Nelson Bay Croquet Club success in first competitions back after COVID lockdown

Nelson Bay Croquet Club members have enjoyed success in some of their first competitions since being able to return to the courts.

With a COVID Safe Plan in place, Nelson Bay Croquet Club members returned to the court in June and after talks between NSW Office of Sport and Croquet NSW, were able to resume competitions in July.

Nelson Bay croquet duo Cheryl Lloyd and Sandy Tawa had a successful re-entry into competitive croquet when they travelled to Tempe on July 18-20.

The pair plus associate member Pamela Barnwell, also of Newcastle National Park Croquet Club, represented Nelson Bay in the NSW GC Women's Open Singles Championship.

Sandy won the plate after beating Jill Sullivan of Sutherland Croquet Club 7-1 7-3 and Karen Bisley of Canberra Croquet Club 7-5 4-7 7-2.

Cheryl and Pamela qualified for the final play-off.

Cheryl lost to eventual winner Alison Sharpe of Killara Croquet Club 3-7 1-7 while Pamela lost to Rosalyn Johnstone of Sutherland Croquet Club 7-0 6-7 4-7.

Liz Friend and Barry Elliott represented Nelson Bay in the NSW GC Division Three Singles competition held at Mosman Croquet Club July 17-19.

Liz finished third with nine wins from 12 games.

Barry had to return to Port Stephens during the competition.

Immediately prior to this competition, on July 15-16, Liz and Barry represented Nelson Bay in the NSW GC Division Three Doubles, also staged at Mosman Croquet Club.

The Bay duo finished runners-up after losing the final to Wendy Herbert and Malcolm Powys of Marrickville Croquet Club 3-6 (timed game).

Nelson Bay associate member Derek Bull retained the NSW GC Men's Open Singles Championship, which was contested July 10-13.

Derek beat John Levick also of Newcastle National Park Croquet Club in the final 7-1 4-7 7-4.