Next steps on Croquet Vic Strategic Plan
The June meeting of Council approved action to take forward the Croquet Vic Strategic Plan in 2017 and 2018.
This includes work on governance, membership, image and capability.
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The past twelve months have been amazing for Croquet Victoria and Croquet Australia.
Any difficulties currently faced by the Royal Croquet Club are entirely unconnected with Croquet Victoria, a fact made clear to Tom Elliott of 3AW when speaking to the Croquet Victoria Secretary on Thursday afternoon 22 June 2017.
News Date: 2017-06-19
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2017-07-31
News Type: General
Croquet legend honoured
At its Annual General Meeting on 19 June 2017, Croquet Victoria elected Owen Edwards as a Life Member.
At the meeting, Owen was described as a croquet legend: as a player, an ambassador for croquet, a referee, and a renowned expert on the laws of Association Croquet and the Rules of Golf Croquet.
Owen has been playing croquet for over 30 years, since taking up the game in 1984.
As a Golf Croquet player, Owen has
- won both the Victorian GC Open Singles and the Australian GC Open Singles three times
- represented Victoria in the GC Interstate Shield competition, including captaining the team which won the inaugural event
- represented Australia four times as a player in the WCF Worlds GC Croquet Singles Championships
As an ambassador for croquet, Owen introduced many clubs to Golf Croquet. He led Croquet Victoria's publicity efforts for over ten years, including acting as promotion officer from 1992 to 1995 and chairing the VCA Promotion Committee for six years after that.
Notably, Owen's work as a referee and laws/rules experts has had an abiding impact. He
- trained and examined many referees
- worked to raise the standard of refereeing in Victoria, responding to questions and writing articles to clarify difficult points
- wrote manuals for GC and AC referees, along with other guides and resources for intending referees, many of them still in use
- devised new methods of displaying and determining faults in GC
- acted as Tournament Referee at many events - club, state, national and international
- was the ACA National Director of Refereeing AC and GC from 1996 to 2010.
Owen is the fifth Life Member of Croquet Victoria, following Valerie Haseloff, Shirley Hallinan, Bill Keddie (deceased) and Brian Reither.
When he heard he had been awarded a Life Membership, Owen wrote, "Thank you for the notification of my election as a Life Member of Croquet Victoria. I was surprised and delighted to be granted this award which I consider to be a great honour."
Owen was presented with his Life Member certificate and badge at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Metropolitan Croquet Association on Friday 28 July.
His name will be added to the Honour Board in the Victorian Croquet Centre and the list of Life Members in the annual Croquet Victoria handbook.
With thanks to Patrick Hartley, President, EMCA.
President's Service Award goes to Dot Dickson
Dot Dickson of Essendon Croquet Club has become the second recipient of the Croquet Vic President's Service Award, presented with the agreement of Council to members who have made an outstanding contribution to croquet in Victoria.
Since joining Essendon Croquet Club in 2005, Dot has contributed to croquet at state, regional and club level.
Winter doubles at Morwell
Morwell Croquet Club held their Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles Tournament over 15-16 July. What a weekend it was.
Gippsland turned on all types of weather. On Saturday players looked like eskimos, on Sunday they had to find hoops in the fog when they hit off.
By Sunday afternoon the sun had finally broken through, and it turned out to be very pleasant with some players even taking off their jackets.