HOW DID THE PLAYERS AND COUNTRIES RANK AT SONOMA-CUTRER?
Your coverage of the Sonoma-Cutrer World Championship was great, but I would
like to have seen a listing of ALL the players and their countries to
compare them in the final results.
--Byron Callas, New York, New York
Good idea. Here are the players who made the final "cut" into the
elimination ladder, finishing in the following order, showing the relative
strength of England and New Zealand:
And from block placements, the balance of the rankings are:
- 1. Chris Clarke (England)
- 2. Debbie Cornelius (England)
- 3. Tony Stephens (New Zealand)
- 4. Steve Comish (England)
- Stephen Mulliner(England)
- 6. Jeff Dawson (England)
- Toby Garrison (New Zealand)
- Steve Jones (New Zealand)
- 9. Wayne Rodoni (United States)
- Jerry Stark (United States)
- Simon Williams (Ireland)
- Aaron Westerby (New Zealand)
- 13. Shane Davis (New Zealand)
- Leo McBride (Canada)
- Jeff Newcombe (Australia)
- Lewis Palmer (Wales)
Now that your request has been answered, it must be said that there is
something false and odious about this kind of comparison, nevertheless so
essential an element of reporting. All these players are very fine. All
of them except one won at least one game (and that one missed the mark by
only one point), and each of them could beat any of the others on any given
day. These championships are great events because they are celebrations of
the sport - not because they are organized to end by crowning as "the best"
the player who winds up on top on the last day. The players know this,
acknowledge this, and say this often. Sometimes we less successful players
don't listen to them.
- 17. Brett Hewitt (Australia)
- Colin Pickering (Australia)
- Harley Watts (Australia)
- Rod Williams (Scotland)
- 21. Phil Arnold (United States)
- Mik Mehas (United States)
- Tony Le Moignan (Jersey)
- Robert Rebuschatis (United States)
- 25. Ren Kraft (United States)
- Erv Peterson (United States)
- Rhys Thomas (United States
- Mohammad Kamal (Egypt, living in the U.S.)
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REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY - COULD IT POSSIBLY WORK IN AMERICA, TOO?
I just read your editorial on voting
(see RESTORE REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
and it continues to amaze me that a country that prides itself on its
democracy can seem to ignore what we in Australia consider to be the
routine system of democratic decision making.
Australia and the U.S. both inherited the British ethic, and it's
surprising that we have not gone along the same lines - or is it just in
croquet that there is a difference?
Because of the tyranny of distance (is there a difference between
us in that respect?) we base our administration on State Associations. The
New South Wales state system (and other states are similar) has small clubs
(less than 20 members) with one delegate and other clubs with two delegates
to the supreme state body, the Council. With 20 city and 44 country clubs,
that means that about 50 delegates attend bi-monthly meetings of Council,
some being proxy delegates for distant clubs (some are 600km from Sydney).
On most matters the delegates represent the interests of their
members and report back after the event. On important matters the motion
must be placed on notice so that clubs have time to determine their reaction
and instruct their delegates how to vote. Some clubs decide by having a
general meeting, others by the opinions of their committee. Very few would
be happy for their President to decide without consultation. The point is
that the representatives ARE ALL ELECTED, and if decisions are made which do
not please the membership. the reps will not be elected again. They are
responsible to their members.
For the system to be practical, there is a State Executive (Five only:
President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer, all elected by
Council) with power to act between meetings of the Council, always with the
proviso that their actions are endorsed at the next meeting of Council.
Again, bad decisions will mean non re-election: the Executive is responsible
That is the state system; now to get to our national system: The
Australian Croquet Association is governed by a supreme Council, which meets
only once a year, consisting of two delegates from each of the six states.
All important motions are notified months before the annual meeting to give
states the opportunity to determine their reactions. Ideally the most
important decisions are referred to clubs and even to their membership.
We have recently had complaints that insufficient time was allowed for the
complete process, so the time has been increased. Between meetings the
Executive (Six only: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, all
elected by National Council, Vice-President from next host state and
Immediate Past-President) has power to act but is, once again, responsible
to Council. Bad decisions will not go unnoticed. The Executive meets only
once a year, six months after the annual meeting, meaning that quite a lot
of business must be dealt with by telephone, fax and post. (Up the net!)
This method of operating has been working well for some years now.
So we operate by electing representatives who are responsible for
the decisions they make, but on the most important matters they are given
time to obtain instructions from their "electorate". (I have sometimes had
to argue positions with which I disagreed most heartily!). So our one-man,
one-vote democracy refers to the power to elect representatives who do just
that - represent the views of their members. To my knowledge this system is
used in most of the community, charitable and sporting associations,
professional societies and other largely non-profit organizations in
Australia. It works well.
--Tony Hall, New South Wales, Australia
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WICKET? LAWNS? MALLETS? ALMAN? FULFORD?
On a "croquet" search on the Excite browser, what comes up is this wierd
instruction: "Click to add one or more of these words to your search....
usca, wicket, WCF, timidly, lawns, niceties, mallets, Alman, Fulford,
They actually got the ridiculous notion that "Alman" is a keyword for
Circulation Manager, CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE
It makes perfect sense to me - and to Excite's Web spiders - that "Alman" has
become one of the prominent key words associated with croquet on the
Internet. After all, a new "Alman" byline appears a couple of times a week
in CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE. And who is this guy "Fulford," anyway?
