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Earlier news


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.



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 with a copy to Croquet Vic -




Current news

News Date: 2019-08-11
Posted by: Jim Saunders
Posted on: 2019-08-12
News Type: Golf

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.

Thirteen players from Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia contested the Women’s Championship which gave participants a really good ‘hit out’ ahead of the national singles and the Interstate Shield which are to be held in early September.

Played as a single block over two days, the final result was not determined until the final hoop in the last game of the last round on the second day.

Elaine Coverdale (Essendon), playing in her usual steady and consistent manner, won the event with 10 wins.

Elaine Coverdale

Judy Wembridge (Bairnsdale), who is working hard to get ready for the big events in September, was runner up on 9 wins.

Judy Wembridge

Also on 9 wins but with 10 less net hoops, Christine Eiffert (Quarry Hill) was third. Just behind them Janine McHardy (Western Australia) and Tricia Devlin (Castlemaine) with 8 wins. Janine had 7 more net hoops than Tricia.

Fourteen players from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia contested the Men’s Championship which gave participants a strong competitive weekend in the lead up to the major Australia tournaments to be played in September.

Following block play, semi finals and finals were held on day 2 together with a Plate event. The first semi-final was won by Chris McWhirter (Western Australia) who defeated Ron McBride (South Australia) 7/4, 7/2. The second semi-final went to Brett McHardy (Western Australia) from Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) 7/5, 6/7, 7/6.

The final was contested over three games with Chris defeating Brett 2/7, 7/6, 7/3. Congratulations to Chris who adds yet another title to a long string of successes. Chris and Brett are well known at Cairnlea having competed at headquarters on many previous occasions.

Chris McWhirter (left) and Brett McHardy

In a play off for third place Kevin Beard defeated Ron McBride 5/7, 7/4, 7/6.

Kevin Beard (left) and Ron McBride

The Plate was won by Lester Hughes (Williamstown) from Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga).

Many people contributed to the success of the tournament. Kevin Beard, Mike Cohn, Ruth Duffy and Chas Quinn set the hoops in atrocious conditions. Eric O’Donnell, as TR was ably assisted by Ian McKee, Ian Matthews, Ellen Reed and Nancy Hatherell. VCA Vice President, Kate Patrick presented the medals. Thanks to everyone who contributed so much to ensure the success of the Victorian Championships.

Jim Saunders
Tournament Manager




Later news


Coaching: news flash

Ruth Duffy, Vic Coordinator Coaching, writes:

Dear Members

As of July 2019 ACA has appointed a new National Director of Coaching, Mr Greg Bury.

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.



Sunny day for Wimmera CA season opening

On Wednesday 14 August President Lyn Creasey welcomed 24 players from three different clubs in the Wimmera to play Golf Croquet at the Horsham Croquet Club for the opening of Wimmera’s 2019-2020 season.