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20-28 January 2018 – New Zealand Open

20-28 January 2018 – New Zealand Open

Croquet New Zealand Presents The New Zealand Open Championships Held by the Canterbury Croquet Association at Christchurch from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th January 2018 from 8:30am

Manager: Chris Clarke Phone: (03) 385 5957 Email: chrisd4clarke@hotmail.com

Asst Manager: TBA

Referee: TBA

Headquarters: United Croquet Club, North Hagley Park, Christchurch Other Venues: Fendalton Croquet Club, Makora Street, Christchurch

Entries: Entries close Thursday 21st December 2017 – Register online at www.croquet.org.nz, or – send copy of Official Entry Form with all entry fees to CNZ, Executive Director, PO Box 11259, Wellington 6142

Entry Fees: Event 1: $100 includes entry to event 1(a), Event 2: $50

Draw: Tournament Manager.

Catering: A clubhouse fee of $3 per day (which includes tea/coffee/light refreshments) will be paid by all players to the host club.

Events

1. New Zealand Open Championship: Open to all. Play will commence with seeded Block play. Depending on entries, the intention is to have 32 players qualify for the Open Singles Knockout. Each match will be played as best-of-three games, except that the manager may choose to play best-of-five matches from the quarter finals onwards. Challenge Cup presented by J.W. Lill and the Rene Watkins Gold Medal to be held for one year. 2016–17 winner- Aiken Hakes Runner-up will receive the John Prince Trophy presented by A.D.J. Heenan, OBE. 2016–17 – Greg Bryant

1(a) Bronze Medal: All players who are eliminated from Open Knockout are eligible to play in the Bronze Medal. Flexible swiss event.

1(b) Heenan Plate: All players entered in event 1 who do not qualify for the Open Singles Knockout are eligible to enter the Heenan Plate. Trophy presented by A.D.J. Heenan, OBE. 2016–17 winner- Graeme Fisher

2. New Zealand Championship Doubles: Open to all. Play will commence with seeded blocks. Those qualifying from the blocks will proceed into post-section play. Shields presented by Messrs E.G. Rawnsley and N.H. MacFarlane. 2016–17 – Aiken Hakes & Edmund Fordyce

2(a) Doubles Plate: Open to pairs in event 2 that have not qualified for the main doubles knockout. Single -game knockout format. Entry is optional- 2016–17 –Keith Ebden & Vincent Commarieu

3. All players with a New Zealand handicap of 0 or higher will be automatically considered for the Charles Jones Memorial Encouragement Salver. The Salver will be awarded to the player with the best record in the handicap range as determined by the Tournament Management Committee. Trophy presented by Alison Mcmillan. 2016–17 – Joshua Freeth

Conditions

1. Advanced Play.

2. Hoops will be set to the widest axis of any ball to be used on the lawn plus 1 /32” with an upwards tolerance of zero and a downward tolerance of 1 /64th of an inch

3. As many entries will be accepted as possible with entries limited only if the number of players per available lawn is exceeded.

4. The Doubles will be played on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Singles will commence on Tuesday.

5. Information on the playing schedule and other issues will be posted on the national website at www.croquet.org.nz after entries have closed.

6. **The seeding for the Singles Knockout will be by a trial method in 2016-17 not the method outlined in Appendix 1(a) of the Tournament Regulations** The Manager will provide players with an outline of the method after entries close.

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