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Croquet Victoria Council 2024/25

Croquet Victoria's Annual General Meeting was held at the Victorian Croquet Centre on Monday 17 June.

Re-elected to leadership positions were Sarina Cevaal-Hewitt (Twin City), Secretary, and Stephen Forster (Belmont), Vice-President.

Kate Patrick (Brunswick) continues as President and Claire Keating (Williamstown) continues as Treasurer for a further year - the election of President and Treasurer is due in 2025. 

The AGM elected Ian Potter (Boort / Regional Director Murray Valley) to the Committee of Management. The subsequent Council meeting appointed Rita Jenkins (Shepparton) to one of the two remaining CoM vacancies.

New Regional Directors joining the Council are Janelle Morris (Geelong, Heather Dawn (Northern District), and Rachel Cousins (Wimmera). 

Welcome to the new members of Council: Rita Jenkins, Janelle Morris, Heather Dawn and Rachel Cousins!



Decision on Victorian Croquet Centre

At Croquet Victoria's Annual General Meeting on 17 June, the 14 Regional delegates voted unanimously in favour of the following motion for the future of the Victorian Croquet Centre:

In recognition of the need to strengthen the financial structure of the Victorian Croquet Centre, the Croquet Victoria Council should develop, implement and monitor a five-year Business Plan for the Victorian Croquet Centre with the aim of diversifying revenue and increasing usage.

This decision follows widespread interest and thought across Croquet Victoria in discussion of options for the future of the VCC. 

The five year horizon approved in this motion will enable Croquet Victoria to focus on the centre and generate a substantially enhanced and productive program of events, including potentially international events, national events, and local partnerships and bookings. 


Current news

News Date: 2024-07-06
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Posted on: 2024-07-07
News Type: General


1932 – 2024

It is with great sadness that we report that Shirley Hallinan has died. She was widely known across Croquet Victoria and will be fondly remembered by the many players she coached, encouraged, refereed, and supported.

Shirley was committed to croquet at every level, and she supported croquet activities in many different ways. 

She was a coach and a referee tutor. A committed member of the Essendon club, she was one of the group of players from other clubs who kept Brunswick going when its longstanding members came to the end of their time, organising Thursday night play under lights and running a U3A Introduction to Croquet classes at Brunswick (and later Essendon). She continued to coach members who had joined the club following her course, along with other interested members – a commitment she kept up every Wednesday morning at Brunswick for over ten years. 

She helped other struggling clubs, including Burden Park, Maribyrnong Park and more recently Brimbank. She travelled Victoria with George Latham promoting a Schools Programme, introducing children, teachers and the community to Aussie Croquet. 

Shirley spent countless hours on promotional croquet activities, manning stalls, and teaching croquet skills to passers by in parks and ovals. At least one of our current leading players was recruited by Shirley calling out through a cyclone wire fence to come and try croquet.  

When the Victorian Croquet Centre opened at Cairnlea, Shirley stepped up as equipment organiser and Catering Manager, organising the catering for many national and international events – including formal meals with printed menus for up to 180 people. Not without help, of course. Shirley was appreciative of the helpers she got, and she was a person people liked to help. 

Shirley was a member of the Croquet Victoria Executive in the 1990s, and an ordinary member of the Committee of Management for twelve years. During this time, she took on the role of Promotions Officer and the portfolio of Community Sponsorship, writing successful grant applications, attending quarterly reporting sessions and preparing the final program report. She went on to join the Council as Regional Director for Western Metro, a role she occupied for seven years. She was elected a Life Member of Croquet Victoria in 2013.

Despite problems with her eyesight, Shirley continued to coach and play at Essendon, right up to the end of her life.

We will miss her warmth, generosity and enthusiasm. 

 Kate Patrick

President, Croquet Victoria

Official Opening of Shirely Hallinan Court 2015



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