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Croquet Weathervane donated to Somerset West Croquet Club

Gannick presenting the vane to SWCC Chairman Tienie Holloway

Garth Bereford and Croquet

Garth was married to Anne and together they played a major role in South African and Gauteng croquet.

Greta Snaith tells me that Garth and Derrick Snaith were together at Parkview Primary School before going their separate ways and building their careers but they reconnected years later at the then Bruma Lake Croquet Club which went on to become Observatory, Croquet Club where they were joined by Hans and the Paton brothers, Patterson Park and eventually Golden Mallets which on the day I write this, decided to close its doors.

Garth and Derrick, with help from Hans, started Zoo Lake Croquet Club around 2000 and this went on to became one of the strongest Golf Croquet Clubs in Gauteng. Maria and and I joined in 2002 and Garth introduced me to the game and to Association.

As an engineer Garth had a fine sense of what was right and what was wrong and it was no surprise that he took on the Chief Referees role for SACA and was elected as a member of the World Croquet Federation Rules committee. He contributed to their deliberations and to the development of the 2013 set of rules. He told me that, like many players, he never understood how a player could crush against another ball. He was responsible for me eventually taking over as Chief Referee when he felt he had had enough.

He had a comprehensive work shop and woodworking tools and ability. He made much of the equipment used in those early days.

When travelling to Zoo Lake from his home in Boksburg became too strenuous and he was comfortable Zoo Lake was in good hands, those of John Rowlands, he found premises in Boksburg and started the Boksburg Club. When this moved to Avion Park he continued to take an interest in the activities of the club.

Garth was always available when I had queries or needed help with difficult situations.

His contribution to South African croquet was immense, never done in search of glory and always most humbly.

Our thoughts are with Ann and the family and our sense of loss real. You will miss him but so will we.

Henry Watermeyer

SACA Nationals Golf Croquet 2017

The Nationals for 2107 were held jointly by Rondebosch Croquet Club and Kelvin Grove Croquet Club following the late withdrawal to host the event by Somerset west. This was due to the heavy drought and water restrictions in the Western Cape.

The event was hugely supported with 56 entrants. 31 from local clubs, 24 from the Eastern Cape, Natal and Geuteng, and one from the UK. With such a large draw and the two venues holding in total 413 matches, there were some delays in the first two days but play was well on schedule by the third day and the finals were completed on the sixth day on time.

Special thanks to Peter Meakin and his team at Rondebosch Croquet Club and to Richard Prosser and his team at Kelvin Grove Croquet Club.
There were very close fought matches during the week and a few major upsets. The finals were very tightly contested with Victor Dladla edging out Neil McHardy 7.6 and 7.6 in the open singles and Richard Prosser and Peter Johnson beating Thomas More and Alfred Makhubo by 10.7 in the open singles.

With a crowd of 75 watching the finals, a great atmosphere was felt around the lawns. Special thanks must go to Peter Dreyer, the tournament Manager for a superb tournament.
Richard Prosser

See results here.

GCCC - Buy a Block of Lawn

"Get The Croquet Balls Rolling in Greyton!"

Hello there Fellow Croquet Comrades!

Little Red Circles are Happening on the GCCC' BUY A BLOCK OF LAWN Board! It is just three weeks that the GCCC Lawn Board has been doing its thing. Great thanks to all of you who have already bought a Block or Blocks of Lawn or even Lots of Blocks of Lawn or will yet buy Blocks of Lawn. If this kind of mojo keeps going ON, we will have to move the horses off our GCCC croquet lawns within months. This board is soon to be on our new GCCC' website.

Read more to see the board and current updates!

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2017 SACA Warwick Nationals

This event is taking place at the Kelvin Grove & Rondebosch Croquet Clubs from November 12th to 25th.
Please see entry form for more details.

Download entry form here.

2017 World AC Teams

Having been relegated from Division 2.1 in 2013, South Africa is now in Division 2.2, which was amalgamated for this event with Division 3. On that basis, our opponents were Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden.

The host club for this as well as for Division 2.1 was Sussex County Croquet Club (known as Southwick) near Brighton, England.

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