Croquet Victoria
Advancing Croquet in Victoria

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, 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

Laws and Regulations

VCA Association Croquet State Team

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.

Please contact the State Coordinator if you have other questions.

State Coordinator of Association Croquet
Brian Reither
associationcroquet @ croquetvic . asn . au

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

State Handicapper of Association Croquet
Doron Gunzburg
0419 616563
handicapsac @ croquetvic . asn . au

Association croquet news

2021-03-31

 

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.

read more...

2021-03-14

 

“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.

read more...

2021-03-04

 

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).

read more...

2021-02-28

 

 

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.

read more...

To submit a news item, email  news @ croquetvic . asn . au

Add a news item