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Advancing Croquet in Victoria


Earlier news



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A new event, the Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Challenge, is being held at Cairnlea on the weekend of 9 and 10 October 2021, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm each day. A registered Tier 3 event - our COVID-safe plan has been submitted.

The high-performance players competing include the three highest ranked Golf Croquet players in Victoria: Robert Fletcher (current Australian Golf Croquet Champion), Lester Hughes and Kevin Beard. Commentators will be led by Gareth Denyer (NSW) - the voice of croquet.

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Small changes in restriction levels

The Victorian Government has now announced some changes in restriction levels following the achievement of the 80% single-dose vaccination target. The Return to Croquet guidelines have been updated accordingly. 

In the regions:

  • clubhouses are now open for up to 10 people (subject to the space requirement of 4 square metres per person).
  • travel is allowed for social play for residents of the Victoria/NSW bubble.

In metro Melbourne, and Latrobe City, which is now a "restricted area", play is allowed on the same terms as picnics:

  • travel limited to 15 km from home
  • groups of two can play, or up to 5 if all are fully vaccinated - from no more than two households
  • no mingling between groups
  • no entering "indoor areas" (walls and a roof) to obtain equipment or to access toilets.

The ban on access to indoor areas will disadvantage many clubs and players in metro Melbourne and Latrobe. Croquet Victoria is asking for it to be reconsidered.

Croquet Victoria strongly encourages members to be double vaccinated where possible.


Current news

News Date: 2021-10-05
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-10-05
News Type: General

Eased Return to Play restrictions - Metro and Shepparton

The Government has announced that players in Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepparton may now access toilets when they are playing under the "picnic" provisions of the current Restricted Activity Directions (Restricted Areas), available from the Chief Health Officer page on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Consistent with current restrictions which prohibit mingling in indoor spaces, members in Melbourne and Shepparton are still not allowed to enter clubhouses to access equipment. Some clubs have arranged to stack necessary equipment so it can be reached by someone opening a door from the outside. Clubs wishing to adopt this approach should check the arrangement with their local government authority.

Other restrictions in place for Metro Melbourne and Shepparton:

  • masks must be worn outdoors
  • groups limited to 2 (if not fully vaccinated) or up to 5 (if all fully vaccinated)
  • groups must not mingle
  • travel limited to 15 km

In regional Victoria:

  • masks indoors and outdoors
  • clubhouses are open to a maximum of 10 people (subject to the space restriction - 1 person per 4 square metres)
  • venue limit of 20, group limit of 10, groups must not mingle
  • no competition, no spectators
  • travel within Victoria and within border bubbles not restricted, except to and from Metro Melbourne and Greater Shepparton

All members are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

Updated Return to Croquet guidelines have now been sent to club secretaries.

Any questions, please contact the Secretary, Croquet Victoria.




Later news


Vale Hetty Veldman

Sad news just received: Hetty Veldman, President of Castlemaine Croquet Club, died in hospital this afternoon. Hetty was till recently a Regional Director and member of the Croquet Victoria Council, and also served as the Croquet Victoria Complaint Officer and a member of the Child Safe sub-committee. Her warmth and energy were widely appreciated.

Club secretary Tricia Devlin writes:

Castlemaine Croquet Club is devastated to learn of the sudden death of our president, Hetty Veldman. She has been a cornerstone of our club since taking up the game with her customary complete enthusiasm.



The Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Challenge – a challenging event

The Owen Edwards Golf Croquet Challenge was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre on 9-10 October 2021 and was televised as a ‘Freebie’ on Kayo.  It is a new annual event on the Croquet Victoria calendar. 

It was run this year under strict government-approved COVID-safe conditions.  The participants were required to be high-performance players (have played in National and/or International croquet events), and as such were designated Authorised Workers.  This enabled them to travel beyond the 15 km limit for practice and the event itself.  The COVID-safe protocols included players and officials travelling directly to and from the venue without interacting with anyone, no spectators, and the now familiar distancing, mask wearing and cleaning procedures.