The 6th WCF Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship
Venue: Mount Manganui, North Island, New Zealand
Dates: 8-12 January 2023
Champion: Aston Wade (England)
Finalist: Fawzy Helmy (Egypt)
Watch the final (Day 2 of streaming) via the Playlist on the WCF YouTube Channel - Filmed by Maori Active - U21 GC World Championship Playlist
Full results are available on Croquet Scores 2023 Under 21 World Championship
Aston Wade beat Fawzy Helmy 3:1 in an exciting final to become 2023 Under 21 GC World Champion.
Cyclone Gabrielle ensured dreadful playing conditions throughout the match, with strong gusty winds and sometimes torrential rain.
The first game was almost faultless from both players, with impressive clearing and jump shots from Fawzy, whilst Aston's positioning and backball control was exceptional. The later games saw the weather worsen and some mistakes crept in from both players, but overall play was to an extremely high standard. Aston's style of controlled position taking combined with strong clearing and hoop strokes eventually took the win, but it was extremely close throughout.
The fourth game went to the 13th. Aston immediately took perfect position, but Fawzy cleared with his second shot. Some in and out ensued, with good clearing from Fawzy before he finally missed one and Aston took the hoop.
Congratulations also to Levi Franks who won the Shield, Josh Winter, winner of the Bowl and to Inigo Castanan who took the Plate.
The WCF wish to thank Croquet New Zealand, the Mount Manganui Club and all the many volunteers for hosting the event.