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Re: Laser leveling

Wal Mills
 

Thanks Roger,

I am familiar with lasers having used them on soccer and rugby league grounds with both manual staffs and attached to graders. In their case grades 0.5% and above were used but I was curious with flatter slopes and attached to tractors. My concern is the shorter blades with accuracy and more so in your case as there is only one laser receiver attached to the tractor. Secondly the laser/tractor accuracy, with many instruments in the range 1 to 4mm in 20 metre plus the response of the tractor blade, 0.2% sounds very interesting (0.04mm in 20 metres).

I assume the 18mm maximum depth is more for the grass to recover than the laser issue?

On another note our contractor has a scarifier attachment to the tractor which picks up the thatch and dumps it on canvas to put in trailers. There is also an attachment to spread topsoil.
Also the leveller is attached to our mower to drag around. Very little manual work.

Thanks for the response and videos.

Wal


On 8/12/2017 4:21 PM, Roger Evans wrote:
Hi Wal, Roberta and all

An (amateur) video of laser leveling of the Jamberoo CC lawn 1 in January 2015 can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/246384287 (just under 2 minutes long).

Unfortunately when the lawns were constructed they had a slope of about 0.6% (6 mm per metre) from east to west as well as a few hills and hollows so the programme has been to gradually minimise the slope and get rid of the hills and hollows by laser leveling every couple of years.  Commencing in 2010 we have laser leveled the No.1 lawn 4 times and have successfully removed the hills and valleys and reduced the slope to about 0.5% east to west (ie 5 mm in a metre).  Of course 5 mm in a metre equates to about 128 mm fall across the width of the lawn and, because there is a limit on the maximum thickness of top dressing of about 18 mm per leveling operation, it will take many years of leveling before the level can be reduced to below 0.2% (ie just enough for drainage.)

Cheers

Roger






Re: Laser leveling

 

Hi Wal,

Firstly, the 18 mm limit is for recovery of the grass.  Depending on the weather, even as much as 15 mm cover can put the lawn out of action for up to 2 months.

With regard to accuracy, my background was in control systems design and modern hydraulic systems can respond very quickly, although I don't have any figures for the response of the hydraulic blade control for the leveling unit attached to a tractor.  In our case when leveling the lawn the driver makes many passes over the lawn at 90 degrees to each other and so I think that by the last pass the leveler blade would hardly be moving at all.  I therefore don't think that the blade response would be a significant factor in the overall accuracy.

I was interested in Max's comments about what they do at Narooma after they laser level.  I don't know how wide apart the rails would be but I imagine not much more than 2 metres which means it would be a long and tedious (and expensive) job to level a lawn in, say 2 metre wide strips at a time.  Perhaps Max would like to comment.

Cheers

Roger


On 8/12/2017 5:05 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Thanks Roger,

I am familiar with lasers having used them on soccer and rugby league grounds with both manual staffs and attached to graders. In their case grades 0.5% and above were used but I was curious with flatter slopes and attached to tractors. My concern is the shorter blades with accuracy and more so in your case as there is only one laser receiver attached to the tractor. Secondly the laser/tractor accuracy, with many instruments in the range 1 to 4mm in 20 metre plus the response of the tractor blade, 0.2% sounds very interesting (0.04mm in 20 metres).

I assume the 18mm maximum depth is more for the grass to recover than the laser issue?

On another note our contractor has a scarifier attachment to the tractor which picks up the thatch and dumps it on canvas to put in trailers. There is also an attachment to spread topsoil.
Also the leveller is attached to our mower to drag around. Very little manual work.

Thanks for the response and videos.

Wal


On 8/12/2017 4:21 PM, Roger Evans wrote:
Hi Wal, Roberta and all

An (amateur) video of laser leveling of the Jamberoo CC lawn 1 in January 2015 can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/246384287 (just under 2 minutes long).

