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  From the ACA                       5
  Handicapping Information           6
  WCF News                           7
  Clubs Celebrate 80th
    Anniversaries                    8
  Playing in Hot Weather           10
  Indoor Croquet in Belgium 11
  Trans-Tasman Competition 12
  NSW to host 2009
   Championships                   13
  Around the States                14
  Vale – Betty Haupt               19
  Calendar of Events               22
  Letters to the Editor            22

Players in action at Deniliquin during
the 2008 ACA Handicap Doubles.
Photographer: Johanna Lowe.

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                   CROQUET AUSTRALIA No. 237 AUTUMN 2009
Croquet Australia (ACA)                      Honorary Solicitor                               State Magazine Correspondents
                                             Ian Cunliffe
ARBN 089 265 707                                                                              New South Wales
Patron                                       Laws Committee                                   Wendy Fothergill
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce              Nell Hass (Chair)                                E-mail:
AC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of   Email:                      Queensland
Australia.                                   George Karoly, Ken Hopkins                       Johanna Lowe
President                                    Selection Committee                              E-mail:
Max Murray                                   Stephen Meatheringham (Chair)
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                                                       FROM THE ACA
From the President                                From the Editor                                  and memorabilia, so many items of historical

T       he ACA has been very busy over
        recent months with events and
        preparation for the ACA’s Annual
General Meeting to be held in Sydney on
30th March. The AGM follows immediately
                                                  I    n this issue you will find that the State
                                                       correspondents have been very busy –
                                                       thank you Ian, Johanna and Ricki for
                                                  your sterling efforts in profiling State
                                                                                                     But Queensland, of course, is not on its
                                                                                                   own with regard to how many clubs have
                                                                                                   been around for more than eighty years – do
                                                                                                   you have any idea how many there are in
                                                  activities. Welcome too, to Wendy                your State? I’ll answer that question for you
after the Men’s and Women’s Singles               Fothergill, our new New South Wales              in the next edition of Croquet Australia.
Championships and the very popular Eire           correspondent – as you will see, she’s put                                      Carolyn Ribone
Cup. I have often been asked if only the State    her best foot forward with her first                                                    Editor
delegates can attend the AGM and the answer
is that anybody affiliated with the ACA
                                                     On page 12 you will find a report from        From the Executive Director
through membership of a croquet club can
attend as an observer – you won’t be allowed      Max Murray on the recent Trans Tasman

