There were 19 entries for the 12th Irish Golf Croquet Championships, which was held at carrickmines thanks to the generosity of the Club. Block play - 4 blocks of 4/5 were completed on a sunny(!) Saturday by lunch time, with the top 2 from each block going through to the quarter finals and others playing doubles for the Plate.
The Quarter finals were
Patsy Fitzgerald v Danny Johnston
Simon Williams v Derek Old (an English visitor)
Ben Harris v Robert Barklie
Ed Cunningham v Andrew Johnston.
After tough best of 5 trials Patsy, Derek, Ed and Robert were the winners, with Simon and the Newcastle Three left licking their wounds.
The semi finals on Sunday were between Patsy and Robert and between Ed and Derek. Each was an epic match. Patsy prevailed with a scoreline of 5-7, 7-5, 4-7, 7-4, 7-6 - it really couldn't have been closer! In the other match it took longer to play 4 games, as the quality of shooting and clearing was so good but Ed eventually won with the score 7-4, 5-7, 7-6, 7-3.
Rain started to fall just as the Final began but a thrilling match saw Patsy emerge as the winner at 7-5, 7-5, 7-3.
This was the third time in succession that Patsy has been the Irish Champion and in recognition of his feat the Trophy was presented to him outright.
The Plate was won by Jane Shorten and Robert Miller, who beat all comers.