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Mac Facts #2 from Chris Williams

Greg Fletcher became the second player, after Mark Saurin in 1990, and the first Australian, to win all 5 matches on his debut in the MacRobertson Shield.

Since 21 match tests were introduced in 1990 there have been 7 tests which have ended 11-10. New Zealand have been involved in 5 of them and this was the first time they have won one; having previously lost 3 times to Great Britain and once to Australia by that score.

David Maugham has now won 75 matches in the Mac; only Robert Fulford on 93 has won more. David has played 105 matches in that time and should overtake Robert Fulford's 111 during the final test.

Career records have been updated after the first round of tests at

MacRob players

Various other records including full previous results can be found at

Other records

Mac Facts #1 from Chris Williams

Australia's win over England in the first test was their first over England since 1935, when Australia last won the Mac. Australia have won the Mac 3 times with all 3 wins taking place in Melbourne, Australia.

The last time Australia beat the CA's side was in the final test in 1986 at Colchester, when the CA's side played as Great Britain. Ironically that match was the last one Robert Fulford had not played in before the current match.

Since 21 match tests were introduced in 1990 the most matches Australia had previously won against England/GB was 7 in 2010. Overall Australia had previously beaten England/GB 4 times in 41 tests; drawing 3 and losing 34.

England have now lost two Mac tests in a row for the first time since 1951. Great Britain never lost two in a row.

First Report from Team Manager – Peter Landrebe (18 April)

Thursday 13 April – We all met up at the Melbourne airport at 6am for the flight to Los Angeles. The flight was extremely comfortable on the new Qantas plane. Everyone managed to eat sleep and relax and we landed in LA about 6.15am on Thursday morning – arriving before we left Australia. Picked up our transport to drive to Palm Springs but not all the luggage could fit so we upgraded to the maximum size SUV.

The drive of approximately 130 miles (210 kms) took a full three hours and it was not until the day after did I read that leaving LA heading east is the most intimidating drive in the USA and while it had its moments of chaos it did not seem any worse than Sydney!

The next two days were spent in full relaxation, getting used to the temperature and adjusting the body clock. We took a trip to Mission Hills on Friday to check out our playing venue, the time it would take to drive in the morning and the best route. The lawns were being prepared (desert weather requires a lot of watering of the lawns and care of the grass) so we were unable to have a hit until the official practice which was due to start on Sunday 16th.

Sunday 16 April – we arrived at the lawns at 7.30am – the first team – and got onto the lawns smartly. The condition report from the players was – ‘very true and flat, hoops firm and narrowly set to Regs but easier than Atkin Quadways to run (they are a Rodini hoop).

Monday 17 April – a good days’ practice of required ball movement, as the previous day was more getting the swing grooved and ready.

Tuesday 18 April – Test 1 – Day 1 Australia v England Doubles

Robert Fletcher and Malcolm Fletcher v, David Maugham and James Hopgood.
This was pretty one sided, Malcolm had the early hit, but turned the innings over when he was hampered after Hoop 2. Robert only got one lift shot attempt which missed. The highlight was the composed debut match for England’s James Hopgood.

Simon Hockey and Greg Fletcher v. Stephen Mulliner and Samir Patel.
Perfect performance from Australia, they complimented each other well, with Simon’s shooting ability and Greg’s impressive break play from tricky starting positions.

Stephen Forster and Ian Dumergue v, James Death and Jamie Burch Good match to watch, had everything, lots of good tactics, a fightback from Australia and some quality shooting. Stephen and Ian came back from 1 game down and 1 break down in the third game. This match was a good reflection of the Australian team – fighting, confident, enjoying each other’s company and ability – these qualities will be needed during the next few weeks to achieve success and reach our goals.

Ian Dumergue and Stephen Forster

Australia’s hopes and dreams fly to California

Australia’s MacRobertson Shield Team are winging their way to Los Angeles. The team of Ian Dumergue, Captain, Greg Fletcher, Malcolm Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Stephen Forster, Simon Hockey and Pete Landrebe, Team Manager arrive early Thursday morning – California is seventeen hours behind Australia Eastern (sixteen and a half hours behind South Australia and fifteen hours behind Western Australia) – and drive to Palm Desert where they will reside for the next twenty-two nights.

Australia's MacRob team at their final team practice at Belmont CC

Back row Left to Right Trevor Bassett (Reserve), Dwayne McCormick (Reserve), Simon Hockey, Greg Fletcher.
Front row Left to Right Malcolm Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Ian Dumergue (Captain), Stephen Forster.

The first test begins after Easter on Tuesday 18 April - Australia meets England and New Zealand plays the United States.

Each test is played over five days in doubles and single combinations. Only one rest day has been scheduled between each test.

Test 2 Australia v. New Zealand; England v. the United States
Test 3 Australia v. the United States; New Zealand v. England.

To follow each nail biting result, go to Croquet Scores at

For more information about the players go to

There will be regular updates on the team’s progress as Pete will be penning a number of reports during each test.

Are you an Association Player? Would you like to spend some time in warmer climes?

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Clinking on this link enables you to enter the Open Doubles. What if I don’t have a partner? Just enter and ACA Events Committee will try to match you with another player.

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AC Gold Medal, Men’s and Women’s Singles, Eire Cup

The progam for the 68th Australian Association Croquet Championships being held in Tasmania from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 March, 2017 is now available to view or download and has been updated since the first posting on Friday 11 March.

Calling all Gateball Players

The 2017 Australian Gateball Championships are being held in New South Wales at EDSACC, the four-court venue located at Bateau Bay and will attract teams from across Australia as well as overseas.

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The event is being held from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October. Teams from Australia can enter on-line via the Croquet Australia website just click here

Overseas teams are requested to email National Co-ordinator Gateball, John Park

Closing date for entries is midnight Western Australian time, Tuesday 22 August, 2017.

President’s GC Eights.

Letters of invitation were sent to those Players who had been selected by the GC Selection Committee to compete in the 2017 President’s GC Eights. Over forty expressions of interest were submitted on-line. Acceptances closed on Thursday 5 January and after receiving some rejections the field has now been finalised. To see who will be playing in this year’s event Click on Players.

The final ranking order to decide who will be in the first eight, second eight, remaining six places in addition to James Gumbrell and Anthony Dask, both wild card recipients, and Women’ Eights will be determined by the GC World Ranking List effective noon AEST on Wednesday 1 February, 2017.

Calling all players of Association Croquet!

If you enjoy your croquet and have a handicap of eight or less enter the AC Men’s or Women’s Singles Championships being held in Tasmania from Saturday 18 to Tuesday 21 March. Men will be playing their matches at several venues in Hobart while the Women will be based in Launceston at St Leonard’s Croquet Club.

The competitions will be over four days commencing with ranked blocks and the first sixteen move into a knockout round while the rest of the field compete for the Plate.

Registration is between 2 and 5pm on Friday 17 March – at Sandy Bay Croquet Club for the Men and St Leonard’s Croquet Club for the Women.

To enter the Men’s Singles click here

To enter the Women’s Singles click here

Entries close Thursday 16 February, 2017 (Midnight WA time)