KYABRAM’S section one association croquet team chalked up another win last week following a change of venue owing to the wet conditions at Mooroopna.
Kyabram was to go to Mooroopna but owing to its courts having just been scarified and sanded, heavy overnight rain made them unplayable.
After an early morning inspection of the Kyabram courts and a quick check of the forecast it was decided play could go ahead if the match was transferred there.
In the doubles, Kyabram’s Helen Hastie and Jim Maynard were able to keep a few hoops ahead throughout the set against Mooroopna Maroon pair Lyle Carey and Ken Richardson.
Hastie was in play for the extra turn and was able to make four hoops and peg her ball out to seal the set 20 hoops to seven.
The first singles was a close battle between Hastie and Carey, with Hastie going down 12 hoops to 16.
In the second singles Maynard held a convincing lead on Richardson taking the set 16 hoops to six.
Final scores were Kyabram two sets 48 hoops to Mooroopna Maroon one set 29 hoops.
Kyabram will be at home to Mooroopna Gold on September 21.
Kyabram hosted the top team, Deni Diamonds, last Thursday and knew it would have to play extremely well against the much stronger team.
Due to the handicap system Kyabram was going to have to use its ‘‘free shots” carefully or risk annihilation.
There would only be one level game for the match and that was in the first round of singles (fourth players).
The first round of singles was an even affair both teams winning two games and equal on hoops.
In the second round games were well contested, close and fortunately Kyabram managed to take the lead by winning three games.
It was decided to continue with the doubles before lunch as skies were threatening rain.
Kyabram has proven so far to be stronger in its doubles than singles so it’s looking like there would be some well contested games on offer.
The Diamonds started off well and won the first two games, making progressive scores now five games each, the Diamonds leading by one hoop.
In the second round, Kyabram struggled to capitalise on its free shots and roquets, unfortunately losing both games.
Best player for the day was Diamonds’ John James, winning all his games (4/28). Rayleen McDonald (1/18) scored the most hoops for Kyabram while Sue Agosta’s score was 2 /17.
Final score: Diamonds 7/73 defeated Kyabram 5/59.
Results as follows:
Round 1 singles: Chris Puetz lt John James 2/7, Rayleen McDonald d Mary James 7/5, Cameron Kelly lt Gwen Pearn 6/7 and Sue Agosta d Doreen Peterson 7/3.
R2: C Puetz d M James 7/5, R McDonald lt J James 6/7, C Kelly d D Peterson 7/5 and S Agosta d G Pearn 7/6.
R.3: Doubles: Puetz/McDonald lt James/James 5/7, and Kelly/Agosta lt Pearn/Peterson 2/7.
R.4: Puetz/Kelly lt J James/Pearn, 2/7, and, McDonald/Agosta lt M James/Peterson, 1/7.
tomorrow will be the first match for round two of the GVCA pennant.
Kyabram will be at home to Rich River Sweetpeas.
Kyabram will be hoping to better its score from last encounter as the team will be stronger due to the return of Rayleen McDonald, its number two player.
Anybody interested in playing croquet is welcome to come down to the courts on Monday at 10am, which is club day.