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Earlier news


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.



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.


Current news

News Date: 2021-09-01
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-09-07
News Type: General

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.

Debbie still very much enjoys playing croquet and is still capable of nipping off the occasional triple peel.

She is a qualified accountant who spent 15 years in various finance roles in UK industry before moving into Supply Chain and Change Management roles.  Her last full-time role finished in 2019 after six years as Head of Florist Operations for Interflora where she managed their UK florist network. Now semi-retired, she is a part-time Parish Clerk, enjoying the chance to work for her local community.

As Deputy Secretary-General she re-wrote the WCF website and supported Stephen as needed. Now Secretary-General, she hopes to continue the good work of her predecessor, supporting developing countries as they grow and organising successful World Championships.


Later news


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.



Lockdown updates

Out of lockdown from 11.59 pm Wednesday 15 September: Shepparton.

Into lockdown from 11.59 pm Wednesday 15 September: Ballarat.

Into lockdown from 6 pm Thursday 16 September: Albury.