South Africa Team

Reg Bamford

​​​​​​​Born in 1967, Reg is married with two sons. A South African Chartered Accountant by training, Reg started his own business in the UK in 1996 and now employs over 150 staff in his professional services business.

Reg lives in Surrey, and is a member of the Surbiton and Roehampton Clubs. He has been playing croquet since he was 7, and has represented South Africa since the age of 14 in numerous Test matches, most recently as captain. Reg has been a top-ranked player in the world for over 30 years, and is a 10-time British Open Champion, a 4-time AC World Champion (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2012) and a twice GC World Champion (2013 and 2017). As well as croquet, Reg enjoys skiing, golf and sailing.

Victor Dladla

Victor has been playing croquet since the late 1990’s when, as a staff employee at Country Club, Johannesburg, he was coached by Chris Bennett. Victor played in the World Golf Croquet Championship in Cape Town in 2008 and again in 2011 in London. In 2009, he represented South Africa in the European Teams Championship and was a member of the South African team at the inaugural Golf Croquet World Team Championship held in 2012 at Country Club, Johannesburg and also in the same event held in 2016 in England. He has won the SA Nationals Open Title several times at both Association and Golf Croquet and now works at Country Club, Johannesburg as a croquet coach and administrator.

Judith Hanekom

Judith is a 40 something-year-old mom, sister, daughter and grand-daughter from Somerset West, near Cape Town, South Africa. She has played croquet for a while now; initially starting with AC, however since early 2012 has enjoyed both forms of the game.

She has played in a number of tournaments on the domestic front, but major overseas event participation includes for AC, the 2005 Association World Championship (England), the 2009 European Team Championship (England) and the 2014 World Team Championship (Ireland). For GC, the events include the 2012 World Team Championship (Joburg), the 2013 World Championship (Cairo), the 2014 Women's World Championship which she won (Cairo), the 2016 World Team Championship (England) and the 2019 World Championships (England).

William Louw

William Louw and his brother Wynand go back a long way in the history of Somerset West Croquet Club, starting the games as youngsters in our town. He was taught by the legendary Jemima Benn, who encouraged alot of the juniors at that time, including his brother Wynand. At the time there was a thriving and highly competitive young group of Wynand’s peers whom William wished to compete against. His first mallet was purchased from Dick le Maitre, who trained Judith in her junior years. 

He has been playing croquet since about 1990 and has represented South Africa since 1995.