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.
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.
| News Date: 2018-07-17 |
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2018-07-18
News Type: General
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.
Mike writes that during his time on Council, he particularly valued:
- Visiting clubs around the state
- Visiting all regions for the “roadshow” around 2012
- Welcoming people to the Victorian Croquet Centre, including the hosting of state, national and international events. During my time as director, the Centre developed from an incomplete venue with three playable courts to the current excellent 12-court complex which is now the venue preferred by the most players in Australia for major events.
- Supporting Victorian teams playing for the Eire Cup and Interstate Shield
- Sharing in the spirit of the Country Regionals
- My friendship and working relationship with Jim Clement and Sandra Kastanaras.
Jim Clement, Croquet Vic Secretary under Mike and his successor as President, writes:
As the newly elected Croquet Victoria Secretary, I first met Mike Cohn, at that time the VCA Vice-president, in June 2010 and I have worked with him for the past eight years. In that time I have come to recognise his total dedication to VCA, VCC and croquet in general.
As Vice-president, chairing meetings during Val Brown’s ill-health and as President, he mentored me in Croquet Victoria and we talked over Council and CoM matters, probably 5 nights out of seven, continuing until the expiration of his term as Immediate Past President.
Mike is very proud of VCC as the headquarters of VCA and as the premier croquet facility within Australia, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that it is and remains viable. He is both the licensee for VCC and the prime security call-out contact after the caretakers. He is delighted to see both national and international events being played there, refereeing at all AC events and having played roles in the 2012 WCF WACWC and the 2017 WCF GCWC. He is currently involved with the Organising Committees for the 2020 WCF ACWC and the 2021 MacRobertson Shield, both to be hosted at VCC.
Supporting croquet in general, and AC in particular, Mike attended every Eire Cup and WCF Shield competition during his presidency and continues to attend Eire Cups (often as a referee) and he also travels to AC World Championships held overseas to support and encourage Australian and Victorian entrants.
Croquet Victoria has been fortunate to have his input for the past eleven years.
Jim Clement presents Mike Cohn with a plaque recognising his service on the Croquet Victoria Council
Pic: Kate Patrick
Mike continues as a member of the Croquet Australia Board, where he is currently Deputy Chair, and as national Coordinator AC Refereeing. He is a very active AC referee as well as being an active competitor.
Croquet Victoria thanks him for his service and wishes him well for his future in croquet.
95 not out
Elsternwick Croquet Club celebrated the 95th birthday of member Ruth Puryer at an afternoon tea on Sunday 15 July.
Ruth has been playing croquet for 35 years, taking it up when she retired, and is still sprightly, cheery and an active player. Possibly the positive effects of 35 years playing Association Croquet!
New GC rules from 1 January 2019
The World Croquet Federation has approved new rules for Golf Croquet. Detail is available via the GC page on this website.
Croquet Australia has decided that in Australia the new rules will be implemented from 1 January next year.
In the meantime, Victoria's GC Referee Coordinator John van der Touw has a plan for sharing information about the changes.