Teen, newbie shine at Geraldton Croquet Club tournament

Midwest Times
Charley MacSween, Paul Dodson and Darcy de Vries, 14.
Camera IconCharley MacSween, Paul Dodson and Darcy de Vries, 14. Credit: Geraldton Guardian, Tamra Carr

Nobody hates a bumpy lawn more than 14-year-old Darcy de Vries.

In fact, it’s the only thing that frustrates him about his favourite game, croquet.

“The shots go wonky if the lawn is uneven,” de Vries said.

“It can make you lose a game.”

de Vries certainly wasn’t having much trouble with the greens at Geraldton Croquet Club’s recent Golf Croquet Championships, where the home-schooled piano player claimed runner-up in D-grade, bested only by 76-year-old newbie Charley MacSween.

Originally from Scotland and only 10 months into his croquet career, MacSween had already won the Allen Marsh Handicap, played in mid-June.

Also scooping up accolades was 71-year-old Paul Dodson.

Dodson has won two titles in the past three weeks, including the Brian Hadley Rising Star in Perth and the Golf Croquet Championships.

He has been chosen to represent the club at a Champion of Champions event in Perth on July 27-28. He intends to give it a go.

“I’ve always been competitive,” he said. “I used to be into running and cycling and marathons and all that, but I’m old and broken now, so I do this.”

Kay Chynoweth came second, while in B-grade, Glenys Ryan and Sharkey Ryan came first and second respectively.

Maureen Nanson and Rhonda Reynolds were first and second in C-grade. Entries are open for the Geraldton Croquet Club tournament next month.

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