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Earlier news

2021-04-10

Kyneton's John Teed Cup

The Kyneton Croquet Club hasn't had a dedicated Club Championship event for a few years.  The champion has been the player accumulating the most points in games played throughout the season.

This year, it was decided to have a singles championship played on a round robin basis.  A perpetual cup was ordered and named in honour of the Club's most senior player, John Teed.  John, who turned 90 at the end of 2020, has been the Club Champion many times over a period of 20 years. 

Ten players put their names down which resulted in nine weeks of competition.  It was good to see a mix of experienced and new players taking part.

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2021-05-27

COVID: CIRCUIT BREAKER LOCKDOWN

Croquet clubs across Victoria will close for a week from 11.59 pm tonight 27 May, under the Victorian Government's new circuit breaker lockdown.

Victorians will return to tight controls, including:

  • outdoor exercise for a limit of 2 hours with one other person within 5 km from home
  • community sport to close
  • shopping restricted
  • masks to be worn everywhere outside the home.

Details are available on the Victorian State Government website, see https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19.

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Current news

News Date: 2021-05-27
Posted by: Betty Etherton
Posted on: 2021-05-28
News Type: General

A CROQUET TRIBUTE TO VALERIE (VAL) BROWN

Wimmera Croquet Association provided a Guard of Honour at the funeral of Val Brown held at the Horsham Church of England on 27 May as a tribute to Val for all the work she has given to the Sport of Croquet.

Val lived the majority of her life in the Wimmera and District area and was survived by hubby Tom, 3 children and grandchildren. She contracted polio in her early life which caused many health issues, but Val’s philosophy was “onwards and upwards” and she always greeted you with a smile and ready for a chat.

In the 1976/77 season Val joined the Kalimna Croquet Club, where her mother also played. There were not many administration positions she wasn’t involved with. Tournament Manager for many years, Association Referee, President WCA 2000/01, Secretary WCA 2006/07, Secretary KPCC 2004-06, Teacher and Mentor for anyone interested in playing croquet. Val proudly accepted Life Membership of Kalimna in 2009.

Val Brown was approached at the Country Regionals in 2007 to become the second Victorian Croquet Association President from the country. This was a very busy and exciting time when the VCA was moving their headquarters from Warleigh to Cairnlea (a 560 kms round trip from Horsham). It was mentioned in her eulogy that there wouldn’t be many clubs that Val hadn’t visited, she travelled extensively especially when President of the VCA. Unfortunately, in 2010 Val had to resign due to ill health which was a year after the World Women’s Golf Croquet Tournament was held at Cairnlea.

On March 22nd 2013 Val arranged a meeting with councillor Debra Nelson at the Dimboola Bowling Club to discuss forming a Croquet Club in Dimboola. This meeting was the culmination of over 12 months effort by Val working with the Hindmarsh Shire Council to access the vacant tennis club building and lawn courts. A small group agreed to form a club and a committee was elected. Val and Tom with the help of Kalimna Park members were instrumental in tutoring and setting up the club. In 2014 the minister for Sports and Recreation Hugh Delahunty officially opened the Dimboola Croquet Club (10 members). Fantastic news as the club had been in recess for 66 years.

Val’s enthusiasm, encouragement and dedication are a true testament of her love and generosity for the game of Croquet.

Information supplied by John Moar, Fay Pearson and A History of Croquet in Victoria 

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Later news

2021-06-03

Regional clubs may open; Melbourne clubs are still closed

New restricted activity directions for Victoria come into effect at 11.59 pm tonight, Thursday 3 June. They are reflected in the latest Return to Croquet guidelines.   

In regional Victoria there is an easing of restrictions for recreational play. For croquet, recreational play is club social play, not competition where scores are kept or handicap/indexes are entered onto handicap cards. Clubhouses are not to be used for social activity but are open for the use of toilets and to access equipment. There is a cap of 50 at a venue, and groups are limited to 10. Keep groups apart as much as practicable.

Social distancing and hygiene requirements still apply, but masks need only be worn outdoors if you cannot keep 1.5m apart. 

In metro Melbourne (including the Mornington Peninsula) there is no play. Clubs are to remain closed. Volunteers in metro Melbourne are not allowed to mow lawns or work on property maintenance. Only paid contractors are permitted to mow lawns.

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2021-06-06

Victoria's Golf Croquet Interstate Shield team announced

Croquet Victoria's Golf Croquet Selection Committee has announced the Victorian team which will compete in the Interstate Shield in Launceston, Tasmania, from 8 to 12 September 2021.

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