East Launceston dominate state championships

East Launceston Croquet Club members won all three divisions in the Croquet Tasmania singles golf croquet championships at St Leonards on the weekend.

ALL SMILES: East Launceston state golf croquet singles champions Kevin MacDonald (referee), Paul Richards (C-grade), Ruth McKean (open) and Russell Reid (B-grade).

ALL SMILES: East Launceston state golf croquet singles champions Kevin MacDonald (referee), Paul Richards (C-grade), Ruth McKean (open) and Russell Reid (B-grade).

Ruth McKean defeated Hobart’s John Colquhoun in a three-game match to secure a place in the open final, despite Colquhoun winning a flawless first game 7-0.

McKean fought back to win the remaining two games 7-4, 7-4.

The other open semi final was played between Yvonne Shaw and Graham Keating, both of Hobart, with Keating winning 7-5, 7-6.

But McKean was slightly better than Keating in the two-game final, taking out the trophy 7-6, 7-6.

State title newcomer Russell Reid defeated Joan Williams, of St Leonards, 7-3, 7-5 to reach the B-grade decider, while Sean Forester, of St Leonards, had hard games against Di Hollier, of Hobart, 6-7, 7-4, 7-5 to advance.

Reid won the final 7-5, 7-5.

Two East Launceston members Paul Boer and Paul Richards played well through the C-grade series to reach the final with Richards coming out on top 7-1, 7-4.

Lee Turner, of Croquet Tasmania, said competition “was close and very competitive” all weekend.

“Clubs from the South, North-West and North were well represented in this prestigious state event,” she said.

East Launceston members also had some success at the recent Australia Masters Games at Latrobe, with Lyn Farrell, Stewart Von See and Turner winning one bronze and four silver medals between them.

The next event on the croquet calendar is the Northern Golf Croquet singles competition next month.

Robyn Lamprey and Curtis Mead, grandmother and grandson at the golf croquet singles event on the weekend.

Robyn Lamprey and Curtis Mead, grandmother and grandson at the golf croquet singles event on the weekend.