August 2020 Newsletter

WCF Newsletter – August/September 2020

Deputy Secretary-General

Debbie Lines (ENG) has been appointed as the WCF Deputy-Secretary General with effect from 1 September 2020.  This is a succession planning position and it is intended that Debbie will take over from Stephen Mulliner as Secretary-General when his term of office ends on 31 August 2021.

Debbie was introduced to croquet in childhood and soon became a first-class player, culminating in representing Great Britain in the 1996 MacRobertson Shield.  She has excellent qualifications for the WCF role after a career in industry in senior finance and change management positions.

Sweden elected as a Full Member

Sweden have successfully applied to change their WCF membership status from Associate Member to Full Member.  They become the WCF’s 11th Full Member.

Development Committee

This committee has been established, with an initial membership of Ian Burridge (Wales & WCF MC), Roberts Stafeckis (Latvia & WCF MC), Begoña Elzaburu (Spain), Sally Harper (Australia), Brian Lozano (USA), Logan McCorkindale (New Zealand), David Openshaw (England), John Swabey (Germany) and Rick Zazueta (Mexico).  In the first instance the Committee will be looking at the following areas:-

The recruitment of RCOs and development of existing Members

Development and growth of croquet in Continental Europe

Increasing the numbers of referees and coaches

Increasing the number of young players

Increasing participation in croquet generally and particularly in Association Croquet

The sharing of useful resources amongst all Members (Global Resources)

Working Groups

The WCF MC has created four specialist working groups to investigate the following areas, with initial reports expected from each by the end of the year:

Establishing a Global Handicap System

Establishing a Global Game and Player Database

An alternative to the current game of handicap Golf Croquet

Developing on-line referee training and certification.

New Latvian Club Progress Report

Roberts Stafeckis reports from Ikskile, Latvia:

“The groundworks are finished and the grass is growing.  The grass is a mixture of 60% Chewing’s Fescue and 40% Creeping Red Fescue.  Two and half months after seeding, it shows good results.  A 20-foot sea container has been purchased for use a storage facility.  A second-hand Toro Flex 2100 mower has been purchased and is being used for the courts as well as a household Hecht 5564 SXE mower for the green areas around the courts.  Next on the agenda is the selection of a company to build the first of the two small buildings that will together serve as a clubhouse.  The other one will be built next year as soon as the number of members increases.”

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Largest Ever Development Grant Awarded

A 30% grant of up to 15,000 EUR has been awarded to the Latvian Croquet Federation to part-fund the building of their first multi-lawn venue. The planned three lawn club is to be built in the town of Ikskile, 30 miles east of Riga, and it is hoped that the main part of the work, including the creation for the courts, will be completed later this year.

Coronavirus and the WCF 10 year Championship Schedule

As previously announced, the coronavirus pandemic has already caused us to postpone the GC World Team Championship Tiers 2 & 3 events due to be held in Spain and England this year.

After consultation with all the affected Event Hosts, namely the Members due to host events from 2020 to 2023, it has been decided that the best approach is to move the entire WCF forward calendar back by 12 months, beginning with the 2020 Women’s AC World Championship. This will hopefully provide a degree of certainty. The existing Event Hosts have agreed to work on that basis and, whilst the exact dates need to be finalised in the coming months, the revised Schedule is:

WCF Event Host Original Revised
    date date
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2 Spain May-20 May-21
2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 3 England Jul-20 Jul-21
2020 Women's AC World Championship New Zealand Nov-20 Nov-21
2021 Under 21 GC World Championship New Zealand Jan-21 Jan-22
2021 GC World Championship New Zealand Feb-21 Feb-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tiers 2/3 England Aug-21 Aug-22
2021 AC World Team Championship Tier 1 (MacRobertson Shield) Australia Nov-21 Nov-22
2022 AC World Championship England Jul-22 Jul-23
2022 Over 50 GC World Championship Australia Oct-22 Oct-23
2023 Under 21 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24
2023 GC World Championship USA Mar-23 Mar-24

In the original Schedule, the MacRobertson Shield was scheduled for 2025, its centenary year. The

plan is still to achieve this, if possible, with slight revisions to the Schedule around that time if necessary.

Development Committee/Business Plan

The WCF has published its Business Plan for 2020-2023 which can be found at

https://worldcroquet.org/documents/Governance/BusinessPlans/WCFBusinessPlan2020_23.pdf. An important part of delivering this plan will fall to the recently re-established Development Committee. Anyone interested in joining this committee should contact either of its MC members, Ian Burridge (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Roberts Stafeckis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Global Resources

The WCF has recently launched an initiative to try to share more resources on a global basis. The initial offerings, croquetscores.com, Court Booking Systems, Swiss Management Software, information relating to developing a club and an index of YouTube videos can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/croquet-information/global-croquet-resources

Anyone with similar resources which they are prepared to share with the global community should contact Ian or Roberts (as above).

