GC Bronze Medal and Selectors' Invitational
The prestigious Bronze Medal was played at Cairnlea from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April.
The winner of this event represents Victoria in the Gold Medal, which is played as part of the Interstate Carnival to be held in Queensland in September this year.
Alongside the Bronze Medal, 30 GC players were contending in a two-day Selectors' Invitational event.
Exciting finish to Mortimer Trophy
Drysdale has just finished playing for the Mortimer Trophy 2017/18.
This is a GC doubles match over two Thursdays, 23 and 30 March.
The match ended in a tie followed by a playoff.
News Date: 2017-03-22
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-04-03
News Type: General
Grace Edwards included in new Shepparton Sporting Hall of Fame
The outstanding achievements of Shepparton croquet player Grace Edwards OAM have been recognised by Greater Shepparton City Council.
Grace was among 27 local sports people endorsed by the Council for inclusion in the new Shepparton Sporting Hall of Fame.
The citation for Grace's appointment read:
Won the Australian Croquet Singles Championship. Victorian Champion 5 times in singles and 4 times in pairs. Captained Victoria and represented the State for 14 years. President of the Croquet Council of Australia and Goulburn Valley Croquet Association.
Grace was born in 1916 and died in 1998, with a long and distinguished career in croquet dating back to at least 1944 when she is first recorded as having attended a meeting at the Shepparton Croquet Club. In 1950 she was promoted to A grade status. In 1953/54 she was A grade Champion of Champions and the first country winner of the A grade State Ladies Championship. She became a referee and an accredited coach and was Captain at Shepparton Croquet Club for 30 years. In addition to the achievements mentioned in the citation, she won the Australian Gold Medal in 1959 and 1979, was the Shepparton Division 1 champion twenty-one times in the years 1952 - 1984, and won the Goulburn Valley Championship fifteen times in the same period.
She contributed strongly to the Shepparton Croquet Club - the club history records her making and donating two boxes for croquet balls, giving books to start a club library, donating a perpetual trophy, repairing a lock on a toilet door, and leading a deputation to lobby the Council to instal lighting. Shepparton's new club house is named in her honour.
Painting by M Hoare of the old Shepparton Club House
The new Shepparton Club House
Elsie Brady's history of the Shepparton CC, 70 Years Through the Hoops 1924-1994, devotes a whole page to the achievements of "our amazing Grace". A copy of this history has recently been donated to the VCA library.
A good moment to celebrate the achievements of one of our outstanding forebears.
Golf Croquet Handicaps have changed
Australia adopted a new system for Golf Croquet handicapping on 3 April 2017.
Every Victorian player has been given a new GC handicap and index. They can be seen on the website in membership listings and player profiles.
Clubs have been issued with handicap cards showing the new trigger points. You can pick up a new card from your Club Handicapper showing your updated handicap and index.
Monash beats the weather
The Monash Open singles was held on Friday 7 April followed by the doubles on Saturday 8 April.
Beautiful sunshine – until the final game on Saturday - competitive play and a friendly atmosphere along with two fantastic lunches all contributed to a very successful tournament enjoyed by the participants from Corowa Civic, Ballarat Western, Sale, Ivanhoe Park, Sandringham, MCC, Brunswick, Ringwood along with a few from Monash.