European GC Women’s Championship Winner: Begoña Elzaburu

Congratulations to Begoña Elzaburu, from Spain, winner of the 2022 European Women's GC Championship.

 The  first ever Women's European Golf Croquet Championship took place in Latvia between Thursday 30th June  to Sunday 3rd  July 2022. The event was played across two venues: the Ikskile Croquet Club (IKK), Vecnorinu iela 18, Ikskile, LATVIA, where there are three full size courts, and a satellite venue in Sigulda with one full size court.

Latvia surprised the foreign players not only by perfect lawns, excellent organisation, and warm hospitality, but also by tropical temperatures of 30 degrees and above. There was not a single drop of rain during the four days of the games, although the lawns were flooded by a sudden thunderstorm just a few hours before the opening ceremony.

Among 28 players from 7 countries, 5 countries were represented by their women’s ranking leaders, Jane Morrison from Ireland being the top seeded player with DGrade just over 2000.

Spain was represented by 10 players, Latvia benefited from the host country status and was able to enter 6 players.

Players were seeded into 4 blocks of 7, and top 4 players of each block were promoted to the main knock-out. After the block stage, there were 6 Spanish, 5 Latvian, two English, two Irish, and one Swiss player among the top 16.

There have been several surprises during the Championship. Sabine Martinsone, from Latvia, won the Shield trophy having been seeded just number 19. Rocio Mato, from Spain, was seeded number 27, and finished 8th. At the same time, the third seed missed the knock-out, and the number one seed lost in the first round of the knock-out.

The first semi-final on Sunday morning between Paz Gonzalez de Aguilar, from Spain, and Michelle Leonard, from England, finished relatively early in two games in favour of Paz with 7/5, 7/6. Another semi-final between Begoña Elzaburu, from Spain, and Silvija Freimane, from Latvia, required 3 games and lasted over 4 hours before Begoña secured an all-Spanish final by beating Silvija 7/6, 6/7, 7/5.

The final match presented some high-quality croquet, however Begoña gave very few chances to her friend and opponent Paz, beating her in two games 7/4 and 7/5.

The third-place match between Silvija and Michelle was the last one to finish before the awards ceremony could start. Silvija secured a victory in two games, 7/4 and 7/6.

Another two young Latvian players, Sabine Martinsone and Tania Varsa, won the Shield and Plate trophies respectively, and the top seeded Jane Morrison, from Ireland, won the Bowl.

The Championship has contributed greatly to promotion of croquet. There have been a number of interviews on printed media, two rather long stories on television, and non-stop streaming of the games throughout the days.

The Opening ceremony was attended by three Ambassadors. The Spanish Ambassador also arrived on the final day to watch the finals and awards ceremony.

Apart from the opening and closing ceremonies, the was a river cruise on Thursday night and an official dinner on Saturday night.

According to the forward calendar of the WCF, the next Women’s GC European Championship is scheduled to take place in 2024.

Report by Roberts Stafeckis

Winner: Begoña Elzaburu from Spain, Runner Up: Paz Gonzalez De Aguilar from Spain, 3rd Silvija Freimane from Latvia, Shield Winner - Sabine Martinsone Latvia, Bowl Winner - Jane Morrison from ireland and Plate winner, Tania Varsa from Latvia.


For full results go to

Winner: Begoña Elzaburu from Spain, Runner Up: Paz Gonzalez De Aguilar from Spain, 3rd Silvija Freimane from Latvia, Shield Winner - Sabine Martinsone Latvia, Bowl Winner - Jane Morrison from ireland and Plate winner, Tania Varsa from Latvia.

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.

2023 AC Women’s World Championship Entry Information

The 2023 AC Women's World Championship will be held between 7 - 14 January 2023 at three clubs in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand, head-quartered at the six lawn United Croquet Club. The other two clubs are St James Croquet Club, 2 courts and Cashmere Croquet Club, 3 courts.

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

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.

Hoops:  Atkins Quadway set at the largest ball per court plus 1/32 inch with an upward tolerance of 1/64 inch.