Handicap Advice Sheet

A WCF advice sheet has been agreed which provides information on how Members that do not operate a national handicapping system can facilitate handicap play amongst their players, it can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/documents/AdviceSheets/WCFAdviceSheet_HandicapPlay.pdf

Player Surveys

The results of the player surveys from the recent GC World Team Championship (Tier 1) and AC World Championships can be found here https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/about-the-wcf/surveys

Hall of Fame

Nominations are sought for potential inductees in 2020, these should be sent to the Secretary-General before September 30th for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee. Nominations should be in accordance with the following:-

“A nomination by an individual is to take the form of a written citation which should demonstrate how the candidate has made an outstanding contribution to any of the Games of Croquet as a player, administrator or supporter or any combination thereof. A citation should be in English and not less than 500 words and should be accompanied by a photograph or portrait of the candidate.”

https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/about-the-wcf/hall-of-fame

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

6 June 2020

February 2020 Newsletter

WCF February 2020 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of the result of recent WCF Events, what the Management Committee (MC) has been doing and what is on the agenda in the near future. Comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There have been none since the last Newsletter was published. However, a Member Survey was launched in January with a view to formulating a new Business Plan for the WCF.

What has happened since December?

The WCF Hall of Fame is to be relaunched in 2020 and the Management Committee decided that the process should be initiated by nominating Bryan Dawson (AUS) to be inducted as the first new member since 2014. in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport as the manufacturer of the Dawson Ball, the premier competition ball for over 20 years. It was very fitting that it was possible to present Bryan with his certificate of induction in person as part of the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Association Croquet World Championship.

The Australian Croquet Association has bid to hold the next Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship in Bunbury, Western Australia from 15 to 22 October 2022. The bid has been accepted in principle. This will be the first time this popular event has been held outside Egypt.

The Croquet Association followed this by bidding to hold the next Association Croquet World Championship in London from 16 to 24 July 2022. The Hurlingham Club will be the headquarters with other London clubs providing additional courts. This bid has been accepted.

Recent WCF championships

Openshaw Shield – 2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship Tier 1

This was held at the Nelson-Hinemoa Club in South Island, New Zealand from 6 to 12 January. The event was won by New Zealand, the hosts and defending champions who were represented by Duncan Dixon, Edmund Fordyce, Josh Freeth and Felix Webby. The full finishing order was:

1 New Zealand

2 Egypt

3 England

4 USA

5 Australia

6 South Africa

7 Ireland

8 Sweden

Sweden are relegated to Tier 2 for the 2024 event and will be replaced by the winners of the GC WTC Tier 2 event.

2020 Association Croquet World Championship

This was hosted by the Australian Croquet Association at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Melbourne with assistance from the Ballarat Alexandra, Belmont, Essendon and Williamstown Croquet Clubs. After 9 days of competition, Reg Bamford (South Africa) was victorious by beating Matthew Essick (USA) +14TP, -12, +17TP, +26TP in the final.

It was pleasing and noteworthy that three of the semi-finalists and five of the quarter-finalists were under 30.

The winners of the four consolation events were:

Salver – James Death (England)

Shield – Stephen Mulliner (England)

Bowl – Samir Patel (England)

Plate – Alain Giraud (England)

Forthcoming WCF championships

The coronavirus pandemic may affect the holding of the three remaining WCF events in 2020.

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 2

Tier 2 is planned to be held in southern Spain from 11 to 16 May 2020. Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa is located in Puerto de Santa Maria near Cadiz and will be the headquarters with additional courts provided by Sherry Golf Jerez and Real Club de Golf Novi Sancti Petri. The eight teams will represent the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Wales.

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 3

Tier 3 is planned to be held in England at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club in Surrey from 15 to 18 July 2020. The competing teams are expected to represent Iran, Mexico and Portugal.

2020 Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

The WACWC is planned to be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 29 November to 6 December 2020.

Membership and RCO enquiries

The Portuguese Croquet Association has been formed and has been awarded the status of a Recognised Croquet Organisation by the MC.

Outlook for March and beyond

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the holding of WCF events in 2020 has become and will remain a key topic for the MC. The results of the Member Survey will be analysed to assist in drawing up a new Business Plan for publication in April.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

15 March 2020

December 2019 Newsletter

WCF December 2019 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee (MC) has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future. Comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

Amir Ramsis (EGY) retired as WCF President on 31 December 2019 on completing his second four-year term of office and Luis de Gortazar (ESP), Mike Orgill (USA) and Samir Patel (ENG) all retired by rotation.  Luis and Mike decided not to stand for re-election.

