Amir Ramsis Naguib

Hall of Fame

Amir Ramsis Naguib
Inducted: 2021

Amir Ramsis Naguib began playing Golf Croquet with friends at the Gezirah Club in Cairo in 1968.  He became a strong player and represented the club in Men’s Doubles in matches from 1970 to 1975.  However, marriage, children and building up and running his own tourist agency took him away from the game until 1992.

Now a successful businessman, Amir returned to croquet at the Heliopolis Club and was soon representing the club in Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.  Over the next ten years, he became the team manager and a generous sponsor of tournaments and the top Egyptian players.

In 2001, Amir stood for election as President of the Egyptian Croquet Federation with the widespread support of the playing community.  He immediately set about reorganizing the inter-club competitions, namely the Egyptian League, the Egyptian Cup and the Egyptian Federation Cup, and introduced for the first time a domestic ranking system for men and women.  His other priority was the upgrading of the Egyptian Croquet Federation centre and the restoration of its three courts.

Amir was elected to the Management Committee of the World Croquet Federation in 2002.  Golf Croquet now stood on at least equal terms with Association Croquet and the Golf Croquet World Championship was now well established, having been held five times since 1996.  However, Amir recognised the needs of women and the older and younger players and, with the support of David Openshaw, the then WCF President, was the driving force behind the formation of a Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship, first held in 2005, an Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship, first held in 2009 and an Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship, first held in 2010.  All the inaugural events were held in Cairo and were great successes.  These events are now permanent items in the WCF championship schedule.

Amir also travelled widely to promote Golf Croquet, visiting England, Italy, the USA and China to showcase the fearless, hard-hitting Egyptian way of playing Golf Croquet.  Inevitably, the Egyptian approach influenced the tactics of top players in other countries and, eventually, led to the emergence in 2011 of the first non-Egyptian Golf Croquet World Champion.  As the President of the Egyptian Croquet Federation, Amir exercised his considerable administrative skills by acting as the organiser and manager of the Egyptian squads that have had and continue to have so much success at World Championship level.  During his tenure, Egypt has won four Golf Croquet World Championships, three Women’s Golf Croquet World Championships, two Over 50 World Championships and one Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship.

Amir was elected as President of the World Croquet Federation in 2012 and served two four-year terms, retiring at the end of 2019.  He was a very popular President who ensured that he attended almost every World Championship during his period in office.  He remains a member of the WCF Management Committee and hopes to continue to serve croquet in Egypt and internationally for as long as he can.

The discovery in the 1980s that Egypt played Golf Croquet, and to a level undreamt of by players elsewhere, remains a pivotal moment in the history of the sport.  It led to the establishment of Golf Croquet as a serious code in its own right, shrugging off its previous reputation in other countries as an unimportant practice game that provided occasional amusement for Association Croquet players.

Egypt is still the world’s major Golf Croquet nation and the skills of its players, especially the younger stars, are a continuing inspiration to players all over the world.  The importance of Amir’s role in maintaining and developing Egyptian croquet for more than twenty years, and thereby supporting croquet worldwide, cannot be overstated.  He has been one of the most influential national administrators in the history of croquet and the game owes him a considerable debt of gratitude.

GC Rules 6th Edition – Consultation Draft published

The WCF Golf Croquet Rules Committee has published a Consultation Draft of the proposed 6th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet. The relevant documents are:

6th Ed public consultation_Introductory Statement
6th Ed public consultation_Rules
6th Ed public consultation_Comparison with 5th Edition
6th Ed public consultation_Consultation Questions

Comments on the Draft are welcomed from all interested parties and should be made via your Governing Body or its Golf Croquet Rules Committee.

The Consultation Period ends on 15 January 2022 and it is hoped that the final form of the 6th Edition will be in place by early next year.

 

 

November 2021 Newsletter

We are pleased to report that between 11-16 October, in Cadiz Spain, we held the delayed 2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2.

Held at the Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa in Puerto Santa Maria, the Sherry Golf Jerez, and at the Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri. Six full teams, plus a reduced Canadian team and a Select team, competed for the World Croquet Federation Salver.

Spain were seeded top and successfully beat second seeds Wales in the final by 10 matches to 3. The plate was won by Switzerland who beat Latvia. Players from Portugal and the UK joined the Canadian team and the Select teams to allow the event to continue with the scheduled 8 team format.

Spain celebrate their win.

For full details please see our News Item on the WCF website: GCWTC T2 Spain News Item and the event website: https://gcwtspain2021.com/

 

Stephen Mulliner Retires as Secretary-General

Stephen Mulliner retired on 31st August 2021 as Secretary-General of the WCF. During his tenure, the WCF has taken responsibility for managing the AC Laws, GC Rules and the Rankings as well as holding many successful championships.

Stephen was presented with a thank you gift from the WCF Management Committee on his retirement as Secretary-General on 31st August 2021.

Stephen has worked tirelessly to support croquet and will be missed by his colleagues on the Management Committee and all the Members he has supported so efficiently.

