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).
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-09-17
News Type: General
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.
Updated Return to Play guidelines for croquet in Victoria
Croquet Victoria has released updated Return to Play guidelines for croquet players in Victoria.
The guidelines take account of recently published Sport and Recreation Victoria updated Return to Play guidance. This provides detail on the COVID-19 restrictions applying to sport and recreation in Victoria, with separate sections for metropolitan Melbourne (where all sporting clubs are closed) and regional Victoria (where both play and competition are allowed for non-contact sports such as croquet).
The SRV guidance clarifies that state sporting associations are to set participation limits for sporting competitions, depending on the minimum number required for the competition. This number includes players and essential officials such as referees and coaches, but not onlookers.