LVS Wins LVCA Croquet Finals In Surprise Finish
Two hours of grueling cunning and patience brought both teams–LVS and LVN–down to the wire with only two balls left on the field. The incredible battle left no doubt in any of the fans’ minds that they were being treated to some of the most entertaining croquet they would ever witness in their life time. In the end, an ill-timed move by LVN took the final LVN ball spinning out of control and into the final post, sealing the fate of the game in LVS’s favor.
“I can’t believe the enormous impact that sand has on controlling the course of the ball,” said dejected LVN player, Linda W.. “I keep replaying the move over and over again in my head! It’s going to haunt me for a long time.” Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Meg “Mallot” Monty was still looking for her croquet ball.
“We fielded a fairly young and inexperienced team this year,” said LVN Coach Carol C.. “They haven’t had the chance to participate at this level of competition before. So, I have to say, I was really impressed with what I saw happening out there!” LVN Sidewinder Captain, Liz F. echoed her coach’s sentiment and added, “We learned so much about ourselves and each other today! It was an AMAZING experience! That trophy’s coming home to our den next year! SSSSsssss Watch out LVS!”
Accepting the coveted LVCA trophy, winning team LVS Captain, Lynda C. said, through tearful eyes, “I’m so darned proud of our team! I’m just so darned proud!”
Other awards given:
- Last Player Out on the Losing Team: Linda W.
- First Player Through the Wickets: Jayna H.
- First Player Knocked Out: Kathy C.
This year’s Course Director, Susan L., summed the day up when she said, “I was impressed with both teams. Despite enormous heckling, jeering and unprecedented enthusiasm from the fans, both teams kept their cool and performed like professionals.”
A victory fish stew bash followed at the elegant Los Vagabundos Club House.
(Photos: Courtesy Sharron C)