Stephen is replaced by Debbie Lines, who took over from 1st September 2021, after shadowing Stephen as his Deputy during the previous year.

We wish Stephen all the best with his future endeavours and hope to see him at many croquet events over the coming years.

2022 Events

The 2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 (delayed into 2022) is to be held at Guildford & Godalming, UK, between 20th July and 23rd July.

We can now confirm that the 2022 GC World Championship is to be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club between 30th July and 7th August. It will be preceded by a qualifier 25th to 28th July, venue tbc.

The 2022 AC World Team Championships Tiers 2 and 3 are to be held at Budleigh Salterton, UK, from 9-14th August 2022.

The 2022 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (The MacRobertson Shield) is to be held at Cairnlea, Victoria, Australia, from 12-29th November 2022.

The WCF and the Event Hosts are monitoring the pandemic closely. As a result, the Invitation Dates for the above events will be delayed until approximately 5 to 6 months prior to the event start.


Event Frequency Survey – Forward calendar

A Member Consultation, requested by Croquet New Zealand, was recently concluded. It considered the merits of a reduction in the frequency of WCF Singles Events to reduce both time pressure and costs for players and Members.

The result of the consultation was inconclusive. The WCF therefore decided to undertake a Top Player Survey. This went out to circa 600 GC and AC players in mid-October. We are currently awaiting feedback before collating and analysing the results.


Elections for Treasurer and Management Committee

The nomination period finished 31st October. We received more nominations than there are open positions. Elections for both the Management Committee and Treasurer positions have therefore started with Member votes due by 5th December.


Gender Policy

The WCF has been consulting with our Members over the past twelve months regarding our Gender Policy. Following feedback from Members it was decided to wait for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to update their policy after the Tokyo Olympics. The IOC have recently advised that they are delaying the publication of their new ‘framework’ until after the February 2022 Winter Olympics. As there are no immediate Women’s events planned, the Management Committee has decided to wait until this is available before finalising our policy.

GC Country Rankings as at 30th September 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 30 September 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,557

6

2

England

2,459

6

3

New Zealand

2,393

6

4

USA

2,347

6

5

Australia

2,301

6

6

Spain

2,259

6

7

Wales

2,172

6

8

Canada

2,144

6

9

Ireland

2,048

6

10

Switzerland

2,035

6

11

Sweden

2,033

6

12

South Africa

1,988

6

13

Latvia

1,964

6

14

Scotland

1,943

6

15

Austria

1,924

6

16

Germany

1,920

6

17

Norway

1,876

6

18

Czech Republic

1,828

6

19

Finland

1,706

3

20

Mexico

1,607

3

21

Belgium

2,339

1

22

Jersey

2,008

1

Spain win the 2020 Tier 2 World Team Championships (held in 2021)

From October 11 to 16, the 3rd Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 2 was held in Cádiz, Spain, at the headquarters of Real Club de Golf VISTA HERMOSA, SHERRY CROQUET and Real Club de Golf Novo SANCTI PETRI

It was the first WCF tournament since the Coronavirus pandemic began. Contested by the teams of Wales, Switzerland, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Canada (although only two players were able to attend) and an eighth Select team that played friendly matches to help the schedule.

The atmosphere was fantastic and will remain in the memory of all the teams,  the organizing committee, and the main many spectators who visited.

On the dedicated event website: gcwtspain2021.com, you can find all the details, photos, interviews and results. The semi-final and final matches were streamed on the FEC Facebook account.

Spain beat Wales in the final by the result of 10 to 3 and for the first time in its history it has qualified for Tier 1. Fantastic news for the Spanish Croquet Federation!

 

The Spanish team. On the top line you have from left to right Jose Alvarez-Sala, Rafael Romero and Basilio Iglesias, on the bottom also from left to right Andrés Alvarez-Sala, Jose Riva (the captain) and Manuel Álvarez-Sala.

 

The Teams

Winners: Spain
Jose Riva (captain), Jose Alvarez-Sala, Rafael Romero, Basilio Iglesias, Andrés Alvarez-Sala, J and Manuel Álvarez-Sala.

Runners up: Wales
Angharrad Walters (captain), Ian Burridge, Arthur Rowe and Mike Parry

Winners of the plate: Switzerland
Neil Thomas (captain), Peter Payne, Ian Sexton, Daniel Studerus, Kevin Collins

Runners up of the plate: Latvia
Roberts Stefeckis (captain), Normunds Zelcans, Janis Steins, Silvija Freimane and Tomass Freimanis

Norway
Steinar Olsen (captain), Trond Jansen, Viggo Olsen and Lasse Holberg

Scotland
Martin Murray (captain), Alan Francis Campbell Clark, Thomas Halliday and Stephen Wright.

Canada
Hesham Elzoghby and Patrick Little

Select Team
Begoña Gómez (captain), Susana Romero, María Taylor, Ignacio Fernández-Prada, Fernando Soto, Begoña Elzaburu, Margot Engström and Marlis Weissenborn

Full results can be found on Croquet Scores >  2020 GC WTC Tier 2 Results

 

 

 

Stephen Mulliner retires as WCF Secretary-General 31.8.21

Stephen with his retirement gift presented by the WCF Management Committee.

