CROQUET couple Trevor and Claire Bassett (pictured above) have been racking up the trophies and frequent flyer points in a jam-packed 2017.
On May 4 the Australian Croquet Team brought home the coveted MacRobertson Shield Trophy, the highest team award.
Contested every three to four years, the win was Australia’s first victory since 1935.
While the Bassett’s did not play in the event, Trevor was the reserve and travelled to Palm Springs, California to support the team in the final week of competition and watch history being made.
Having previously played in three MacRobertson Shield teams and being reserve for another two, Trevor said the moment Australia won the shield would be one he never forgets.
Back on Australian soil, Trevor travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW men’s competition on May 19 to 21.
After some solid results, Trevor finished runner-up to Peter Landrebe losing the best of three final 1-2.
The competition was Trevor’s fourth NSW men’s final in as many years.
More recently, the Bassett’s travelled to Queensland where Claire competed in the Queensland open on June 3 – 6.
Having progressed into the final without loss, Claire narrowly lost the best of three final in two straight games, 21-22 and 21-26 against Victorian Kevin Beard.
The following weekend, the Bassett’s both competed for the Australian Patron’s Trophy.
Both players maintained their good form to proceed to the all Bassett final.
Claire played the more consistent croquet to take the victory 2-0 in another best of three final.
Trevor praised Claire on her victory and continued improvement in her first open Australian title.
Claire said her goal was to play for Australia in the MacRobertson Shield team and hoped the open Australian win would go a long way to helping her achieve that in the future.
Claiming first and second in the open Australian competition was a great result for the Bassett’s who finished runner-up in the event in the past two years.
While there is always plenty on the Bassett calendar, both are eagerly awaiting the World Championships in New Zealand in February 2018.