Unfortunately when the lawns were constructed they had a slope of about 0.6% (6 mm per metre) from east to west as well as a few hills and hollows so the programme has been to gradually minimise the slope and get rid of the hills and hollows by laser leveling every couple of years.  Commencing in 2010 we have laser leveled the No.1 lawn 4 times and have successfully removed the hills and valleys and reduced the slope to about 0.5% east to west (ie 5 mm in a metre).  Of course 5 mm in a metre equates to about 128 mm fall across the width of the lawn and, because there is a limit on the maximum thickness of top dressing of about 18 mm per leveling operation, it will take many years of leveling before the level can be reduced to below 0.2% (ie just enough for drainage.)

Cheers

Roger







Message to members of CNSW from the Board

Roberta Flint
 

Hello folks

I have been asked to circulate this message on behalf of the NSW Board.

FYI the CNSW Board met last weekend after the annual presentation lunch. After spending a few moments reflecting on the positive atmosphere at the Annual Presentation lunch of the previous day the Board turned to considering priorities for the remainder of 2017/18.

A key priority of course is to recruit others to fill at least one of the current casual vacancies on the Board to enhance the capacity of the Board to progress key pieces of work. Also discussed were the priorities for the Board for the remainder of 2017/18. A message to members has been circulated via club secretaries and is also available on the website and can also be found on the website via this link (hopefully it works).

 https://www.croquet-nsw.org/news/171215-Board-message.pdf

Cheers

Roberta


World Over 50 GC Champs - EoI

Peter Freer
 

Australian players interested in playing in the World Over 50 GC Champs on 6-13 October 2018 in Cairo should register their interest with ACA (see https://croquet-australia.com.au/ ).

 

Regards, peter

ACA Events

0412 178 254

 

Re: 2018 AC National Championships - Survey

Peter Freer
 

The ACA Events Committee has prepared a survey to check reactions to the recent AC championships played in Adelaide.

 

We are interested in why players did not go, as well as feedback from those who did.

 

Please spare a few minutes to respond to the survey - depress the CTRL key and click on the link below to access the survey.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACA_Association_Croquet_Nationals_2018

 

A link will also be up on the ACA website shortly, and this e-mail is also being sent direct to the players who went to Adelaide, but feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested in responding – the more feedback, the better!

 

Regards,

 

Peter Tracey

For ACA Events

 

M:          +61 4 1967 2655

E:            peter.tracey@...

 

A "gong" for Mosman croquet

Peter Freer
 

The Mosman Croquet Club was privileged to be mentioned in parliament by
Felicity Wilson our local member. I attach copy of the Hansard. Felicity
came to our Open Day with her husband, as well as our Mayor Carolyn
Corrigan. They all had a go at Golf Croquet, learnt some AC strokes and had
a ball. All good publicity for the game.

Cheers
Mary Gibson
Secretary

2018 Over 50 World Champs - Ranking Places

Peter Freer
 

The Over 50 GC Worlds in Cairo in October 2018 is limited to a maximum of 48 players.

A total of 36 Ranking Places (including Wild Cards) were available, determined by the highest maximum grade achieved by players in the 12 months ending 15 April 2018. 
Australia nominated 7 players for Ranking Places.  WCF announced the 36 Ranking Places on 29 April 2018; and Peter Landrebe, Brett McHardy & David Hanbidge have been awarded places
(see http://www.worldcroquet.org.uk/index.php/world-championships/2018-over-50-golf-croquet-world-championship ).

In addition Australia has 2 Member Places, and will be nominating these before the Closing Date of 27 May 2018.

Club Financial Accounts

Helen Coventry <hjcoventry@...>
 

Hello,

I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.


We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 


I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.


All assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards

Helen Coventry




Re: Club Financial Accounts

Pam Hamory
 

Thank you Helen for your enquiry. Being a sub club for the Moruya Bowling and Recreation we hand in our green fees and the parent club handles all the other details. Good luck with your search.
Best wishes
Pam 

On 14/07/2018, at 9:45 AM, Helen Coventry wrote:

Hello,
I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.

We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 

I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.

All assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards
Helen Coventry




Re: Club Financial Accounts

 

Helen

I don't feel qualified to recommend wether your club should or shouldn't move from excel. However, if you do move to an accounting package like MYOB then I recommend you use a package that provides internet access and hosting.

