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.
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.
Posted by: Jim Clement
Posted on: 2022-07-08
News Type: General
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.
At VCA he was:
He represented Victoria in the Interstate Shield competition.
Although we had our differences, Jim was a staunch friend and will be missed, not only by me, but the many people with whom he came into contact in croquet, both within Victoria and throughout Australia.
Running of the first hoop of the season
Under blue skies, clouds and windy wintry conditions, the new President of Croquet Victoria, Kate Patrick ran the first hoop of the season at the Cairnlea headquarters in Melbourne on Wednesday 3rd August, 2022.
VCA Men's and Women's Champions
The VCA Men’s Championship and the VCA Women’s Championship were run at Cairnlea over the 6th and 7th of August and whilst we know that many people are a little “rusty” having not played serious competition for the duration of the pandemic, that idea was a very long way from the caliber of play we saw on a full set of 12 lawns last weekend. It was a pleasure and a privilege to see croquet back in full swing and to hear the noise of old rivalries reigniting and new competitors experiencing serious Tournament play for the first time.