Wellington City Council battles Parliament for cup
May 5, 2018
It came down to a game of sudden-death and one lucky shot as Wellington Mayor Justin Lester faced his former colleague, Rongotai MP Paul Eagle whenWellington City Councillors battled parliamentarians for the 18th annual Charles Jones Cup fat the Wellington Croquet Club on Saturday.
Lester was joined by Southern Ward councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, councillors Brian Dawson and Peter Gilberd defending the council’s two-time champion title.
Eagle, the former deputy mayor, was assisted by Greater Wellington Regional Councillors Ken Laban, Daran Ponter and Ian McKinnon, filling in for busy parliamentarians.
It was a highly strategic game, which saw the Parliamentarians knocking their rivals’ balls further out.
With both teams drawn, Eagle and Lester were forced into sudden-death, where they took turns to hit the centre pole.
The parliamentarians won back their title after Eagle’s winning shot.
“It was a tight game and came down to the final play off,” Lester said. “[Paul is] very humble about his croquet skills but is actually quite good.”
Eagle was pleased with the result. “It’s always a fair game – always a fierce game as the mayor is quite competitive.”
He also spoke of the value of sports clubs to the social wellbeing of communities and the sense of fellowship they foster.
“Many have aging memberships but [they] still offer opportunities for young people,” he said.
Club patron Dame Annette King closed the season by hitting the final ball through the ceremonial hoop before players enjoyed a celebratory lunch.