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Earlier 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.



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).


Current news

News Date: 2022-01-02
Posted by: Kevin Beard and Brian Reither
Posted on: 2022-01-07
News Type: Association

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.

In the semifinals, Lachlan & Josh defeated Kevin Maloney (Twin City) & Malcolm Biddle (Geelong Eastern Park) 26-11, and Kevin Beard (Yarrawonga) & Greg Hill (Brunswick) defeated Lewis Mercer (Traralgon) & Elaine Coverdale (Essendon) 26-5.  The Doubles Championship was won by Kevin Beard & Greg Hill beating Lachlan Berryman & Josh Wilson in the final 21-11.  It was Greg’s first win in the Vic Open Doubles after his runner-up in the Singles last year. Kevin has now won it 6 times with 4 different partners.

Full results can be found at 

Eight players contested the Singles championship which was played as a Round Robin on the first two days to determine the seeding for the best-of-3 knockout which was conducted over the final two days.

The temperature reached 38 degrees Celsius on two of the days, which caused distress to some players such that one game in the Round Robin was not played and play was suspended between 1 pm and 3 pm on the first day of the knockout.

The semifinals were very closely contested with Kevin Beard defeating Callum Hyland (Sandy Bay) 20-26, 26-19, 26-0 and Tim Murphy (Canberra) defeating Lachlan Berryman 9-26, 26-13, 19-16.  Kevin Beard won his third Vic Open Singles Championship defeating Tim Murphy 26-21, 22-21 in the final.

Full results can be found at  

Thanks to Brian Foley, Mike Cohn and Kate Patrick for their refereeing and Lester Hughes, Owen Dickinson and Kevin Beard for preparing the courts

Kevin Beard and Brian Reither
Tournament Managers


Later news


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.