The advantages being:

1) your data is automatically backed up

2) there is no software to install or update

3) 1 or more nominated members can access the data

MYOB has internet facilities.


I've heard good things about Xero for accounting. I don't know if it has membership capabilities or not.



On Sat, 14 Jul. 2018, 09:45 Helen Coventry, <hjcoventry@...> wrote:

Hello,

I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.


We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 


I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.


All assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards

Helen Coventry




Re: Club Financial Accounts

Nick Chapman
 

Helen,

If you are going down the path of using an accounting system, I would strongly recommend a product called Xero. It is cloud based so easily accessible by those who need to access it (including auditors / accountants who can just log in remotely) and is easy to use. 

Happy to talk you through it is if you are interested in further discussion. 

Nick. 


On 14 Jul 2018, at 9:45 am, Helen Coventry <hjcoventry@...> wrote:

Hello,

I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.


We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 


I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.


All assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards

Helen Coventry




Re: Club Financial Accounts

Wal Mills
 

Hello Helen,

It was only 8 years ago at Maitland that finances was paper based. I took over as treasurer and used excel with then 80 members, we now have 78 members with the treasurer still using Excel. I haven't used MYOB but I myself wouldn't think of using it for a club your size unless someone can demonstrate the benefits. 

It is really a matter of how competent your treasurer/secretary is with either method.
Whether you want to save to the cloud or back up on your own computer.

Maybe you can ask Steve Thornton (secretary@...) to send an email to all clubs asking who uses MYOB.

Regards
Wal

On 14/07/2018 9:45 AM, Helen Coventry wrote:

Hello,

I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.


We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 


I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.


All assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards

Helen Coventry




Re: Club Financial Accounts

Kaye Martin
 

 Helen, I have used MYOB extensively in the past and agree with a previous opinion that it would not be suitable for a croquet club.

I would recommend Cashflow Manager (cashflow-manager.com.au) which I have also used for many years and am currently doing so, though not for croquet.....yet.

It is extremely user friendly, the data input page looks just like an excel spreadsheet, the reports simple and useful.

Price will no doubt be a consideration. This is $22 p/month unlimited transactions and includes telephone support.  It does not include wages. 

I am not familiar with Xero so have no opinion on the programme itself, but it is $30 p/m.

Hope this helps rather than confuses
Regards
Kaye Martin



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To: cnswplayers@groups.io
Subject: Re: [cnswplayers] Club Financial Accounts

Helen

I don't feel qualified to recommend wether your club should or shouldn't move from excel. However, if you do move to an accounting package like MYOB then I recommend you use a package that provides internet access and hosting.

The advantages being:

1) your data is automatically backed up

2) there is no software to install or update

3) 1 or more nominated members can access the data

MYOB has internet facilities.


I've heard good things about Xero for accounting. I don't know if it has membership capabilities or not.



On Sat, 14 Jul. 2018, 09:45 Helen Coventry, <hjcoventry@...> wrote:

Hello,

I am on the committee of the Southern Highlands Croquet Club and am seeking information on how other Clubs record their finances and membership lists.


We are currently using Excel and as our membership is increasing the Committee is considering converting to a package such as MYOB. 


I would appreciate any information, guidance on systems currently in use at your Club as to what might be an appropriate option.


All assistance would be greatly appreciated.


Best Regards

Helen Coventry




Aust GC Mens & Womens Singles - entry & flyer

Peter Freer
 

I attach the flyer for the Aust Men’s & Women’s GC Singles in the Hunter in Sept 2018.

 

Please note that we don’t know which of the 4 venues will be used for the Women or the Men until we know how many are playing in each.

 

Entry is also open on the ACA website at:

Please note that entry closes on Friday 10 August, so pls don’t delay entering.

