Two teams have already advanced in the 2019 Croquet Network States Shield and one is waiting on a potential Wildcard slot for the championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be held August 16-18.
Florida got past Georgia 6-4 in the first round of the Southeast Quad despite Georgia's Kent Lovvorn putting on a show with a 3-0 record. Up next, Florida bounced a secondary North Carolina line-up in the final 8-2 to claim the Quad. (FULL REPORT)
In the Central Quad, Colorado took out home team Oklahoma in the opening round with a hard-fought 6-4 win. And yes, the decider came down to the 13th hoop. The final brought more intensity and a lot of rain. Colorado came back from down 3-0 against Missouri to force a tiebreaker doubles. They rolled in that final game 7-1 and claimed the Central title and overall championship bid with a 6-5 win. (FULL REPORT)
The Midwest Quad is set to play out this weekend (7/5-7/7) in Joliet, Illinois. Minnesota has withdrawn just this past week leaving no time for a replacement team. They were matched up with Indiana and the early report is that Indiana advances to the final. If they win there against the winner of Illinois and Wisconsin, they will need to take on the loser of Illinois Wisconsin.
Based on wildcard rules, Missouri has the edge over North Carolina based on 12 game wins versus eight. The Shield organizers have not yet announced if the three-team Midwest is eligible for the wildcard.