Edmund crowned champion

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Young croquet players from Mid Canterbury have performed with distinction at the U21 Golf Croquet World Championship in Nottingham, England, with Edmund Fordyce crowned the champion.

Fordyce, who made it into the final having dropped just one game, ironically against fellow former Mount Hutt College school mate Kaleb Small, who he eventually beat 7-3, 6-7, 7-2, played England’s James Galpin in the best-of-five match showdown.

The Englishman won the first two games 7-4, 7-5, but Fordyce stormed back to win the third 7-5, inflicting a first tournament game defeat on his opponent.

The final two games were also very close, but Fordyce, a multiple New Zealand champion, used his previous big-match experience to prevail and to claim the crown for New Zealand.

The Plate final was won by Callum Johnson from England, who beat former Ashburton college student Logan McCorkindale.

The Bowl was won by another former Mount Hutt College student, Chris Spittal, who beat Blake Fields from the USA 7-4, 6-7, 7-5.

Fordyce, Small, McCorkindale and Spittal have all honed their playing skills at Waireka Croquet Club over the last few years.

Photo: U21 Golf Croquet World Champion Edmund Fordyce.