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9th IRISH GOLF CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS  
 
 
HELD ON 17TH & 18TH SEPTEMBER AT CARRICKMINES CROQUET & LAWN TENNIS CLUB (BY KIND PERMISSION)
 
Late report and results by Leo Dungan (Manager)
 
 
 
SIMON WILLIAMS WON THE 9th IRISH GOLF CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIPS  
 
Croquet was played in glorious sunshine throughout the Championship. The groundsman did his usual sterling job with the lawns which were in immaculate condition.
Games were tightly contested with a very closely fought final.
 
 
 
The Irish Open - a visitor's prospective (Chris Sheen)

Over a warm autumn weekend at Carrickmines the Irish Open Golf
Croquet was played. Unfortunately last year's champion John Moore was
not on hand to defend his title but there were a number of past
winner in the starting blocks. It was also nice to see several novice
entries for whom it was their first tournament and they performed
with credit.

The block stage produced some close matches with the winners
progressing to two further blocks from where the top two played in
the semi-finals. Block 1 was particularly tight with a three way tie
decided on net hoop difference, with Simon Williams and Mark McInerny
winning through to the detriment of . In the other block Chris Sheen
from England & Jane Shorten were top and played their repective
opponents in the knock-out stage. Neither could match the power of
Williams and McInerny and so the dream All Irish final was staged!

It proved both close and exciting for the spectators with Simon
Williams against the odds prevailing over Mark McInerny. Throughout
it could have gone either way but the sheer persistance of Williams
just won the day. A new champion was crowned and the much vaunted
hospitality was as evident as usual.
 
 
 
 
FULL RESULTS
 
a) BLOCK STAGES:  Matches were single best of 13 points games. 
 
BLOCK 1
Syd Jones 3 wins: bt Brian Harris 7/4: Bill Brosnan 7/5; Danny Johnston 7/4
Brian Harris 2 wins: bt Bill Brosnan 7/3; Danny Johnston 7/4
Evan Newell 4 wins:  bt Syd Jones 7/3; Danny Johnston 7/5; Brian Harris 7/4; Bill Brosnan 7/2
Bill Brosnan 1 win: bt Danny Johnston 7/5
Danny Johnston 0 wins
Jane Shorten 5 wins : bt Brian Harris 7/4: Bill Brosnan 7/2; Syd Jones 7/3; Danny Johnston 7/3; Evan Newell 7/5
Final Block 1 Positions: 1st Jane Shorten, 2nd Evan Newell, 3rd Syd Jones, 4th Brian Harris, 5th Bill Brosnan and 6th Danny Johnston
 
BLOCK 2
Ray Flood 4 wins: bt Carl von Schmieder 7/2; Derek Old 7/6; Bruno Orsi 7/3; Monika Brosnan 7/3
Derek Old 3 wins: bt Monika Brosnan 7/4; Bruno Orsi 7/2; Andrew Murphy 7/4
Bruno Orsi 0 wins
Andrew Murphy 4 wins: bt Bruno Orsi 7/4; Ray Flood 7/6; Monika Brosnan 7/2; Carl von Schmieder 7/5
Monika Brosnan 1 win: bt Bruno Orsi 7/4
Carl von Schmieder 3 wins: bt Bruno Orsi 7/2 ; Monika Brosnan 7/2 ; Derek Old 7/6
Final Block 2 Positions: 1st Andrew Murphy, 2nd Ray Flood, 3rd Derek Old, 4th Carl, 5th Monika Brosnan and 6th Bruno Orsi 
 
BLOCK 3
Morgan Power 2 wins: bt Linda Pullman 7/3; Victoria Browne 7/6
Victoria Browne 1 win: bt Linda Pullman 7/5
Harry Johnston 3 wins: bt Morgan Power 7/2; Victoria Browne 7/2; Lindan Pullmnan 7/6
Chris Sheen 5 wins: bt Linda Pullman 7/4; Harry Johnston 7/6; Victoria Browne 7/1; Simon Williams 7/2; Morgan Power 7/4
Linda Pullman 0 wins 
Simon Williams 4 wins: bt Linda Pullman 7/4; Morgan Power 7/6; Harry Johnston 7/2; Victoria Browne 7/6
Final Block 3 Positions: 1st Chris Sheen, 2nd Simon Williams, 3rd Harry Johnston, 4th, 5th and 6th  
 
BLOCK 4
Jacqui Old 1 win: bt Ben Harris 7/1
Edward Cunningham 4 wins: bt Jacqui Old 7/5; Mary Dobbyn 7/0; Yvonne Marrinan 7/3; Ben Harris 7/1
Mary Dobbyn 1 win: bt Jacqui Old 7/5
Mark McInerney 5 wins: bt Ben Harris 7/4; Jacqui Old 7/0; Edward Cunningham 7/5; Yvonne Marrinan 7/3; Mary Dobbyn 7/1
Ben Harris 2 wins: Mary Dobbyn 7/3; Yvonne Marrinan 7/4
Yvonne Marrinan 2 wins: bt Jacqui Old 7/5; Mary Dobbyn 7/5
Final Block 4 Positions: 1st Mark McInerney, 2nd Edward Cunningham, 3rd Yvonne Marrinan, 4th Ben Harris, 5th Jacqui Old and 6th Mary Dobbyn 
 
 
b) TOP 8 WINNERS BLOCKS
 
BLOCK A
Jane Shorten 2 wins bt Ray Flood 7/1; Edward Cunningham 7/6
Ray Flood 0 wins
Chris Sheen 3 wins bt Edward Cunningham 7/4; Ray Flood 7/2; Jane Shorten 7/6
Edward Cunningham 1 win bt Ray Flood 7/4
 
BLOCK B
Evan Newell 2 wins bt Andrew Murphy 7/6; Simon Williams 7/5
Andrew Murphy 0 wins
Simon Williams 2 wins bt Andrew Murphy 7/2; Mark McInerney 7/5
Mark McInerney 2 wins bt Andrew Murphy 7/1; Evan Newell 7/6
Block decided on who beat who and net points
 
Semi-finals: best of 3 13-point games
 
Simon Williams bt Jane Shorten 7/3; 7/5
Mark McInerney bt Chris Sheen 7/4; 7/5
 
Final (Best of 3, 13 points games):
 
Simon Williams bt Mark McInerney 4-7; 7-4; 7-6
 
 
The remaining 16 competitors played doubles in two blocks
 
Semi-finals  single 13-point game
Brian Harris & Jacqui Old bt Carl von Schmieder 7/4
Morgan Power and Bill Brosnan bt Yvonne Marrinan & Monika Brosnan 7/0
 
Final  single 13-point game
Brian Harris & Jacqui Old bt Morgan Power and Bill Brosnan 7/4