Update from Croquet Victoria Council
Some important items were considered at the December meeting of the Croquet Victoria Council, including
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).
COVID rules relaxed - but masks still required
New Orders by the Victorian Minister of Health relax several aspects of the COVID restrictions in Victoria:
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.
Posted by: Jenny Leviston
Posted on: 2022-01-06
News Type: General
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.
Eric established the Lismore Croquet Club Junior Academy. He first coached the Smith brothers, Allan and John. Allan was a Country Regional Section two winner and John was a member of a winning Victorian ISS team.
The second family he coached was the Fletcher family - Greg, Robert and Malcolm. Their successes are too numerous to list but Eric will always be remembered as the person who brought these champions to croquet.
Eric was the Lismore Croquet Club delegate on the Committee of Management and Tournament and Fixtures Committee of the Ballarat and District Croquet Association. Over the years he served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Association.
At State level for the Victorian Croquet Association, Eric was golf croquet state co-ordinator, golf croquet referee, trainer and examiner, V.C.C. caretaker and an accredited coach in both golf and association croquet.
Following the closure of the Lismore Croquet Club, Eric became a member of Ballarat Western Croquet Club where his input was greatly appreciated. He was always generous with his time and knowledge when it came to coaching and refereeing. Some of us 'older' members remember the trips to Lismore for social days. Eric, and the Fletchers, always put on a good competition. We remember the classic warm country welcome, the good spirited competition, the roaring open fire, the hot-dog and chip lunches, the generous afternoon teas, and most of all the fun and laughter.
Eric loved his little dog Mitzi, his birds and his garden. He will be greatly missed, not just by our Club, but by the Victorian croquet community.
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.
Vale Elaine Hancock
The Lakes Entrance Croquet Club is saddened to advise the passing of its inaugural President, Elaine Hancock on 22nd January 2022 after a long period of ill-health.
I remember as a member of the then recently formed Sarsfield CC with Nancy Hills, the then President of Bairnsdale CC, helping Elaine run a come and try event on the grass of the (waterfront) Esplanade at Lakes Entrance in the last half of 2005. At the public meeting to establish the club, Elaine was elected as the inaugural President, an office she filled for eleven years, as well as being the club delegate to the Gippsland Region Council.