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Earlier news


More club Facebook pages added

Drouin, Elwood, Kew, Kyneton and Phillip Island have all added their Facebook pages to the Club Finder this week. 

To get your Club or Region Facebook page added to the listing, please contact the webmaster.



Message from Her Excellency the Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, patron of Croquet Victoria

Ms Dessau has sent us a message of support - along with the other organisations of which she is Patron.


Current news

News Date: 2021-08-31
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-09-11
News Type: General

Stephen Mulliner retires from WCF

After eight years as Secretary-General of the World Croquet Federation, Stephen Mulliner has retired from this position.

During his tenure, the WCF has taken responsibility for managing the Association Croquet Laws, the Golf Croquet Rules, and the world player rankings, as well as holding many successful championships.

The WCF writes:

Stephen has worked tirelessly to support croquet and will be missed by his colleagues on the Management Committee and all the Members he has supported so efficiently.The photo shows Stephen with a gift presented by his colleagues on the Management Committee in recognition of his eight years of service.

Stephen is replaced by Debbie Lines, who takes over from 1st September 2021, after shadowing Stephen as his Deputy for the past twelve months.

We wish Stephen all the best with his future endeavours and hope to see him at many croquet events over the coming years.

Jim Clement, Croquet Victoria President, adds:

Stephen’s knowledge of play in various countries around the world was formidable; in particular, he is no stranger to Australia (he played at Adelaide in 2012) and Victoria, having played at both Warleigh and VCC.

Thank you, Stephen, for all you have done for croquet around the world.


Later news


Debbie Lines: the new WCF Secretary-General

Debbie Lines has just succeeded Stephen Mulliner as Secretary-General of the World Croquet Federation.

Debbie Lines (nee Cornelius) grew up playing croquet from the age of six, taking up Association Croquet seriously when she was eighteen.

She won the Spencer Ell in 1988, the North of England Championship in 1995, reached the last eight of the World Championships in 1995 and in 1996 was part of the winning Great Britain MacRobertson Shield team.



Restrictions to ease for regional Victoria

From 11.59 pm on Thursday 9 September, COVID restrictions eased for most of regional Victoria - that is, apart from Greater Shepparton. No changes relevant to croquet for metro Melbourne.

Guidance from the Premier's office is that for most of regional Victoria:

  • the check-in requirements continue
  • density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres applies for any shared spaces outside the home
  • subject to the density quotient, sports clubs can re-open for outdoor community recreation - maximum of 20 people, separate groups of no more than 10
  • masks are mandatory outside the home, unless you are eating or drinking at a seated venue, or vigorously exercising
  • public gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed
  • travel is allowed within Victoria, but is severely restricted between metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and across the border with NSW

Our Return to Croquet guidelines have now been updated in line with the detail in the most recent Restricted Activity Directions from Victoria's Chief Health Officer.