Hughes weathers stormy final to take title

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LESTER Hughes overcame the conditions and the opponents to win the Australian golf croquet handicap final in Launceston yesterday.

The New South Welshman was appropriately dressed in wet- weather pants, jacket and wetsuit boots for the rain- drenched climax to the tournament in which he defeated ACT adversary and two-time champion Tony Hall, dressed in more traditional whites.

Held at the sport's new centre at St Leonards, Croquet Australia's five-day championships featured handicap doubles and singles events.

Despite a clap of thunder during the final, sources at the venue reported that only lightning storms cease play.