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.
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VCA Bronze Medal (AC) at Shepparton
For the second year in a row the VCA Bronze Medal was held at Shepparton. The courts there are in excellent condition and the members of the club made us all most welcome.
The large spectator group was treated to some excellent croquet. Robert Fletcher was in fine form on Saturday and executed three triple peels and one sextuple peel in his four games. Some tactical games between the other players held the attention of the onlookers. The weather was hot, the courts were great and the players thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to show their skills.
Jenny Clarke triumphs in all-women Final of the Australian AC Open Singles Championship
Jenny Clarke, a top New Zealand player, has often played in the AC Australian Open Singles and has now won it for the second time.
Jenny beat Alison Sharpe from NSW in the first all-women final since 1958. Congratulations to Jenny and Alison on this historic achievement.
Trevor Bassett and Jenny Clarke win Australian AC Open Doubles Championship
A field of nine pairs contested the Australian Open Doubles Championship.
The event was held over three days at the Victorian Croquet Centre with five rounds of a Modified Block followed by the top eight pairs going through into a Best-of-3 Knockout.
The ACA Association Croquet Open Singles and Doubles program is now available.
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