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Earlier news


COVID rules relaxed - but masks still required

New Orders by the Victorian Minister of Health relax several aspects of the COVID restrictions in Victoria:

  • Equipment does not have to be washed between users
  • Deep cleaning is not required following notification of a COVID case
  • Children under 18 are defined as "excepted", so are not required to be vaccinated. They do not have to provide evidence of their vaccination status.

Under the most recent Order, masks must be worn indoors (except in the home) and carried outdoors so they can be worn when social distancing is not possible.

Updated guidance has now been distributed to clubs and published on this website.




Wimmera Challenge Match replaces Pennant

Because of COVID, the Wimmera Croquet Association decided to cancel the spring season of Golf Croquet Pennant. Instead, two Challenge matches were played two weeks apart. 

The two weeks we played were so different. November 15th was freezing cold, everyone was rugged up -  November 29th everyone needed hats and sun screen.


Current news

News Date: 2021-12-13
Posted by: Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt and Kate
Posted on: 2022-01-02
News Type: General

Update from Croquet Victoria Council

Some important items were considered at the December meeting of the Croquet Victoria Council, including

  • the new Strategic Plan for croquet
  • a change to pro rata members' affiliation fees
  • transfer of the Maryborough Croquet Club to the new Goldfields Region
  • membership of the working group which is developing a proposed new constitution for Croquet Victoria. 

This meeting was the first time Council has met face to face since March 2020 - it has been meeting virtually throughout the past 20 months. COVID willing, two face to face meetings are planned for 2022.

Jan MacDonald, Regional Director for Goldfields, was welcomed to her first meeting, and two others attending were welcomed to their first face to face meeting: Roger Bird (Regional Director Northern District) and Deb Newbold (Alternate Director EMCA).

Decisions taken at the meeting included:

All attendees at the Victorian Croquet Centre must be double vaxxed - this ratified a previous decision by Council via email.

Individual member Croquet Victoria affiliation fees are to be set at full fee for ongoing members and members joining between 1 April and 30 September, and 50% for members joining between 1 October and the following 31 March.

A new external auditor has been appointed: CLG Assurance and Advisory. Thanks to Bruce Warlow who audited the accounts for eight years.

The Croquet Victoria Strategic Plan 2022-2026 was adopted, subject to further discussion of the wording of the goal for Croquet Victoria's finances. See Planning for Croquet for the detail.

The transfer of Maryborough CC to Goldfields Croquet Association was approved.

Progress on two other important matters was noted.

A Constitution Review has been established. This is  tasked with developing a proposal for streamlining Croquet Victoria's governance system. It was reported that the membership of the Constitution Review Group has been finalised: Stephen Forster, Claire Keating, David Johnston, Russell Worland, Lyndsay Nielson; Jim Clement [ex officio]; Ian Silk [external, KPMG adviser]. The Review Group has been asked to report  in time for a Special General Meeting in April 2022.

Members will know that VCC is built on a former munitions factory site, with at least 1.5m of clean fill over the area of land suffering from chemical contamination. Concern had been expressed to Council that members playing at VCC may be exposed to contaminants via breaches in the land fill. Council noted that due to a misunderstanding the soil samples obtained in November were tested for fertility issues but not for contaminants. Further soil samples are to be taken from different sites at VCC early in 2022, and testing for potential contaminants to be explicitly requested (ie chemicals used in the manufacture of ammunition and explosives; asbestos remnants). 

The minutes of the meeting are as usual available online together with attached reports.

Queries to the Secretary,


Later news


Vale Eric O’Donnell

Jenny Leviston writes: 

Eric O’Donnell died on New Year’s Eve 2021 in the Camperdown Hospital.  He had been unwell for some time.

Before joining Ballarat Western Croquet Club, Eric was a member of the Lismore Croquet Club. Eric was more than just a member of the Lismore Club, he was secretary, greenkeeper and chief organiser of most things including tournaments and social days, such as the annual ‘Christmas in July’ competition.  He played in the Lismore pennant team in the Ballarat and District Croquet Association pennant competition.



The Victorian Association Croquet Open Championships

The Victorian AC Open Championships were held between Christmas and New Year at the Victorian Croquet Centre.  It was a small field this year due to COVID, although the Singles were boosted by a contingent of 3 interstate players.

Five pairs contested the Doubles championship, which was played as a Round Robin on the first day, with the top 4 pairs going through to a single game knockout on the second day.  The “minor premiers” based on the Round Robin were Lachlan Berryman (Ringwood) & Josh Wilson (Brunswick).  Lachlan completed the only Triple Peel of the tournament.