Dates and Venues
The shape of the competition in 2010
For the first time, the MacRobertson Shield is being played as the top tier of a wider World Team Championship, under the auspices of the World Croquet Federation and hosted by the Croquet Association.
Tier 1 – The Association Croquet World Team Championship for the MacRobertson Shield
The format of the MacRobertson Shield has changed over the years. This year’s event will follow the format of the last few and it will be played as a four-team round-robin of 5-day test matches. Each five-day test consists of 21 matches - 12 singles and 9 doubles – and each match is the best of 3 games. Dates and venues are:
Thursday 5th August 2010
Opening Ceremony at Heaton Park Orangery
Friday 6th - Tuesday 10th August 2010
Great Britain v USA at Bowdon Croquet Club, St Mary’s Road, Bowdon, Cheshire WA14 2PL
Australia v New Zealand at Bury Croquet Club, Heaton Park, Manchester
Thursday 12th - Monday 16th August 2010
Great Britain v New Zealand at Nottingham Croquet Club, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2PS
Australia v USA at Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5LR
Wednesday 18th - Sunday 22nd August 2010
Great Britain v Australia at Surbiton Croquet Club, Alexandra Drive, Surbiton KT5 9AA
USA v New Zealand at Surbiton Croquet Club, Alexandra Drive, Surbiton KT5 9AA
Sunday 22nd August 2010
Closing Ceremony at the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
This section of the competition has two divisions. Each division will be comprised of four teams of four players, determined by the strength of the nominated players. It will be played from Monday 16th August to Saturday 21st August. Division 1 will be played at the Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London SW6 3PR and Division 2 will be played at Compton CC, The Saffrons, Compton Place Road, Eastbourne BN21 1EA.
Tier 3 will be comprised of 1 division. Each team will be comprised of four players. It will be played at the Sussex County Croquet Club, Victoria Road, Southwick BN42 4DJ from Wednesday 18th August to Saturday 21st August 2010.