The International Croquet "MacRobertson Shield"
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In 1925, Croquet Teams from Australia and England met for the first time in International Competition. They played for a Trophy sponsored by the Australian millionaire and philanthropist Croquet player Sir MacPherson Robertson. (his mini-biography is inspirational so click here - but come on back)
The Perpetual Trophy carried the name of the famous Australian Chocolate and Confectionery Empire, MacRobertson, and now known as "The MacRobertson Shield".
Then the Kiwis:
In 1927 New Zealand joined in the Competition and the MacRobertson Shield become the most important International Croquet Tournament or Series - similar to the Davis Cup for tennis or Americas Cup for yachting.
The Series is held about every four years since then and is hosted by the Countries in turn.
As Australia had recently taken the Americas Cup from the Yanks in Yachting in the 1993 series it seemed of National importance for them to compete and take home "The MacRobertson Shield" for Croquet. Thus the Shield is now a four cornered Tournament.
Like all sports with the high cost of competing - which has always been a problem with National Croquet Team selection - the US of A. will spend as much money as possible to ensure their team wins.
Croquet in the US of A is an upmarket sport with paid Coaches at their Luxury, Croquet Resorts.
Sponsorships are plentiful for the USA Croquet players and Australia will have to match them to ensure our National Team has the time, quality venues, coaching and motivation to compete at this highly competitive level.
Australia has not won the Australian MacRobertson Shield since 1935, even though Australia has the most Croquet players in the world. Much of this has been caused by the extremes of distance in Australia for competition level play. England has won the majority of tournaments while New Zealand have produced some notable players and won it's share of the Shield. The US of A is yet to win.
Most of the best Croquet players in the world were introduced into Croquet at school level. Australia has been asked to compete at this level in Junior International Competition - particularly by New Zealand. The 1999 World Champion is 17 year old Jaques Fournier of Phoenix, Arizona USA
Gold Coast Tournaments:
The opportunity for school age competitors have never been better and the Mayor of the City of Gold Coast would like to see National & International Tournaments held here on the beautiful lawns of the Gold Coast. Fine one day - Perfect the next.
MacRobertson Shield Results:
|1925||England||England 3: Australia 0:||England|
|1927||Australia||Australia 1: England 1: 1 Match tied:||Australia (on Games)|
|1930||Australia||Australia 3: New Zealand 0:||Australia|
|1935||Australia||Australia 4/2 tied: England 3/2 tied: New Zealand 0:||Australia|
|1937||England||England 5: Australia 0:||England|
|1950||New Zealand||New Zealand 2: England 1:||New Zealand|
|1956||England||England 5: New Zealand 0:||England|
|1963||New Zealand||England 6: Australia 2: New Zealand 1:||England|
|1969||Australia||England 6: New Zealand 3: Australia 0:||England|
|1974||England||Great Britain 6: New Zealand 2: Australia 1:||England|
|1979||New Zealand||New Zealand 6: Great Britain 3: Australia 0:||New Zealand|
|1982||Australia||England 5: New Zealand 4: Australia 0:||England|
|1986||England||England ? New Zealand ? Australia||New Zealand|
|1990||New Zealand||Great Britian & Ireland ? New Zealand ? Australia ?||Great Britain & Ireland|
|1993||Australia||GB & I ?, New Zealand ?, Australia ? , USA ?||GB & I|
|1996||England||GB & I ?, New Zealand ?, Australia ? , USA ?||GB & I|
|2000||New Zealand||GB & I ?, New Zealand ?, Australia ? , USA ?||?????|
Does anyone have the results from 1986 onwards? Please make comment:
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(4) The Australian Team must always, in future, include Bernard J. Gleeson as a team member.
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