Stephen Mulliner retired yesterday 31st August 2021 as Secretary-General of the WCF. During his tenure, the WCF has taken responsibility for managing the AC Laws, GC Rules and the Rankings as well as holding many successful championships.

Stephen has worked tirelessly to support croquet and will be missed by his colleagues on the Management Committee and all the Members he has supported so efficiently.

Stephen is replaced by Debbie Lines, who takes over from 1st September 2021, after shadowing Stephen as his Deputy for the past twelve months.

We wish Stephen all the best with his future endeavours and hope to see him at many croquet events over the coming years.

GC Country Rankings as at 30th June 2021

The latest GC Team Rankings (as at 30 June 2021) are:

Position

Country

Average

Players

1

Egypt

2,553

6

2

England

2,460

6

3

New Zealand

2,394

6

4

Australia

2,298

6

5

Spain

2,258

6

6

USA

2,249

6

7

Wales

2,099

6

8

Sweden

2,073

6

9

Germany

2,035

6

10

Switzerland

2,011

6

11

Ireland

1,971

6

12

South Africa

1,964

6

13

Latvia

1,953

6

14

Czech Republic

1,902

6

15

Scotland

1,898

6

16

Austria

1,876

6

17

Norway

1,868

6

18

Mexico

1,620

3

19

Finland

1,803

2

20

Belgium

2,330

1

21

Jersey

2,008

1

July 2021 Newsletter

As we get halfway through 2021, the pandemic continues to disrupt our croquet activities around the world. A lot of croquet is being played within each member country, but very little travel is possible, and this situation is expected to continue for some time.

2021 Events
WCF GC World Team Championship Tier 2 – October 2021
Tier 2 of the Golf Croquet World Team Championship is due to be held in Spain from 11th to 16th October 2021 at the Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa in Puerto Santa Maria, the Sherry Golf Jerez, and at the Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri. Eight teams, namely the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Wales, will compete for the World Croquet Federation Salver.

At this time both Spain and the WCF hope that this event will go ahead as planned. A decision regarding this event will be made shortly.

2022 Events

The WCF recently announced that the three championships planned to be held in New Zealand in January and February 2022 will not now take place as scheduled. New Zealand is currently considering alternative dates for the Women’s AC World Championship and the U21 GC World Championships.

    • 2022 GC WC - the WCF is in discussions with the English CA and Sussex County Croquet Club with a view to hopefully being able to hold the  event in England.
    • 2022 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 (previously the 2020 event) - this is now due to take place at Guildford & Godalming, UK, next summer – dates and details to be confirmed soon. The teams competing are Iran, Mexico, Portugal and Uruguay.
    • 2022 AC World Team Championships Tiers 2 and 3 - this is due to be held at Budleigh Salterton, UK, from 9-14th August 2022.
    • 2022 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (The MacRobertson Shield) - this is due to be held at Cairnlea, Victoria, Australia, from 12-28th November 2022.

2023 and beyond

A Member Consultation is currently in progress at the request of Croquet New Zealand. It considers the merits of a reduction in the number of WCF Singles Events to reduce both time pressure and costs for Players and Members. The suggestion from Croquet New Zealand is to move the Golf Croquet World Championships and Association Croquet World Championships to a four (4) year cycle and to extend the U21 Golf Croquet World Championships to every three (3) years. This would be a change to the current two year cycle.

This consultation ends on Sunday 1st August and the WCF will review the forward schedule after this date. The current WCF Upcoming Events calendar can be found at: https://worldcroquet.org/world-championships/upcoming-events/


Chris Clarke is appointed WCF Treasurer
The WCF is pleased to announce that Chris Clarke has been elected as the new WCF Treasurer.

For the news article, please visit the WCF Website: https://worldcroquet.org/new-wcf-treasurer-announced/

 

 


Ranking Regulations

The Ranking Regulations were published on 22nd June and can be found on our website. For the news article and for further information, please visit the WCF Website: https://worldcroquet.org/wcf-announce-publication-of-ranking-regulations/


New interest in joining the WCF

  • Hong Kong has approached the WCF requesting more information about joining. They currently play at the Hong Kong Cricket Club.
  • A group from France has also requested information. There are several small clubs playing a mix of garden croquet and GC.

We are still in discussions with these groups and hope to report more soon.


Advantage GC

The Advantage GC trial has now been operating for a couple of months and feedback, from both the official trial and others who are trying it, is all very positive. Suggestions for improvement are being collated, but we do not intend to make changes until the end of the trial at the end of the UK playing season. Please continue to give this a try and pass your thoughts on to us via our dedicated email address advantagegc@worldcroquet.org


Do you want to help run the WCF?

In the early autumn the WCF will be requesting nominees from our Members for three vacancies on the Management Committee. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact any of the existing WCF Management Committee, or Debbie Lines, who will be happy to talk through what is involved. To be considered you will need to be formally nominated by your Member organisation when the request comes out in late September.