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Team Canada and our own Bill Rowat made us proud indeed!

Dave MacLaren  | Published on 2/11/2018
Team Canada brought home the Silver Plate from the World Croquet Federation's week-long 2017 World Croquet Series in Southwick England on July 17 - 22. Team Canada members were Brian Cumming (Elora), Nick Mitchell (Elora), Jim Wright (Toronto) and Bill Rowat (Bayfied) The century old Southwick club with eleven courts was ideal to host the 9 participating countries.

Canada secured a position in its division finals by sweeping a four-day qualifying round - winning 33 of its 40 matches and defeating all other countries head-to-head in these trials. Sweden, a distant second with a qualifying record of 24 wins out of 40 matches was the other country to make the finals.

The final two days of play-off matches between Canada and Sweden were going in Canada's favour but could not be completed because of torrential rains on the second day. In accordance with an arcane World Croquet Federation regulation on weather related cancellations the tournament director declared the Canadian and Swedish teams tied for first place in the tournament - but gave the Silver Plate to Canada to take home.