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Gomm Park Croquet Club celebrates 40 years at Annual Valentines Tournament

Daniel RooneyAlbany Advertiser
The GPCC Valentines Tournament attracted 44 players who competed in pairs.
Camera IconThe GPCC Valentines Tournament attracted 44 players who competed in pairs. Credit: Gomm Park Croquet Club

The Gomm Park Croquet Club marked it’s 40th anniversary at the weekend with a celebratory sundowner after a day of action on the green at the annual Valentines Tournament.

Despite the excessive heat 44 players in 22 pairs took part in the tournament at Lower King Recreation Ground that kicked off on February 10, playing 10 games of 45 minutes over two days.

Players from Perth clubs joined regional teams including Albany, Bunbury, Dunsborough, Narrogin and Katanning and handicaps were in play at the event.

Deputy mayor of Albany Paul Terry and Gomm Park Croquet Club president Nancye Perkins.
Camera IconDeputy mayor of Albany Paul Terry and Gomm Park Croquet Club president Nancye Perkins. Credit: Gomm Park Croquet Club

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A handicap of 10 gave players one to three additional shots — something that can be a game changer in the highly strategic sport.

After a great day of competition players were joined by Albany deputy mayor Paul Terry at a sundowner where Mr Terry made a special presentation to GPCC president Nancye Perkins to mark the historic milestone.

On Sunday the winning pairs from each group, Group A’s Brian Uren and Anthony Nelson from Dunsborough and Group B’s Steve Syme and Lyn O’Reilly from Como, played off in the championship game.

Steve Syme and Lyn O’Reilly with Louise Kingston MLC.
Camera IconSteve Syme and Lyn O’Reilly with Louise Kingston MLC. Credit: Gomm Park Croquet Club

After a high standard of play Syme and O’Reilly claimed the title over Uren and Nelson and the winners were awarded their prize by Louise Kingston MLC.

Albany’s Arthur Simpfendorfer and Ken Rowland were Group B runners-up.

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