World Championship Finals
Iman El Farnsawi beat fellow Egyptian Marwa Moustafa to become the new Women's World Golf Croquet Champion.
Iman El Farnsawi is new World Champion
9th September 2007. Iman El Farnsawi beat Marwa Moustafa in the final of the 2nd WCF Women's Golf Croquet Championship to become the new world champion. In a thrilling final, watched by a large crowd at Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin, she beat her fellow Egyptian 5-7, 7-4, 7-4, 7-3.
Hemat Moustafa, also from Egypt, beat Jenny Williams from New Zealand in the third place play-off, 7-4, 7-5. Carole Jackson of South Africa beat Phyllis Young of New Zealand 5-7, 7-3, 7-5 in the final of the Plate event.
Presenting the prizes, David Openshaw, President of the World Croquet Federation, said that he had been delighted to see 40 players from nine different countries competing in the championship.
He said that it had been a pleasure to see such a high standard of croquet with top players from around the world taking part. He thanked the Croquet Association of Ireland and the two host clubs, Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club and Herbert Park Croquet Club, for making the event such an outstanding success.
The gold medal was presented to Iman El Farnsawi, silver to Marwa Moustafa and bronze medals to each of the two losing semi-finalists, Hemat Moustafa and Jenny Williams.
8th September 2007. Iman El Farnsawi will play Marwa Moustafa in final.
Iman El Farnsawi will play Marwa Moustafa, both from Egypt, in the final of the 2nd Women's World Golf Croquet Championship. The final will begin at 2.00 pm on Sunday 9th September at Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Dublin. The final of the plate event will take place at 12.30 pm.
3rd September 2007. World Championship opened by Seamus Brennan TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism.
Gerard Healy, manager of the Championship, welcomed everybody to Dublin and introduced the minister. In his speech, Mr. Brennan said that he was delighted that Ireland was able to host the championship and welcomed all the competitors to the country where modern croquet emerged in the nineteenth century. "Croquet's coming home!" he said.
Robert Barklie, President of the Croquet Association of Ireland, said that this was the first croquet world championship event to be held in Ireland and that the CAI was very proud to be invited to host it. Addressing the players in Arabic and English, he welcomed them all to the championship.
David Openshaw, President of the World Croquet Federation, thanked all those from the Croquet Association of Ireland, Carrickmines Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club and Herbert Park Croquet Club for organising the event and wished all the players every success. He said that the number of people playing croquet worldwide was continuing to grow and he hoped the World Championship would stimulate further development of the game in Ireland.
The players then paraded around the lawns while the band of the Irish Army played rousing marches. Finally, Seamus Brennan was presented with a mallet by Robert Barklie and demonstrated his prowess by running a hoop first time. The first four matches of the championship then got under way in beautiful Dublin evening sunshine.