2023 AC Women’s Qualifier – How to enter

The qualifying tournament for the 2023 Women's AC World Championship will be held between 3 and 5 January 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. The event is organised and managed by Croquet New Zealand on behalf of the WCF.

The entry fee is NZ $30. There are 20 places available.

The event will be held at Waikanae and if required Paraparaumu croquet clubs. Play is expected to start at 8:30am.

The event is capped at 20 entries and the format will be finalised once total number of entries is known. It is expected to involve block play initially and the management are aiming for three games per day.

Entries are via the Croquet New Zealand Events Portal: 2023 Women's AC WC - Qualifying Tournament

Places, if over-subscribed on the Allocation Date  of 3rd November, will be allocated using the WCF Qualifier Ranking List, as proscribed in the WCF Event Regulations. Entries close on 19th December.

There are four places available for the WCF AC Women's World Championship, to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, between 7-14 January 2023. Further places may become available if entrants withdraw.

Those who qualify will need to transfer into Christchurch ready to play on 7th January. They will need to pay the entry fee straight away and also provide the Championship management team with a short bio.

2023 GC Under 21 Championship Ranking Places

After the response date there were 31 entries for this 32 player event.

The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 32 person event.

Capacity = 32

  Member Places

15

  Ranking Places

17

 

Ranking Places

The 17 Ranking Places have been awarded to the following players, based on the Initial Ranking List dated 7th September 2022. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

Country

Ranking Places Awarded

Max Dgrade

Games Played

England

Aston Wade

2464

157

New Zealand

Josh Winter

2350

53

USA

Blake Fields

2304

49

Egypt

Fawzy Helmy

2246

11

Egypt

Mohab Elatreby

2185

20

Egypt

Gana Mohamed Saaid

2183

44

New Zealand

Paul Kaiser

2170

36

New Zealand

Levi Franks

2168

42

New Zealand

Joel Steele

2106

72

New Zealand

Nathan Bullen

2171

65

New Zealand

Te Kiri King

2067

24

England

Albie Willett

2011

48

New Zealand

Michael Lauer

1988

50

England

Sam Cuthbert

1980

87

New Zealand

Myles Duggan

1953

17

New Zealand

James Duggan

1926

43

New Zealand

Jessica Bullen

1795

76

Member Places

Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 22nd October 2022 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline. The request for entry fees and player bios will follow after 22nd October.

The number of Member Places by Country is below:

Australia

2

Egypt

2

England

2

New Zealand

5

Spain

2

USA

2

Member places available

15

Additional Players - important notice for ALL WCF Member countries
As at the response date only 31 names were put forward. It is therefore possible that after the Membership closing date of 22nd October, the event will not be full.

Therefore, ALL Members are invited to nominate new players for the replacement ranking list. This is in line with Sports Regulations:

7.4 Replacement Ranking List
The Replacement Ranking List may contain players who were not on the Initial
Allocation Ranking List provided that they have played a minimum of 5 ranked
games (AC) or 10 games (GC) in the 12 months ending on the date on which the
vacancy arises and have informed the S-G by e-mail that they wish to play in the
Event. However, if the Event is under-subscribed on or after the Closing Date, any player may be added to the Replacement Ranking List.

If, as at 15th January, we still do not have enough players to fill the event (i.e. there is no Replacement Ranking list), then we will ask Croquet New Zealand to do the best they can to find a local player (under 21), or to manage the event with a smaller field.

Withdrawals
The cut-off date for this event is 28th December 2022. There is no qualifier.

If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days to nominate a replacement (or until the cut-off date, whichever is the sooner). After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place.

If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

After 28th December, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

 

2022 AC Women’s WC Member Places Announced

The closing date for Members to nominate players for their Membership places was 12th September.

South Africa has released one of their places, all other Members have nominated players per their entitlement. The released place has been awarded to Rosemary Newsham who had the highest qualifying Max DG over 12 months of the remaining players.

The file below shows the Membership Places and all Ranking Places, giving us 36 players.

2023 ACWWC Final Player List 12.9.22

A further 4 places will come from the Qualifier to be held in Wellington at the Waikanae Croquet Club between 3-5 January 2023. Details on how to enter this event are due within the next couple of weeks.

Entry Fees

These are due by 12th October at the latest. Please pay by bank transfer if  possible, this will avoid the WCF incurring costly PayPal charges. Players should be notified how to pay in this way by their Member.

If unable to pay in this way, you can pay by PayPal by following the link below:

PayPal entry information

Player Information

The following information is requested from all the above competing players by 10th October 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

The easiest way to send this information is online via Google Forms. Please click on this link:

Google Forms Player Profile - enter your information here

Please note, the photo and bio may be published on the event website and on the WCF website. Players should expect some live streaming and the 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 S-G and Tournament Manager for use during the event.

If for any reason you cannot use Google Forms, please email me the requested information and photo by 10th October at the latest.

Withdrawals

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 20/12/2022 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 22.11.2022, 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 place 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.

2023 AC Women’s 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 £96 by 12th october  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 absolutely necessary, please pay by PayPal using the button below:

 

 

2023 AC Women’s Championship Replacement Ranking Places

As at 1st September 2022

Following the release of 3 Membership Places that are no longer required, three more players from the Replacement Ranking List have been offered a place in the Event.

Congratulations to the following players who will now be competing in January:

    • Virgina Arney (Australia)
    • Sonya Sedgwick (New Zealand)
    • Kathie Grant (Australia)

Member Places

Members are reminded that they need to send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 11th September May 2022 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline.

