Tight competition for Croquet Vic Silver and Bronze Medals
Croquet Victoria turned on a great weekend of excellent courts, fine weather and very, very competitive play for the Victorian AC Silver and Bronze Medals.
Although not at the level of the past few weeks of World Championships nevertheless the results in both events went right to the last few minutes of the last round. Tight indeed.
WCF 2020 Association Croquet World Championship
A personal account from Pete Landrebe:
Wow ! what an event to be part of as a player and a spectator.
The Australian players were all able to enter this event with good confidence and expectation of result. We knew the lawn conditions and knew how to handle what only western Melbourne could offer in weather - weather that can be quite different each day.
Posted by: Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt
Posted on: 2020-04-10
News Type: General
VICTORIAN CROQUET RESPONDS TO CORONA VIRUS
At the meeting of the Croquet Victoria Committee of Management on 17 March, it was agreed that in the interests of members' health and to support "smoothing the curve" in the spread of the Corona virus:
Following more stringent isolation advice from the Government, clubs generally have now cancelled tournaments and competitions and closed their premises completely. Croquet Victoria supports this approach.
Current advice from Sport and Recreation Victoria is that only "normal exercise" is permitted - not golf or fishing. We believe this means that croquet should no longer be played. We will let you know if this changes.
Many of our members fall into the Government defined “vulnerable and at high risk” category of the population. Croquet Victoria has a duty of care to all our members, and Council will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments as they evolve. Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our members.
Please take care! This includes longer than usual handwashing, cleaning touched surfaces (including doorhandles), and using hand sanitisers and paper hand towels...
While clubs are closed, we hope that members will continue to stay connected, via phone trees, email, Facebook, Zoom and the like. Support in using technologies is available - please contact me if you would like help.
Croquet Victoria makes hard call
At a special meeting, held online on 11 April, the Croquet Victoria Council decided that its financial situation is such that it can no longer afford to pay its staff and maintain the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea. Staff costs and the costs of maintaining the building exceed present and projected income. To balance the books, now and in the future, would require selling shares, which would continuously erode our investment base.
Staff have now been advised that they have been declared redundant. Council agreed unanimously to express their appreciation to them for their work over the years and to thank them for their contribution to Croquet Victoria.
The Croquet Centre is in any case closed down due to the Corona virus, and it is to be mothballed for the time being. Its future will be decided by a General Meeting of the delegates of the thirteen Regional Associations.
Croquet Victoria has not gone broke. We still have investments, though their value has declined in the current Corona-virus situation - as at 31 March they were valued at around $3.5m.
UPDATE: Coming out of isolation
Croquet Victoria is waiting on advice from government on the approach to be taken by croquet as we all begin to emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown.
In NSW, croquet clubs are already beginning to return to the court, in some cases with the restriction that players aged 70 and over are to stay at home.
In Victoria, we are waiting on a Government announcement to advise what will be possible when the current state of emergency ends on 11 May.