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GC World Team Championships Report

Report by Jack Clingan.
The 2016 Golf Croquet World Team Championships were hosted in May by CA with the Irish team competing in the Tier 1 competition at Surbiton. Jack Clingan (c), Charlie von Schmieder, Evan Newell, Simon Williams, and Patsy Fitzgerald had been in preparation for the event from the end of 2015, ably co-ordinated by team manager Danny Johnston. Several sessions focussed on lawn practice, tactical discussion and psychological preparation (with the assistance of Neil O’Brien) had the team in a confident mood heading into their opening group game against the holders, Egypt.

CAI Team for Appelton Trophy

The team to represent the CAI in its annual match for the Appleton on 9/10 July in Edinburgh is
Nathaniel Healy (C)
Jane Morrison
Evan Newell
Sandy Greig
Alan Looney
Daniel Bennett

Championship of Co Dublin 2016 Winners

Dublin & South-Eastern Railway Cup: Danny Johnston (Dublin University)

Duff Mathews Cup (division 2): Stephen Custance Baker (Taunton)
Runner-up: John F. Martin

New Mirabeau Trophy (division 3): Tony Carey (Carrickmines)
Runner-up: Paddy Furey

Phantom Trophy (division 4): Hugh Brennan (Carrickmines)
Runner-up: James Carroll

Boxwell Cup (handicap singles): John F. Martin (Dublin University)
Runner-up: Danny Johnston

Ireland through to Semi Finals

Ireland have made it to the semi-finals of the World Team Championships in London in the second playing of the event. After their initial loss to Egypt, the team went on to draw with the USA before beating Sweden in a convincing display. This earned them a playoff with the USA to decide who would progress from the block, and Ireland duly did the business to earn a semi final with New Zealand. The event continues on Wednesday, follow their progress on croquet scores and messages of support are welcome!
Danny Johnston 

Travel Subsidies

For those players that are playing croquet abroad in competitions sanctioned by the Croquet Association of Ireland there may be an opportunity to reclaim some traveling expenses from the Association.  Players that wish to take advantage of this subsidy should contact the Treasurer of the CAI upon selection. This subsidy is currently limited to €100 for competitive matches in England however players playing further afield and incurring additional expenses may be eligible for further grants.

Inter-varsity DIT v TCD

In awful weather, the first inter-varsity golf croquet match for at least twenty years took place at Carrickmines on the 6th of December. The DIT team was the more experienced, including three former international representatives, and they duly won 4-2.

CAI team for Home Internationals

The team to represent Ireland in the Home Internationals, to be played at Eastbourne on the weekend of 19/20 June, is 
Danny Johnston (C)
Simon Williams
Ian Vincent
Evan Newell
Jane Morrison.

Best of luck,

Danny's report on World Championships

Disappointment in Florida/Fear and Loathing in West Palm Beach.

Stephen Mulliner won the title, coming back from 0-2 down to David Maloof (USA) in the final.
Danny Johnston was the CAI representative at the event and has written a report on his progress at the event.