Withdrawals

The Closing date for this event is 22nd November 2022.

If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days to nominate a replacement. After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place.

If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

After the 22nd November 2022, any places returned will result in additional places awarded through the Qualifying Event.

The Replacement Ranking List will be generated fresh on the relevant day  (the date a space becomes available) using the same Max DG over 12 months basis.

As at 1st September, the top 10 players on the Replacement Ranking List are: Carissa Price, Bonnie Johnstone, Baubre Murray, Shirley Howlett, Jacky Lynch, Silvia Short.  This list may change if more games are played. The players on this list do NOT yet have a place in the event.

 

2023 AC Women’s World Championship – Other 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.

Transport
Players will be responsible for their costs to and from the headquarters venue.

Overseas players should fly into: Christchurch International Airport, from Australia, Singapore or Guangzhou or into Auckland International Airport, and then transfer to Christchurch (75 mins)

Accommodation
Players will be responsible for their own accommodation costs.

Availability:   There is a variety of accommodation available in the Christchurch region ranging from backpacker to luxury accommodation.  More information on availability and costs will appear on the event website.

Food and Drink
Players are provided with morning and afternoon tea and will be able to purchase lunches at the host clubs each day. Costs are expected to be no more than $15 per day.

Social Programme

Opening function:    This will be at United on Friday 6th January 2023 at 5pm. Finger food provided, drinks at players cost. It is hoped that there will be a Mayoral reception although this is still to be confirmed.

Closing function:    A Tournament Dinner will be arranged. Venue and timing to be confirmed. Players will need to buy tickets for this.

Knock-Out Stage draw:   The Championship Knock-Out Stage draw will be carried out in public at the United Croquet Club as soon as is convenient after the completion of the block play and any play-offs on Tuesday 10th January 2023.

Other functions:  A BBQ will be held around 5pm on Tuesday 10th January at United

2023 AC Women’s World Championship – Club 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.

The head-quarters will be the six lawn United Croquet Club United Croquet Club Website

The other two clubs that will be used are:

St James Croquet Club, 2 courts. St James Croquet Club website

Cashmere Croquet Club, 3 courts. Cashmere Croquet Club website

 

2022 Association Croquet World Team Championship Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3

Congratulations to the winning teams at the 2022 AC World Team Championship - Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3.

This event took place at the Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, Devon, England between 9-14 August 2022.

It started with an early pre-match on 8th August between Canada and Sweden, to determine which team would compete in Tier 2.1. This was due to the previous test remaining unfinished back in 2017. Sweden were successful and so took their place in Tier 2.1 for the main series of tests.

Tier 2.1 therefore consisted of Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Wales. By the final day it was very tight between Scotland and Wales. The final test was 3-3, a tie, however, Scotland took the series due to winning more of the Singles matches.

Congratulations to the team of Duncan Reeve, Lorna Dewar, David Warhurst and Chris Martin.

Tiers 2.2 and 3 started by competing together and after 2 days were split into the 2 divisions. The 5 teams were Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and South Africa.

Tier 2.2 was won by Canada. Congratulations to Brian Cumming, Nick Mitchell, Jim Wright and Pierre Dunn.

Tier 3 was won by South Africa. Congratulations Andrew Hobbs,Nick Harvey, Judith Hanekom and Christine Wakeham.

Full results can be found on CroquetScores:

WCF AC WTC Canada v Sweden Play-off 8th August 2022
WCF AC WTC Tier 2.1
WCF AC WTC Tiers 2.2 & 3
WCF AC WTC Tier 2.2
WCF AC WTC Tier 3

Player profiles can be found on the Budleigh Salterton website -  please click here

2022 Golf Croquet World Championship – Winner: Matthew Essick (USA)

Congratulations to Matthew Essick - 2022 GC World Champion.

The WCF would like to thank Croquet England and the Sussex County Croquet Club for hosting the Championship, as well as the many volunteers who helped to ensure the event ran smoothly.

2022 GC World Championship Winners and Medalists, with Ian Burridge WCF President and Mike Town, Tournament Manager
Matthew Essick - 2022 GC World Champion

The Championship was held at the Sussex County Croquet Club in the south of England between Saturday 30th July to Sunday 7th August 2022.

Click here or on the logo above to go to the dedicated Event website: gcworlds2022.org/

RESULTS

 

 

 

 

Full results can be found on Croquet Scores: 14th WCF Golf Croquet World Championship

STREAMING
A full programme of streamed matches from the Championship took place. All the footage can be found on the Croquet England YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/croquetengland

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tiers 3

Congratulations to Mexico - Winners of the Tier 3 Golf Croquet World Championship.

This delayed 2020 event took place at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club between 20th to 23rd July 2022. Mexico, Portugal and Czech Republic played together with an Iran + team.

The Guildford & Godalming club looked after the players well with fast lawns, firm hoops and good food. The WCF would like to thank the club and all the volunteers who helped to make this event run so smoothly.

Mexico won with 2 wins against Portugal and the Czech Republic, and drew against the Iran team made up of Omied Hallam and some hastily convened club players who stepped into the breach when the Iranian VISAs failed to arrive in time.

Portugal came second and the Czech Republic third.

Full results can be found on Croquet Scores: 2020 GC WTC T3 

The Mexican team celebrate their win
The teams are gathered and ready to go. Championship starts 21st July.