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Earlier news


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.




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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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Current news

News Date: 2021-10-12
Posted by: Kate Patrick
Posted on: 2021-10-12
News Type: General

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.

Her valuable contributions included lawn maintenance, record keeping, representing us on committee and always keeping our Covid Safe play going during the last 2 confusing years.

Hetty was a retired nurse whose special interest was the history of wartime nurses, a topic on which she was often invited to speak at RSL clubs and other venues. She kept meticulous records and joked that her affairs were in order, should she shuffle off.

Hetty was a former member of VCA Council and an appointed officer, duties she carried out meticulously. She has been totally involved recently as the secretary of the newly created Goldfields Croquet Association of three active local clubs.

We will miss her greatly.


Later news


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.




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A new event, the Brian Reither Association Croquet Challenge, is being held at Cairnlea on the weekend of 23 and 24 October 2021, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm each day.

High-performance players competing include Robert Fletcher, Stephen Forster, Kevin Beard, Callum Hyland and Chris Grant. Commentators will be led by Gareth Denyer (NSW) - the voice of croquet.

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