                                                                                                            ince our last Executive Meeting in
to address the meeting without the agreement      series, (sadly) won by New Zealand. I draw
                                                                                                            November 2008, ACA President
of the meeting but you can certainly attend.      your attention to the photograph of players               Max Murray has prepared a
   On a number of occasions I have raised         observing a minute’s silence at the              submission regarding the position of ACA
the subject of the importance of this             beginning of the second last day of play,        Events Manager. Max and I agreed to share
publication to the Australian croquet world.      acknowledging those affected by the              the duties of Events Manager at the AGM
It is the only publication which goes to all      Australian fires.                                last year, as the workload was far more than
Australian croquet players and accordingly           I’ve been told no croquet clubhouses or       I could manage alone given my other duties
provides a good means of telling members          lawns were damaged by these fires, but I’m       as Executive Director.
what is happening both across Australia and       not sure if any croquet players were amongst        Max has attended all the events as Events
overseas in the croquet world. I am pleased       those whose lives were lost. Regardless, our     Manager and assisted in the planning of
to tell you that our number of subscribers        hearts go out to all in Victoria – trauma,       events. It became apparent during the course
has increased; however, we are still running      together with accessibility, means it will be    of the year that the Events Manager’s
at a loss. While the loss has been                inevitable that there will be interruptions to   position needed careful review. Even as a
substantially reduced from previous years,                                                         shared role, it was too onerous on members
                                                  the Victorian country croquet calendar.
for the first time in some years we are forced                                                     of the ACA Executive.
                                                     Natural disasters show no mercy – it             Max has suggested that the role be
to introduce a very modest increase in
                                                  seems obscene that, at the same time as the      assigned to an Event’s Committee and the
subscriptions of $2 per year (50c per copy).
This increase will at least go a long way         horrific fires swept through Victoria (some      various duties be allocated to individuals
towards meeting the increased costs from          which are still burning), 62% of Queensland      within that committee. Further discussion
inflationary pressures of the production of       was eligible for flood relief. This does not     will take place at the Executive Meeting in
the magazine.                                     take in the weather conditions’ effects on       Sydney on March 28 2009.
   You may be interested to know that the         other States, where fires in particular             I congratulate the Trans-Tasman Team for
World Croquet Federation (WCF) has a              continued on with their damage. Fortunately      making such a good contest of the Trans
Development Fund which provides funding           (but also unfortunately), there are few          Tasman Test in New Zealand. Reading the
to member associations for such things as         croquet courts in North Queensland, though       daily progress was a ‘nail-biting’ experience
training of coaches and referees. A recent        Mackay Club has experienced flood                at times. Max Murray has written more
use of the fund was to pay for the                conditions in the past.                          detail in his report this month.
conversation of the Laws of Croquet from                                                              I would especially like to thank Steve
                                                     Queensland celebrates 150 years when, on
the English version to a number of different                                                       Jones (Coach Consultant and Manager) and
                                                  10th December, 1859, it commemorates its
languages. It also funded a referees training                                                      Trevor Bassett (assistant manager) for
                                                  independence from New South Wales as a           performing such an excellent job of
course for some European clubs.                   colony. Croquet joins in the celebrations
   The WCF has recently taken a big step                                                           supporting the team.
                                                  through the receipt of a $10,000 grant from         At the last Executive meeting it was
and is planning to contribute funding for the     the State Government, with a project called      decided that the ACA would award a medal
establishment of two croquet courts in
                                                  Tracing the Development of and Celebrating       annually for meritorious service to croquet.
Cairo. The courts will be at the Zamalek
                                                  Croquet in Queensland. There are records         The proposal is for the states to make
Sports Club and is the first step in a plan to
                                                  of croquet being played in Queensland as         submissions to the ACA regarding suitable
build 5 courts in all at that club, plus change
                                                  early as the 1890’s, so the CAQ is               nominees for the award. The ACA will have
rooms and lighting. The Egyptian Croquet
                                                  acknowledging the nine clubs that have           a medallion designed for presentation to the
Federation regards this proposal as an                                                             annual awardee.
important milestone in the development of         attained their centenary – Point Lookout –
                                                  Maryborough (1898), Bundaberg (1900),               The Level 2 Association Croquet
croquet in Egypt. These new lawns will                                                             Coaching Course has been approved by the
make it much easier for Egypt to host large       South Brisbane (1901 to 2007), Ipswich
                                                                                                   Australian Sports Commission. The Sport
World Championships in future because             (1902), Toowoomba (1903), East Brisbane
                                                                                                   Consultant at the Coaching and Officiating
they will have then have seven lawns within       (1905), Warwick (1906), Merthyr (1907)           Unit at the ASC suggested that the existing
ten minutes drive of their three lawn             and Mackay (1908). There are also a further      ACA Association Croquet Beginner
Federation Headquarters. Spare a thought of       eight clubs who celebrate in excess of eighty    Coaching Course should be certified by the
how fortunate Victoria is to have Cairnlea        years of croquet on their lawns – Windsor        ACA alone and not be NCAS accredited.
with its 12 lawns at the one location!            (1914), Stephens (1923), McIlwraith (1924),      The reason for the suggestion is that the
   Lastly the planning for the two women’s        West Toowoomba (1925), Wynnum (1925),            course is very basic and does not fit into the
golf croquet events is well under way. The        Sunnyside-Bundaberg (1926), Toombul              NCAS structure for coaching courses.
Committee is working hard but is having           (1928) and Graceville (1929). What a lot of         The Australian Women’s Golf Croquet
problems in getting a major sponsor. If you       mallets have been wielded and croquet balls      Championship will be held at the Victorian
happen to know anybody anxious to take on                                                          Croquet Centre on 1–4 May 2009. Players
                                                  whacked over that period, not to mention all
that role just let me know. They would be                                                          with a handicap of 0–7 may enter the
                                                  the tournaments, morning teas and
most welcome.                                                                                      Championship.
                                  Max Murray      fundraising events. Sadly, it also means so
                                President ACA     many lost/destroyed documents, photographs                                    Continued Page 7

                                                                                                                      CROQUET AUSTRALIA        5
                                                      CROQUET AUSTRALIA
                                                Information Sheet
                                                                   have your Card checked and signed off by your Club or
                                                                   Tournament Handicapper.
   What is the Aim of the Handicapping System?
  The system is in place so that players of differing abilities
  are able to compete on an equal footing against each other.
                                                                   You are playing in a long-running Association Croquet event

