Croquet Victoria
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Earlier news


Australian AC Doubles and Singles championships

The Australian Association Croquet Open – Doubles and Singles – was held at Cairnlea over nine days in late November.

This is one of the most prestigious events of the year. In recent years the number entering has dropped but the standard is still extremely high.



Wimmera CA golf croquet Pennant final

Our pennant final was played on neutral courts at Kalimna Croquet Club on Monday 25 November between Horsham Banksia and Dimboola Green.  

It was a very entertaining, friendly and suspenseful match.


Current news

News Date: 2019-11-25
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2019-11-29
News Type: General

Horsham Croquet Club to stay in place

Horsham Croquet Club is to stay on at the Botanic Gardens in Horsham, along with the neighbouring tennis club whose courts they use for regional croquet tournaments.

A major win for the croquet community!

Earlier this year a consultants' report proposed relocating both tennis and croquet to a new site where the tennis courts would be surfaced with artificial grass and not available for croquet. This was part of a proposed new masterplan for sports facilities in Horsham.

Horsham Croquet Club, supported by Croquet Victoria, has been arguing to continue at its present site where it can provide a regional centre for croquet, as agreed under the Croquet Victoria ten year Infrastructure Plan.

On Monday 23 November, following six months of consultation, Horsham Rural City Council agreed to change its draft masterplan. Its press release includes two significant changes in relation to croquet:

  • Botanic Gardens Sub-Precinct - Amend the draft masterplan to show the Horsham Croquet Club in the Botanic Gardens with enhanced integration and connectivity (including removal of permanent fencing), as a regional facility, noting that a number of the lawn tennis courts are used to support regional tournaments.

  • Botanic Gardens Sub-Precinct - Amend the draft masterplan to show lawn tennis courts with enhanced integration and connectivity (including removal of permanent fencing), and work with the Lawn Tennis Club, Tennis Victoria and Sport and Recreation Victoria to review future needs and demand for lawn tennis in the broader context of other tennis facilities and proposed regional tennis facility in Horsham, noting that the current footprint is to remain pending the aforementioned review.

Congratulations to all those who have effectively made the case for croquet facilities in Horsham, and to Horsham Rural City Council for its admirable consultation process.


Later news


The GC Selection Committee is pleased to announce the State Squad for 2020.

Women: Elaine Coverdale (Essendon), Gail Hopkins (Essendon), Ruth Duffy (Corowa Civic), Helen Gammon (Ivanhoe Park), Chris Eiffert (Quarry Hill), Kaye Molyneux (Monash), Julie Beasley (Warragul), Joyce Woods (Brimbank), Jo Bury (Bendigo), Claire Keating (Williamstown).

Men: Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga), Terry Hopkins (Essendon), Owen Dickinson (Essendon), Brian Rowe (Essendon), Darren McLoughlin (Deniliquin), Richard Parks (Monash), John Grieve (Williamstown), Lester Hughes (Williamstown), Jack Williams (Belmont), Chas Quinn (Yarrawonga).



Victorian AC Bronze Medal down to the wire

The weekend of 30 November saw eight of the state’s top ranked AC players at Shepparton Croquet Club, vying for the Victorian Bronze Medal and the right to represent Victoria in the Gold Medal next March in Brisbane.

At the start of the final round of two days' round robin play, Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) and Stephen Forster (Belmont) were both undefeated.  

Both players were in fine form and the game would hinge on which player was better able to take advantage of their opportunities.