It's another lockdown
The Victorian Government has called a snap lockdown which
Croquet clubs will join many other organisations in closing from 11.59 pm tonight, Thursday 15 July, to 11.59 pm on Tuesday 20 July.
The restrictions currently apply across Victoria, though there have been hints that they may be lifted from regional Victoria earlier than from metropolitan Melbourne.
When play is allowed again, the Return to Croquet Guidelines will be updated and distributed to clubs.
COVID restrictions eased across Victoria - but masks are more important
The same COVID restrictions now apply across Victoria - there is no difference between the regions and metropolitan Melbourne.
The main continuing constraints affecting croquet:
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-07-19
News Type: Golf
Spreading the message in schools: Kyneton's story
Graham Smith of Kyneton writes:
'We need to get croquet into the schools' we were told by Croquet Victoria. Always keen to carry out the directions of the state body, Kyneton Croquet Club swung into action. Both local secondary colleges were contacted. In mid-March, back came the reply from Kyneton Secondary College, 'We would love to give students the opportunity to give croquet a go.'
With term 1 almost over, it was decided to start on 10 May; it would last for one week, there were to be four classes of Year 10 students who would all come for one session. That then got put back to start on 26 May.
The day arrived and we had the first session; the next morning we received an email from the Physical Education Coordinator, 'The students really enjoyed it yesterday. We spoke as a department last night and wondering if we could do the same next week. Do you think it is worth them doing two sessions or do you think one is enough?' We weren't going to miss an opportunity like that!
As we prepared for the second class to come for their lesson that day, the state was suddenly thrown into a COVID lockdown for one week and the lesson had to be cancelled. The College weren't going to let this put an end to the lessons and asked if we could just put everything back one week. So the following Friday another two classes came for their first lessons.
Unfortunately, the next week became unavailable as the whole school had other activities planned for the following week. Midway through the week, the worst storm in living memory hit the region causing huge damage throughout the Macedon Ranges and leaving much of the area without power, in some cases for over two days.
With the clean-up still going on the following week, the croquet sessions had to be further postponed. Finally, in the last week of term before the mid-year school holidays, we welcomed the students back again for what should have been four more sessions.
We're now in mid-winter and this is Kyneton. After two sessions the rains came again and the lawns were soon under water and so what was supposed to be eight sessions of croquet over two weeks finished as five sessions spread over seven weeks.
In all, over 70 students did at least get an introduction to croquet. We had one student say she really wanted to come and play and a few others expressed some interest in the sport. However, with the lawns now completely soaked and no end to the rain in sight, it may be a long time before we're back on the lawns.
Whether any of the students will be able to retain their interest when things get better is only something we can hope for.
On one positive note, when Croquet Victoria ask us at the end of the year what we've done to promote our sport, at least we know we'll be able to tick one box!
Pics: Kyneton HS Sports Department
Croquet is on again across Victoria
The new COVID-safe rules are:
Social play, practice and competition are all allowed. No limit on travel within Victoria.
Updated Return to Croquet guidelines have now been prepared, based on the Restricted Activity Directions issued by Victoria's Chief Health Officer on 28 July. These have been distributed to clubs, and can be provided to local authorities who need them before authorising a return to play.