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Association Croquet

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.

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Laws and Regulations

VCA Association Croquet State Team

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State Coordinator of Association Croquet
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State Coordinator of Under 21 Croquet
Kate Patrick
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State Handicapper of Association Croquet
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State Coordinator of Coaching
Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt
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Association croquet news



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.

Tuesday 15 March
8 am to end of play
Men’s Singles Championship of Australia, Women’s Singles Championship of Australia - finals

Wednesday 16 March to Friday 18 March
8 am to 4 pm
Eire Cup (Interstate Cup Team AC Competition)

Wednesday - Day 1 - NSW vs SA

Thursday - Day 2 - Victoria vs SA

Friday - Day 3 - NSW vs Victoria

The tests being played at Tempe on these days will not be live streamed.




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.






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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