Winning their blocks on October 4 were T. Nozaki (A Block) and P. Dunn (B Block), with K. Kushida and T. Yamada advancing as runners-up. Block play on October 5 was won by M. Yamada (C Block) and A. Tanaka (D Block), with A. Mitsui and A. Matsumoto also advancing. Games were played on the courts at Showa Memorial Park in the Tachikawa section of Tokyo. The park and courts were built in the late 80's on the site of a former U.S. air base.
The Kanto area, including Tokyo and the region surrounding it, is the center of croquet in Japan. As a result, two-thirds of the twelve players who will participate in the second round of play were selected in the Kanto region preliminaries.
The second round of play will be held on October 25, with the twelve participants competing in four blocks of three. The top two in each block will advance to a knock-out ladder on October 26, with initial opponents selected by lot. The four winners will move on to a semi-final round of ladder play, with the winners of this round competing for first and second places and their defeated foes competing for third-place honors.
[CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE will report the finals in a follow-up story.]
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