LVS Wins LVCA Croquet Finals In Surprise Finish

Team LVS, 2014 Winners of the LVCA Croquet Finals, beam triumphantly during the LVCA anthem

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.

LVN Team Captain, Liz F. warming up before the event

LVN Team Captain, Liz F. warming up before the event

“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.
2014 LVCA Course Director, Susan L. describing the course

2014 LVCA Course Director, Susan L. describing the course

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)




LVN 2014 Team runners up in the LCVA Finals

Team LVN SideWinders. 2014 runners up in the LVCA Finals. Showing their fangs….and, their accordian.




The Press Corps: Peggy L and Dinah L. We still have not validated their credentials.

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LVS Team Captain AND President of the LVCA (how exactly does that work,Lynda?) starting her round.


Opening parade. LVN Sidewinders in full musical style with orchestra leader on the accordian, Kathy “Cappy” C. (yes, you read that one correctly…) You’ve not lived until you’ve heard the Olympic March played on the accordian.


Posted on March 24, 2014, in Event, News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey …well sorry we missed this fabulous event…we are polishing up our croquet balls for next year!!!!! penny and Vanice


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