Croquet legend honoured
At its Annual General Meeting on 19 June 2017, Croquet Victoria elected Owen Edwards as a Life Member.
At the meeting, Owen was described as a croquet legend: as a player, an ambassador for croquet, a referee, and a renowned expert on the laws of Association Croquet and the Rules of Golf Croquet.
Owen has been playing croquet for over 30 years, since taking up the game in 1984.
Next steps on Croquet Vic Strategic Plan
The June meeting of Council approved action to take forward the Croquet Vic Strategic Plan in 2017 and 2018.
This includes work on governance, membership, image and capability.
News Date: 2017-07-08
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-07-17
News Type: General
President's Service Award goes to Dot Dickson
Dot Dickson of Essendon Croquet Club has become the second recipient of the Croquet Vic President's Service Award, presented with the agreement of Council to members who have made an outstanding contribution to croquet in Victoria.
Since joining Essendon Croquet Club in 2005, Dot has contributed to croquet at state, regional and club level.
In Victoria Dot’s most significant contribution has been the highly successful One Day Golf Challenge at Cairnlea. Over the years the Challenge has introduced many members to competition and to play at Cairnlea.
This is a social doubles day which regularly attracts players from both country and metro clubs, filling the 12 courts at Cairnlea. Players are assigned to a series of partners within their handicap range, so they play with and against new people. Every time there are some participants who have not competed before and some who are playing at Cairnlea for the first time.
Dot started the Challenge in 2009 and ran it every year up to 2016, at first in midwinter and latterly in February as well. Her health does not allow her to continue to run this event, but others have taken it on and given it her name - it appears in the 2017/2018 calendar of Golf Croquet events as the Dot Dickson One Day Challenge.
Dot has also contributed in other roles, as
- a Golf Croquet referee
- a Golf Croquet coach
- selection appeals and complaints pool member
- Essendon venue manager during the GC Worlds, 2017
In metropolitan Melbourne Dot joined the Committee of the Metropolitan Golf Croquet Shield competition in 2008, and was Secretary from 2009 to 2016.
In Western Metro Region Dot has served twice as President, convening and chairing meetings and organising regional activities.
At Essendon Croquet Club Dot was President for eight years, contributing significantly to the growth of the club (it has just reached 100 members compared with 68 when she joined). She initiated social and competitive events and coached many U3A and other beginner groups leading to recruitment to the club. She has encouraged every member to contribute to the tasks and activities of the club, which now includes both elite and social players.
At its most recent meeting, Croquet Victoria Council congratulated Dot on her achievements and agreed she is a very worthy recipient of the President's Service Award, following Stephen Forster who was the first recipient.
Croquet Vic President Jim Clement presented Dot with the Award at the Essendon Croquet Club Annual General Meeting on Saturday 11 July.
Pic by Kate Patrick
Winter doubles at Morwell
Morwell Croquet Club held their Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles Tournament over 15-16 July. What a weekend it was.
Gippsland turned on all types of weather. On Saturday players looked like eskimos, on Sunday they had to find hoops in the fog when they hit off.
By Sunday afternoon the sun had finally broken through, and it turned out to be very pleasant with some players even taking off their jackets.
First Hoop Opens Season
Croquet Victoria's newest Life Member, Owen Edwards, opened the 2017/18 season at the Victorian Croquet Centre in traditional manner this week, running the First Hoop in fine style.
Over seventy members joined in play afterwards, with golf croquet and association croquet games played sociably and in great spirit.