Format of the 2003 Croquet World Series
Australia v. New Zealand
Great Britain v. United States
Australia v. Great Britain
New Zealand v. United States
Australia v. United States
Great Britain v. New Zealand
The 2003 Croquet World Series for the MacRobertson Shield is a series of six test matches between teams representing the “big four” croquet-playing nations: Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. Each team plays each of the others once in a round robin format. The winner of the Series is the team that wins the most test matches. The tie-breaker, if necessary, is percentage of individual matches won. If this is also tied the trophy will be shared.
A test match (or test) consists of nine doubles matches and twelve singles matches played over five days. The team that wins eleven or more matches wins the test. Every player plays one singles or doubles match on every day of the test.
Every player on the team plays two singles matches and three doubles matches during a test. In singles, the top two players from one team play matches against the top two from the opposing team; likewise with the middle two players and the bottom two. The doubles pairings are fixed for the duration of the test, and each doubles pair plays each of the opposing pairs.
A singles or doubles match is played as best of three games, without time limits. All matches will be single banked. All play is according to The Laws of Association Croquet (usually known in the US as “International Rules”).
For specific schedule information, see the Scores & Schedules pages.