Vale John Grieve
John Grieve of the Williamstown Croquet Club passed away on 21 December 2020.
During his working life, John was a Primary School Teacher. He finished this career as a School Principal in the Newport area. He used the skills he developed in these roles throughout all aspects of his life.
Stay safe still the watchword
The COVID crisis is by no means over, as we can see from the latest outbreaks in NSW. Hopefully soon to come under control. The Victorian Government is still imposing strict controls on entry and exit from the state, mask wearing, and use of communal facilities.
For the past three weeks, Victorian sporting associations involved in outdoor sport have been seeking clarification on the numbers permitted in their clubhouses.
Advice has just been provided that clubhouses associated with sporting activity need to allow 4m2 space per person – not 2m2 as seemed plausible under the current Restricted Activity Directions from the Chief Medical Officer.
Croquet Victoria’s guidelines have been modified accordingly.
Clubs are asked to ensure that they display the number of people allowed in each of their indoor spaces, using the 1:4m2 ratio.
Posted by: Kevin Beard
Posted on: 2021-01-01
News Type: Association
2020 AC Doubles at Cairnlea
The Victorian Open Doubles Association Croquet tournament was held on 28-29 December at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Cairnlea.
The risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic reduced the field down to 5 pairs this year.
The event was also shortened, in part due to the sad passing of John Grieve.
This is an event that John has managed over the last few years and players were grateful for the opportunity to attend his funeral and wake on the second afternoon of the event.
David Johnston (Ballarat Alexandra) and Callum Hyland, former clubmates from the Sandy Bay Croquet Club in Hobart, played very well and won all their games to clinch the Championship.
In the end it was, however, quite a close affair. Runners up were Tricia Devlin (Castlemaine) and Chris Grant (Ringwood), who lost only one game - to David and Callum by 2 hoops. Congratulations to these players.
We had two players playing in their first Victorian Open AC event. Mike Gidding travelled down from Ballina in regional NSW to partner Lachlan Berryman (Ringwood), and they finished in third place. Mike has been playing for 4 years and shows quite a bit of promise. The other newcomer was Lester Hughes from Williamstown Croquet Club, a top-class golf croquet player, playing in his first ever AC tournament. Unfortunately, Lester’s partner let him down and so Lester is yet to open his account.
It was also good to see Kerri-Ann Organ and Alan Honey from Canberra supporting the tournament once again.
Thanks to Brian Foley and Mike Cohn for refereeing the tournament.
Full results at: https://croquetscores.com/2020/ac/vca-open-doubles
Kevin Beard / Brian Reither
The Vic Open Singles AC Championship in a COVID year
The Victorian Open Singles Association Croquet Championship held at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea from 30th December to 3rd January was quite different this year. The pandemic reduced the field to 15 players and there was a huge workload keeping the venue COVID safe.
The tournament began with players allocated to round robin blocks of 7 and 8 players. The top 4 in each block then qualified to play in the best-of-3 games Quarter Finals, Semis and Final.
COVID-19 restrictions loosen for Victorian clubs
Updated Return to Croquet guidelines were circulated today, Monday 11 January.
Clubs are also expected to maintain a current COVID-Safe plan, using the template circulated to secretaries