20 (DOB: 01/JULY/1989)
#134 World AC, #21 New Zealand, #34 World GC
Christchurch, New Zealand
Although I just moved to Christchurch (recently from Tauranga at Mount Maunganui Croquet Club) I have not currently joined any clubs in Christchurch as of yet, but I will join United in the very near future.
Standard, I cast when trying to roquet a ball or making a hoop
RPM 9 inch head on a Terminator shaft. Length is 1 yard. Mallet is very whippy
Years Playing 6 Wicket
I have been playing AC for going on my 6th year now. Same for GC.
How Did I Get Into The Game
I was attending boarding school in Oamaru. The hostel manager made it compulsary for everyone to play a sport. In the school notices, it mentioned that one of our teachers plays croquet and was willing to coach students (Brian Monkton) so I chose croquet to get the manager off my back, turned out that I quite liked the sport. And could I take the opportunity to thank Brian for all the time he spent on us? if it wasn't for him, I would never have played.
When Did You Know You Could Play
As above. It took me about 2 months before I could understand what I was doing but then everything clicked all at once.
Croquet Highlights And Tournament Wins
Winner National School-age tournament 2005 / Winner South Canterbury Golf Croquet 6-10 handicap section, all ages 2005 / Winning team for Aoraki School-age golf Croquet 2004 and 2005 / Winner Croquet secondary schools sportsperson of the year 2005 / Winner Otago Association Croquet 16-24 bisque 2005 / NZ finalist and winner of National Arthur Ross Tournament all ages 2006 / Winner Croquet young sportsperson of the year 2006 / Winner Tauranga Golf Croquet Level Doubles with Sue Roberts 2006 / Winner North Island Championships 4+ Bisques 2007 / Runner-up North Island Championship Open Doubles with J. Guest 2007 / Winner NZ 0-3 Championship Doubles with Alex Begg 2007 / Runner-up Bay of Plenty Golf Croquet Singles Premiere grade 2007 / Winner Bay of Plenty Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles with Andrew Dixon 2007 / Winner Manuwera Association Croquet Championship Singles sponsored by MAGAK 2007 / Winner Gordon Smith Golf Croquet Invitational Event 2007 / Runner-up Association Croquet RA. Copper Tray Invitational Event 2007 / Winner New Zealand Golf Croquet Open Singles 2007 and 2010 / Top 16 in the WCF World Golf Croquet Tournament held in South Africa 2008 / Winner of plate event in the World Association Croquet Championships held in the USA 2009 / Winner Inaugural Under 21 World Golf Croquet Championships held in Egypt 2009 / Winning team Golf Croquet Upper North Island Teams Event 2010 / Winner Bay Of Plenty Golf Croquet Open 2010.
Favorite Croquet Venue
NCC, Palm Beach, Florida.
It was actually a local Tournament, Bay of Plenty GC Open 2010 where EVERYTHING was flawless, management, spirit, food, etc, perfect.
The Future Of The Sport
I'm not quite sure what you mean by this question, but I will try and answer it.MY FUTURE, I will be playing for as long as I live/as long as I physically can and my main goal is to be the first non-Egyption to win the WCFGCOpen. FUTURE OF CROQUET IN GENERAL, as here in NZ, we are getting many new players, and by which the majority is taking up GC, I believe that GC is going to be the dominant version. Getting schools involved is a really geat idea to help keep the sport "alive."
I enjoy; MUSIC: 80's, 90's, Latin rock, pop rock, easy listening, favourite artists are 'Sting and the Police' and 'Hall and Oates'. MOVIES: French Horrors, Assasin/hit man, thrillers, movies with large twists, and the occasional chick flick.
Quick Croquet Tip
Take risks and make decisions based on your own ability, then if you get it wrong, practice getting it right for next time. And have fun!
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