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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

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State Coordinator of Association Croquet
Position Vacant
associationcroquet @ croquetvic . asn . au

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

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

State Coordinator of Coaching
Ruth Duffy
0418 415368
coaching @ croquetvic . asn . au

Association croquet news



The Victorian Association Croquet Open Championships

The Victorian AC Open Championships were held between Christmas and New Year at the Victorian Croquet Centre.  It was a small field this year due to COVID, although the Singles were boosted by a contingent of 3 interstate players.

Five pairs contested the Doubles championship, which was played as a Round Robin on the first day, with the top 4 pairs going through to a single game knockout on the second day.  The “minor premiers” based on the Round Robin were Lachlan Berryman (Ringwood) & Josh Wilson (Brunswick).  Lachlan completed the only Triple Peel of the tournament.




Unusual Victorian Association Croquet Men’s Championship

With only three entries for the Victorian AC Women’s Championship, the event was abandoned for this year.  However, the women that did enter wanted to play croquet, so they were included in the field of the Men’s Championship and acquitted themselves well.

The event was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre on 20-21 November 2021 and was televised as a ‘Freebie’ on Kayo. 




Robert Fletcher wins the inaugural Brian Reither Association Croquet Challenge

Robert Fletcher of the Ballarat Alexandra Croquet Club has won the Brian Reither AC Challenge.

The event was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre on 23-24 October 2021 and was televised as a ‘Freebie’ on Kayo. It is a new annual event on the Croquet Victoria calendar. It was run this year under the same strict government-approved COVID-safe conditions as the Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Challenge held two weeks before.

The event was named after Brian Reither, a Life Member of Croquet Victoria, who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of croquet for over 20 years.





Time to register to watch croquet livestreamed free on Kayo Sports! Go to, sign up for Kayosports/Freebies (no payment required) and search for croquet.

A new event, the Brian Reither Association Croquet Challenge, is being held at Cairnlea on the weekend of 23 and 24 October 2021, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm each day.

High-performance players competing include Robert Fletcher, Stephen Forster, Kevin Beard, Callum Hyland and Chris Grant. Commentators will be led by Gareth Denyer (NSW) - the voice of croquet.

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