Ian Burridge (WAL) and Mike Cohn (AUS) were nominated as candidates for the post of WCF President and Ian was elected by 42 votes to 18.

Harold (Hal) Denton (USA), Begoña Elzaburu (ESP), Samir Patel (ENG) and Amir Ramsis (EGY) were nominated for three places on the WCF Management Committee.  Samir, Hal and Amir were elected to serve until 31 December 2023 with 44, 41 and 37 votes respectively with Begoña only just behind with 36 votes.

The WCF also voted on three subjects in December.  Statute changes were approved as Topic 80, including the limitation of the Secretary-General’s tenure to two four-year terms and creation of the post of Deputy Secretary-General to be appointed for the last year of a Secretary-General’s term to facilitate a smooth handover.  Topics 81 and 82 dealt with the approval of the 2020 Budget and the re-election of Brian Havill as the WCF’s Independent Examiner.

 

What has happened since September?

The Secretary-General visited the newly-formed Algarve Croquet Club in Portugal to provide coaching and to discuss the formation of a new Portuguese croquet governing body.  It is hoped that a Portuguese Croquet Association will be formed and that Portugal will be represented in the Tier 3 of the 2020 Golf Croquet Golf Croquet World Team Championship.

The WCF Hall of Fame is to be relaunched in 2020 and the Management Committee decided that the process should be initiated by nominating Bryan Dawson (AUS) to be inducted as the first new member since 2014.  in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport as the manufacturer of the Dawson Ball, the premier competition ball for over 20 years.

The Australian Croquet Association has bid to hold the next Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship in Bunbury, Western Australia from 15 to 23 October 2022.  The bid has been accepted in principle and, all being well, will lead to the first time this popular event has been held outside Egypt.

The Croquet Association followed this by bidding to hold the next but one Association Croquet World Championship in London from 16 to 24 July 2022.  The Hurlingham Club will be the headquarters with other London clubs providing additional courts.  This bid has also been accepted in principle.

As noted above, Amir Ramsis completed his term as WCF President on 31 December 2019.  In his eight years in office, Amir has assiduously attended most of the WCF Events in that time to welcome the players, assist with presenting the trophies and to express the appreciation of the WCF to all the Event Hosts.  His enthusiasm and support for both codes of the game will be warmly remembered by all who have met him.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 1

Tier 1 will be held at the Nelson-Hinemoa Croquet Club on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island from 6 to 12 January 2020. The eight teams will represent Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, New Zealand (the holders), South Africa, Sweden and the USA.

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 2

Tier 2 will be held in southern Spain from 11 to 1May 2020.  Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa is located in Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz, and will be the headquarters with additional courts provided by Sherry Golf Jerez and Real Club de Golf Novi Sancti Petri.  The eight teams will represent the Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland and Wales.

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 3

Tier 3 will be held in England at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club in Surrey from 15 to 18 July 2020.  The competing teams are expected to represent Iran, Mexico and Portugal.

2020 Association Croquet World Championship

The 2020 ACWC will be held Croquet Centre near Melbourne from 15 to 23 February 2020. 76 places have been awarded and four more will be available to the top placed players in the Qualifying Tournament.

Membership and RCO enquiries

The Iran Croquet Association was awarded Recognised Croquet Organisation status in November.

Management Committee topics

Topics recently completed or closed

MC 386:       Commonwealth Games

MC 406:       Croquet Mexico

MC 408:       Iran Croquet Association

MC 414:       2019 elections

MC 417:       Purchase of trophies 2020-2022

MC 418:       Statute changes

MC 420:       Artificial surfaces

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:       10-year World Championship schedule

MC 392:       2020 GCWTC Tier 2 (ESP), Tier 3 (ENG)

MC 393:       2020 WACWC

MC 394:       2021 U21 GCWC (NZL)

MC 395:       2021 GCWC (NZL)

MC 396:       2021 ACWTC Tier 1 (MacRob)(AUS) (was MC 384)

MC 397:       2021 ACWTC Tier 2 (ENG)

MC 405:       S-G succession

MC 407:       Portugal

MC 411:       Banking arrangements

MC 412:       2022 ACWC (ENG)

MC 421:       Future strategy and Business Plan

MC 422:       Development Working Group

MC 423:       Handicapping

MC 424:       MC conference calls

MC Topics currently under administration

MC 365:       Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 377:       GC Rankings Regulations

MC 390:       2020 GCWTC Tier 1 (Openshaw Shield) (NZL)

MC 391:       2020 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 424:       Golf Croquet Country Rankings

Outlook for January and beyond

A membership survey will be carried out to assist in drawing up a new Business Plan for publication in April.  The new President, Ian Burridge, is keen to make development a more active part of the WCF’s overall function.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

20 January 2020

September 2019 Newsletter

WCF September 2019 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee (MC) has been doing recently and what is on the agenda in the near future. Comments are always very welcome. It is also made available to all on the WCF web-site and via the Nottingham list and other croquet bulletin boards.

