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)

Graham Beale

Graham Beale

Currently living and working in Dubai, Graham originally hails from Christchurch where he learned his croquet at the Cashmere Croquet Club.

 

Graham comes from a croquet-playing family and began taking croquet seriously when only 14 years old, spending all his summer holidays either playing croquet or scouring the local library for publications on the sport.

 

He was runner-up to Bob Jackson in the final of the New Zealand Open Championship in 1984 (the first time he had entered this event) and gained his first representative honour when selected as a member of the successful New Zealand MacRobertson team in 1986 which travelled to Britain and retuned howe with the shield. This was followed by successes a year later in winning the President¹s Invitation event, as well as producing the first sextuple to be completed in North America – playing in the World Championship at Sonoma.

 

Graham was selected for the 1990 MacRobertson series and again in 1993, this time as captain. During the early 2000’s has tended to become known as a doubles “specialist” in tournament play, winning three New Zealand doubles titles partnering Richard Baker (twice) and John Prince.

 

After a 13 year hiatus from the sport, Graham recently made a ‘come-back’ appearance at the New Zealand Men’s Championship which he claims has whet his appetite to take up the sport once again.