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COMBINE OCTOBER'S "AUSTRALIAN MASTER GAMES" IN CANBERRA
WITH THE W.C.F. CHAMPIONSHIP IN BUNBURY IN NOVEMBER
From 24-31 October, 1997, the Canberra Croquet Club will be playing host to
Croquet as a sport in the 1997 Australian Master Games. Some 10,000
competitors in many different sports are expected to take part in the games.
To date we have had almost 80 expressions of interest in Croquet.
Croquet will offer both singles and doubles in round robin blocks.
Entries close at the end of August.
If you will be over 50 years of age at the time of the games and would like
further information check out:
Canberra Croquet Club, Captain
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BERKSHIRE CROQUET CLUB OFFERS INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP
I have been enjoying the Croquet World Online Magazine and I wondered if you
have space in a forthcoming issue for a paragraph or two on an initiative
here in England.
*** Berkshire Croquet Club offers international membership ***
This year saw the formation of a new club near to Newbury in Berkshire, some
50 miles west of London. We have named it 'Berkshire' to reflect our
ambition to become a centre of excellence within this region, which hitherto
only included a few small clubs.
We have space for five courts and share our facilities, including pavilion,
changing rooms, bar, etc. with one of the area's leading cricket clubs.
Since our opening in April (by World Champion Chris Clarke) we have signed
35 members, including a dozen local beginners.
BCC now announces that it is to be the first British club to offer an
international membership. For just 25 US dollars, international members will:
- be on the BCC's official membership list;
- be affiliated to the English Croquet association;
- receive newsletters regarding progress of the club and its members;
- be eligible for certain club and other UK tournaments;
- and, last but not least, will get a big welcome when you visit England and
would like a friendly game of croquet!
Those interested please contact the club secretary, Kevin Carter, on
See also the web site for the
Berkshire Croquet Club.
Regards, Kevin Carter; 13.6.97
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MAINE TOURNAMENT BRIDGES GAP
BETWEEN 6-WICKET AND 9-WICKET CROQUET
The first annual Six- and Nine- Wicket Lobster Invitational Croquet
Tournament will be held in Southwest Harbor, Maine, on September 4-7, l997.
This will be a USCA sanctioned tournament, co-sponsored by the Seawall
Croquet & Chowder Club and the Claremont Hotel. Play will be in one or two
flights, singles and doubles. All players will compete in both six-wicket
games on two or three private courts in the environs of S.W. Harbor and
nine-wicket games at the historic seaside court of the Claremont Hotel and
This tournament is scheduled to take maximum advantage of
the legendary beauty and charm of Mt. Desert Island and the natural wonders
of Acadia National Park. . The weather is usually mild, the lobsters are
typically at peak supply, everything is open and available, but the summer
tourist season is over and accommodations are plentiful. This is one
tournament where non-playing companions will have (almost) as much fun as
I am hoping that this tournament will be a first
step toward bridging some of the distance between nine- and six- wicket
players and traditions. It is interesting that the Claremont Classic
nine-wicket tournament was stared by Alan McCue in the same year (l976) that
Jack Osborn founded the American six-wicket game and the USCA. Although
Mr. McCue contacted Mr. Osborn, at that point Osborn was not interested in
the nine-wicket game, and they went their separate ways for a long time
But in recent years the two traditions have had quite a bit of crossover.
Six-wicket players such as Rich Curtis, Libby Newell, Andy Short, and Bill
Langstroth have played at the Claremont and a number of players have been
exposed to "serious" croquet at the Claremont and then taken up six-wicket
croquet - this includes myself, of course, as well as Keith Jones and Wayne
Fisk, among others. Several years ago, Jack Osborn himself made a visit and
actually played on the court, so I am told. By then, however, Alan McCue
had passed away.
For further information, registration, etc., contact me at
email@example.com. (Or drop a bottle in a note off the coast of S.W.
Harbor and it will probably wash ashore near one of the courts.)
--Larry Stettner, Maine
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WATCH FOR SWEEPING DESIGN CHANGES
AND TALK BACK TO US BY E-MAIL
We are involved in a wide-ranging discussion with readers and friends in the
Internet industry on re-designing our Web site to make it more attractive,
more accessible, and easier to use. The Webmaster's Forum is one way of
expanding this discussion for a limited period, leading to substantial
changes and improvements in July and beyond.
We invite your comments, criticisms, and questions on any and all
non-editorial aspects of this Web site, including organization, presentation,
programing and technical features, ease and speed of navigation, and
especially the general issue of circulation: How can we make CROQUET IN
AMERICA and CROQUET WORLD ONLINE MAGAZINE more accessible to the general
public to promote croquet everywhere?
The remarkable growth and development of this Web site is the product of the
dedicated work of many volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area and far
beyond, extending to correspondents in many countries. Those of us in
California who are able to work together in the same physical space at times
wouldn't get anything done or have any fun at all without their active
Watch for eye-popping, wide-ranging design changes in the coming weeks - and
let us know what you think!
--The editors and the design team
(Bob Henry, Bob Alman, Mike Orgill, Adam Stock, Reuben
Edwards, Marc Gilutin)
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