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
To find and contact a club near you, use the Club Finder.
For resources to help grow your club see Growing Croquet in Victoria.
Please contact the State Coordinator if you have other questions.
Early win for Australia in Test One of the MacRobertson Shield
The Australian team reached a winning total on Day Four of the first test in the MacRobertson Shield, leading England 11:7 with one day's play to come, and finishing up with a win 12 matches to 9.
This is Australia's first Mac win against the Croquet Association side since they defeated Great Britain in 1986.
Victorian Country Regional AC Championships 2017
This year Ballarat District Croquet Association hosted this prestigious annual competition between the 9 country regional associations from 10 - 12 April.
As well as being a very competitive event showcasing high quality croquet, it has a strong social context with a welcoming BBQ and a formal dinner to mark the occasion.
MacRobertson Shield players leave for Los Angeles
Today the eight-person team representing Australia in the MacRobertson Shield are on their way to Los Angeles. Included in the team are Victoria's Stephen Forster (Belmont) and Robert and Malcolm Fletcher (Lismore).
They arrive on Thursday morning US time and are to go to Palm Desert where they will play against teams from England, New Zealand and the US in three five day tests.
Begonia time in Ballarat
March is Begonia time in Ballarat. To celebrate, this is when the Ballarat and District Croquet Association hold their annual Association Croquet tournament.
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