2023 AC Women’s Qualifier – Spaces still available!

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.
4th November - As at the allocation date 3rd November, 7 players had entered. See Croquet Scores for entrants. There are still 13 places remaining. 

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

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 WACWC Current List of Players *Updated 16.10.22*

As at 16.10.22

The current list of 36 players is  2023 WACWC Player List 16.10.22

A further 4 places will come from the Qualifier.

 

Change History:

12.10.22 - Following a withdrawal, Marion McInnes from New Zealand has now been offered, and accepted, a Replacement Ranking Place.

16.10.22 - Following a withdrawal, Phyllis Young from New Zealand has now been offered, and accepted, a Replacement Ranking Place.

 

2023 AC Women’s World Championship – Other Information * Updated 5.10.22*

The 2023 AC Women's World Championship will be held between 7 - 14 January 2023 at three clubs in Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand.

Practice - prior to event
Practice at the venues will be available on 5th and 6th January, subject to lawn preparation. Further details to be provided nearer the time.

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.

Billets are available with Members, for singles or couples, at a small charge of around $40NZ (to be negotiated for couples). If you're interested, get in touch with the Chair of the Organising Committee, Vilna Gough-Jones, vgoughjones@gmail.com

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 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 – 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

 

2023 AC Women’s Championship Ranking Places

The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 40 person event.

Capacity = 40

  Member Places

20

  Qualifier

4

  Ranking Places

16

 

Ranking Places

The 16 Ranking Places have been awarded to the following players, based on the Initial Ranking List dated 28th July 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

New Zealand

Jenny Clarke

2510

16

Australia

Alison Sharpe

2375

26

England

Gabrielle Higgins

2318

80

England

Debbie Lines

2125

86

Australia

Claire Bassett

2095

7

Scotland

Lorna Dewar

1989

91

Australia

Rosemary Landrebe

1964

51

England

Beatrice McGlen

1896

44

New Zealand

Alison Robinson

1890

25

Australia

Kerri-Ann Organ

1853

83

Australia

Tricia Devlin

1843

52

Australia

Yuni Rowell

1811

52

Ireland

Jane Morrison

1810

17

Australia

Heather Knight

1759

48

Australia

Lois Kirk

1734

38

New Zealand

Cindy Clarke

1734

27

Entry Fees

Players are advised that the entry fee of £96 should be paid by 12th October 2022 at the latest. Details of how and when to pay will be emailed out to players after the Closing date 11th September, once the Member Places have also been allocated.

Member Places

Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 11th September 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.

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.

Format
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 secretary@worldcroquet.org.

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

01/06/2022

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

Response Date

13/07/2022

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

28/07/2022

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

31/07/2022

Announcement made early to assist with VISAs and planning.

Closing Date

11/09/2022

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

10/10/2022

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

Entry Fee Due Date

12/10/2022

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

22/11/2022

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

tbc

Further information on how to enter will follow shortly

Qualifier Allocation Date

03/11/2022

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

Qualifier Closing Date

19/12/2022

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

Pandemic
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.