First-time pair stuns rivals with major win

Hervey Bay Croquet anad Mallet Sportsd Club - Vice President Peter Spinks and Treasurer Ruth White have taken out the state ricochet doules championships in their first attempt at the title.
Hervey Bay Croquet anad Mallet Sportsd Club - Vice President Peter Spinks and Treasurer Ruth White have taken out the state ricochet doules championships in their first attempt at the title. Valerie Horton

THEY went to Bundaberg for the experience of competing against top teams but Ruth White and her playing partner Peter Spinks returned to Hervey Bay as croquet champions.

"Two weeks ago the Croquet Association of Queensland Ricochet Doubles Championship was played in Bundaberg," she said.

"This is the first time I've ever nominated for it, it's often played around the Brisbane area and we haven't even got to hear about it but I made inquiries this year and found out it was on in Bundaberg."

"We both really only entered to get the experience of playing with top players and so it was quite a surprise to win it."

Ruth said she and Peter, who are both committee members at the Hervey Bay Croquet and Mallet Sport Club, only played their first game together on the day of the championship.

"Our first time playing as a pair was in Bundaberg," she said.

"In fact, nine times out of 10 we play against each other in Hervey Bay so it was a surprise to get as far as we did.

"Peter and I won by about 14 hoops over everyone else, which is a fair margin in the sport.

"There were three teams playing against us that play at state level and who also compete against international teams.

"I was very impressed that we got to that level against three state champions because we just went up there for the experience of playing against better teams than we were used to."

After the pleasing result Ruth said she had big plans not only for her own croquet-playing future but for the Hervey Bay Club as well.

"I guess the next step will be to represent the state," she said.

"I don't know exactly how to go about doing that but I'm looking into it.

"I'm also hoping that we might even have that competition at Hervey Bay next year, this year was the first time Bundaberg has held it.

"They said they want other clubs to get involved in the championship and because Peter and I won it we're going to be lobbying for the competition to be held here next year."

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