                                                                   (so your handicap may change after each game).
   What Games Do I Record?
  All singles games that are a part of a club, inter-club,         Your handicap is 10, and your current index is 1297.
  interstate, national or international competition are included   You win a handicap game, and so gain 10 index points.
  on your handicapping Card.                                       Your index moves to 1307. You have passed the trigger
  Doubles games are not recorded or used in handicapping           point of 1300 and move to a new handicap of 9. The next
  calculations.                                                    week you play another handicap game but are defeated,
                                                                   and so lose 10 index points dropping back to 1297 Your
   When Can My Handicap Change?                                    handicap does not change back as you have not as yet
                                                                   reached the trigger point of 1250 which corresponds to a
                                                                   handicap of 1.
  If you are playing in an event that runs over one or more
  Association Croquet – Automatic Changes
  consecutive days your handicap may only change at the
  end of the event.
                                                                   Are There Limits to Handicaps?
  If you are playing in a long-running event (where individual
  games are played over a number of weeks or months) then          Handicaps range from -3 to 24.
                                                                   Association Croquet

  it may change after a single game.                               The highest handicap used in competitions is 20.
                                                                   If you are on a handicap of 20 and your index falls to below
                                                                   900 you stay on 20 and your index is reset to 900.
  Your handicap may change at the end of a single game
  Golf Croquet – Automatic Changes
  whether in a long-running event or not.
                                                                   Handicaps range from 0 to 12.
                                                                   Golf Croquet

   Non-Automatic Changes                                           If you are on a handicap of 12 and your index falls below 0
  It some situations the system is unable to respond quickly       your index is reset to 0.
  enough to changes in your ability. For example, if you play
  very few competitions or if your standard is changing            I Think My Handicap is Wrong!
  quickly.                                                         If you think there is a problem with your handicap talk with
  In these cases Club and Tournament Handicappers are              your Club Handicapper. They will look at your card to see if
  empowered to move you to a handicap so that you are able         you are winning/losing large numbers of games, and by
  to compete effectively with other players. Such non-             watching your play they will be able to compare your
  automatic changes take effect immediately.                       standard with other club members.
                                                                   Remember we all have good days, and bad days, so think
   How Many Points Do I Gain/Lose?                                 about your play over longer periods before concluding that
  When you win (or lose) a game you add (or subtract) a            your handicap is ‘wrong’.
  number of index points and end up with a new index.
  In Handicap play you gain 10 points when you win a game;         How Can I Get More Information?
  and lose 10 when you lose.                                       Your point of contact for all handicapping matters is your
  In Level play the number of points depends on the                Club Handicapper. They will be able to help you with your
  handicaps of you and your opponent. If you defeat a              Card, check it for you, and answer general questions about
  stronger player you gain more than 10 points. If you lose to     the system and handicapping in general. If they are unsure
  a stronger player you lose less than 10 points. Your             they will speak with their State Handicapper who may have
  opponent and you will always exchange the same number            more experience with handicapping. State Handicappers
  of index points in a game. Instructions and the number of        work closely with the Croquet Australia National
  points exchanged can be read off the table on your Card.         Handicapper.
   How Do I Know if My Handicap Should Change?
  Look at your Card and see if you are on, or have passed,
                                                                   The Croquet Australia web site has copies of the

  the trigger point for a handicap different from your current
                                                                   Handicapping Regulations and the Cards available at:

  one. If you have then your handicap changes to that new

  one (see ‘When Can My Handicap Change?’) and you must
                                                                   Revision (1) - Januar y 2009 Revision (1) - Januar y

                                                                                                  ACA Laws Committee
     WCF News                                                                                           –Q&A
                                                                                                Situation 1: My opponent, playing Black,
                                                                                                roqueted Blue that was near Black’s next
                                                                                                hoop. After a delay because of a double-
                                                                                                banked game, the player of Black played Red,
                                                                                                putting it through Black’s hoop. I forestalled
2009 World                                       or by contacting Johnny Mitchell,

                                                 Chairman 2009 Worlds Committee at
Championships to be
                                                                                                My opponent thought that he should then have
held in the USA                                  WCF Women’s World                              been allowed to play the croquet stroke, as he
                                                                                                had failed to take croquet when required to. I
                           The World Croquet
                           Federation (WCF)      Golf Croquet                                   thought that the turn should end because he
                           has awarded the       Championships                                  had played a wrong ball.
                                                                                                Q1: If this is so, what happens to the
                           hosting of the 12th      As has been previously reported the
                           WCF World             ACA will be hosting the WCF Women’s            black ball?
                                                                                                A1: Law 24(a)(1) - your opponent committed
                           Association Croquet   World Golf Croquet Championships at
                                                                                                more than one error in the same stroke – a
                           Championship to       Cairnlea in November 2009.
                                                                                                compound error. It is deemed that only the first
                           the United States        Australia will be granted approximately
                                                                                                of the applicable Laws 25 – 28 applies, which
                           Croquet Association   10 places in this event which means the
                                                                                                in this instance is Law 26 – Playing a Wrong
(USCA). The winner will receive the              selectors will have a huge task ahead of
                                                                                                Ball. So the Law 27(f) error – Failing to take
Wimbledon Cup.                                   them to select the players for these places.
                                                                                                Croquet when required to do so, is ignored.
  The event will be played from Saturday,           To assist the selectors the ACA has