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

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


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

Response Date


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


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

31st July - early

Announcement made early to assist with VISAs and planning.

Closing Date


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 Contact Details & Bios


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

Entry Fee Due Date


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


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


Further information on how to enter will follow shortly

Qualifier Allocation Date


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

Qualifier Closing Date


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

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 2022 European GC Open Championship Results

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.


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 cut-off date of 13.6.22, then the next most highly ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list on that date will be offered the place. After the cut-off date, the places becomes an extra qualifier from the Qualification tournament.

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.

If necessary, please pay by PayPal using the button below:



May 2022 Newsletter

Forward Calendar

The current calendar only goes out to 2024. The Management Committee have been reviewing the frequency of Championships and have surveyed both Members and Players to gain feedback on this. The conclusions reached, and a proposed 12 year calendar, are currently in Consultation with members and we hope to publish the results soon.

Gender Policy

The WCF are pleased to announce that we now have a Gender Policy in place for our Championships. This can be viewed on page “Gender Policy” of the WCF website.

2022 WCF 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. The four teams competing are Czech Republic, Iran, Mexico and Portugal.

The 2022 GC World Championship is to be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club between 30th July and 7th August. Member place nominations close on 8th May and a list of players will be published on the WCF website shortly afterwards. A qualifier will be held 25th to 28th July, at the nearby Compton Croquet Club in nearby Eastbourne (please enter via the England CA Fixtures book).

The 2022 AC World Team Championships Tiers 2 and 3 are to be held at Budleigh Salterton, UK, from 9-14th August 2022.
** World Select Team **
Twelve teams originally entered this event but we have had a withdrawal leaving us with an awkward number of eleven. The Management Committee have decided to create a “World Select Team” made up from players from countries not otherwise competing. If you are interested in joining this team, please see the article Exciting Opportunity for more information. Applications to play should be made via your WCF Member contact by 31st May 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.

2023 Events

The 2023 Women’s AC World Championship is confirmed for 7-14 January in Canterbury, New Zealand.

The 2023 GC Under 21 Championship is confirmed for 8-12 February in New Zealand (venue tbc).

The 2023 AC World Championship will take place in London, England between 15-23 July.

The GC Women’s World Championship will take place in Sussex, England between 7 -14 August.

The GC Over 50’s World Championship will take place in Bunbury, Western Australia, between 14-21 October. 

European Regional Committee (ERC) - update

The second meeting of the ERC was held on 19th April 2022. The key items discussed were:

  1. Daniel Larsson, from Sweden, was welcomed onto the committee. His term lasts until 31 December 2023.
  2. The ERC is exploring the possibility of organizing an under 21 European GC tournament. More information will be provided soon.
  3. The AC European Tournament will from now on take place every two years. The host for the 2024 edition will be indicated shortly.
  4. The GC European Tournament will continue to be held on a yearly basis.

For more information about this sub-section of the WCF and how it operates, please see page “Europe” on the WCF website.

ERC Events for 2022

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

A new European Event, the Women's Golf Croquet Championship will take place in Latvia, between Thursday 30 June and Sunday 3 July 2022.

For more information please see page “ERC – 2022 Championships” on the WCF Website.

Mohamed Raslan is elected to the Management Committee

The WCF is pleased to announce that the management committee has been joined by Mohamed Raslan from Egypt who successfully won the election that closed on 20th March 2022. He will serve until 31 December 2025.

His croquet journey started in 1982 in Alexandria, Egypt as a player for Somouha and Alexandria sporting clubs. When he moved to Cairo, he joined Maadi club and within a few years, he became involved with the team management. As the head of the team’s management committee, he led the efforts to organize a successful annual national tournament. He also facilitated corporate sponsorship allowing the team to gain financial independence. In December 2021, Raslan was elected president of the Egyptian Croquet Federation.

New GC Ranking Officer Richard Bilton

The Management Committee are pleased to announce that Richard Bilton has taken over from Stephen Mulliner as Golf Croquet Ranking Officer. Our thanks go to Stephen Mulliner for his many years of hard work.

