2017 Under 21 GCWC entries

The Championship will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Cairnlea, Melbourne from Saturday, 18 February to Wednesday, 22 February 2017 in accordance with version 4.8 of the Event Regulations and version 8.8 of the Sports Regulations.

The entry list as at 14 February 2017 is as follows:

1   Australia Anthony Dask
2     Jamie Gumbrell
3     Lana Sexton
4     Charlie Sharpe
5     Jack Williams
6     Edward Wilson
7   Egypt Nadine El Menoufi
8     Ahmed El Nahas
9     Omar El Sayed
10     Mohamed Rashad
11   New Zealand Angus Coulter
12     George Coulter
13     Edmund Fordyce
14     Jamie Fowler
15     Joshua Freeth
16     Jeff Gatchell
17     Jason Hodgett
18     Lachlan Hughes
19     Connell Leahy
20     Declan Leahy
21     Hemi McLaren
22     Grace Mohi
23     Kaleb Small
24     Caitlin Smith
25     Jakob Smith
26     Christopher Spittal
27     Felix Webby
28   United States Ali Kamal


The top two finishers in the Event who do not already have places in the 2017 Golf Croquet World Championship (“GCWC”) and are available to play in the GCWC (which will be held from Saturday, 25 February to Sunday, 5 March 2017 and will be headquartered at the VCC) will be awarded GCWC Wild Card Places.

In addition, a play-off will be held for two Qualifying Places on Thursday, 23 February 2017 between the two highest-placed finishers in the GCWC Qualifying Tournament who have not gained a Qualifying Place and the two highest-placed and available finishers in the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship who have not already gained a place in the GCWC.  This provides an additional opportunity for two more Under 21 players to obtain places in the GCWC.

2017 GCWC Membership Places

The following 28 players have been awarded Membership Places.

Australia Martin Clarke
  Peter Freer
  Lester Hughes
  Terry Hopkins
  Anne Quinn
  Alison Sharpe
  Charlie Sharpe
  Lawrie Simpson
Belgium Caroline Denny
Canada Brian Cumming
  John Richardson
Egypt Amr El Ibieri
  Mohamed Nasr
England Richard Brooks
  Peter Siddall
Finland Helena Jansson
Ireland Patsy Fitzgerald
  Kieran Murphy
New Zealand Hamish McIntosh
  Hemi McLaren
Norway Roar Michalsen
Spain Maria Fernandez-Pereira
  Manuel Marcos
Sweden Joakim Norback
Switzerland Arthur Graf
United States Cheryl Bromley
  Matt Griffiths
Wales Ian Burridge

Out of date Statutes and Regulations

The documents on this page are OUT OF DATE versions of WCF Regulation and Statutes.

To see the current versions please go to WCF Business > Regulations & Statutes

David Openshaw

Hall of Fame
David Openshaw

Inducted: 2013

David Openshaw had a distinguished playing career spanning more than twenty years; his first appearance in the President’s Cup was in 1977, and he played in the MacRobertson Shield in 2000.      He won the Open Championship three times, in1979, 1981 and 1985, and also the Men’s Championship in 1981, 1991 and 1995. He was runner-up in the World Championship in 1991, and made a total of thirteen appearances in the President’s Cup, achieving second place three times.

He played in the MacRobertson Shield five times consecutively, from 1979-1993, and also finally in 2000. Four of these contests were won by Great Britain, a success rate of 66% matched by his personal record of 49 wins out of 72 in singles and doubles. He captained the team four times, and proved to be an inspirational leader, with three successes. A particular contribution was his recognition of the importance of the doubles rubbers, and the selection of the optimum pairings.     By the 1980s the MacRobertson Shield contests had become too long, and he  supported Stephen Mulliner in proposing what is now the current format of a single Test Match between each nation comprising 12 singles and 9 doubles.

As a player he was noted for his skill in winning closely-contested matches, and this created the myth of the ‘Openshaw stopping bisque’.

He served on the CA Council from 1982-1986 and also 1999 -2010, but his most important contribution to croquet administration was as World Croquet Federation President from 2003 to 2009.  He came to the post at a pivotal moment in WCF history because, with the exception of the holding of WCF Association and Golf Croquet World Championships it was generally believed that the WCF had not managed to encourage the development of the sport world-wide to any significant extent.

David provided strong leadership and during his tenure six more events were added to the International Calendar, namely:

  • AC European Team Championship;
  • AC World Women's Championship;
  • GC World Women's Championship;
  • GC World Under 21 Championship;
  • GC World Over 50 Championship;
  • AC World Team Championship.

It is the establishment of the AC World Team Championship that should mark his place in croquet history.  With divergent views of how such an event could be achieved and some reservations among a sceptical membership, a patient but energetic policy of persuasion and diplomacy led to the incorporation of the highly-esteemed MacRobertson Shield event within the framework of an extended competition with different divisions.  This allowed all member countries the opportunity to play team croquet in a format commensurate with their relevant croquet skill base.

The WCF and its Management Committee had a reputation for being a rather impenetrable organisation which made little attempt to advise the wider croquet membership of what was happening.  During David’s presidency, he encouraged the establishment of a 1,000 page web-site with archive material including the minutes of all the meetings held since the WCF’s foundation, a wide range of discussion papers and consultations and a full record of the WCF’s accounts.  In addition, two of the founding principles and objectives of the WCF were awakened from a dormant state, by:

  • the inception of the WCF Development Programme to fund by loan or grant various croquet projects around the world; and
  • the creation of a WCF Hall of Fame to recognise great players and also those who have contributed to the WCF aims.

Last but not least, David continued the globetrotting role of the WCF President established by Tony Hall and made it his business to attend as many WCF events as possible.  He made a special effort to ensure that Egypt, the leading Golf Croquet country, continued to feel fully welcomed into the WCF family and made regular trips to Cairo to play in the International GC Open.

Without David’s tireless work on the many issues that faced the WCF in those days many of those achievements would not have been realised.

14 pt World Team Championship 26 June – 2 July 2000 – Milan


Golf Club La Robinie (near Milan, Italy)
26 June - 2 July 2000

10 countries competed and were divided into 2 blocks of 5. There were three players per team.

Wales won a thrilling final against Ireland. Chris Williams, captain of Wales, was voted the best player of the tournament.

Follow this link to go the Croquet Records site for the full results: Croquet Records: 14 pt Championship 2000

See also this report from Peter Payne: WCF 14 pt World Team Championship 2000 from Milan


Wimbledon Bowl

The Wimbledon Bowl

The Wimbledon Bowl was presented by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to the Croquet Association (of England) to commemorate the hosting of the first WCF World Association Croquet Championship in 1989.

In turn, the Croquet Association generously made indefinite loan of the trophy to the WCF for continued presentation to the winner of successive championships.


Hallmarked silver bowl of foot, height 11.5 inches, diameter 13 inches, weight 90 troy ounces, (all approximate).

Acanthus leaf embossed pattern on foot and on underside of bowl, Greek key pattern border round top edge, handles square section with acanthus leaf mounts. Engraved "WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ASSOCIATION CROQUET - Presented by the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club 1989" . Inside of bowl gilt, hallmarked silver London 1890, sponsor's mark worn and unreadable. Black wood plinth with silver band hallmarked London 1990, sponsor "MJS" and engraved with winners names from 1989 to 2005, complete in fitted baize lined case with carrying handle, hasp fasten and lockable with padlock.