                                                                                                As the Law 26 error was discovered within the
May 9th through Sunday May 17th, 2009 in         decided to conduct an Australian

                                                                                                limit of claims, before the first stroke of the
West Palm Beach, Florida with the centre-        Women’s Golf Singles Championship

                                                                                                next turn, the error is rectified.
piece at the National Croquet Centre’s twelve    which will assist in ranking those players

                                                                                                To rectify the error, any points scored are
lawns. Additional matches will be played at      wishing to compete in the World Event.

                                                                                                cancelled (i.e. if the hoop had been Red’s
The PGA National Club (five lawns), The             This event will be held at Cairnlea from

                                                                                                hoop). The balls are placed/replaced in their
Beach Club (one lawn) and The Royal Palm         Friday 1st May till Monday 4th May 2009.

                                                                                                lawful positions before the first stroke in error:
Yacht and Country Club (two lawns). All          Entries will be limited to 64 with Ladies in

                                                                                                Red is replaced where it was before being
clubs are within easy commuting distance of      handicap range 0 to 7 eligible to enter.

                                                                                                played by your opponent, and Black is placed
each other and Palm Beach International          Entry Form available on ACA web site,

                                                                                                in contact with Blue (as a consequence of the
Airport. The qualifier will be held May 4th-     closing on Friday 17th April. The Major

                                                                                                roquet). The turn ends (Law 26).
7th, 2009 at the National Croquet Centre with    Events Committee is meeting regularly to
                                                 arrange the many tasks involved with the
                                                                                                Situation 2: My opponent peeled his partner
the top four finishers earning a spot in the
                                                 World Event such as, Transport,
                                                                                                ball through I-back, then played a rush before
Worlds. Croquet Australia and the Australian
                                                 Accommodation, Ground preparation,
                                                                                                taking off to my two balls (in contact) on the
Selectors are pleased to announce the
                                                 Seating, Promotion and Sponsorship.
                                                                                                east boundary. His roquet attempt on my balls
following players are to compete in these
                                                    As considerable expense will be
                                                                                                failed. I had lifted my Red ball to take croquet
Championships: I Ken Bald (Vic) I Kevin
                                                 incurred hosting this event, we appeal to
                                                                                                from Yellow, when I realised that after the peel,
Beard (Vic) I Bruce Fleming (Qld)                all croquet members to see if they have a
                                                                                                my opponent had played the peeled ball,
I Elizabeth Fleming (Qld) I Robert Fletcher
                                                 friend or relative who would be willing to
                                                                                                rushing his striker’s ball.
(Vic) I Stephen Forster (Vic) I Michael          assist with sponsorship. This could be
                                                                                                I forestalled play (wrong ball play), but my
Prater (SA) I Simon Watkins (Vic) I Tim          either cash, gifts for welcome packs,
                                                                                                opponent said that it was too late, the error
Murphy (wild card) (NSW).                        printing or catering assistance.
                                                                                                was beyond the limit of claims as I had a
  More information can be obtained by                                          Brian Reither

                                                                                                deemed roquet, and therefore I had played the
visiting                              For Major Events Committee

                                                                                                first stroke of my turn. I considered that I had
                                                                                                not played the first stroke of my turn (which
From the Executive Director                      be held in Sydney from 18 – 29 March 2009.

                                                                                                would be the croquet stroke).
From Page 5                                      The NSW organising committee is working
                                                 very hard to have everything ready for the
   Entry forms are available from your State     commencement date.                             Q2: Was the forestalling beyond the limit
Association or the Croquet Australia                The Croquet Australia AGM will be held      of claims?
                                                                                                If not, could I change my mind and play Yellow
website. Entries close on 17 April 2009.         at the MBA premises at Forest Lodge NSW
                                                                                                as, when the error is rectified, the opponent
   The WCF Women’s World Golf Croquet            on Monday 30 March 2009. Thank you to
                                                                                                balls would be near I-back, Yellow’s next hoop
Championship will be held at the Victorian       John Fransen for organising the venue and
                                                                                                in order?
Croquet Centre on 21–28 November 2009.           to the MBA for allowing us to use their
ACA President Max Murray, National
                                                                                                A2: The forestalling was not beyond the limit of
                                                 facilities for the meeting.
Director Golf Croquet Chris Pont and I
                                                                                                claims, you had not played the first stroke of
                                                    National Insurance Broker, John Barclay
attended a meeting of the organising
                                                                                                your turn, and the play in error must be
committee in Melbourne on 28 January 2009        will be joining the Executive and State

