World croquet champion to play in Ballarat challenge

WORLD croquet champion Robert Fletcher is set to line up for the Ballarat region in the Ballarat-Geelong Intercity Association Croquet Challenge at the Alexandra Croquet Club tomorrow.

Fletcher, 20, will play alongside seven other Ballarat district players who comprise two teams playing for the Austin and Engleby cups – trophies that are contested on a yearly basis.

Each team consists of four players, playing two doubles games in each section.

The tournament is held over two rounds, with the first round of this series being contested in December last year.

On that occasion the two regions split the trophies, with Ballarat entering the second round ahead on points.

Ballarat currently holds the Austin Cup for divisions one and two while Geelong has possession of the Engleby Cup for divisions three and four.

The historic two-day tournament started in 1936 and the two cups are named after prominent Ballarat (Engleby) and Geelong (Austin) croquet players.

Play will commence at 10am and 1pm with visitors welcome.

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