WCF website Refresh
The WCF is pleased to announce that we have given our website a refresh.
The URL for the homepage has not changed. it is still www.worldcroquet.org However, due to differences in how the new site works, the menu structure for some other pages has changed. Therefore, if you saved any pages or set any links up, you may need to re-do these. Your current links will default to our new Home Page.
We hope you like the new site. All the old content should still be there, plus there are a few new items.
There are lots of photos. We would like more please, particularly for the Championship Archive page. If you have any decent photos from past WCF events, please send them to me so that I can add them to the site.
Please let me know if you have any ideas for content, or if you spot any errors (hopefully not!). Any questions, please get in touch.
Debbie Lines WCF Deputy Secretary-General
Following the end of the five day circuit breaker lockdown, Victoria has returned to its COVID-safe summer. Masks indoors and on public transport; social distancing; continuance of hygiene requirements and COVID-safe plans. Subject to density limits, community sport can resume and clubhouses can re-open.
Some changes to the COVID-safe summer have been introduced, but they do not affect croquet.
It has been clarified that the limit of 20 people attending public gatherings does not apply to gatherings of sports club members for the purposes of their sport. As before, sports meetings indoors are limited by the space available; sports meetings outdoors are limited to 100.
Croquet Victoria has updated its Return to Croquet guidelines to include this point.
Posted by: Brian Foley
Posted on: 2021-03-01
News Type: Association
Good performances at VCA Gold Cup and Silver Shield
The VCA Gold Medal and Silver Shield competitions in Association Croquet were held at VCC Cairnlea over the weekend 27 and 28 February 2021.
There were eight players in the Gold Medal and seven players in the Silver Shield, both competing in a single round robin format. Due to reduced player availability, the Bronze Shield was not contested this year. Weather conditions were cool to fine with no wind – a rarity at the venue. The standard of play was generally good, considering that most players have had limited opportunities for high level competition for the past year.
Winner of the Gold Cup was Ken Bald (Kalimna Park) with seven wins, no losses and net hoops score of +106. It was a fine performance by Ken in his first major competition for 18 months. Runner-up was Kenn Boal (Rich River) with four wins and net hoops of +44. Another three players also had four wins and lower net hoops.
TM Brian Reither with winners and runners up.
In the Silver Shield, the winner was Malcolm Biddle (Eastern Park) with five wins, one loss and net hoops of +111. Runner-up was Roger Bird (Quarry Hill) also with five wins, one loss and net hoops of +19. It was a good performance by Malcolm who has improved rapidly in his relatively short time playing croquet.
Thanks to the many volunteers who prepared the courts, tournament manager Brian Reither who also played in the Silver Shield, and referees Mike Cohn, Kate Patrick and Brian Foley.
COVID: restrictions ease further
Croquet Victoria has updated its Return to Croquet guidelines to take account of the revised restrictions from midnight on Friday 26 February.
You still need to carry a mask, but masks are no longer mandatory in clubhouses - unless you are going to be closer to someone than 1.5m.
Next review of the restrictions is due on 15 March.
Laws of Association Croquet update
The Croquet Australia Secretary has provided the following information for state associations - see the News page on the Croquet Australia website.
The WCF Council approved the 7th Edition of the Association Croquet Laws on 24 February 2021. It has been decided that the new Laws will apply in Australia from 1 July 2021.
Law books in A5 and A6 format are at the printers. A new version of the Official Rulings on the Laws of Association Croquet (ORLAC) is near finalisation. Croquet Australia intends to print a merged version of the Laws and ORLAC when available (which should be soon).