Richard started playing Croquet in 2008 at the age of 11, and significantly improved when he joined Nottingham Croquet Club in September 2015. In January 2017, Richard was selected for the GC International Performance Development Squad, and finished 3rd place in his first English National Singles Championship (Ascot Cup) at the end of the season. At the end of 2017 he was awarded the Spiers Trophy for the most improved GC player that year. In May 2018, Richard won his first open tournament, the Hunstanton Open Series and finished the year by winning the Ascot Cup, his first GC 'major'.

Richard was part of the winning England team in the inaugural GC England v Spain Test Match. He came 5th in the 2019 GC World Championship in Sussex and went on to play for England in the 2020 GC World Team Championships in New Zealand, in which England came third.  Richard won the GC British Open Doubles Championship in 2021 while partnering Reg Bamford.

Richard is currently on the English CA Tournament Committee and GC Rules Committee. In 2020, Richard became the GC Assistant Ranking Officer for England, and he spent the latter half of 2021 shadowing Stephen Mulliner in the role of WCF GC Ranking Officer.

For the time being Richard will continue as Assistant Ranking Officer (ARO) for England. In his role as RO he is well supported by the full team of ARO's, ARO New Zealand - John Christie, ARO Spain - Felipe Mestanza, ARO United States - Jeff Soo, Peter Freer - Australia. We also thank Stephen Mulliner for continuing to enter and manage the results for Egypt.

6th Edition GC Laws Published

The WCF Management Committee are pleased to report that the 6th Edition of the WCF Golf Croquet Rules was approved by the required two-thirds majority, with 50 votes in favour and no votes against.

The new Rules will come into immediate effect for WCF Events. They can be found here: WCF GC Rules 6th Edition - Final 7.3.22. They can also be found on this website on page: The rules of golf croquet

The WCF Management Committee wish to express their thanks to the members of the GC Rules Committee for the many hours of hard work spent updating these rules.

Regulatory Updates

On 21st February 2022, the WCF Council voted to adopt new Sports and Admin Regulations. These can now be viewed on the WCF Website page: Council also approved their use with immediate effect in events during 2022.

All WCF regulations can be found on the WCF Website page:

Exciting Opportunity

Invitation to send a player to join a "Select Team" at the AC World Teams 9-14 August 2022, Devon England

The Association Croquet World Team Championships Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3 is due to take place later this year between 9-14 August at the Budleigh Salterton Club in Devon, England.

We have had a team drop out, and to keep the total team numbers to 12 (a nice number for the format) we have decided to put in place a “World Select Team” (WST). This team will be ideally made up of players from countries not sending a full team. This will allow more countries to be represented and provides an opportunity for AC players from other countries to compete internationally this summer.

The cost per player selected will be £72 each. All other costs such as travel and accommodation are the responsibility of the selected player.

This Select team will play if no other teams drop out, or if the numbers of teams left in the event again requires an extra team to help the format, or in any case if it has not been stood down before 30th June. This would allow any players intending to play approx. 5 weeks notice to book travel and accommodation.

The Select team will compete in Tiers 2.2 or 3, which will start by being played jointly and then mid-way through be split into the two tiers. Teams of four are required but we may select a squad of up to six players, including the Captain. Peter Payne from Switzerland has agreed to Captain this team. Peter has many years experience at Association Croquet and has experience playing in this type of event. We are very pleased that he has agreed to guide and lead this team.

The key decision dates are:
- Nomination of players: by Tuesday 31st May 2022
- Selection date: Thursday 9th June 2022 (Members will be notified if any of their nominees have been selected within 1-2 days of this date)
- Cut-off to play date: this is the date by which this team will definitely play (even if other teams subsequently withdraw) – Thursday 30th June 2022

Assuming we have more applications than needed, the WCF Tournament Committee will select from those who have made themselves available.

Players who wish to join this team are invited to apply through their Member Governing Body who will need to submit names to Debbie Lines by midnight (UK time) Tuesday 31st May 2022.

Credit: Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club