The semi finals of the Goulburn Valley Croquet Association pennant competition were played on Thursday last week in 36 degree heat.
The Deni Gems proved too strong for the Diamonds winning seven games 75 hoops to five games 64 hoops to advance straight to the grand final.
At Shepparton the Rich River team defeated Numurkah Blues taking them out of the finals setting up a preliminary final clash against the Diamonds in Shepparton.
The Diamonds were successful in winning the match seven games 71 hoops to Rich River’s five games 63 hoops to see the Diamonds go into the grand final against the Deni Gems.
There have been nine teams in the competition over 18 weeks and the club congratulates the two Deni teams on winning their way to the grand final, which was being played yesterday when the PT went to print (results in Tuesday’s edition).
There was no play on Sunday because of the wet courts following the rain.
Next Wednesday will be the last croquet day for 2017 and a reminder for names to go on the list on the noticeboard for the buffet Christmas luncheon on December 17 at noon.
There were 14 players at croquet on Wednesday morning where two players won their three games. Brad Fawns had 27 and Andy Davis was close behind with 26.
Five players had good scores despite losing one game. Megan Tonta, Meyerene Geldenhuys, John Tainsh and Theo Walle all had 20 hoops while Allan Tonta scored 22.
Allan Tonta ran a handy hoop-in-one. Andy Davis managed four successful jump shots and Heather Douglas had one.