Newcomers enjoy successful returns at Trevor Hansen Handicap Singles as Imray wins again

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
Doug Lee and winner Bob Imray.
Camera IconDoug Lee and winner Bob Imray. Credit: Kay Chynoweth

The Geraldton Croquet Club held its first event for 2023 as it hosted the Trevor Hansen Handicap Singles over the weekend.

Played over two days, the tournament looks to level the playing field between members as stronger players give learning players a better chance by handing over extra free shots — the number depending on their handicaps.

With eight competitors playing for two years or less, the more experienced were challenged.

There were two even blocks of eight players and the winners of each group played off for the trophy.

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In block A Bob Imray won out in a three-way battle with Maureen Nanson and Glenys Ryan as all three players picked up six wins out of seven.

Each player split results with the other but Imray moved through to the final thanks to a superior net hoop advantage finishing plus six in front of Ryan.

The second group saw wins for all eight players with Doug Lee and Sharkey Ryan doing the best with five though Lee was well clear on net hoops.

It was not as comfortable as it looked however as his tight 7-6 win over Steve Robb proved the difference with Rob finishing just one win and hoop behind Lee. A reverse result would have seen Robb go through.

Both Lee and Imray have played for just two years but they bettered their more experienced counterparts to face off in the final.

Imray managed to finish off with a winning score of 7/4 to take home the trophy for the second year in a row.

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