Finals day looms and for the lucky four - two Englishmen for the title of World Champion and two Australians for the City of Bunbury Plate - the opportunity to play the game of their lives in front of a large crowd of croquet connoisseurs.
For the rest of us, the mallets are back in their bags, ready to take on the long plane trip home. Now is the time to lie on the beaches, surf the waves, shop the shops (!), play golf, swim, and do all the things that we haven't had time to do so far. A barbecue was organised by some of the players back at the motel, and large amounts of meat, wine and stubbies were consumed by all. Belgium's Jonatham Lamb was seen to be playing backgammon for the entire evening, obviously with a view to making enough money to pay for his air ticket back home!
As the tournament draws to a close, there is also the opportunity to discuss croquet matters; where should the game go from here, what sort of tournaments should be held and where, and all the other burning questions close to croquet players' hearts.
The South African Croquet Association has applied to the WCF to hold a 14-point World Team Championship in November or December of next year. I understand that the WCF Management Committee have given their approval to this most welcome initiative, the salient points of which are:
It sounds as if we could all be meeting up again in a year's time. Now that's the best news I've had all week!
[Peter Payne is a player in the World Championship representing Switzerland. Click here to read the last installment of his journal.]
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