Croquet's a quirky game

THE Northern Rivers Croquet Championship this year has been won by Casino's Neville Quirk.

Quirk took out the A-grade, defeating Bev Birmingham of Kyogle in a highly entertaining final.

The B-grade title was won by Lennie Downs of Ballina, who beat Cecily McVinish of Alstonville.

Things could be a little tense in the Walsh house at Alstonville after Kevin Walsh defeated wife Kay in the C-grade final, while in D-grade Lynne Lynch from Lismore beat Beryl Costers of Casino.

Players from the Alstonville, Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino, Kyogle and Lismore clubs competed at different levels (Grades A to D and novices) over five days at the Lismore Croquet Club.

Competition in most divisions was close, with several players winning equal numbers of games.

In one group the competition was still tied with equal nett numbers of hoops scored and number of hoops for was needed to decide the winner.

Players from most clubs featured among the winners. Ballina's record number of novice entries was a highlight of the event, as was their win and runner-up result.

Results: A-grade singles: Winner Neville Quirk (Casino), runner-up Bev Bermingham (Kyogle).

B-grade singles: Winner Lennie Downs (Ballina), runner-up Cecily McVinish (Alstonville).

C-grade singles: Winner Kevin Walsh (Alstonville), runner-up Kay Walsh (Alstonville).

D-grade singles: Winner Lynne Lynch (Lismore), runner-up Beryl Costers (Casino).

Novice singles: Winner Mary Hughes (Ballina), runner-up Glad Ryan (Ballina).

B-grade doubles: Winners Lennie Downs and Joan Murphy (Ballina), runners-up Bruce Ross and Dawn Miller (Lismore).

C-grade doubles: Winners Kay Walsh and Kevin Walsh (Alstonville), runners-up Marie Synnot and Laural Mudie (Lismore).

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