                                                                                                rectified, and the turn of your opponent ends.
to review progress. Sponsorship is being         Delegates for Lunch. John would like to

                                                                                                You can change your mind – in this instance
pursued at the present time. There will be       introduce a proposal for clubs Australia-

                                                                                                the striker’s ball is not chosen until you play
another meeting on March 11, 2009 in             wide to participate in a Group Property

                                                                                                the croquet stroke [Law 19(c)].
Melbourne.                                       Insurance Scheme offering considerable
   At the present time we are preparing for      cost-savings.
the Gold Medal, Men’s and Women’s                                              Maree Skinner          A joint effort by the ACA Laws Committee,
Singles and the Eire Cup. These events will             Executive Director, Croquet Australia                      Nell Hass, Chairman, ACA LC

                                                                                                                    CROQUET AUSTRALIA          7
          Clubs Celebrate 80th Anniversaries
Williamstown Vic Celebrates Eighty Years
On Saturday 20th December, the
Williamstown Croquet Club combined its
Annual Christmas Dinner with an 80th
Anniversary celebration of the opening of
its wonderful clubhouse.
   The Edwardian style building was
erected by the Williamstown City Council
in 1928 for a total cost of twelve hundred
pounds. The cost was shared by the
Council and the club – the club re-paid its
share over the next ten years.
   We were delighted to have former
presidents Tony Green, Daryl Jolley,
Valerie Haseloff, Marie Calthorpe, Mary
Graham and Claire Hewet, as well as
Secretaries Elizabeth Kane, Lorraine
Lacey and Elaine Brundle in attendance,          Presidents and Secretaries who attended the 80th Anniversary Dinner – John Grieve, Marie
to enable us to pay tribute to their            Cacthorpe, Elizabeth Kane, Tony Green, Valerie Haseloff, Claire Hewet, Mary Graham, Elaine
commitment to the club. The Mayor of the                                            Brundle, Daryl Jolley.
City of Hobsons Bay, Cr Peter Hemphill,         Our members are truly appreciative of         group of our members. I would like to
was also in attendance and spoke of the       the gesture.                                    record my thanks to the many members
high regard the club was held in its            As part of the celebrations, we had the       who contributed to the success of the day
community.                                    original photographic display of the            – preparing the meal, arranging the rooms
   Among the apologies received was one                                                       and décor, mowing the lawns, cleaning
                                              opening copied and the frame and
from the President of the Victorian                                                           the premises etc., and the numerous other
Croquet Association, Val Brown. Val was       inscriptions re-touched. The photo has
                                              been re-hung and should serve as a              tasks required to make an event like this
extremely disappointed to have to miss                                                        successful. We are indeed a lucky club
the one day, but family commitments           reminder of the history of our club for
                                              another 80 years.                               and we very much respect the
made her attendance impossible to                                                             contributions made by all past members
arrange. Val sent a most wonderful plaque       Around 65 members, guests, friends and
                                                                                              who worked tirelessly to provide us with a
from the VCA to commemorate the               former members enjoyed a wonderful
                                                                                              great club today.
occasion.                                     smorgasbord meal prepared by a small                                     John Grieve, President

