There will be an international flavour and a host of top players at this year's Shepparton Croquet Club's Easter tournament.OLIVER CAFFREY April 16, 2014 3:10am
Shepparton Croquet Club’s Easter tournament will have an international flavour this year.
The annual event will have US resident Wayne Davies playing off a zero handicap after he flew out to visit family.
The three-day tournament begins on Friday with players involved across two divisions.
Club treasurer John Hammond said elite players came to the tournament every year, with the first-class facilities proving to be a major attraction.
‘‘It will be very good with top class people here this year,’’ Hammond said.
‘‘We had most of the Australian team here last year before their championships and we’ve got quite a few of them back, along with a few interstaters and there’s about 20 top-grade players all up.
‘‘It’s probably the best level of croquet you can play outside of the main headquarters.’’
The tournament caters for a handicap range of -3 to 10, with division one set for -3 to 5.
Mooroopna’s Lyle Carey, who has recently forced his way into division one, is expected to be competitive.
Rich River couple Ian and Liz Bassett will also be among a number of district players leading the charge.
However, Hammond said for sentimental value it would be nice to see Wollongong’s Ken Edwards finally triumph.
‘‘I would personally like to see Ken Edwards from NSW do well, because his mother was Australian champion and the club rooms are named after her, she was president of the Australian Croquet Council,’’ Hammond said.
‘‘He comes down every year for it, he’s got close a few times, but hasn’t quite been able to get there.’’
Hammond said spectators were encouraged to attend, with play starting from 10
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