In Association Croquet the object of the game is to get both balls around a
course of twelve hoops in a set order, and finish by hitting the centre peg,
(which has given us the phrase "pegging out").
On your turn you have two options:
- To hit a ball through its next hoop (running the hoop).
If you manage to run the hoop you get a free turn.
Or you can:
- Hit your ball so that it hits any of the other three balls.
In this case you get 2 free turns.
This second option is the key to the game.
When you hit another ball, you pick your ball up and place it against the ball
you've hit. You then play your ball again (called a croquet stroke).
This means you can send both balls to different parts of the lawn.
After the croquet stroke you have another free shot with which you can aim for
another ball or run your hoop. You're allowed to hit (and then croquet) each of
the other three balls on your turn.
By careful play you should be able to manoeuvre your ball in front of
its hoop. If you do that and then run the hoop, you're allowed to hit all the
other balls again. By using the other three balls you can then get your ball
in front of its next hoop, etc, etc.
Good players can make 'breaks' as in snooker, sometimes running all
twelve hoops in a single turn. But....if the player miscalculates and fails
to run the hoop or hit another ball, his turn comes to an end, and his opponent
has the chance to make the running himself.
This above description gives the essentials of the game; all other
rules and modifications can be picked up easily in the course of play.
Association croquet links
VCA Association Croquet State Squad
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Please contact the State Coordinator if you have other questions.
Monash keeps AC flag flying
Although the Monash Croquet Club was founded on Association Croquet 19 years ago, today almost all members play only Golf Croquet - only 4 play Association Croquet.
Despite this, an Annual Association Tournament continues to survive. Held from 8 to 11 February this year, it attracted 18 participants - the highest number of entries ever in Divisions 2, 3 and 4.
Twelve clubs were represented, including three from the country.
Paddy Chapman is AC World Champion!
After a tense five-game final against Reg Bamford (South Africa), Paddy Chapman of NZ is the new AC World Champion.
Only one other New Zealander has won this title, and that was 29 years ago when Joe Hogan won the inaugural event. Well done Paddy!
WCF AC Worlds in Wellington: end of the blocks
The AC Worlds started in Wellington on 3 February, with 80 players (19 Australians) contesting in 8 blocks.
Block play is now all but finished and most of the 32 places in the knockout phase have been decided.
Five Aussies were clearly through: Simon Hockey (South Australia), who topped his block, Jim Nicholls (NSW), Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Greg Fletcher (SA) and Jeff Newcombe (WA). Stephen Richards (Canberra) and Edward Wilson (SA) were successful in the play-offs, but Dwayne McCormick (SA) was knocked out by Nelson Morrow (NZ) 24:26.
Vic AC Singles Day Four - Fletcher vs Fletcher
The play in the final between Robert and Malcolm Fletcher highlighted the demands on players at this level. A critical miss can easily see a game slip away from a player.
The final was played as a best of 5.
Robert took the first game with Malcolm hitting back hard in the second. The small band of spectators were thrilled to see such long and accurate hitting. The ball placement of both players was superb. The result really got down to which brother could hit more long lift shots.
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