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Golf Croquet World Team Championship

The Irish team in this event, played in New Zealand in January, is: 

Patsy Fitzgerald, Evan Newell, Robert O'Donoghue, Mark Stephens, Simon Williams (C).

New Zealand are the current champions, and Ireland will join teams from England, South Africa, Australia, Egypt, Sweden and the USA to try to depose them. The Irish team will also play a warm-up match against Australia.

The tournament website is: https://www.sporty.co.nz/gcworldteamsnelson2020

Autumn Bowl Open AC event

Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club will be hosting the annual Autumn Bowl end of season Association Croquet event on 12th and 13th October.

The event will begin on Saturday afternoon. Entries to Sandy Greig by Monday 7th please.. Depending on entries, the format will be 14 point games.

This is an Open Handicap event and entries are invited from all AC croquet players. Full details and contact information available here.

2019 Irish Golf Croquet Championship

The Irish Open Golf Championship final was well worth the watching: five full games of World-class hitting, manoeuvring, dogged contention and sparkling invention between two in-form internationals, that put the rest of the play, and all previous finals, in the shade. In the last, Patsy acquired a lead after Mark clanged hoop six from straight in front, having ‘won’ it in a tremendous battle, and unfortunately rushed Patsy’s ball through hoop seven shortly afterwards! Patsy did not relax the pressure, and Mark’s rearguard fight came to an end at hoop eleven. Click Title to read Simon's full report.

Ireland v Great Britain - Match Report

Carrickmines was the venue for the 2019 test match between Ireland and Great Britain. In the history of this event, Ireland has only won once back in 2005. The visitors captained by David Maugham brought a strong team as per usual with all members of the team in the top 50 players in the world. But with the smaller 4 person team, Ireland was more confident of being competitive.
 

Day 1:

Irish Open 2019 Finals Day

The Irish Championship Singles was won by Andrew Johnston who beat Patsy Fitzgerald in a very close final. The Maughans won the Doubles Championship. Full results ................

Irish Open. Final Day's play

9:30 Championships Doubles
11.00 Championships Singles, Green Cup, Steele Cup
14:30 Handicap Singles, USCA Salver, Alternate Stroke Doubles
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Irish Open 2019 Day 7

Inclement weather on Day 7 of the Irish Open could not dampen the spirits of competitors nor their acolytes. A veritable power play from Andrew Johnston resulted in a brace of triple peels in his 2 nil win versus Danny Johnston. Also in the Championship Singles, Patsy Fitzgerald twarted the hopes of US public representative, Randy Cardo, with some clever approach play and accurate hoop-running. Cardo displayed some outstanding shot-making and an even temperament in a game that had neutrals cooing. 

Irish Open 2019 Day 6

Day 6 of the Irish Open witnessed matches of considerable quality. The main Championships SIngles tournament began with excellent wins by Danny Johnston, Andrew Johnston, Patsy Fitzgerald and Randy Cardo. Photos of the first six days' actions at The 2019 Irish Open Photo Gallery

Irish Open 2019 Day 5

Day 5 of the 2019 Irish Open was not short on drama or outstanding croquet delivered breathlessly by a diverse cast of players in favourable conditions. Once again, an extended crew delivered a sumptuous afternoon tea. The opening rounds of the Irish Championships, the Green Cup, the USCA Salver got underway in mainly good weather. Photos of the opening days actions at The 2019 Irish Open Photo Gallery

The Mcweeney Regained - Fantastic Win for Ireland

This year's match between CAI (Nathaniel Healy, Jane Morrison, Conor Broderick, Sandy Greig, Dave McGrath and Myles McWeeney) and the CA (Brian Havill, Jim Field, Kevin Carter, Paul Hetherington, Richard Peperell and Sophie McGlen) was played at Surbiton in London, a club famed for its welcoming atmosphere - and excellent lawns.