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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.

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)

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

State Handicapper of Association Croquet
Position Vacant
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State Coordinator of Coaching
Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt
0409 362947
coaching @ croquetvic . asn . au

Association croquet news



High level croquet: it's down to the wire

After ten days play in four tests between the world’s leading croquet nations, the competing teams are still neck and neck. 

Australia are the defending champions, having won the MacRobertson Shield in California in 2017.

After a narrow win against New Zealand in the first Test, Australia has beaten the US 13:7 with one match yet to be decided. But we are yet to play England, which came into the competition as the highest ranked team.






The MacRobertson Shield - the World Cup of Association Croquet - is on now at the Victorian Croquet Centre.

You can watch selected games on the live stream - or you can come and watch everything from the comfortable balcony at VCC! No need to book, just come along. Play starts at 9 am, finishes at dusk. 

Refreshments and lunch are available to buy.

Come and support your team!




MacRobertson Shield is GO!

Teams from the world's four top Association Croquet countries have arrived at the Victorian Croquet Centre for the MacRobertson Shield. This is croquet's World Cup, so worth watching! Australia holds the Shield - will we retain it?

The four teams will play each other in a series of five-day tests, with the first tests starting at 9 am on Saturday 12 November.

Spectators are welcome to attend, and there will be opportunities to assist with providing updates on play to the live streaming team.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: The creek crossing at the VCC end of Furlong Road is CLOSED during the day from 14 to 18 November. If you travel that way, consider using Ballarat Rd  

Lunch and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Visitors are also welcome to attend

The event will be live streamed - keep an eye on our Facebook page for a link. 




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.


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