December 2018 Newsletter

WCF December 2018 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

Topic 73:      Election of WCF Treasurer

An election for the post of WCF Treasurer made necessary by the decision of Martin French to retire at the end of 2018. The WCF was fortunate to have two very well-qualified candidates in Lorraine Smith (AUS) and Yousry Ghamry (EGY). Yousry was the successful candidate with 31 votes to Lorraine’s 22 votes.

Topic 74:      Consultation on the WCF membership structure

The MC sought and received Members’ views on a change of structure to reclassify Observer Members as Recognised Croquet Organisations (“RCOs”) and permit more than one RCO to be recognised in a country without a Full or Associate Member.

Topic 75:      2019 Budget

The 2019 Budget was approved by 36 votes to nil.

Topic 76:      Election of Independent Examiner

Brian Havill [ENG] was elected Independent Examiner for 2019 by 27 votes to nil.

Topic 77:       Amendment of WCF Refereeing Regulations

Two amendments have been recommended to align the regulations with the 5th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet.

What has happened since September?

World Championship administration activities covered the final stages of preparation for the 2018 Over 50 GCWC, the management of entries for the 2019 Women’s GCWC and the start of the timetable for the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GC World Championship. Ranking Places were announced for both the latter events on 30 December 2018.

The final quarter routine included preparing and publishing the previous year’s accounts, the following year’s budget and the MC Report to Members on the year’s activities. A picture of the range of other issues dealt with by the MC is given by the list of MC topics that have required attention and resolution and can be found at the end of this Newsletter.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

This event is held every four years and this was its third holding, again generously hosted by the Egyptian Croquet Federation in Cairo using its own courts and with the support of the Gizera Club which provided another three courts. The 2018 event attracted 48 competitors from ten countries - Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and USA.

The championship was won by Hanan Rashad of Egypt who thereby became the first woman to win a WCF world title in an event open to both sexes.

32 players progressed to the knock-out stage. Nine countries were represented in the last 32 but this fell to only three (EGY, ENG and USA) by the quarter-finals with the hosts, Egypt, claiming six of the eight places.

Stephen Mulliner (ENG) beat Wael Shahine (EGY), Hanan Rashad (EGY) beat Ayman Amin (EGY), Yasser Fathy (EGY) beat Sherif Abdelwahab (USA) and Hazem Mahmoud (EGY) beat Salib Erian (EGY). In the semi-finals, Hanan Rashad beat Mulliner 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 and Yasser Fathy overcame Hazem Mahmoud by 7-2, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

It was felt by the numerous spectators that Hanan Rashad needed a good start to have a real chance of victory. Although she started brightly by taking the opening game, Yasser Fathy took the next two and seemed well set. However, to Hanan’s great credit, she maintained her resolve and won the last two games 7-4, 7-5 to seal a famous victory.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Women’s GCWC will be held at the Heretaunga Club in Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. A Qualifying Tournament will be held at the Rangatira Club, Dannevirke, North Island , New Zealand from Wednesday, 30 to Thursday, 31 January 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club from Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 24 July 2019. 10 Ranking Places have been awarded and Members have until 27 January to nominate a total of 14 players for Membership Places.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019. 37 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places have been awarded and Members have until 27 January to nominate a total of 37 players for Membership Places. Four places are reserved for the highest finishers in a Qualifying Tournament.

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 Monday, 6 to Sunday,12 January 2020. Formal invitations to participate will be sent to Members in March 2019.

2020 Association Croquet World Championship

The 2020 ACWC will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre near Melbourne from  Saturday,15 to Sunday, 23 February 2020. Formal invitations to participate will be sent to Members in April 2019.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

Management Committee topics

Topics recently completed or closed

MC 325:       Enquiry from Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:       2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 367:       Portugal

MC 368:       2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 376:       Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 387:       WCF Treasurer vacancy

MC 388:       Eligibility issue

MC 398:       Child protection policy

MC 399:       2019 Budget

MC 400:       Reserve Funds investment

MC 401:       Refereeing Regulations amendments

MC 402:       Management Committee report

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:       10-year World Championship schedule

MC 384:       2021 MacRobertson Shield

MC 386:      Commonwealth Games

MC 389:       WCF membership structure

MC 390:       2020 GCWTC Tier 1 (NZL)

MC 392:       2020 GCWTC Tier 2/3 (ENG)

MC 393:       2020 WACWC (was MC 382)

MC 394:       2021 U21 GCWC

MC 395:       2021 GCWC

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 362:       2019 U21 GCWC and Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 365:       Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 369:       2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:       Format of World Team Championships

MC 377:       GC Rankings development

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

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

MC 397:       2021 ACWTC Tier 2 (ENG)

Outlook for January and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on following-up the response to Topic 74 (WCF membership structure), managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2019 Women’s GCWC including pre-event communication with the players. Other tasks will include progressing the administration of the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GCWC and issuing the formal invitations for the 2020 GC WTC and 2020 ACWC.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

16 January 2019

September 2018 Newsletter

WCF September 2018 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee 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

Topic 70: New WCF Hall of Fame Regulations were approved by 34 votes to nil in June 2018 in preparation for a re-launch of the Hall of Fame. It is hoped that luminaries from the world of Golf Croquet will be among those proposed for future nomination.

