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.
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.
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-10-07
News Type: General
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.
For croquet, Croquet Victoria recognises that the number required for a competition is variable. It may mean
Competition organisers are advised to keep groups as small as is appropriate for the competition, and to maintain separation between these groups, including via staggered starts.
The number attending a session for social play is still limited to a maximum of 10.
Other points which have been clarified include:
Social distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene practices are still required.
We are also advised that the restrictions apply to all clubs, irrespective of who owns the land where they play.
Please continue to watch this site for updates to the Croquet Victoria guidelines.
OPEN INVITATION - ACA ACADEMY PRESENTATION
Everyone is invited to the National launch of the Australian Croquet Academy hosted by Greg Bury.
This special event will take place online on Friday the 16th of October at 11am AEDT.
GVCA vs NEDCA Challenge Match
On Monday 5 October Shepparton Croquet Club was the scene for the very first Inaugural Golf Croquet Interregional Challenge match.
The match brought together the best of the best players from both the Goulburn Valley and also the North East of Victoria.