Goulburn Valley CA recently held an Inter-school Golf Croquet Tournament sponsored by the Goulburn Murray Credit Union.
This inaugural event was so well received by the students participating that they christened Golf Croquet the “ROCK AND ROLL” of the discipline! There was cheering and hugging after good shots and even though a number of the school teams had only been able to practise for a couple of weeks, it was amazing to see some of the shots they performed!
It all started when John James and Ian Tainsh from the Deniliquin Croquet Club commenced teaching Golf Croquet to quite a few classes from Deniliquin High School, organized by teacher Peter Rae. They really became quite skilled at the game and began looking for some competition to play against.
Kenn Boal the Goulburn Valley Croquet Association (GVCA) President was approached and as Kenn had organized similar events in Melbourne some years ago he knew it would work.
Kenn took the idea to a GVCA meeting at the beginning of 2018 and Trudy Serafini, having worked for the Education Dept. for nearly 30 years, was asked to approach the schools in the region and be the Tournament Coordinator.
It was decided that each school needed a coach and Trudy asked every club in the GVCA to ask for volunteers to coach a school of their choice in their area. After much work visiting the schools, more success was attained by asking for the Sports Coordinator’s email address and making contact with them by sending the Principal and Sports Coordinator of all the schools in the area an Official Invitation. This included all the details of the days program, the name and contact details of the coach allocated to that particular school.
Trudy had written to the Shepparton Branch of the Goulburn Murray Credit Union (GMCU) for sponsorship from whom we received $500 to get the ball rolling. This was a huge help as the Invitation was able to include a free BBQ lunch and afternoon tea for all present as well as being able to purchase 4 medallions for the winning team and a Premiership flag for the winning school.
Rayleen McDonald, the Coach of St Augustine’s College, Kyabram, was able to get her team and an excellent
article into the Kyabram Free Press prior to the day acknowledging the GMCU.
Trudy Serafini was interviewed a few days prior to the event on ABC radio by Matt Dowling and was able to mention how lucky the students are to be able to play on such good courts and have use of the excellent facilities at the Shepparton Croquet Club. It was also an opportunity to invite parents and the public to come along and many did.
The Major Sponsor – GMCU - and minor sponsors The Good Guys, Shepparton and K Mart Shepparton, were also thanked for supporting this inaugural event.
After much heavy rain the day and night before we struck it lucky with a beautiful day for playing croquet. The teams and coaches were photographed after the instructions for the day were completed.
As the local paper headed its article “Deniliquin wins the golf war by One Hoop”. They returned across the border
to NSW with the Premiership Flag for the school to display and each student received a Medallion and Voucher from K Mart.
The Coach, John James for all his hard work training the team, received a $50 Gift Voucher from the Good Guys, Shepparton.
Goulburn Valley Grammar, Shepparton was only just pipped at the post by 1 hoop to come in second. They played extremely well to get so close.
Third was the Deniliquin 2 (b) Team. Well Done!
The day showed up some budding talent amongst the players from all schools. We look forward to a bigger and better event next year.
Inter-school Golf Croquet Tournament Coordinator.
Thumbnail: Deniliquin High School 1(a)Team, the winners of the day.
Back: Adrian Mulam, Bayden Thompson, Kim Kular
and Teacher: Peter Rae
Front: Liv Cathcart and Coach: John James