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Barry club members do well in out-of-town tournaments

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Two doubles combinations from Barry Memorial Croquet Club have achieved success at outside tournaments.

Christine McCullough and Chris Newton won the second division of the annual Mt Maunganui Gals' Level Doubles golf croquet tournament.

They supported each other well and if one played a poor shot, the other came to the fore. This is an important aspect of doubles play. Many combinations play as individuals without communicating, or play high-risk shots without considering alternatives.

McCullough and Newton had four wins and only one loss, 7-6, to a Rotorua pair.

Newton has now had successes in consecutive months. She will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Members travelled over for the Blokes' tournament the following day but it was cancelled due to stormy weather.

Father and son Ross and Rick Thomson played in the annual Claudelands golf croquet handicap doubles tournament in Hamilton.

Eighteen pairs were divided into three divisions. The Gisborne pair were bottom seeds in the first division.

They won their first game but lost the next two. Their final game was against the top seeds, who had won all their games. The Barry pair blew them away, 7-1.

This result dropped the top seeds down to second and brought the Thomsons up to third. The first to congratulate them were the Matamata pair who came from third to first on the back of the result.

Giant killers: Ross (left) and Rick Thomson beat top seeds at Claudelands.
GALS' DOUBLES WINNERS: Christine McCullough (left) and Chris Newton.