Council debates and decisions

There were none.

 

What has happened since June?

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship was held at the Nottingham Croquet Club from Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 24 July 2019. 24 players representing Australia, Egypt, England, Germany, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain and the USA took part in an excellent event which culminated in a thrilling final between Edmund Fordyce (NZL) and James Galpin (ENG). James started strongly and took the first two games but Edmund justified his status as the pre-event favourite by mounting a determined recovery to triumph 4-7, 5-7, 7-5, 7-5, 7-5.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship was held from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019 at the Sussex County Croquet Club with support from Compton Croquet Club, Royal Tunbridge Wells Croquet Club and West Worthing Croquet Club. The organisation of the event and the public relations efforts were excellent with HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Susan Pyper, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, as the Guests of Honour at the opening ceremony.

The Southwick courts were in superb condition and the large number of knowledgeable visitors were treated to a feast of excellent croquet. Extraordinarily, all four past champions from 2004 were eliminated on Thursday morning and it became clear that a new generation had arrived. In the semi-finals, two of Egypt’s young stars gave a brilliant performance with Mohamed Karem beating Hamy Erian 7-5, 7-4, 6-7, 7-3, despite Erian jumping hoop 13 from the boundary in game 3 to stay alive. In the other semi-final, Josh Freeth of New Zealand surged to a 7-2, 7-3 lead against USA’s Ben Rothman. However, Rothman refused to be dismayed and fought back to take the last three games 7-3, 7-5, 7-5.

The final was a compelling encounter in which Rothman took the first game 7-5 but then was swept aside 7-2, 7-3 by an increasingly confident Karem as the match progressed. When Karem ran a very angled hoop 9 in game 4 to take a 6-3 lead, he was within touching distance of the title. But, as in the semi-final, Rothman dug deep and produced a key 25 yard clearance at hoop 13 to square the match 7-6 and then played with great resolve to take the final game 7-5 and become the first American WCF champion. The prize-giving ended with the establishment of a new tradition – the formal handing over of the WCF flag from a representative of the Event Host to a representative of the next Event Host.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2020 Golf Croquet World Team Championship – Tier 1

Tier 1 of the 2020 GCWTC will be held at the Nelson-Hinemoa Croquet Club on the north coast of New Zealand’s South Island from 6 to 12 January 2020. The eight competing teams represent Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.

2020 Association Croquet World Championship

The 2020 ACWC will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre near Melbourne from 15 to 23 February 2020. 76 places have been awarded and four more will be available to the top placed players in the Qualifying Tournament.

Membership and RCO enquiries

Croquet Mexico was awarded Recognised Croquet Organisation status in July. The WCF is currently in contact with croquet bodies from Greece, Iran and Pakistan.

Management Committee topics

Topics recently completed or closed

MC 404:       Balls and ball-testing

MC 409:       WCF GC Rules Committee remit

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:       10-year World Championship schedule

MC 386:       Commonwealth Games

MC 392:       2020 GCWTC Tier 2 (ESP)

MC 393:       2020 WACWC (was MC 382)

MC 394:       2021 U21 GCWC

MC 395:       2021 GCWC

MC 396:       2021 ACWTC Tier 1 (MacRob)(AUS) (was MC 384)

MC 397:       2021 ACWTC Tier 2 (ENG)

MC 405:       S-G succession

MC 406:       Croquet Mexico

MC 407:       Portugal

MC 408:       Iran

MC 411:       Banking arrangements

MC 412:       2022 ACWC (ENG)

MC Topics currently under administration

MC 362:       2019 U21 GCWC and Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 365:       Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 377:       GC Rankings development

MC 390:       2020 GCWTC Tier 1 (Openshaw Shield) (NZL)

MC 391:       2020 Association Croquet World Championship (was MC 381)

Outlook for October and beyond

Amir Ramsis completes his second and final term as WCF President on 31 December 2019. In his eight years in office, Amir has assiduously attended most of the WCF Events in that time to welcome the players, assist with presenting the trophies and to express the appreciation of the WCF to all the Event Hosts. His enthusiasm and support for both codes of the game will be warmly remembered by all who have met him.

The main events in the next three months are the elections for the office of WCF President and for three places on the WCF Management Committee. The results of these elections will be published in early December. The MC will be engaged in the preparation of the annual reports from the Treasurer and from itself which are due to be completed and also sent to Members in December. The other key topics are the final preparations for the three tiers of the 2020 GC World Team Championship and for the 2020 ACWC.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

15 October 2019