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.
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.
Posted on: 2022-08-09
News Type: General
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.
A small and enthusiastic group of croquet players from metro and country clubs gathered in front of the clubhouse to witness Kate running the hoop and then enjoyed a game or two of croquet after a lovely morning tea.
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.
Wimmera Croquet Association Opening Day
was held at The Horsham Croquet Cub on 10th August 2022
President Charles Rees welcomed 20 members from Dimboola, Kalimna and Horsham Croquet Clubs. John Hill from Kalimna ran the first hoop for the season 2022-2023 on a chilly Wednesday morning.
Three 13 hoop games were played, 2 before lunch and 1 afterwards, followed by afternoon tea and presentations to the winners and runners-up in 3 different divisions.