Lismore NSW Croquet Club turns 80
“Woe Unto Us Cry men of the North              announce the formation of Lismore Ladies
Coast – Croquet Fiend Threatens to Rend        Croquet Club in November 1928.
District Apart – Homes Abandoned and              Over the years various changes have
washing-up neglected” were the headlines       taken place: a clubhouse was built in
in the local newspaper when it advised         1931; ‘Ladies’ was dropped from the
Lismore residents that “a new danger to        Club’s name; men are encouraged to join;
the social system had arrived, and it’s        school students play croquet as their
name was CROQUET” - these were the             school sport; other disciplines besides
words that appeared in the local paper to      Association Croquet are now played; no
                                                        longer do members wear long
                                                        skirts and play side-style and           Ada Somerville & Phyl Thompson cutting the
                                                        lights mean the games no longer                            cake.
                                                        need to be played in daylight
                                                                                                 The celebration began with a Welcome
                                                                                              from MC Elaine McCormack who gave a
                                                           In November 2008 there was         history of the club and took everyone
                                                        again a gathering on the Lawns,       through some humorous reminiscences.
                                                        this time to celebrate 80 years of    Two life members, Ada Somerville and
                                                        Croquet playing in Lismore. The       Phyl Thompson cut the cake and Jenny
                                                        gathering was attended by             Dowell added her words of
                                                        Lismore’s Mayor, Jennie               congratulations to the club and its
                                                        Dowell, the President of              members on achieving such a milestone.
                                                        Northern Rivers Croquet               After afternoon tea was enjoyed by
                                                        Association, Mr Laurie Sargent        members and their guests, the lawns were
                                                        and his wife Norma, Patroness         again full of players enjoying the various
                                                        Mrs Fay Riley, past players, life     forms of croquet.
                                                        members, club members and                                             Fay Ross Club
     Mayor Jennie Dowell & Club Captain Fay Ross.       families.                                             Captain - Lismore Croquet Club

Toombul Croquet Club Qld Reaches 80 Years
Ten years ago our then Secretary Mr              division began playing Pennants – before
Neville Langford wrote of how the                that, only the top Division players played,
Toombul Club had progressed in the               so this was a huge change.
decade 1988 to 1998 – today, we look at          I Golf Croquet players were first
how the Club has developed in these past         mentioned in our reports in 1999 - they
ten years 1999 to 2008.                          were the Sunday afternoon players, but
   We are reminded every play day of our         that has all changed, and in 2007 our
heritage. Our clubhouse was built as a           constitution changed to include Golf
schoolhouse - the Hendra Day School - to         Croquet players as members.
educate our forefathers, and was                 I We staged a Gateball Seminar with
transported here to become our Clubhouse         Keith McLeod with a grant from Sport
in 1928. How was it transported – by             and Recreation, but to date the Club has
horse or motor? The mind boggles. In             not taken up Gateball.
early paperwork, the Clubhouse was               I First there were white lines to replace
always referred as the Pavilion.                 the strings, then we progressed to metal
   As a token of our esteem for the              straps.
heritage of our building and the game –             Our Club participated in many projects
why would you want to play anything              during the ten years – some of them are:
else? - my husband Roy (President of             I We participated in the Bangee Festival.
Toombul Club) and I have donated the             I We used our new kitchen to great
house name –’The Pavilion’ is now                advantage by catering - Xmas in July and
mounted on our front wall. As well, one          St Patrick’s Day were both successful.
of our newer members presented photos            I We played croquet at old Government
of the clubhouse, then as the Hendra Day         House.
School, taken in 1935 and they have been         I We introduced The Australia Day
mounted on the wall.                             Breakfast and Paper Bag.
   Progress brings changes, even to how          I We staged the Trans Tasman, a first for
we play croquet, for example:                    Queensland. We almost got washed out
I In 1999, players from Toombul’s fourth         and Nambour came to our aid.                    Raising the Australian Flag during the Toombul
                                                 I We hosted the Australian                                Australia Day celebrations.
                                                 Championships in both 2002 and 2008.
                                                 I In 2003 the club entered the Westfield         As an aside, the annual Australia Day
                                                 Shopping Centre‘s promotion of saving          Breakfast and Paper Bag Event was
                                                 dockets - some of the members worked           celebrated once more in 2009. It was well
                                                 with great vigour collecting the dockets,      attended with approximately 60 people
                                                 and we won $10, 000 worth of Reebok            present.
                                                 Sporting gear. This amount was divided           The flag was raised at 8am, followed by
                                                 by the number of members and all shared        a good Aussie breakfast with champagne
                                                 in the goodies. I think we were the best-      and orange juice. After this, different
                                                 shod croquet players in Brisbane as we all     forms of croquet were played –
                                                 had new Reebok Sports shoes.                   Association, Golf and Ricochet – the four
                                                 I In 2004 Peter Watkin enlisted the aid of     lawns were used to capacity. The new
                                                 Pillar, a lot young people who could not get   promotional flags, purchased by the CAQ
                                                 a job, to paint Murals on our Clubhouse        for use by Clubs, gave the lawns a very
                                                 walls. They even went to the bother of         festive air.
                                                 checking with the Library to ensure their
           Flags flying at Toombul
                                                 croquet player murals were correct.
                                                 I In 2007 we won a grant by the
                                                 Commonwealth Water Commission and
                                                 installed a comprehensive water
                                                 reticulation system with tanks included.
                                                 I Our clubhouse was repainted in the
                                                 traditional colour scheme, the gardens and
                                                 surrounds of the tanks have been defined.
                                                 I We have signed a new lease with the
                                                 Brisbane City Council.
                                                    We have come a long way in the eighty
                                                 years, but the common factor is that we              The 80th birthday anniversary cake
                                                 still play croquet on the same courts and        Lunch included damper and lamingtons
                                                 eat our lunch in the same building - so        and was enjoyed by all. This was followed
                                                 what has changed?                              by readings and Australian-content
                                                 (edited by Carolyn Ribone from a report        poems, with some folk dressed up for the
President Roy Donley accepting presentation of
photographs showing Toombul Clubhouse as it      given by Secretary Carmel Donley during        occasion.
                was in 1935                      the anniversary celebrations).                                                     Una Hillier
                                                                                                                   CROQUET AUSTRALIA          9
Understanding                                              Playing Croquet in Hot Weather –
 Law 27(e):                                                     Be Aware, Be Prepared
     Purporting to Take                                Summer, with its hot and humid days, is again with us and therefore we need to be aware of the
  Croquet from a Live Ball                             potential hazards of spending extended periods of time outdoors with little shade cover and
                                                       without cooling winds.
Situation: Black roqueted Yellow but took off          While heat stress is likely to affect the young conditioned athlete during vigorous exercise it is
from Blue, a live ball. In the continuation stroke     even more likely to affect older and less physically fit people not engaged in strenuous activity.
Black scored its next hoop in order. The               Most croquet players are in the older age groups and are not conditioned to exertion on hot and
opponent forestalled play.
Q1: Where are the balls placed/replaced?               humid days and as such are more susceptible to heat illness, heat exhaustion and the potentially
                                                       fatal heat stroke.
A1: Black committed the error of ‘Purporting to        Last summer I was present when two players were quite significantly affected by hot weather
Does the turn end?

