From the Club Captain
Hosting of the MacRobertson Squad
As most of you know we hosted the New Zealand MacRobertson squad for their practice weekend on 8-9 October. Below is an extract from an email from Team Captain Greg Bryant.
“The team members were very appreciative of the preparations that ensured excellent playing conditions over the weekend. Many thanks to the WCC and the Kelburn team that oversaw these preparations. We all agreed that the lawns were ideal for our preparations. These preparation events are critical to our successes in Australia next month and we are extremely grateful for your support."
Our seven interclub teams (four GC and three AC) are playing at Kelburn and other clubs around the district.
It appears that there is some lack of clarity about the purpose of the handicap system. A handicap is not ‘a badge of honour’. Croquet NZ describes the purposes of handicaps as:
“The self-evident one is to provide more opportunity for players to compete successfully against stronger players in special handicap competitions. The second purpose is to enable players to be placed in divisions or grades where they may compete against players of similar abilities."
Independently of the handicap system we could develop a goal-setting system so players can measure their progress.
The GC ladder is underway, and the AC (non-AHS) ladder continues. The draw for the Don Reyland GC handicap singles will be put up this week. It has been suggested that there should be a junior GC ladder. If there is interest we can certainly organise one.
Please note that on Thursday/Friday 17 - 18 November we will host the GC handicap singles. The lawns will be unavailable for club play. There will be a flyer on the noticeboard shortly with details of how to enter.
We are sorry to advise resignations of Nancy Harp and Alison Fleming, both of whom have long been members and have done much to help the club in many ways.