Croquet Victoria AGM
At the Annual General Meeting and the following Council meeting, held on 18 June 2018, there were some changes to Council members.
Croquet loses two of its stalwarts
This week saw the death of two much loved and well respected members of Croquet Victoria: Len Twigg of Williamstown CC and Dot Dickson of Essendon CC.
News Date: 2018-06-21
Posted by: Kaye Molyneux
Posted on: 2018-06-24
News Type: Golf
The Dot Dickson Challenge June 2018
It was perfect weather for 67 Golf Croquet players on Thursday 21 June at Cairnlea for the second Dot Dickson Challenge of 2018.
This fun One Day Challenge was started by Dot Dickson some years ago so any players from clubs around Victoria could get together to play croquet while enjoying the facilities at Cairnlea.
For some, it was their first visit to VCC and maybe the first time they have played outside their own clubs. Great to see all 12 courts played on all day, most double banked.
A great tribute to Dot Dickson who passed away just one week before this special day.
The Challenge was renamed this year to the Dot Dickson Challenge and was played in the spirit Dot intended. There was a great deal of chatter and laughter with the main instruction for the day being to mix and have fun.
What great weather for the day. Sunshine, blue sky and no wind! We think Dot must have arranged that for us from above. During the lunch break, players got together for a photograph and formed a large ‘DOT’ for Dot. It took a while for everyone to get organised. I think we had a rectangle, then a Q but eventually made it a reasonable DOT.
Our DOT. Pic: Sandra Kastanaras.
Players came from far and wide – 12 clubs represented including Belmont, Drysdale, Ballarat Western, Castlemaine and Gisborne, as well as players from 7 clubs in the metropolitan area.
Games were keenly contested in three sections. Each game players had a different partner so they were able to meet and play with a number of people from various clubs during the day. Everyone helped to pack up before afternoon tea was enjoyed by all.
A special thanks to people from Monash, Essendon, Brimbank and Brunswick who helped with organisation on the day.
Section 1 – Klaus Schindler, Ivanhoe Park
Section 2 – Alby Willaton, Essendon
Section 3 – Dianne Wilson, Belmont
From left: Dianne Wilson (Belmont), Klaus Schindler (Ivanhoe Park), Kaye Molyneux (Monash, TM), Alby Willaton (Essendon.
A side benefit from the day was that through the generosity of those in attendance we managed to raise $279.50 in donations to give to MND Victoria.
The next Dot Dickson Challenge will be held next year, probably in May. Flyers will be sent to clubs. Make sure you get your entries in early as the event fills quickly.
All enquiries to email@example.com.
Players battle the elements at Morwell
The idea that croquet is a nice genteel game in the sun followed by cucumber sandwiches in the club house was blown out of the water at Morwell's GC Handicap Doubles at the weekend.
The wind blew and the heavens opened as the players arrived two by two. There was no ark in sight, but it was a definite possibility that one would be needed before the end of the tournament.
In true croquet fashion players rugged up, donned their wet gear and took to the courts.
Thanks to Mike Cohn
On Tuesday 17 July Mike Cohn attended his final meeting as Immediate Past President of Croquet Victoria, and was presented with a plaque honouring his eleven years of service to Council.
Mike served as a member of the Committee of Management; as Vice President; and as President for nearly six years, to August 2016.