Family ties for successful pair
Father and son Ross and Rick Thomson from Gisborne's Barry Memorial Croquet Club were winners and runners-up in two golf croquet tournaments outside the district.
Playing in the third division of the levels tournament in Mt Maunganui, they lived up to their equal top seeding by winning the title after a countback over the other top pair, who were from the Mt Maunganui club. The Thomsons had defeated this pair 6-4 when they met. Both pairs had only one loss.
In a Hamilton tournament played at the Claudelands club, the Gisborne pair were again top seeds in their division. However, as this was a handicap tournament, the going was a lot tougher.
All their opponents had the benefit of extra turns, an advantage that in some games the Thomsons found difficult to overcome. They finished with a three-win/two-loss record, which was enough to earn them the runners-up spot. The winners — a pair from the Mt Maunganui club — won all their games.