take croquet from a live Ball’ – Law 27(e). Play       conditions. Frequently at my own club I notice players looking uncomfortable and obviously
was forestalled within the limit of claims – before    affected by the heat and humidity but continuing to play on.
two further strokes after the first stroke in error.
The error is rectified: the hoop point scored by       RECOGNITION OF THE ONSET OF HEAT RELATED DISORDERS
Black is cancelled; and any balls moved in             Early symptoms of Heat Illness include:
                                                       I Light headedness                              I Deterioration of motor skills — for example,
strokes in error are placed/replaced in their lawful
positions before the first stroke in error – Blue      I Thirst                                          constantly missing easy roquets and hoops,
replaced to its original position, and Black placed    I Reduced perspiration. However humidity          poor co-ordination
in contact with Yellow.                                  can prevent the evaporation of perspiration   I Nausea
As no turn-ending event occurred during the two          which in turn contributes to Heat Illness
strokes in error, Black continues his turn correctly   Later symptoms following on the above suggesting Heat Stress/Exhaustion include:
by taking croquet from Yellow.
                                                       I Confusion                                     I Dry and pale skin
In relation to the situation -
                                                       I Altered behaviour                             I Vomiting
Q2: What would happen if Black had played
                                                       I Rapidly increasing weakness
the continuation stroke earned for scoring
the hoop point before the opponent realised
                                                       ACTIVE TREATMENT OF HEAT RELATED DISORDERS.
                                                       As already mentioned Prevention is the best form of treatment.
that the striker had committed an error, and

A2: As the striker had played 2 further strokes
forestalled play?
                                                       Early intervention:
after the first stroke in error, the limit of claims   If any player looks to be unwell or appears to be becoming stressed ensure he/she leaves the
has passed. The striker continues his turn. Both       court and rests (preferably lying down) in a cool, shady and well ventilated location. Also ensure
Blue and Yellow are live balls because the hoop        that the player has cool water to drink.
point scored by Black is not cancelled.
In relation to the situation -
                                                       For obvious Heat Illness
Q3: What would happen if Black had been                 I Remove all heavy clothing                        I Implement some means of fanning the
                                                        I Loosen any other tight clothing                    person, manually or mechanically
                                                        I Apply cool, wet towels to head, neck, arms       I Encourage the person to drink cool water
unsuccessful in the attempt to score the

                                                           and legs. Also to the torso if possible
hoop point, and the opponent forestalled

A3: The error is rectified, but as there was no
play because of the Wrong Ball play?

