Well, the Masters for this year are over and once again, the lawns at North Street were alive with people, laughter and some fiercely fought games!

It is true that entries were down a little on previous years but those who came… came to play! We had folk from all over the Wide Bay/Burnett and 3 players came up from Maleny so a good mix, I reckon!

We were blessed with absolutely beautiful weather conditions and as can be seen from the photos, the lawns looked stunning, so the stage was set…

Play took place over 2 days, with everyone playing 3 games per day, so there was plenty going on!!

The Division 4 Competition was battled out over a Double Round Robin and the results indicated a very close contest indeed, with the eventual winner of the gold medal – The Range, Malenys’ Frances Harper  – winner by a slim margin from our own Kay Robertson who won silver and Jenny Campbell from Hervey Bay with the bronze!

Division 3 was by all accounts, a great contest with the two larrikins from Sunnyside providing much in the way of humour and light-hearted competition, as well as taking home a little of the hardware. Eileen McCann grabbed the silver and Ann McClennan took away the bronze and perhaps the biggest cheer at the medals presentation was when the gold medal winner was announced as Frank Meek from the Isis club in Childers! Frank is quite new to the competition circuit and is a most worthy gold medal winner!

The players in the Division 2 Competition played a Round Robin on Saturday, which sorted out the players into the medals block and the consolation block, which were also Round Robins with the winners being decided on games won, then hoop differential, and what a hard fought contest it was!! Played in great humour, in keeping with the ethos of the Masters Games, there does have to be a winner and this year, by the narrowest of margins – 1 hoop!! – Point Lookouts’ Gloria Endres won the gold from Ken Barker from Maleny with Robbie Robertson, also from Point Lookout, picking up the bronze.

The players in the medals block went into the final round of games with 1 win each, so there was everything to play for and the proceedings on Lawn 2 where it was being played certainly kept the onlookers interested!!

Peter Spinks from Hervey Bay played  a blinder of a Round Robin in the consolation block by  winning all 3 games and also picking up a bronze!

All in all, a great weekend playing the world’s greatest game with like-minded people; what’s not to like?! We all had a great deal of fun  – though some obviously had more fun than others!! – and hopefully we’ll see all of the players back next year for the 2017 Masters!!

John Stokes

Point Lookout Croquet Club