Report by Anne Woodhouse (Living Choice Woodcroft resident)
The Brighton Croquet Club held the 20th anniversary of the Jean Armstrong Memorial Shield on the weekend 13th – 16th October and Living Choice Woodcroft was a proud sponsor.
The weekend was spent celebrating the 20 years the tournament has been running. In fact 13th October would have been Jean Armstrong’s birthday. Jean played a huge role, not only in the life of the club but also the state and the country. Her contribution to the sport of croquet was recognised by being inducted into the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame.
There was a lot of memorabilia of past events and Jean’s daughter, Carolyn Spooner, reminisced about her mother and, as her mother’s daughter, couldn’t help but give players some tips on running hoops!
It was a great competition, with many close games and the winner just scraping in by 4 net hoops.
The winner of the Jean Armstrong Memorial Shield was Heather Knight (Queensland) by 4 net hoops over runner-up Rosemary Newsham (Queensland), even though Rosemary defeated Heather in the last match of the tournament.
The final rankings were:
1st Heather Knight (Queensland), 2nd Rosemary Newsham (Queensland), 3rd Gail Hopkins (Victoria), 4th Marga Podnieks (SA), 5th Cynthia Tacey (Queensland), 6th Mignon Johnston (Victoria), 7th Shirlene McBride (SA), 8th Ann Rutten (SA).