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Advancing Croquet in Victoria


Earlier news


Multi Mallet cross training is the way to go

 A recent analysis of data from Queensland revealed that 80% of that state's Gateballers also play another code. The South Australian Coordinator believes that in his state that figure is 100% and it is surmised that this is the case in all the states where Gateball numbers are smaller. So what is it that makes so many of us multi mallet enthusiasts?

Some examples of well and lesser known players have agreed to have their mallet sports stories published. They illustrate the pleasure and benefits gained from playing a range of mallet sports. We can even extol the virtue of playing several games as cross training - a proven approach to improving performance in someone's main game!

 In 2017, Julia Tai did not play mallets sports. Her family from Taiwan were planning to visit Australia and told her they wanted to play Gateball. As a result, Julia joined Southport Croquet Club. Since then, Gateball has become a family affair and Julia, her father and son Ethan all played together in the 2019 Australian Gateball Championships in Melbourne. The family featured in a radio interview for the ABC's 'Sporty' program along with other Gateball families.



Murray Valley Golf Croquet Tournament

Swan Hill Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club croquet members hosted the Murray Valley Golf Croquet Tournament at the weekend, with fantastic weather and hot competition. This was played over the weekend of Aug27th and 28th August 2022

Congratulations to our winners and runner-ups


Current news

News Date: 2022-09-08
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VCA AC Men’s and Women’s Championships

These two Tournaments were run alongside each other at Cairnlea last weekend and what a lovely thing it is to look out those enormous viewing windows and see competition in full swing. As always, kudos and many thanks to Lester, Kevin, Owen, Chas and all the team who keep the courts in such great condition and have it ready with hoops set and lawns looking great.

 4 women fought for the Title of the Women’s Champion, by playing a double round robin over the 2 days. These were hard fought battles – only one game finished with a peg-out, the other 11 games went the full 2½ hours and all of the women had a win over the course of the Tournament.

At the end of the double round robin, the winner of the Tournament and this year’s Victorian AC Women’s Champion was Elaine Coverdale of Essendon with 6 wins and no losses. Congratulations on a powerful display of AC and an emphatic win, Elaine. Tricia Devlin was the runner up with 3 wins. Congrats on a wonderful weekend Tricia and thank you to all the women for entering and for playing in such a fun and friendly spirit.



L Trish Devlin Runner Up - R Elaine Coverdale Winner

The 8 men played a full single round robin of fierce croquet that was a pleasure and a privilege to watch. Stephen Forster of Belmont and Robert Fletcher of Ballarat Alexandra had a ding dong battle for first place with Robert emerging top of the table at the end of play. Robert was, to this point, without a loss while Stephen had only lost one game, so when these 2 met in the final game of the Tournament, both had everything to play for. Stephen beat Robert with a score of 26-10 meaning that both Robert and Stephen finished on 6 wins with Robert scoring +95 hoops. Stephen finished runner up in the Tournament by only 2 hoops, finishing with +93.

L Robert Fletcher Winner - R Stephen Forster R/Up


19 of the 28 games in the Men’s Tournament finished with a score of 26 to the winner. Of those, Stephen Forster completed one triple peel, while Robert Fletcher racked up three triple peels and a sextuple. With nobody prepared to give an inch, two games had to be pegged down overnight until battle recommenced on Sunday morning.

All of the men played hard, high quality croquet and I thank everybody for making this such a tight, competitive, fun Tournament.

Thanks also to Mike Cohn who carried the banner as the sole Referee on duty for the weekend – and for handling the tasking of pegging down with aplomb.

Croquet is back in full swing. Bring it on!

Katrina Petersen

Tournament Manager


Later news


2022 Brian Reither Association Croquet Challenge Cup

This event will be livestreamed from the Victorian Croquet Centre, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2022.
Click on this link to watch the livestream:



The Brian Reither Cup

10 competitors battled the elements - and each other - on Saturday and Sunday for the honour and prestige of this year’s Brian Reither Cup.

The block play rounds were, on the whole, pretty even affairs and produced some wonderful croquet. We saw five triple peels in total, with three in the block rounds, one in the semi finals and one in the Final, surpassed only by Robert’s sextuple in the first game of that same Final, making for some high level play ahead of the ACA Tournaments coming up very soon and the MacRobertson Shield in November. It’s certainly an exciting time for Association croquet at the moment and we are very lucky to have the opportunity to watch the levels of play that all of the competitors showed over the weekend.

Two blocks of five playing a single round robin of their block in 2¼ hour games, whittled the contestants down to four. Those progressing to the 2½ hour single game semi finals were Robert Fletcher (Ballarat Alexandra) and Claire Bassett (Rich River) from Block A and Trevor Bassett (Cooks River, NSW) and Lachlan Berryman (MCC) from Block B. Robert and Trevor prevailed and then battled each other in a best of 3, 2½ hour games, match.