hanan Rashad beat Mulliner 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and Yasser Fathy overcame Hazem Mahmoud by 7-2, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

It was felt by the numerous spectators that Hanan Rashad needed a good start to have a real chance of victory. Although she started brightly by taking the opening game, Yasser Fathy took the next two and seemed well set. However, to Hanan’s great credit, she maintained her resolve and won the last two games 7-4, 7-5 to seal a famous victory.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Women’s GCWC will be held at the Heretaunga Club in Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. A Qualifying Tournament will be held at the Rangatira Club, Dannevirke, North Island , New Zealand from Wednesday, 30 to Thursday, 31 January 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club from Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 24 July 2019. 10 Ranking Places have been awarded and Members have until 27 January to nominate a total of 14 players for Membership Places.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019. 37 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places have been awarded and Members have until 27 January to nominate a total of 37 players for Membership Places. Four places are reserved for the highest finishers in a Qualifying Tournament.

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 1

Tier 1 of the 2020 GCWTC will be held at the Nelson-Hinemoa Croquet Club on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island from Monday, 6 to Sunday,12 January 2020. Formal invitations to participate will be sent to Members in March 2019.

2020 Association Croquet World Championship

The 2020 ACWC will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre near Melbourne from  Saturday,15 to Sunday, 23 February 2020. Formal invitations to participate will be sent to Members in April 2019.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

Management Committee topics

Topics recently completed or closed

MC 325:       Enquiry from Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:       2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 367:       Portugal

MC 368:       2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 376:       Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 387:       WCF Treasurer vacancy

MC 388:       Eligibility issue

MC 398:       Child protection policy

MC 399:       2019 Budget

MC 400:       Reserve Funds investment

MC 401:       Refereeing Regulations amendments

MC 402:       Management Committee report

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:       10-year World Championship schedule

MC 384:       2021 MacRobertson Shield

MC 386:      Commonwealth Games

MC 389:       WCF membership structure

MC 390:       2020 GCWTC Tier 1 (NZL)

MC 392:       2020 GCWTC Tier 2/3 (ENG)

MC 393:       2020 WACWC (was MC 382)

MC 394:       2021 U21 GCWC

MC 395:       2021 GCWC

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 362:       2019 U21 GCWC and Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 365:       Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 369:       2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:       Format of World Team Championships

MC 377:       GC Rankings development

MC 391:       2020 Association Croquet World Championship (was MC 381)

MC 396:       2021 ACWTC Tier 1 (MacRob)(AUS) (was MC 384)

MC 397:       2021 ACWTC Tier 2 (ENG)

Outlook for January and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on following-up the response to Topic 74 (WCF membership structure), managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2019 Women’s GCWC including pre-event communication with the players. Other tasks will include progressing the administration of the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GCWC and issuing the formal invitations for the 2020 GC WTC and 2020 ACWC.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

16 January 2019

2019 GC World Championships – Ranking Places announced

The Announcement Date for both the Under 21 GCWC and main GCWC was Sunday, 30 December 2018.

The players awarded Ranking Places in each event and Wild Card Places in the main GCWC can be found at:

WCF Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship 2019

and

WCF Simon Carter Golf Croquet World Championship 2019

Note: these links are no longer valid. To find out more about this event please see the WCF Championship Archives

Yousry Ghamry is elected next WCF Treasurer

Yousry Ghamry (Egypt) has been elected by the WCF Council to serve as the WCF Treasurer from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022 in succession to Martin French (England).

Yousry received 31 votes and Lorraine Smith (Australia) received 22 votes.

He is a croquet player who serves on the Board of the Egyptian Croquet Federation.  By profession, Yousry is ab accountant who has worked for the Egyptian operations a large U.S. company for many years.  

 

September 2018 Newsletter

WCF September 2018 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future.  Comments are always very welcome.  It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

Topic 70: New WCF Hall of Fame Regulations were approved by 34 votes to nil in June 2018 in preparation for a re-launch of the Hall of Fame. It is hoped that luminaries from the world of Golf Croquet will be among those proposed for future nomination.

Topic 71: The 5th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet were approved by 49 votes to 5 in July 2018. WCF Members are free to decide when the new Rules will come into effect in their domains but it is expected that the new Rules will be in general use by March 2019. They are already in use in New Zealand. Official Rulings

Topic 72: Minor amendments to the Event and Sports Regulations were approved by 43 votes to 8 on 30 September 2018. These came into effect on 1 October 2018.

What has happened since May?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England. Croquet may be able to feature as a “demonstration” sport and the WCF has discussed with the Commonwealth Games Foundation how croquet might apply to become a “recognised” sport. More developments are expected at the end of 2018.

The WCF Treasurer, Martin French, has announced his intention of retiring at the end of 2018. Martin has made a great contribution to croquet both as a player and as an administrator at national and international level. He was the WCF Secretary-General from 2010 to 2013 and the Treasurer from 2016. He will be missed and he goes with the gratitude of the croquet world.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

The O50 GCWC will be held from Saturdat, 6 October to Saturday, 13 October 2018. There are 48 competitors from ten countries – Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and USA.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Women’s GCWC will be held at the Heretaunga Club in Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. A Qualifying Tournament will be held at the Rangatira Club, Dannevirke, North Island , New Zealand from Wednesday, 30 to Thursday, 31 January 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club from Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 24 July 2019. The formal invitation to participate has been sent to WCF Members and the Response Date is Sunday, 2 December 2018.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019. The formal invitation to participate has been sent to WCF Members and the Response Date is Sunday, 2 December 2018.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 372:         WCF Facebook presence

MC 385:         New WCF Rules of Golf Croquet

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:         10-year World Championship schedule

MC 376:         Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 384:         2021 MacRobertson Shield

MC 386:         Commonwealth Games

MC 387:         WCF Treasurer vacancy

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 325:         Enquiry from Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:         2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 362:         2019 U21 GCWC and Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 365:         Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 367:         Portugal

MC 368:         2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:         2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:         Format of World Team Championships

MC 377:         GC Rankings development

MC 381:         2020 Association Croquet World Championship

Outlook for October and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be completing Statute changes in preparation for a Members’ consultation and and managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2019 Women’s GCWC including pre-event communication with the players. Other tasks will include beginning the administration of the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GCWC, both in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

7 October 2018