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.
State Coordinator of Association Croquet
associationcroquet @ croquetvic . asn . au
State Coordinator of Under 21 Croquet
u21coordinator @ croquetvic . asn . au
State Handicapper of Association Croquet
handicapsac @ croquetvic . asn . au
State Coordinator of Coaching
coaching @ croquetvic . asn . au
Inaugural Jean Rentoul Memorial tournament
Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March brought the Inaugural battle for the Jean Rentoul Memorial to the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea – and it was really wonderful to be back playing again after COVID, especially at this great Centre that many of us have missed so much.
The Jean Rentoul Memorial is an Association Tournament for women with a handicap between 10 and 20 (sections 3 and 4), and what a lovely, fun group we had to kick off a busy return to competition at Cairnlea.
“Not the Eire Cup” - an event at Cairnlea with Alternate Stroke Doubles
A new event called “Not the Eire Cup” was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre 12-14 March 2021. The idea for the event arose because the real Eire Cup to be held in Sydney at this time was cancelled due to the risk of border closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Not the Eire Cup” was contested between teams of 2 players with a state team/squad player paired with a player with a handicap up to 10. Matches consisted of a Doubles game and Singles games between the low handicap players and between the high handicap players.
Laws of Association Croquet update
The Croquet Australia Secretary has provided the following information for state associations - see the News page on the Croquet Australia website.
The WCF Council approved the 7th Edition of the Association Croquet Laws on 24 February 2021. It has been decided that the new Laws will apply in Australia from 1 July 2021.
Law books in A5 and A6 format are at the printers. A new version of the Official Rulings on the Laws of Association Croquet (ORLAC) is near finalisation. Croquet Australia intends to print a merged version of the Laws and ORLAC when available (which should be soon).
Good performances at VCA Gold Cup and Silver Shield
The VCA Gold Medal and Silver Shield competitions in Association Croquet were held at VCC Cairnlea over the weekend 27 and 28 February 2021.
There were eight players in the Gold Medal and seven players in the Silver Shield, both competing in a single round robin format. Due to reduced player availability, the Bronze Shield was not contested this year. Weather conditions were cool to fine with no wind – a rarity at the venue. The standard of play was generally good, considering that most players have had limited opportunities for high level competition for the past year.
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