Topic 71: The 5th Edition of the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet were approved by 49 votes to 5 in July 2018. WCF Members are free to decide when the new Rules will come into effect in their domains but it is expected that the new Rules will be in general use by March 2019. They are already in use in New Zealand. Official Rulings

Topic 72: Minor amendments to the Event and Sports Regulations were approved by 43 votes to 8 on 30 September 2018. These came into effect on 1 October 2018.

What has happened since May?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England. Croquet may be able to feature as a “demonstration” sport and the WCF has discussed with the Commonwealth Games Foundation how croquet might apply to become a “recognised” sport. More developments are expected at the end of 2018.

The WCF Treasurer, Martin French, has announced his intention of retiring at the end of 2018. Martin has made a great contribution to croquet both as a player and as an administrator at national and international level. He was the WCF Secretary-General from 2010 to 2013 and the Treasurer from 2016. He will be missed and he goes with the gratitude of the croquet world.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

The O50 GCWC will be held from Saturdat, 6 October to Saturday, 13 October 2018. There are 48 competitors from ten countries - Australia, Egypt, England, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and USA.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Women’s GCWC will be held at the Heretaunga Club in Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. A Qualifying Tournament will be held at the Rangatira Club, Dannevirke, North Island , New Zealand from Wednesday, 30 to Thursday, 31 January 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club from Saturday, 20 July to Wednesday, 24 July 2019. The formal invitation to participate has been sent to WCF Members and the Response Date is Sunday, 2 December 2018.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2019 Golf Croquet World Championship will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019. The formal invitation to participate has been sent to WCF Members and the Response Date is Sunday, 2 December 2018.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 372:         WCF Facebook presence

MC 385:         New WCF Rules of Golf Croquet

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:         10-year World Championship schedule

MC 376:         Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 384:         2021 MacRobertson Shield

MC 386:         Commonwealth Games

MC 387:         WCF Treasurer vacancy

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 325:         Enquiry from Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:         2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 362:         2019 U21 GCWC and Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 365:         Hall of Fame relaunch

MC 367:         Portugal

MC 368:         2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:         2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:         Format of World Team Championships

MC 377:         GC Rankings development

MC 381:         2020 Association Croquet World Championship

Outlook for October and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be completing Statute changes in preparation for a Members’ consultation and and managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2019 Women’s GCWC including pre-event communication with the players. Other tasks will include beginning the administration of the 2019 Under 21 GCWC and the 2019 GCWC, both in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

7 October 2018

February 2018 Newsletter

WCF February 2018 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee 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

The Council approved the 2017 Treasurer's Report and the 2018 Budget (Topic 65) and elected Brian Havill (ENG) to be the Independent Eaxminer for 2018 (Topic 66).

What has happened since November?

The 2018 AC World Championship was held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018. Paddy Chapman (New Zealand) defeated Reg Bamford (South Africa) +7tp, -26tp, -26tp, +15tp, +17tp in a gripping final to become the new Association Croquet World Champion.

The semi-finalists were Jose Riva (ESP) and Stephen Mulliner (ENG), the defending champion, and the winners of the Shield, Bowl and Plate events were respectively Greg Fletcher (AUS), Jonathan Powe (ENG) and Stephen Morgan (USA).

The Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group produced a report recommending that the WCF assume responsibility for the Golf Croquet rankings and that a new algorithm and automatic start grade adjustment be adopted. The Report and other proposals relating to GC ranking will be submitted to the WCF Council.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held in Cairo from Saturday, 6 to Saturday, 13 October 2018. The formal Invitation to Members was published on 18 December 2017 with a Response Date of 1 April 2019.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019. The formal Invitation to Members will be published in April 2018.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held at the Nottingham Croquet Club, England from Saturday, 20 to Wednesday, 24 July 2019.

2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

The event will be held at the Sussex County Croquet Club, England from Saturday, 27 July to Sunday, 4 August 2019.

