Date   
2017 GC Championships Survey

Peter Freer
 

ACA would like to hear from you re the recent GC events in Brisbane.  If you didn’t play, why not?  If you did, what went well and what didn’t? 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017_GC

Please spread the word that this survey is open (until 15 October).

 

Thanks, peter

ACA Events

0412 178 254

 

Aust AC Open Doubles & Singles - Nov 2017

Peter Freer
 

Alan Walsh spotted an error re the dates for these events in croquetscores, now fixed!

 

The entry forms were/are correct - Doubles are Sat 11 - Mon 13 Nov, then Singles Tues 14 - Sun 19 Nov 2017.

 

Entry for both events close tomorrow week – Thurs 12 October.   See:  https://croquet-australia.com.au/tournaments

 

Existing entries can be found at:

·         Doubles  https://croquetscores.com/2017/ac/aust-open-doubles

·         Singles   https://croquetscores.com/2017/ac/aust-open-singles

 

Regards, peter

 

Peter Freer

ACA Events

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Golf Croquet President's Eights Feb 2018 - Expressions of Interest

Peter Freer
 

The Golf Croquet President’s Eights is the second national event on the Australian calendar for 2018 and is being held at the Victorian Croquet Centre from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February.

Expressions of interest are being sought to play in this event and you can register via the ACA website

Closing date is Tuesday 30 November (midnight Western Australian time).

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Terry Ericson

Regards, peter

 

Peter Freer

ACA Events

0412 178 254

 

Re: Golf Croquet President's Eights Feb 2018 - Expressions of Interest

Brenda Wild
 

HI Peter,


Thanks for including me.  Unfortunately I wont be applying for next years event as I'm still not playing more than 1 game each time I go to croquet.  It's 3 1/2 weeks since my knee replacement & I'm taking this slowly.  Very sensible of me which is surprising everyone!!!


Cheers,

Brenda




From: cnswplayers@groups.io <cnswplayers@groups.io> on behalf of Peter Freer <pfreer@...>
Sent: Monday, 13 November 2017 4:19 PM
To: cnswplayers@groups.io
Subject: [cnswplayers] Golf Croquet President's Eights Feb 2018 - Expressions of Interest
 

The Golf Croquet President’s Eights is the second national event on the Australian calendar for 2018 and is being held at the Victorian Croquet Centre from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 February.

Expressions of interest are being sought to play in this event and you can register via the ACA website

Closing date is Tuesday 30 November (midnight Western Australian time).

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Terry Ericson

Regards, peter

 

Peter Freer

ACA Events

0412 178 254

 

Laser levelling

Wal Mills
 

Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal

Re: Laser levelling

 

Hi Wal,

I have stepped back from croquet this year but I looked after the Jamberoo lawns for many years and we laser-leveled one of the lawns about every 2 years commencing with our 3rd lawn in 2010.

Laser leveling is carried out with a special tractor which has balloon tyres (to not leave tyre tracks) and a grader blade which is automatically raised or lowered hydraulically by a photo sensor which detects a rotating laser beam from a fixed beacon.  The laser beacon is set off the lawn to provide a rotating beam at whatever angle is required.  Although it is called laser leveling, the beam does not have to be set level.  If, for example you wanted to have, say, a 0.5% fall from south to north then the laser beacon can be set to provide such a fall.

The sensor on the laser leveling machine detects the laser beam and raises or lowers the grader blade independently of any hills or hollows the wheels may run over.

The guy we have used says that he needs about 10 tonnes of good quality top dressing soil per croquet lawn (eg for about 1000 square metres).  The contractor we used recommends that the maximum soil thickness after leveling should be no greater than 18 mm in any area and the level accuracy is better than 10 mm.

I am not right up-to-date with the latest costs but 10 tonnes of high quality top dressing soil runs at about $70 per tonne (eg $700 worth) and the laser guy charges about another $800 so all up about $1500 on top of a normal renovation. (ie the lawn should be scarified, aerated and fertilised before leveling)

I am away from home at present but I could send you a video of the laser leveling being carried out on one of the Jamberoo lawns if you are interested.

Cheers

Roger


On 7/12/2017 2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal

Re: Spam:*********, [cnswplayers] Laser levelling

Max Murray
 

Hello Wal

Roger’s  explanation of Laser levelling is great and tells you all about it.

We have laser levelled for some years now and the result has been good BUT our then greenkeeper did not fully accept the result.   

What happened at our club is that after laser levelling, the green keepers drive in pegs set at exactly level about 5 -10 mm above the highest point and then place rails on top of the pegs .  They then spread a layer of top soil and drag a levelling “board” over the rails to level the last top soil at what they believe is now a level surface.  A bit pedantic perhaps but it certainly gives a level surface.   

Hope you can follow this layman’s explanation.

Regards
Max Murray

On 07/12/2017, at 2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:

Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal

Re: Laser levelling

Roberta Flint
 

Roger, This is really interesting to those of us that hear about laser levelling but have no idea what it means, is it OK if I post your explanation on the CNSW FB page? Would love the video as well
Cheers
Roberta
Email roberta_flint@...

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:21 pm, Roger Evans <rfkevans@...> wrote:

Hi Wal,

I have stepped back from croquet this year but I looked after the Jamberoo lawns for many years and we laser-leveled one of the lawns about every 2 years commencing with our 3rd lawn in 2010.

