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, their turn comes to an end, and their opponent
has the chance to make the running.
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
State Coordinator of Under 21 Croquet
u21coordinator @ croquetvic . asn . au
State Handicapper of Association Croquet
State Coordinator of Coaching
coaching @ croquetvic . asn . au
AC national titles and the Eire Cup: live streamed from Sydney
Starting on Tuesday 15 March, Croquet NSW will be live streaming four days of high level Association Croquet play from the Royal Sydney Golf Club.
Click the links to go to the live streaming.
Inspirational workshop at Charlton
Charlton CC hosted the 2nd Player Development workshop for Developing AC competitors in warm conditions on 8 and 9 February 2022.
Once again Kenn Boal was our coach.
This time we focussed on break building, cannons, hampered shots, openings and leaves.
Victoria's AC Gold Cup and Silver Shield
In fine sunny weather conditions, the VCA AC Gold Cup and Silver Shield tournaments were held on the weekend 5 and 6 February 2022. These are high level events with a total of 16 players competing, eight in each block playing a single round robin format.
All members of the 2022 Eire Cup played giving them all a good opportunity to compete against other high-level players. The standard of play was high in each event.
EIRE CUP TEAM
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to represent Victoria in the Eire Cup Association Croquet tournament scheduled for March 2022:
Men: Stephen Forster (Belmont), Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Chris Grant (Ringwood), Greg Hill (Brunswick).
Women: Elaine Coverdale (Essendon), Patricia Devlin (Castlemaine), Lois Kirk (Quarry Hill), Christine Eiffert (Quarry Hill).
Stephen Forster will be team captain and Tricia Devlin will be team vice-captain.
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