2019 Women's Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship (“WGCWC”) will be held at the Heretaunga and Marewa Croquet Clubs in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019 in accordance with version 4.8 of the Event Regulations and version 8.8 of the Sports Regulations.

The Event Capacity will be a maximum of 56.

TIMETABLE

RESPONSE DATE: Sunday, 29 July 2018

This is the date by which all WCF Members are requested to inform the WCF Management Committee via the Secretary-General at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

(a) if they wish to take up their Membership Place or Places;

(b) the names of their eligible players who want a Ranking or Membership place in the Event; and

(c) the names of any of those players they wish to nominate for a Wild Card Place.

A player who is affiliated to a WCF Member and wishes to gain a place in the WGCWC must announce their availability via their WCF Member. However, if a player is not affiliated to a WCF Member and is not eligible to represent any WCF Member, they should contact the Secretary-General directly.

The other timetable dates set out in Appendix 2 paragraph 3 of the Sports Regulations are:

ALLOCATION DATE: Sunday, 12 August 2018

The highest grades achieved by players in the year ending on this date will be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places.

ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: Sunday, 26 August 2018

The names of the players who have been awarded Ranking Places and Wild Card Places will be announced on this date.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday, 23 September 2018

This is the last date on which Members can nominate players for Membership Places requested on or before the Response Date. Any Membership Place which has been requested by a WCF Member but not taken up by the Closing Date will become an additional Ranking Place.

Current World Champions

The Current World Champions

The principal function of the WCF is to organise the holding of World Championships in both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet.  These are divided into three categories - the premier or open singles events, the restricted singles events and the team events.

 

The premier World Championships

The Association Croquet World Championship and the Golf Croquet World Championship are the two individual World Championships.  Their entry is unrestricted and they are normally held every two years.

ASSOCIATION CROQUET

Stephen Mulliner (England), champion since April 2016.  The next ACWC will be held in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2018.

GOLF CROQUET

Reg Bamford (South Africa), champion since March 2017.  The next GCWC will be held in England in July/August 2019.

 

The restricted World Championships

There are four restricted individual World Championships which are held every four years except for the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship which is held shortly before each Golf Croquet World Championship.

Women's Association Croquet

Miranda Chapman (England), champion since August 2015.  The next WACWC will be held in 2019.

Women's Golf Croquet

Judith Hanekom (South Africa), champion since November 2014.  The next WGCWC will be held in 2018.

Over 50 Golf Croquet

Salah Hassan (Egypt), champion since October 2014.  The next Over-50 GCWC will be held in 2018.

Under 21 Golf Croquet

Felix Webby (New Zealand), champion since February 2017.  The next Under 21 GCWC will be held in 2019.

 

The team World Championships

ASSOCIATION CROQUET

Tier 1 - the MacRobertson Shield

Australia, champions since May 2017.  The next MacRobertson Shield contest will be held in Australia in 2021.

Tier 2.1

Wales, holders since July 2017.  The next Tier 2.1 championship will be held in 2021.

Tier 2.2

Canada and Sweden, joint holders since July 2017.  The next Tier 2.2 championship will be held in 2021.

Tier 3

Germany, holders since July 2017.  The next Tier 3 championship will be held in 2021.

 

GOLF CROQUET

Tier 1 - the Openshaw Shield

New Zealand, champions since May 2016.  The next Tier 1 championship will be held in 2020.

Tier 2

Australia, holders since May 2016.  The next Tier 2 championship will be held in 2020.

Tier 3

Norway, holders since May 2016.  The next Tier 3 championship will be held in 2020.

 

The History of Croquet World Championships

The WCF was founded in 1988 and celebrated the first Association Croquet World Championship in September 1989 at the Hurlingham Club in south-west London.  The recognition of Golf Croquet as a serious alternative code gathered pace in the early 1990s, assisted by the discovery of Egypt as a powerhouse of GC expertise.  This led to the holding of the first Golf Croquet World Championship in Italy in 1996.

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