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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2019-08-08
News Type: General
Sunny season opening at Cairnlea
Very dapper in his Victorian team blazer, Croquet Victoria's latest Life Member Kenn Boal ran the first hoop at the Victorian Croquet Centre, to open the 2019/20 season.
The weather was kind, the lawns and building were in excellent order, and 70 other members were there to enjoy the day.
Proceedings were opened by vice-president Kate Patrick, with an acknowledgement of country, and commiserations from those present to president Jim Clement on the recent loss of his wife Sandra.
Following some practicalities about the running of the day, we all trooped out to the lawn and watched Kenn run that first hoop. He told us firmly that he was going to run it, you should always take a positive approach; and so indeed he did.
Kenn explaining his approach.
A morning of GC and AC croquet followed.
Left: GC players on lawn 10. Right: AC doubles players waiting their turn.
Next came lunch provided by Jill of All Functions Event: minestrone soup, sausage rolls and little quiches, and mixed sandwiches.
After lunch most people stayed on to play again, closing with an afternoon tea (also provided by Jill) including fresh fruit and an array of little cakes.
Play was informal, and members were encouraged to join up with people they hadn't met - tables at lunch were definitely mixed, and there was a great buzz of conversation.
Herb Mackey (Brunswick) was there, and writes:
What a fantastic day it was with friendly company, nice social games, delicious lunch, more games, great afternoon tea and of course the weather was just perfect🌞
It was a good day, and we were so lucky with the weather! despite predictions of rain, the sun came out in the afternoon.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed. Sandra Kastanaras coordinated the preparatory cleaning and the bookings, and was tireless on the day. Brimbank and our greenkeeper James put out the hoops the day before, Terry Brown put out the baulk pipes, everyone got their own balls from the boxes and cleared the courts afterwards. Trish Watts rang the bell to move play along and call us to lunch. Brimbank members Jill, Sue, Joyce, and Kerryn, and Lynne Roberts (Kew) all lent a hand with the cleaning up. Mike Cohn checked the hoops before play and sorted out the distribution of balls to boxes after play. Thank you one and all.
Next event at Cairnlea is the Victorian GC Men's and Women's this weekend, followed in October by the Australian GC Gold Cup, the ACA GC Men's and Women's, and the GC Interstate Shield.
Best wishes to all for a great season.
Victorian Men’s and Women’s Championships
This popular annual event was held over the weekend of 10/11 August at Cairnlea. Conditions were less than ideal with cold, wind, heavy rain and generally miserable conditions prevailing. It was most pleasing that several players had travelled from interstate to participate.
Coaching: news flash
Ruth Duffy, Vic Coordinator Coaching, writes:
All further accreditation of coaches in Australia has been postponed until further notice. This is so a review and update of golf and association coaching manuals and levels can be undertaken and at a later date Ricochet and Gateball.