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.
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.
Posted by: Di Smyth
Posted on: 2019-07-08
News Type: Golf
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.
Block 1 was won by John and Mary James of Deniliquin who won 7 out of 9 games with a nett hoop score of +15. They beat John Young and Ian Grose of Shepparton by a mere one hoop, John and Ian scoring 7 wins and +14 hoops.
Block 2 was narrowly won by Dave Hocking of Echuca Moama and Kaye Joyce of Rich River with 6 wins and a nett hoop score of +13.
They were closely followed by John Tainsh of Deniliquin and Ed Chatwin of Drouin with 6 wins +7 hoops, Jeanette Young of Shepparton and Marg Kennedy of Rich River also on 6 wins +7 hoops and Dave Maher and Fiona Larcombe of Rich River on 6 wins +6 hoops.
The final was a tight battle which held the crowd's attention to the last stroke. John and Mary James won the day with a score of 7-5 against Dave Hocking and Kaye Joyce.
L to R: John and Mary James (winners), Kaye Joyce and Dave Hocking (runners up)
There were a few cheers and laughs when Sister John Spurr of Ararat Alexandra Croquet Club was asked to draw the winner of the raffle and drew her own ticket.
Members and guests enjoyed the friendly competition and are looking forward to round two next year.
Foggy start for Morwell GC Doubles
The croquet gods finally smiled on Morwell Croquet Club for its annual Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament held over the weekend of 6 and 7 July. Players from clubs across Gippsland as well as some from Drysdale and Melbourne took to the Morwell courts for a big weekend of croquet.
After the wild and wet weather endured by players and referees during last year's tournament, Saturday started with some early morning fog followed by a very pleasant day for croquet. Sunday was slightly chillier, but not a drop of rain in sight. Got to be happy with that.
Horsham CC needs your support!
Horsham Croquet Club, which has been going since 1924, is facing a challenge to their existence - a consultants' report to their local council has proposed that their club and the adjacent tennis club be demolished, in favour of more gardens and the large lake which is the original Guildfoyle Botanic Gardens Plan. A new indoor sports stadium is proposed to be built nearby.
Details are provided on the Horsham CC web page.
Croquet Victoria has recently identified Horsham CC as a regional centre for croquet, and Horsham is hosting the AC Country Regionals next year, using its own courts and the tennis courts which are also under threat.
If you have played at Horsham CC, or your club has been involved with them, you may wish to email them a message of support. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Croquet Vic - email@example.com.