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Earlier news


To play or not to play

Croquet Victoria has fielded a number of queries recently from members and clubs who are concerned about returning to play in the current COVID-19 situation.

Just to clarify: the Croquet Victoria Return to Croquet guidelines which have been sent to clubs set out what is permissible and appropriate under current Government restrictions. 

It’s then up to clubs to decide what to do within this framework. You may be allowed to play, but you don’t have to play.




The Minister for Community Sport, Hon Ros Spence MP, has just notified Croquet Victoria that we have been allocated $55,542 to help us remain operationally viable and be well positioned to resume activity when the time is right.

This is part of a $40m allocation the Government has made to support sporting organisations at club, local association and state level. 

Croquet Victoria has been looking at a deficit on its running costs of about $66,000, as a result of reduced income from investments and activities, and a discount of 50% for members on affiliation fees. This grant will be a very substantial help. 

Preparing the complex documentation required for the grant submission was a challenging task. Thanks to Kate Patrick, Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt and Claire Keating for their work on the submission. 


Current news

News Date: 2020-08-17
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-08-18
News Type: General

New faces on Croquet Victoria Council

The 2020 Annual General Meeting of Croquet Victoria, which was delayed by isolation requirements, was conducted online via Zoom on Monday 17 August. VicSport provided an independent scrutineer for our secret ballots. Thank you, Anthony Bowd.

Jim Clement (Sarsfield), who was re-elected in 2019, continues as President.

Elected to the other Executive positions were Stephen Forster (Belmont) as Vice President (defeating Kate Patrick, (Brunswick)), and Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City) as Secretary and Claire Keating (Williamstown) as Treasurer (both unopposed).

Three positions were available on the Committee of Management. Janet Leckie-Brunton was re-elected. Lyndsay Neilson (Williamstown) and David Johnston (Ballarat Alexandra) were elected to the other two positions. Continuing members of CoM are Lorraine Gutcher (Morwell) and Lynne Roberts (Kew).

Kate Patrick was thanked for her seven years of service to Council.

At the Council meeting that followed the AGM, two new Regional Directors were welcomed: Mignon Johnston (Ballarat), Eileen Gough (Geelong).

There was no competition for any of the appointed positions. Council endorsed the following appointments.

Appointed Officers

State Coordinator Refereeing (AC): Brian Foley (Sandringham)
State Coordinator Refereeing (GC): John van der Touw (Monash)

State Coordinator Coaching: Ruth Duffy (Corowa Civic)

Club Development Officer: Kate Patrick (Brunswick)

State Coordinator AC: Brian Reither (Ballarat Alexandra)
State Coordinator Gateball: Philip Brown (Kew)
State Coordinator GC: Eric O’Donnell (Ballarat Western)
State Coordinator Ricochet: Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City)

State Coordinator Under 21: Kate Patrick (Brunswick)

State Handicapper AC: Doron Gunzberg (Essendon)
State Handicapper GC: Maurice Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City)
State Handicap Recorder: Ian McKee (Ballarat Alexandra)

Complaint Officer: Hetty Veldman (Castlemaine)

Website Development: Gareth Bushill (VCC)

Investment Advisory Group: David Ross (MCC)

Editor, Malletsports: Rosalie Newman (Ballarat Western)


Marketing and Publicity:
Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City), Kate Patrick (Brunswick), Heather Dawn (Macedon Ranges). Two vacancies.

Tournaments and Fixtures:
John Grieve (Williamstown), Owen Dickinson (Essendon); Brian Reither (Ballarat Alexandra), Eric O’Donnell (Ballarat Western), Philip Brown (Kew), all ex officio.

Investment Advisory Group:
Alan Notley (MCC), Terry O’Callaghan (external), David Ross (MCC).

GC Selection Committee:
Eric O’Donnell (Ballarat West), Lorraine Gutcher (Morwell), Ruth Duffy (Corowa Civic). Two vacancies.

NOTE: The AC Selection Committee was appointed in February, following the Eire Cup.

Strategic Plan Implementation Sub-Committee:
Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City), Kate Patrick (Brunswick), Maria Harvey (Beechworth).


Council decided against the late publication of this year’s address book.

All Croquet Victoria appointed officers and sub-committee members are to be listed on the Officers page Contacts tab.

Members who need contact details for an individual member should use the Search for a Member search box at the foot of the Links and Resources page.


Council agreed to shift to online publication of Malletsports for the future.

Malletsports has been in suspension during the COVID restrictions. Clubs that have already subscribed for the 2021/2022 year will be refunded.


Later news


Taking the Third Step: good news for regional croquet

Croquet players are celebrating as regional Victoria takes the Third Step of Victoria's return to "COVID-normal".

Social distancing and hygiene requirements are still in place, and clubhouses remain closed, but both doubles and singles play are now allowed and up to ten players can participate. 

Again provided social distancing is in place, competition is also permitted, though numbers are still limited - no more than the minimum required for the competition, plus officials. Spectators are not allowed.

As always, clubs will consult their local authority and their members in deciding how they will operate within these looser restrictions.

Metro Melbourne, including the Mornington Peninsula, is still in the First Step, with sports clubs closed and exercise only allowed within a bubble 5 km from home. Travel in and out of Melbourne is banned except in very limited circumstances.

For detail, see our updated Return to Play Guidelines.



Horsham: a COVID-normal season opening

Horsham Croquet Club members were so pleased to be back playing competition again. It was a most enjoyable day with 23 members in attendance. The weather was rather warm, fortunately the clouds helped us out as many worked up a sweat especially wearing the masks.