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