The 2019 AC Invitation events concluded over the weekend. While play was well underway on Friday, each tournament came to a stop at 1.32pm to observe 2 minutes silence in memory of those lost and affected by the tragic events that occurred one week earlier in Christchurch.
In the CA Silver Tray, Greg Bryant (West Coast) emerged victorious, dropping only one game on his way to the title. Winning 11 of his 12 games. Felix Webby (Taranaki), who was the only player to beat Bryant, was runner-up with 7 wins from his 12 games.
The Miss Edwina Thompson Silver Tray was moved to United Croquet Club, to be played alongside the CA Silver Tray which ensured a great atmosphere. John Christie (Thames Valley) recorded 10 wins in his 12 games to claim the title.
It was a closely contested race for the Copper Tray title in Wellington with two players finishing on 8 wins out of 9 games, Stefan Horrer (Wairarapa) and Doug van Belle (Wellington). Horrer’s only defeat came at the hands of fellow club mate Terry Price (Wairarapa), while van Belle’s only loss was to Horrer. With the title decided by count-back, it was van Belle who edged Horrer to claim the victory.
One week after winning the Arthur Ross final in Wellington, Robbie Spooner (Wellington) added another trophy to his collection, winning the CA Gold Cup. Spooner won 8 of his 9 games to secure the trophy. It was a close contest behind him with Baurbe Murray (Wellington), Stewart Pye (Wairarapa) and Jonathan Hart (Canterbury) all recording 6 wins.
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