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Deniliquin's John James wins Challen Cup

Deniliquin Croquet Club's Challen Cup was won by John James for the third time on Saturday.

December 16, 2013 5:44pm

John James (centre) is presented the Challen Cup by Martha Challen’s grandson, Richard Davies, and Deniliquin Croquet Club president Allan Tonta.

John James capped off a brilliant year with the croquet mallet on Saturday, taking out the Deniliquin Croquet Club’s Challen Cup.

The highly sought-after perpetual trophy was presented by the grandson of the late Martha Challen, Richard Davies, at the club’s annual Christmas luncheon at the Coach House Motel.

It was James’ third Challen Cup win since 2010.

James was also the runner-up in the singles championships, finishing second behind Darren McLoughlin.

The doubles champions were McLoughlin and Dot Murphy, who took the spoils ahead of Isabell Howe and Jill Tainsh.

In pennant results, the Deni Gems took to the courts for the grand final at Numurkah last Thursday, playing against Rich River.

After the singles games, scores were tied at two games each and hoop scores were level as well.

Reverse singles were the same, with two games and hoops equal.

Both teams played exceptional croquet in the doubles matches, winning two games each, but in a nail-biting finish, Rich River took the flag by just two hoops.

Local results saw eight players face-off against one another on Wednesday last week. All games were very close, with McLoughlin scoring 23 hoops to be the only three-game winner.

Player of the day was Margaret Telford with a great hoops shot upsetting her opponents.

Helen Moye played a great in-off shot and was also very handy with great in the hoop shots.

Brad Fawns played into the opposition hand on the last hoop, to which they said ‘‘thanks’’. His partner won’t let him forget it either.

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