Victorian Teachers’ Games 2018
Ballarat Alexandra Croquet Club was the venue for an action packed day for the visiting teachers' teams.
Over 136 players played Golf Croquet doubles, four rounds each of two sessions, one morning and one afternoon on eight B courts. With so many participants, the fixture included a few byes (we nearly ran out of mallets)! Instant scoring was required and was a challenge.
Ballarat and District Season Opening
The 2018-19 Season Opening of the Ballarat & District Croquet Association (B&DCA) took place on Saturday 1 September.
Graciously the rain stopped long enough for Catherine King MP to do the honours of making the first hoop under the watchful eye of Brian Reither, VP of the B&DCA. The Courier newspaper photographer captured the moment.
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AC tournament at Horsham Kalimna Park
Horsham Rural City Mayor, Cr Pam Clarke (pic) ran a hoop to officially open our Tournament on the Monday morning, and in perfect spring sunshine for the next three days competitors tried to out-manoeuvre each other in this quirky game.
It was great to see South Australian players from Victor Harbour, Naracoorte, Penola, Murray Bridge and Norwood, and Victorians from Belmont and Eastern Park Geelong, Queenscliff, Colac, Warrnambool, Ballarat Alexandra, Swan Hill and Warracknabeal, as well as from our own club.
Thirty-one players in all competed with 3 games of 2 ¼ hours per day plus extra turn requiring full concentration and plenty of walking. Sue Colvin (Belmont) had on her GPS tracker and clocked up 11.56 km over her 3 games on Monday!
There was plenty of socializing too, at Monday evening’s BBQ at the club rooms and on Tuesday night when many attended dinner at the Horsham Sports and Community Club, one of our generous sponsors. Other sponsors of the tournament were Harcourt’s Real Estate, Horsham Riverside Caravan Park, Mid-City Court Motel, Australian Relief Management and Smerdon Lodge Motel. A big thank you to all of them.
The catering team did a magnificent job with hot soup ready after the first game each day to sustain players and then a two course lunch at each venue.
There was plenty of stiff competition too, but every player won at least one game.
In Division 4 the winner was Malcolm Biddle, a comparatively new and upcoming player from Eastern Park Geelong, while the runner-up was Margaret Kelson from Warrnambool.
The Division 3 winner was Kalimna Park’s John Hill, and runner-up was Joan Kelly from Norwood.
Mignon Johnston from Ballarat Alexandra won Division 2 winning all 8 games over the three days. The runner-up was Roger Richmond from Queenscliff.
Division 1 began with ten players but only eight were able to finish. Ken Bald, after four good wins including three triple peels regrettably had to withdraw due to a recurring shoulder injury. Ian Jackman also withdrew on the second day due to ill health. The eventual winner was David Johnston, from Ballarat Alexandra, while the runner-up was Eric Zadow from Murray Bridge.
Winners and runners up (from left):
David Johnston, Mignon Johnston, Roger Richmond, John Hill, Joan Kelly, Malcolm Biddle,
Absent: Eric Zadow
Horsham Kalimna Park Croquet Club
NDCA Festival of Croquet a great success
Near perfect weather, record entries, sumptuous catering, and closely contested competition made the fourth Festival of Croquet held in Bendigo a memorable occasion for all players and spectators.
With 93 entries from 28 clubs throughout Victoria, the festival showcased three different formats of the game over five days, namely Golf Croquet, Short Croquet and Association Croquet.
Successful holiday program at Kalimna Park
Horsham Kalimna Park CC recently provided a come and try session as part of the School Holiday Program organised by Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly.
There were 17 participants in all, including one grandfather who came along with his grandson, joining in with 4 KPCC members.