Australia Day celebration competition
The Australia Day GC Tournament at VCC was affected by the shortage of courts. It was advertised as limited entry and the result was slightly fewer entries than in recent years. With the return of all twelve courts soon next year should see the event blossom again.
The players who entered had a great day. The weather was almost perfect for playing sport...light breezes and sunshine. The courts were playing well. Cairnlea at its very best.
Students shine at inter-school comp
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2019-01-28
News Type: General
Government House: Croquet is fun!
Australia Day was a mild, sunny summer's day in Melbourne. Over a hundred visitors to the Government House Open Day on Australia Day took up the opportunity to try croquet.
Almost all of them left a comment in our feedback book. Lots of thank yous, but the most common word was FUN! Thirty left their contact details for follow up, so we are hopeful that they may visit their local club for another try.
We measured them for mallets, showed them how to swing at a hoop using some patent Croquet Bobs hoops from Owen Edwards (thank you Owen), and then took them in threes or fours around one of our two small B courts. Mostly playing six hoops of GC, some had a go at Aussie.
A quieter moment - there were mallets in waiting
We had a steady flow of visitors - at some times all our 21 mallets were in use, with half a dozen groups on the lawns, and we had to ask people to wait.
Mallets were all in use
We were also visited by both the Governor, our Patron Hon Linda Dessau AC, and her husband Michael Howard QC, doing their separate rounds of the activities in the grounds. The Governor ran hoop 1, her husband (pic) ran hoop 1 almost to hoop 2 and had a go at hoop 2.
The Governor told us that now they have upgraded the Government House tennis courts the croquet court could be next in line. It would be great to have a smoother surface! there were a few unplanned jumps…
Thanks to all the croquet players who took turns with the set up, the coaching and finally the packing away (done in record time). There were seventeen of us altogether, mainly from metro clubs (Brunswick, Elsternwick, Essendon, MCC, Ringwood), but also from Ballarat Western, Beaufort and Macedon Ranges. Thanks also to the Government House gardeners who had a go at cutting the lawn and took great trouble in marking out two B courts in the correct ratios for us to play.
We are hoping to repeat the event next year on that improved lawn.
Women prevail in Victorian GC titles
The 2017 Croquet Victoria Open GC doubles championship was played over two days, Friday 25 January and Saturday 26 January.
The Friday turned out to be ridiculously hot and only three rounds were played. The adverse playing conditions policy was applied and players went home to keep cool.
High level competition at VCC
The AC Gold Cup, Silver and Bronze Shields are ranked events. The best players are invited to take part and those accepting are placed into the appropriate section.
This year the Gold Cup had six members of the State Team (Stephen Forster, Belmont; Kevin Beard, Yarrawonga; Chris Grant, Ringwood; Elaine Coverdale, Essendon; Lewis Mercer, Traralgon; and David Johnston, Ballarat Alexandra) plus the ACA Gold Medal contender (Simon Watkins, Brighton) and a former State Team Member (Kenn Boal, Rich River).