BALLARAT has emerged from last week’s Ballarat-Geelong Intercity Association Croquet Challenge with mixed results.
The Ballarat district was strengthened by the influence of world champion Robert Fletcher and his brother Malcolm, with the pair helping the team lay claim to the coveted Austin Cup during the tournament’s second day at the Alexandra Croquet Club.
Meanwhile, the Geelong region was able to retain its grip on the Engleby Cup, eventually winning it five-and-a-half games to two.
Ballarat’s 6-2 win for the Austin Cup was set up by a 4-0 lead on the first day, held in Geelong last December, with the Fletcher brothers contributing to the overall victory with one win and one loss.
They opened their account with a loss to Geelong pair Stephen Forster and Kerri-Ann Organ before ousting Gareth Bushill and Eric Miller.
In the other game, Ballarat’s Brian Wreither and Tony Chew lost to Miller and Bushill before beating Organ and Forster.