AGM 2019: it's steady as she goes
At Croquet Victoria's 2019 Annual General Meeting, on 17 June, Jim Clement was re-elected President for a further two years. Jim's service to Croquet Victoria as Secretary and President now stretches back nine years.
Jim Saunders was re-elected as Treasurer unopposed, and Lynne Roberts and Lorraine Gutcher were re-elected as ordinary members of the Committee of Management.
Enjoyable Dot Dickson GC Challenge
Cairnlea was the place to be on Thursday 6 June. Over seventy Golf Croquet players from seventeen Victorian clubs met the 2019 Dot Dickson Challenge.
The weather was kind. Some sun and very little wind. Just as well we did not play in the wind and rain from the week before!
Posted by: Ellie Norris
Posted on: 2019-07-05
News Type: Golf
Terrific junior GC coaching session at Ballarat
It’s always a joy to write something positive about junior croquet. In fact, it’s hard to find something ever that is negative to say about junior croquet.
Following on from the club’s successful event earlier in the year when five of our junior players attended the Under 21 Golf Croquet Nationals in Adelaide, the Australian Croquet Association was able to organise for the ACA Under 21 Development Coach, Terry Ericson, to travel to Ballarat to hold a junior coaching clinic.
Six of our junior players were able to take up this generous and terrific offer. The school holidays made it easier for some to attend and unfortunately for others who had previous engagements it will be another time.
As Junior Croquet Manager at our Club it also gave me the opportunity to again meet up with Terry and observe his coaching methods and drills which we can emulate back in Casterton on Saturday mornings when our juniors play. Terry displayed a patient and fun approach to coaching to which all our juniors responded. For the final hour of the coaching he introduced the youngsters and some of their family members to a croquet game called Pirates. Everyone had a lot of fun with that and no doubt it will be expected to be played in Casterton sometime soon. Thank you Terry! I don’t think I will be able to remembers the plus and minuses involved in that game without a few hiccups!
I also had the opportunity to meet up with Nancy Hatherell who has just been appointed as Under 21 State Coordinator. Having a person dedicated to juniors is a really exciting initiative by Croquet Victoria and hopefully between us we can make a difference to the number of juniors playing croquet in our State of Victoria.
The Casterton Croquet Club is a healthier club since we introduced the junior programme. It also gives us a marketing tool to use. All Councils love to see the amenities they provide being used. in particular by young people. In so many ways our Club has benefited.
New members, better facilities, an upgraded court, a higher profile in the community through local newspaper exposure are just some of the benefits we have experienced.
The next venture for our keen junior players will be to make the South Australian Under 21 Golf State Championships scheduled for October school holidays. We hope to be able to make that happen for those wish to compete.
One of our young players has already expressed an interest to compete in the 2020 Under 21 Golf Croquet Nationals in West Australia.
Croquet: a hit for health!
Croquet Victoria has just published a video on Youtube - Croquet: a hit for health - which we commissioned to showcase the health benefits of croquet.
It's directed at allied health professionals who may be looking for a new sport for their patients.
Inaugural Rich River Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles
The Rich River croquet courts were busy on 15 and 16 June when the Club hosted 40 players from 11 Victorian and NSW clubs competing in the inaugural Rich River Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles Tournament.
Over the two days 91 games were played in two round robin blocks, with the winners of the blocks meeting in a final.