6th Women's World Golf Croquet Championships hosted by Croquet Hawke's Bay 2-9 February 2019
All the Players and some of the Organising Committee, Managers & Tournament Director


This photo was taken by Willy Ransfield of Design Studio who made the scoreboards. He framed it and donated it with the instructions that it be auctioned at the Presentation Dinner with the proceeds to go to Cranford Hospice. The winning bid was from the Heretaunga Croquet Club for $750.

NZ Players and Officials - 6th Women's World Golf Croquet Championships hosted by Croquet Hawke's Bay 2-9 February 2019.

Left to right: Jenny Clarke (Canterbury) Ashley Cooke (Bay of Plenty) Helen Reeves (Hawkes Bay) John Christie (Tournament Director Thames Valley) Sue Truman (Waikato King Country) Ann Sharp (Otago) Phyllis Young (Thames Valley) Moya Lewis (Taranaki) Eleanor Ross (Nelson) Pat Anderton (Counties Manukau) Marion Taylor (Auckland) Sally Cole (Auckland) Dallas Cooke (Bay of Plenty) Sonya Sedgwick (Hawkes Bay) Geoff Young (Manager Thames Valley)
Sue Roberts (Bay of Plenty) Annie Henry (Nelson)

Clem Watkins

Clem Watkins

Clem played at the Hastings club and was a member of the 1950/51 and 1956 MacRobertson teams.  He played five matches in the former winning two but sadly suffered a heart attack early in the 1956 series and took no further part.  In 1954 he became the first player to win all four titles at the NZ Championships, the Open, Mens, Doubles (with wife Rene) and the Handicap Singles, he played 26 games in total winning 24.  Ashley Heenan writing in NZ Croquet World states, “ His (Watkins) performance embodies the perfect lesson, namely, practice, practice and yet more practice.  To do this until execution of a break becomes almost second nature requires infinite patience, a quality of self-criticism and an inexhaustible enthusiasm.”

In addition to his 1954 success Clem was runner up in the Open in 1953, Men’s Champion in 1950, Doubles with Rene 1953 to 1955, Heenan Plate 1950, NZ Handicap Singles 1955, North Island Open 1955, 1956, Doubles with Rene 1955 and with Ashley Heenan 1956.  He also won the South Island Men’s in 1956 and Doubles with Rene 1954 and the English Silver Medal in 1954.