Maryborough VRI Croquet Club was established in 1935 and officially opened on 14 November, 1936. Originally there was only one court, but now we have one A Grade and one B Grade court. The Croquet Courts are situated at 32 Station Street in a beautiful setting overlooked by the Stately Maryborough Railway Station and near the Coles/KMart Shopping Complex. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "Maryborough is a Railway Station with a Croquet Club attached".
We currently play Golf Croquet and are very happy to welcome any visitors to the area. During Winter (1st June till 31st August) We play on Wednesdays 9.30a.m. for 10a.m. and on Saturdays 1.00pm for 1.30 pm. For the rest of the Seasons we play on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9.00am for 9.30am Start.
The Club supports one Pennant Team with Members competing in the Northern District Golf Croquet Pennant Competition each year. In 2016 our Team won the Competition. The Club is now a member of Goldfields Croquet Association. In 2022 they had one team in A Grade and one team in B Grade. A Grade won with B Grade runners up. Twice yearly we compete with Maldon for the Challenge Cup and are now competing with Bendigo Croquet Club. We also have an Annual Visit with Ringwood.
Our Season's Opening is held in September.
New members are always welcome to come along and try Croquet. Our members are more than happy to help show them how to play.
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During 2010 we played on the local Lawn tennis courts whilst our new lawns were being reconstructed, and an underground watering system was put in. Mike Lovell, who worked tirelessly towards the reconstruction of the lawns, received a well deserved Life Membership at our Christmas Break-up on 18th December, 2010.The Official Opening of our renovated lawns on 5th February,2011. We are now playing on the new Lawns and don't they make a difference.
The grounds committee erected a new shed to store our mowers and other equipment. BERT'S SHED. Our eldest member, Bert Walker, 94, cut a yellow ribbon and officially opened our new Equipment shed on Saturday, 27th August, 2011. Sadly, Bert passed away six days after the opening of the shed he had lobbied so hard to bring about. A sign has now been erected on "Bert's Shed" in memory of him and his drive to improve facilities for our club and in many other clubs in Maryborough. He will be sadly missed by us and many others.
Members of the local Probus Club play once a month. Students from Highview College come along different times during the year. Also members from the local Council Groups. Other local Clubs have also been invited to come along and enjoy the amenities of our club.