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Earlier news


2019 Ricochet Rules Books Now Available

The Ricochet Laws Committee has reviewed and updated the Ricochet Rules Book.

It is available from the National Coordinator Ricochet at

The new book replaces all previous editions.



Decisive win to Peter Landrebe in Australian GC Gold Medal

Over the three days from 4 to 6 September, Cairnlea has been host to the Australian GC Gold Medal. 

This event is one of the elite Golf Croquet events of the season.  Each state conducts their qualifying event and the six winners compete in a best of three round robin format to determine the Gold Medallist.  The runner up receives a Silver Medal and the other state winners receive an ACA Bronze Medal.


Current news

News Date: 2019-09-15
Posted by: Jim Clement
Posted on: 2019-09-17
News Type: Golf

Victoria wins the GC Interstate Shield

The thirteenth annual contest for the World Croquet Federation Shield, the trophy for the Croquet Australia Golf Croquet Interstate Teams competition, was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre 11 to 15 September 2019, with Victoria retaining its title.

Teams representing all six states contested for the shield over the five days in a format which saw each team meet each other team in a round robin.

Teams consisted of four men and four women and played a Test of four mixed doubles matches and sixteen single gender singles matches. With each Match consisting of two games, the results are calculated from the forty games played in each Test. The Test results are calculated on Matches, net Games and net Hoops. Final placings are decided (in descending order) on Tests, net Matches and, finally, net Hoops.

As play entered the final day, it was a three team race. Victoria was undefeated with 4 tests under its belt, but WA and NSW had both only lost one Test and WA had 19 net Matches, NSW 13 to Victoria’s 9. Victoria was to take on WA, with NSW playing the fourth placed SA. If WA were to defeat Victoria, and NSW defeated SA, it was anyone’s trophy. If WA defeated Victoria, it was likely that the final placings would be WA first, NSW second, Victoria third.

However, it was Victoria that prevailed over WA, by a very narrow margin, with a score of 5 matches each, 20 games each and 227 hoops to 216 in Victoria’s favour.

The winning Victorian team.
From left: John Grieve, Chris Eiffert, Tricia Devlin, John van der Touw, Wendy Dickson, Gail Hopkins, Darren McLoughlin, Kevin Beard (vice captain), Judy Wembridge (captain).
Pic: Jean Deacon

As someone who has officiated at all occasions when this event has been played except the first (in 2007), it is gratifying to see how the overall improvement in play over the years has resulted in such close contests.

Jim Clement
Tournament Manager


Later news


Australian Men’s and Women’s GC Singles Championships

As a lead up to the Interstate Shield, the Victorian Croquet Centre hosted both the Australian Women’s Singles Championships and the Australian Men’s Singles Championships.

The events ran in parallel over four days, from 7 to 10 September.



Hoop made - the opening of the Belvedere Heritage Croquet Club

Mayor of Frankston Cr. Michael O'Reilly officially opened the new venue for the Belvedere Heritage Croquet Club on Friday 27 September.

Moving from The Briars where conditions were too difficult, we were delighted that Belvedere Bowls at Seaford rolled out the red carpet to welcome our croquet club.