Thanks to Brian Reither on a job well done
Brian Reither gave notice at the Victorian Croquet Association Council Meeting held on Monday 23 April 2018 that his time as the Regional Director for Ballarat and District Croquet Association would end at the upcoming 2018 VCA AGM.
Already a Victorian Croquet Association Life Member (awarded in 2015), Brian has given sixteen years service to croquet at the State Level.
VCA Golf Croquet Regionals
This event was held over the weekend of 21 and 22 April.
Twelve regions took part with 35 players playing for their regions. Games were all played in great spirit and hotly contested.
Posted by: Terri Manwaring
Posted on: 2018-04-25
News Type: General
New club brings croquet to the community
Croquet Victoria's newest club, RNB Croquet Club, recently visited Portsea Camp and introduced croquet to over seventy youngsters at a school holiday camp.
President Terri Manwaring has provided a report on what happened over the two days.
RNB Croquet club is a new club located on the Mornington Peninsula.
Our point of difference is that we are a mobile club. Our 'club room' and ‘storage shed' are located in the boot of a car. Our main purpose is to introduce the sport to the young and maybe not so young disadvantaged, disengaged and isolated in our community. Our playing area for a few hours may be a local park, a local club who have generously donated their courts for our use or perhaps a camp site.
Recently, on the weekend of 7/8 April 2018, we attended Portsea Camp where approximately 200 children aged 7 – 11 from various locations across Victoria were attending a school holiday camp. Many happy campers came from such areas as Shepparton, Melbourne, Bendigo, Mildura and beyond.
Over the two days we ran seven one and a half hour sessions and introduced the game to approximately 70 children and 9 young adults. The ground was rough, 2 courts were a stepped out area similar in size to roughly half a B court, boundaries were marked by flags, our equipment was donated and borrowed from our local clubs to whom we are most grateful.
What an eye opener. Who would have guessed that at the end of each session these young players would be deliberately playing “trick shots” such as jump shots and stop shots.
Initially each player played their own ball, and each hoop won was a celebration for all with ‘hi 5’s’ and much whooping. Then generally the players decided that they would like to play with a partner so they paired off and we played again.
During a round a player or coach would produce a jump shot. It quickly became practice that the last few minutes of each session was spent teaching jump shots. Wow, have you noticed that the young have no fear? By the end of each session nearly all players could get their ball off the ground or have their ball jump over another ball, with some able to jump through a hoop.
Of this group four children aged 11 requested the names of clubs in their local area.
There is no money in what we do. We do not charge our community groups green fees as most are not in position to pay. Funding our endeavours is very much something we seriously need to consider so we will be looking at grants, donations, sponsorships and of course this is the same for all clubs.
Currently our small band of Full and Associate members assist with group coaching and work on fund raising. Should you have any queries please feel free to contact us.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to all the clubs in the South East Metro Area for your support and encouragement. Please know that you are appreciated.
Terri Manwaring, President.
Gateball trophy comes home
A small but committed field competed in the Victorian Gateball Championships at the Victorian Croquet Centre over the weekend of 27-29 April.
As well as the Victorian teams, we had competitors from Canberra and, for the first time as a standalone team, the Woodville team from South Australia.
Anzac Classic at Rich River
In lovely autumn weather Rich River held our Association Croquet Anzac Classic six day tournament. The courts were looking the best they have for years.
Players came from Canberra, Yarrawonga, Ringwood, Wagga Wagga, Brunswick, Quarry Hill, Rich River, Essendon, Mooroopna, Bright and Brighton.