International Sport Hits Kapiti

Overseas croquet players from 11 countries compete at Waikanae and Paraparaumu

By our croquet corespondent, Jeremy Smith

International sport – the world championships for Association Croquet — came to Kapiti this week .

The district’s two croquet clubs, Waikanae and Paraparaumu, started by hosting qualifying matches , along with three other clubs from the Wellington region.

The second half of the week has seen the two local clubs hosting Shield, Bowl and Plate eliminations.

“Ground zero”  for the competition is the Kelburn club, where the overall finals will take place on Sunday.

The 76 players come from eleven countries including Sweden, Spain and Latvia, each with a single contestant. The big numbers come from Australian, England and New Zealand. Other contestants come from Wales, Scotland, USA,  and South Africa, home of four-time world champion Reg Bamford.

Waikanae club captain Francie Vagg says the croquet in this tournament is called Association croquet which is fairly solitary, with each player going through the hoops looking for the elusive triple peel,

Looking for the elusive triple peel

with two extra points when they peg out at the end.

Francie says the other type, Golf croquet is much more sociable.

Francie Vagg and her counterpart of Paraparaumu June Saunders-Francis have both praised the work of KDCD ground staff  in preparing the lawns for the week-long competition.