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.
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.
| News Date: 2018-07-15 |
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2018-07-21
News Type: General
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!
The afternoon began with AC on the club’s lawns - in excellent condition - and culminated in afternoon tea. The clubhouse was filled with well wishers, including local MP David Southwick, Croquet Vic vice president Kate Patrick, Immediate Past President Mike Cohn, Ruth's son Fletcher, and representatives of neighbouring clubs, as well as many members of Elsternwick.
Elsternwick President Amy Tennant with Ruth Puryer, receiving flowers from MP David Southwick
Pic: Kay Schmidt
Congratulating Ruth on her birthday, Elsternwick President Amy Tennant said:
I would like to welcome everyone and thank you for coming today on this happy occasion. Ruth, we are here today not only to celebrate your 95th birthday, but also because it is no mean feat to be still actively playing the sport that you love at the age of 95.
I am sure that there are not many sports people who can claim such a distinction.
Elsternwick members may wonder why pumpkin scones are nowhere to be seen today. Well, that is because Ruth is the one who usually makes them, rising very early to bake them fresh on the day. But there was no way we would have her doing that on her special day.
Elsternwick Croquet Club was formed in 1911, over a hundred years ago, and Ruth has been a member for almost one third of that time. She joined 35 years ago on retirement from her role as grade two teacher / librarian at Windsor Primary School.
Over the years with the club, Ruth has been Club Secretary and Club Treasurer.
Ruth has been generous to the club, donating the cost of a badly needed lawn mower so that club members could do the required maintenance. The mower was dubbed "Miss Ruth" after the manner of the dancing pin up girl nose art that was painted on many World War II Allied aircraft.
She has also been generous with her time when it comes to teaching newcomers. Jennifer, our current Treasurer, said: "I have been with the club for 5 years and so many times Ruth has assisted me to get a stroke right. When making a hoop she would say, 'You must follow through. Wipe the baby's bottom.'"
Ruth is a former B Grade champion and continues to play a creditable game. If her mood is sunny she will often skip across the lawn.
Ruth, long may you continue to entertain and inspire us!
Ruth cuts her cake, with Croquet Vic vice president Kate Patrick.
Pic: Kay Schmidt
Congratulations to Ruth from Croquet Vic on reaching her 95th birthday in such good order. A model for the rest of us to follow...
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.
VCA GC Men's and Women's Championships
The first tournament of the new season was well attended, and we welcomed a few new faces from Warragul, Belmont and Williamstown.
Seven rounds were played on Saturday, with the finalists not being decided until the last round on Sunday morning.