Laser leveling is carried out with a special tractor which has balloon tyres (to not leave tyre tracks) and a grader blade which is automatically raised or lowered hydraulically by a photo sensor which detects a rotating laser beam from a fixed beacon.  The laser beacon is set off the lawn to provide a rotating beam at whatever angle is required.  Although it is called laser leveling, the beam does not have to be set level.  If, for example you wanted to have, say, a 0.5% fall from south to north then the laser beacon can be set to provide such a fall.

The sensor on the laser leveling machine detects the laser beam and raises or lowers the grader blade independently of any hills or hollows the wheels may run over.

The guy we have used says that he needs about 10 tonnes of good quality top dressing soil per croquet lawn (eg for about 1000 square metres).  The contractor we used recommends that the maximum soil thickness after leveling should be no greater than 18 mm in any area and the level accuracy is better than 10 mm.

I am not right up-to-date with the latest costs but 10 tonnes of high quality top dressing soil runs at about $70 per tonne (eg $700 worth) and the laser guy charges about another $800 so all up about $1500 on top of a normal renovation. (ie the lawn should be scarified, aerated and fertilised before leveling)

I am away from home at present but I could send you a video of the laser leveling being carried out on one of the Jamberoo lawns if you are interested.

Cheers

Roger


On 7/12/2017 2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal

Re: Laser levelling

 

Hi Roberta,

No problem putting it up on FB and I will upload the video to either Vimeo or YouTube and send the link

Cheers

Roger


On 8/12/2017 7:14 AM, Roberta Flint via Groups.Io wrote:
Roger, This is really interesting to those of us that hear about laser levelling but have no idea what it means, is it OK if I post your explanation on the CNSW FB page? Would love the video as well
Cheers
Roberta
Email roberta_flint@...

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:21 pm, Roger Evans <rfkevans@...> wrote:

Hi Wal,

I have stepped back from croquet this year but I looked after the Jamberoo lawns for many years and we laser-leveled one of the lawns about every 2 years commencing with our 3rd lawn in 2010.

Laser leveling is carried out with a special tractor which has balloon tyres (to not leave tyre tracks) and a grader blade which is automatically raised or lowered hydraulically by a photo sensor which detects a rotating laser beam from a fixed beacon.  The laser beacon is set off the lawn to provide a rotating beam at whatever angle is required.  Although it is called laser leveling, the beam does not have to be set level.  If, for example you wanted to have, say, a 0.5% fall from south to north then the laser beacon can be set to provide such a fall.

The sensor on the laser leveling machine detects the laser beam and raises or lowers the grader blade independently of any hills or hollows the wheels may run over.

The guy we have used says that he needs about 10 tonnes of good quality top dressing soil per croquet lawn (eg for about 1000 square metres).  The contractor we used recommends that the maximum soil thickness after leveling should be no greater than 18 mm in any area and the level accuracy is better than 10 mm.

I am not right up-to-date with the latest costs but 10 tonnes of high quality top dressing soil runs at about $70 per tonne (eg $700 worth) and the laser guy charges about another $800 so all up about $1500 on top of a normal renovation. (ie the lawn should be scarified, aerated and fertilised before leveling)

I am away from home at present but I could send you a video of the laser leveling being carried out on one of the Jamberoo lawns if you are interested.

Cheers

Roger


On 7/12/2017 2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal


Re: Laser levelling

Roberta Flint
 

On Fri, 8 Dec 2017 at 7:33 am, Roger Evans
<rfkevans@...> wrote:

Hi Roberta,

No problem putting it up on FB and I will upload the video to either Vimeo or YouTube and send the link

Cheers

Roger


On 8/12/2017 7:14 AM, Roberta Flint via Groups.Io wrote:
Roger, This is really interesting to those of us that hear about laser levelling but have no idea what it means, is it OK if I post your explanation on the CNSW FB page? Would love the video as well
Cheers
Roberta
Email roberta_flint@...

Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7:21 pm, Roger Evans <rfkevans@...> wrote:

Hi Wal,

I have stepped back from croquet this year but I looked after the Jamberoo lawns for many years and we laser-leveled one of the lawns about every 2 years commencing with our 3rd lawn in 2010.

Laser leveling is carried out with a special tractor which has balloon tyres (to not leave tyre tracks) and a grader blade which is automatically raised or lowered hydraulically by a photo sensor which detects a rotating laser beam from a fixed beacon.  The laser beacon is set off the lawn to provide a rotating beam at whatever angle is required.  Although it is called laser leveling, the beam does not have to be set level.  If, for example you wanted to have, say, a 0.5% fall from south to north then the laser beacon can be set to provide such a fall.

The sensor on the laser leveling machine detects the laser beam and raises or lowers the grader blade independently of any hills or hollows the wheels may run over.

The guy we have used says that he needs about 10 tonnes of good quality top dressing soil per croquet lawn (eg for about 1000 square metres).  The contractor we used recommends that the maximum soil thickness after leveling should be no greater than 18 mm in any area and the level accuracy is better than 10 mm.

I am not right up-to-date with the latest costs but 10 tonnes of high quality top dressing soil runs at about $70 per tonne (eg $700 worth) and the laser guy charges about another $800 so all up about $1500 on top of a normal renovation. (ie the lawn should be scarified, aerated and fertilised before leveling)

I am away from home at present but I could send you a video of the laser leveling being carried out on one of the Jamberoo lawns if you are interested.

Cheers

Roger


On 7/12/2017 2:02 PM, Wal Mills wrote:
Has anyone had any experience with laser levelling of croquet or other courts.

Has it worked okay, What about over time?
What equipment was used, tractor, grader or other?
Costs.

Looking to possibilities in the future on our courts at Maitland.

Thanks
Wal


Laser leveling

 

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

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

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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