Croquet Victoria update
Croquet Victoria’s recent Annual General Meeting farewelled Jim Clement, who has served almost six years as President, and elected Kate Patrick to the chair. Stephen Forster was re-elected as Vice-President, and Claire Keating remains as Treasurer. Helen Worladge and Eileen Gough were endorsed as incoming members of the Committee of Management.
Many thanks to Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt for her six years of service as Secretary. No nominations were received for the Secretary position, which remains vacant. Nominations for the position are now being sought, for consideration at the August Council meeting. Information about the position is available from email@example.com
At the Council meeting following the AGM, some new appointments were made and several members confirmed in their existing roles.
Vale to Frank Creasey
Frank passed away peacefully at The Wimmera Base Hospital on Sunday June 12th, 2022. There will be a guard of honor given by the Horsham Croquet Club and all clubs are invited to join in, on Tuesday June 21st 11.00am at The Horsham Uniting Church.
Frank began playing croquet a few years after his wife Lyn. They have travelled around attending many tournaments and clubs in their "Croquet Years" together. Frank was a valued member of our club, he was so knowledgeable in many different aspects, always willing to help, mentor new players or even teach anyone who asked his opinion.
Posted on: 2022-06-28
News Type: General
Warrnambool GC Coaching Workshop 26th and 27th May
Warrnambool hosted 12 players from Portland, Koroit and Warrnambool for the first of three 2-day coaching workshops for novice players. Players were enthusiastic about all aspects of the coaching, and particularly enjoyed the skills measurements and tactics sessions.
Players appreciated the follow-up with individual feedback on some of the of hoop running, ball clearing and placements skills exercises, and the youtube video of stop-shots played at the workshop was of particular interest.
Despite wintery weather during June, participants from all 3 clubs have continued to practise basic drills and strategies. We are looking forward to the next workshop in August.
We were grateful to the coaches who travelled to our region to assist us with improvement in competitive play and Croquet Victoria in setting this up.
COVID precautions continue
The Victorian Government has eased the restrictions introduced to help manage the COVID pandemic. There are no longer any special provisions for sporting facilities, and double vaccination is not mandated for workers or volunteers.
The COVID check in system has also been suspended.
At the same time, members, clubs and event organisers are required to act when someone tests positive to COVID. Attendance records need to be maintained accordingly, and it is still open to clubs and event managers to require that anyone attending have up to date vaccination.
Croquet Victoria's Return to Croquet guidelines have been updated to reflect the present situation.
Vale Jim Saunders
Jim Saunders passed away shortly before 2:30 pm, today, 8th July 2022, after a debilitating illness.
I first met Jim when, as a member of Essendon CC, he competed in the ACA Golf Croquet Handicap Doubles (partnered by Frank Whiriskey) and Singles at Deniliquin Croquet Club in November 2007, and I was refereeing my first ACA event at the invitation of Owen Edwards.
I continued to meet him each year at that venue and around other courts in the following years, as he moved from Essendon to Drysdale and finally to Belmont. He was passionate about his Golf Croquet and he and Val would hook up the caravan to tour and play; you were as likely to meet him in SA or Qld as in Victoria.
He also gave back to croquet, the sport he loved.