Verge crowned knockout champ

South Australian Helena Panasewycz competing at St Leonards.
South Australian Helena Panasewycz competing at St Leonards.

ALIX Verge took down reigning champion Alison Sharpe to steal the national knockout women's compeition crown at the Northern Tasmania Croquet Centre on Tuesday.

Verge defeated Hobart’s Sue Beattie to qualify and then caused an upset by taking down her New South Wales counterpart 26-18, 26-11 in the decider.

Victorian Tricia Devlin won 26-19, 26-0 against Gail Hopkins to pinch the Y series title, while South Australian Robyn Short was too good for Western Australia’s Jannine Hawker in the Z series final – winning 26-1, 26-10.

South Australian Virginia Arney defeated Tasmania’s Elaine Roomes in the W series final. In the men’s competition played out in Hobart, Victoria’s Robert Fletcher was victorious over West Australia’s Ian Dumergue. South Australia’s Dwayne McCormick won the W series, Victorian Stephen Forster took out the Y series and NSW’s Trevor Bassett claimed the Z series.