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254

 

 

Re: Aust GC Mens & Womens Singles - entry & flyer

Pauline Markwell
 

Dear Peter
Many thanks indeed for your message.
Sadly I have a conflict and cannot enter.  My daughter is scheduled to have her baby by caesarean section on 7 September in Perth so I will be in the west... hence I cannot enter.
Best of luck to you and Kate. 
I look forward  to seeing you both before too long. 
Pauline 

On Mon, 16 Jul. 2018, 17:18 Peter Freer, <pfreer@...> wrote:

I attach the flyer for the Aust Men’s & Women’s GC Singles in the Hunter in Sept 2018.

 

Please note that we don’t know which of the 4 venues will be used for the Women or the Men until we know how many are playing in each.

 

Entry is also open on the ACA website at:

Please note that entry closes on Friday 10 August, so pls don’t delay entering.

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254

 

 

Aust GC - functions & shirts!

Peter Freer
 

CNSW is now accepting registrations for the BBQ & Dinner in Sept, plus selling shirts - see attached on how to pay & register.

 

I also attach a slightly updated flyer for the Aust Men’s & Women’s GC Singles in the Hunter in Sept 2018 (now with correct links as per below).

 

Please note that we don’t know which of the 4 venues will be used for the Women or the Men until we know how many are playing in each.

 

Entries are rolling in (see croquetscores) but you can still enter via:

Entry closes on Friday 10 August, so pls don’t delay entering (and paying).

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254

 

 

President's AC Eights deadline is Monday !!

Peter Freer
 

Just a reminder that the deadline for expressing interest in the AC Eights is this Monday, 6 Aug!!!
Numbers so far are still quite low….

PRESIDENT AC EIGHTS

ACA is accepting expressions of interests for the President’s AC Eights to be held at Cairnlea, Victoria from Friday 12 to Monday 15 October 2018.

Please send your expression of interest via email to Croquet Australia by August 6 2018.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact ACA EO Rob Murray.

GC Womens/Mens Singles deadline is 10 August !!

Peter Freer
 

A reminder that the deadline for entering the Aust Mens/Womens GC Singles is next Friday, 10 Aug!!!

Entry is via:

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/womens-open

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/mens-open

 

Entries to date are showing on croquetscores against the relevant event - note there is a limit of 48 in each event.

Registering for the various functions, & sale of shirts, is being handled directly by Croquet NSW – see https://croquet-nsw.org/news/180721-GC-Nationals-Info.pdf and just pay via EFT using the appropriate codes.

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254

Re: GC Womens/Mens Singles deadline is 10 August !!

Tony Hall
 

Dear Peter,

Thanks for the reminder.  I am in Sydney and have no access to your earlier email.  I have been trying to enter via the ACA website but that is impossible as when you get to the "tournaments" page there is no "2018" to progress further.

However, thanks to your reminder I have successfully entered.

Best Regards,

Tony
PS:  I emailed Rob yesterday to let him know the above but he has not responded.


On 3 Aug 2018, at 12:01 pm, Peter Freer <pfreer@...> wrote:

A reminder that the deadline for entering the Aust Mens/Womens GC Singles is next Friday, 10 Aug!!!

Entry is via:

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/womens-open

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/mens-open

 

Entries to date are showing on croquetscores against the relevant event - note there is a limit of 48 in each event.

Registering for the various functions, & sale of shirts, is being handled directly by Croquet NSW – see https://croquet-nsw.org/news/180721-GC-Nationals-Info.pdf and just pay via EFT using the appropriate codes.

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254

GC Womens/Mens Singles - entry limit = 48

Peter Freer
 

Just to flag that we have reached 48 entries in the GC Men’s Singles – entry is still open (until 10 Aug) and the top 48 by World Ranking (GC Handicap if no WR) will be accepted into the main event. 

 

I will be in touch with the remainder about playing in the Plate instead (reduced entry fee).

 

Entries to date are showing on croquetscores against the relevant events.

 

Entry is via:

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/womens-open

https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments/2018/gc/mens-open

Registering for the various functions, & sale of shirts, is being handled directly by Croquet NSW – see https://croquet-nsw.org/news/180721-GC-Nationals-Info.pdf and just pay via EFT using the appropriate codes.

Regards, peter
ACA Events
0412 178 254