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 Team
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.
Wimmera AC Singles played in all divisions
The WCA Association Singles Championships were held on Wednesday 10 April 2019.
Following a chilly start (before 8 am for some sections) the day warmed up as play went on.
Congratulations Simon Watkins!
Croquet Victoria is proud of Simon Watkins, who represented Victoria and won the AC Gold Medal in the Croquet Australia competition in Perth this month.
Daphne Alcorn, vice president of Simon's club Brighton, writes:
Brighton Croquet Club members are very excited by the recent success of their member Simon Watkins, who won the prestigious Australian Croquet Association’s Gold Medal in Perth in March.
2019 Monash Annual Association Tournament
Despite the absence of Association players at Monash, the Annual Association Tournament, with the support of Monash Committee members, was played over consecutive Friday/Saturdays.
The weather was warmish but not uncomfortable.
Successful Country Week at Swan Hill
The Swan Hill Croquet Club was the superb venue for this year’s Country Week tournament.
A field of sixteen players enjoyed fantastic courts, excellent weather and great social activity. And let’s not forget the catering at lunch time and morning teas.
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