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Association croquet

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

Laws and Regulations

VCA Association Croquet State Team

2023 Eire Cup Team

  • Patricia Devlin
  • Chris Eiffert
  • Mignon Johnston
  • Lois Kirk
  • Elaine Coverdale (Reserve)

  • Kevin Beard
  • Stephen Forster
  • Chris Grant
  • Greg Hill
  • Andrew Wootton (Reserve)

Get more information

To find and contact a club near you, use the Club Finder.

For resources to help grow your club see Growing Croquet in Victoria.

For refereeing accreditation procedure see Association Croquet Referee Accreditation

Please contact the State Coordinator if you have other questions.

State Coordinator of Association Croquet
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State Coordinator of Under 21 Croquet
Kate Patrick
u21coordinator @ croquetvic . asn . au

State Handicapper of Association Croquet
Mike Cohn
handicapsac @ croquetvic . asn . au

State Coordinator of Coaching
Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt
0409 362947
coaching @ croquetvic . asn . au

Association croquet news



Clean sweep to Vics

Croquet Victoria takes home the Eire Cup, winning against every other state. The result of the final Test against cup holders NSW was a 13:7 victory to Victoria. 

This crowns a very successful national campaign by Victoria. 




Vics will be hard to beat

Victoria is in a very strong position going into the final day of the Eire Cup.

Today Victoria had a convincing win against Western Australia, 16 games to 4. Tasmania beat Queensland 12:8, and SA beat NSW 11:9. 

Victoria is now the only undefeated team, with four wins. SA and NSW have three wins, Tasmania has two wins, and Queensland and WA are yet to win a test. 

Tomorrow Victoria meets NSW, SA meets Tasmania, and Queensland meets WA. 




Narrow win to Victoria over SA

Victoria's third test match in the Eire Cup was against the undefeated SA side. It was almost a nail-biter.

Victoria got off to a good start, with convincing wins in three of the four doubles matches, and total hoops of 87:46 after the doubles round. Both singles rounds were evenly split, with the Vics and SA each winning four matches in each round.

On hoops, though, Victoria had edged ahead, so that by the last game of the day they were 46 hoops ahead and unbeatable. And Elaine Coverdale won that last game, against Shirlene McBride, resulting in a Test win to Victoria of 11 games to 9. 




Vics win again on Day 2 of Eire Cup

It was cool and sunny in Hobart today, with a slight breeze - good weather for croquet and another good day for the Vics in the Eire Cup. 

Victoria were playing Queensland in their second Test, and they started the day with a clean sweep of the four doubles matches. Every member of the team had at least one singles win, and there were 11 peg-outs, including a triple peel by Greg Hill (pictured in thumbnail). The result was a convincing 16:4 win.

In the other Tests, SA beat WA (also 16:4) and NSW beat Tasmania 14:6. 


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