Croquet Victoria
Advancing Croquet in Victoria


Earlier news


Vale Patricia Watts

I regret to inform members that Patricia (Trish) Watts passed away last Wednesday, 18 November 2020, after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

Trish joined Kew Croquet Club in August 2008 and was elected to the Committee of Management in December 2013, filling the casual vacancy caused by the passing of Graham Howie, and serving continuously until the 2019 AGM, when she did not seek re-election, citing the effects of MND.



Getting to COVID-normal

The Victorian Government has lifted the travel ban between metro Melbourne and regional areas, and sport is moving towards COVID-normal.

As part of this transition, croquet clubs are required to prepare COVID-safe plans. These need to cover the Six Principles.

The updated Return to Croquet guidelines  include guidance on these principles.


Current news

News Date: 2020-11-22
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2020-11-22
News Type: General

Corona restrictions relaxed

The Premier’s announcement today (Sunday 22 November) includes some very welcome changes in the restrictions affecting sport. These will be included in revised Return to Croquet guidelines as soon as we see the updated Directions documents from the Chief Health Officer.

In the meantime, here is a summary of the main points.

But first - many thanks to everyone for their patience over the past nine months! It hasn’t been an easy time. It’s been wonderful to have so many staunch members ensuring that their croquet club has not become a hotspot for infection.

The good news, from midnight tonight:

  • No masks outdoors, if you are social distancing (keep a mask in your pocket)
  • Group sizes of 50 for outdoor sport, subject to a ratio of 4m2 per person. Croquet courts easily meet the density ratio, so we are governed by the 50 player max.
  • Clubrooms are open. Masks must be worn. Shared catering arrangements not yet clear.
  • Gatherings of groups of 50 outdoors. We are not clear yet about the number indoors. Density quotient seems now to be 4m2 per person, but the maximum for a meeting in a community venue is not spelt out yet.
  • Hygiene and sign-in arrangements should be maintained, to avoid cross-infection and support contact tracing if need be.

If your club has already completed a COVID-safe plan, we suggest you update it once you have the refreshed Return to Croquet guidelines. Send your updated plan and the refreshed Croquet Victoria guidelines to your LGA for information.

More information: contact the Croquet Victoria Secretary.


Later news


More detail as Corona restrictions ease

As Victoria approaches COVID-normal, restrictions on playing croquet and meeting socially have eased. Croquet Victoria's Return to Croquet guidelines have now been updated accordingly.

Changes affecting clubs and individual players include:

  • masks are no longer required out of doors (keep it in your pocket to put on indoors or in a crowd)
  • up to 50 people can participate in sport as a group at a given venue - more than one group if the groups can stay a reasonable distance apart and everyone can socially distance.
  • clubrooms are open. Up to 20 people may gather in a clubhouse, if there is enough space: at least 4m2 must be available per person

Requirements for social distancing and hygiene have not changed.



Horsham celebrates its members

Betty Etherton writes:

Each year we play a knockout club handicap competition starting in February.

All members are entered into a draw with 2 divisions, playing any day that suits them except our club play day times.

We had only completed half the draw before it was postponed due to corona virus.