Membership and development enquiries

Enquiries have been received from the Iran Croquet Association and from Sri Lanka.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 361:         Development

MC 366:         Consolidation of bank accounts

MC 370:         2020 GC WTC Tier 2 enquiry

MC 373:         Management Committee elections

MC 375:         Trophies 2018-2019

MC 374:         MacRobertson Shield repairs

MC 378:         2018 Budget and 2017 Treasurer’s Report

MC 379:         Enquiry from the Iran Croquet Association

MC 380:         Proposal for a publicity booklet

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:         10-year World Championship schedule

MC 353:         Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 371:         Format of World Team Championships

MC 376:         Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 377:         GC Ranking development

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 325:         Enquiry from the Corfu Croquet Club

MC 354:         2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 362:        2019 U21 GCWC and GC World Championship

MC 367:         Hall of Fame

MC 367:         Portugal

MC 368:         2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:         2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 372:         WCF Facebook presence

Outlook for February and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on submitting amendments to the WCF Statutes and Regulations to Council, scoping and progressing the GC rankings project, finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and administering the 2018 Over-50 GCWC and the 2019 Women’s GCWC.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

5 March 2018

November 2017 Newsletter

WCF November 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee 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

The Management Committee elections closed on 3 December 2017. Peter Landrebe (AUS), Roberts Stafeckis (LVA) and Geoff Young (NZL) were re-elected.

What has happened since August?

There have been no WCF events since the AC World Team Championship Tiers 2 to 3 were completed at Sussex County Croquet Club, England on 22 July 2017.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday,3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  47 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced on 27 August 2017. Membership Places were announced on 24 September.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018. The event will be held in Cairo from Saturday, 6 to Saturday, 13 October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host.  The event will be held in Hawkes Bay from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship and Golf Croquet World Championship

England has been confirmed as the Event Host for both events. Venues and dates will be available shortly.

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 366:          Consolidation of bank accounts

MC 370:          2020 GC WTC Tier 2 enquiry

MC 373:          Management Committee elections

MC 375:          Trophies for 2018-2019 events

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 368:          2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:          2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 371:          Format of World Team Championships

MC 372:          WCF Facebook presence

MC 373:          2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2

MC 374:          MacRobertson Shield repairs

MC 376:          Statute and Regulation amendments

MC 377:          GC Ranking development

MC 378:          2018 Budget and 2017 Treasurer’s Report

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

Outlook for December and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and managing or overseeing the final arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington including pre-event communication with the players. Other priorities are beginning the administration of the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt in October and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand and agreeing dates for the 2019 U21 GCWC and GCWC in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

12 December 2017

August 2017 Newsletter

WCF August 2017 Newsletter

The newsletter provides a summary for WCF Members of what the Management Committee 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

Topic 62: A Members’ consultation on the future arrangements for the Under 21 GC World Championship was launched in June.  The consensus was to retain the timing of the U21 GCWC shortly before the main GCWC but, given the strength of U21 Golf Croquet, to dispense with U21 places in the main GCWC.

What has happened since May?

Tiers 2.1, 2.2 and 3 of the Association Croquet World Team Championship were held at Sussex County Croquet Club in England from 17 to 22 July.  In Tier 2.1, Wales regained the title that it won in 2010 with Scotland second followed by Ireland and Spain.  Tiers 2.2 and 3 were played as a merged event.  The onset of heavy rain on the final afternoon prevented the completion of the Tier 2.2 final between Canada and Sweden who therefore were declared joint winners with South Africa in third place.  In Tier 3, Germany defeated the Czech Republic.

Forthcoming WCF championships

2018 Association Croquet World Championship

This will be held in Wellington, New Zealand from Saturday,3 to Sunday, 11 February 2018.  47 Ranking Places and two Wild Card Places were announced on 27 August 2017.  Membership Places will be finalised by 24 September.

2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

Egypt has been confirmed as the Event Host for October 2018.

2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

New Zealand has been confirmed as the Event Host.  The event will be held in Hawkes Bay from Saturday, 2 February to Saturday, 9 February 2019.

2019 Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship and Golf Croquet World Championship

England has been confirmed as the Event Host for July/August 2019.

 

Membership enquiries

There are none active at present.

MC Topics recently completed or closed

MC 318:          2017 GCWC and Under 21 GCWC

MC 324:          2017 AC World Team Championship

MC 364:          U21 GCWC future arrangements consultation

MC 365:          Hall of Fame updating

MC Topics currently open

MC 352:          10-year World Championship schedule

MC 362:          2019 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 368:          2018 Over 50 Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 369:          2019 Women’s Golf Croquet World Championship

MC 370:          2020 GC World Team Championship Tier 2

MC 371:          Format of World Team Championships

MC Topics currently under administration or pending

MC 353:          Golf Croquet Ranking Review Working Group

MC 354:          2018 Association Croquet World Championship

MC 361:          Development

MC 366:          Consolidation of bank accounts

Outlook for September and beyond

The MC’s main focus will be on finalising the 10-year World Championship schedule and managing the arrangements for the 2018 ACWC in Wellington, the 2018 Over-50 GCWC in Egypt and the 2019 Women’s GCWC in New Zealand and agreeing dates for the 2019 U21 GCWC and GCWC in England.

Stephen Mulliner

Secretary-General

11 September 2017