hoop point scored, there is none to cancel. The        If, in addition to the above symptoms, should the patient be obviously very ill, is very confused,
balls are placed/replaced as A1. As a turn-ending      disoriented, drowsy or collapsed:
event occurred in the continuation stroke after        Continue all the above care and call for an ambulance and/or medical help.
the (purported) croquet stroke (neither a roquet
nor a hoop point was made), the turn ends.
                                                       PREVENTION OF HEAT ILLNESSES
                                                       Prevention is always better than treatment.
Q4: What would happen if the opponent had
                                                       To state the obvious, the best prevention is not to venture outdoors in the open for prolonged
A4: As the striker’s turn ended with the failed        periods on hot and humid days. If however you do, then while active outdoors:
not forestalled the Wrong Ball play in Q3?

hoop running attempt, the opponent would now               Wear loose fitting, light weight, light-             Avoid drinks with a diuretic effect. eg ; Tea,
be the striker. As only one further stroke in error        coloured clothing that will absorb                   coffee, caffeine containing drinks & alcohol
                                                       I                                                    I

had been played after the first stroke in error, the       perspiration and provide sun protection              If you have a medical problem seek the
limit of claims for the error would now be ‘before         Wear a broad brimmed hat with good                   advice of your doctor before playing in hot

the first stroke of the next turn’.                        venting. Caps and sun visors do not give             weather. For example cardiac and blood

The new striker still has the opportunity of               adequate sun protection                              pressure problems, diabetes, obesity and
forestalling play and having the error rectified,
providing he does so before playing his first              Have frequent drinks of cool water. I have           especially if you are taking prescribed
                                                           observed that many players at tournaments            medication

stroke. Once the new striker has played that first
stroke, play continues as if the error had not             of all levels, club fun and social days drink        If at any time you feel at all unwell cease
                                                           very little water during the course of the           playing and find a cool shady place to rest.
been made.
                                                           day’s play. High energy sports drinks are            Sunscreen creams and lotions are advised
                                                           OK but not necessary at our level of activity        for sun-damage protection but they do not
      A joint effort by the ACA Laws Committee,
                                                           Likewise salt tablets are of no benefit              lessen the risk of heat induced illness
                   Nell Hass, Chairman, ACA LC
                                                           Avoid warm drinks

   CD-ROM AVAILABLE                                    The ACA has posted on its web site an excellent Fact Sheet compiled by Sports Medicine
       Croquet players may like to buy a               Australia titled “BEAT THE HEAT”. This article provides a more detailed description of heat
  CD from last year’s National Golf Croquet            related disorders and their management. I recommend it as reading for all.
    Open Singles and Interstate Shield.                The web site link for this article is:
     A two-CD set for $22.50 (includes
     postage) may be purchased from:
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          Green Hill, NSW, 2323.                                                                                     Headland/Buderim C.C. Inc. Qld

                Indoor Croquet in Belgium
       Belgium, Indoor Open Championship Genval, Belgium, 3rd - 4th January 2009

                                                and twice champion, Samir Patel leading           After a full days play the four semi-

             ith most of Europe gripped in
             freezing weather conditions        the way.                                        finalists in the main event were from three
             over the last week-end of ‘12th       The much maligned old carpet with            different countries with Patel of England
night’ there are not many places available      swirly pattern and ball hiding abilities had    leading the way. On day 2 he dispatched
to host an International Open Croquet           been consigned to the dustbin. This year        Dourthe of France whilst Town of
Championship.                                   the hotel had provided a new carpet             England was locked in battle with
  The sunny climes of Australia and New         which, those in the know decided, was           Hopgood of Scotland. It was to be an all
Zealand, the warm breezes of South              markedly slower than the previous version       England final and for the third time in six
Africa, the sultry heat of Egypt, or the        and which was largely a gigantic leopard        appearances, Samir Patel took the title.
southern states of the USA are all places       spotted surface.                                  He was by far the most skilful player at
that can and do provide such facilities, but       This feature did make it difficult to find   the event, rarely seemed troubled and with
they are not in Europe, so what is a ‘local’    a designated spot to land on when               his shooting ability was easily able to
to do?                                          approaching a hoop or a ball to roquet. A       regain any lost innings. To underline his
  Continue shooting practice in the             moment distraction and the spot was             superiority he also won the peeling prize
hallway or garage perhaps, practice jumps       easily lost.                                    by a large margin.
over the family cat or dog, possibly incur         With the courts slightly larger than a         Meanwhile the consolation one ball
the wrath of a partner by clanging a small      regular half court, the actual playing          event was won by Arthur Forbes of
gap carefully laid between saucepans on         surface was not flat either and had all the     Belgium.
the floor. Yes, all is possible to the artful   characteristics of reasonable lawn with           During the event a gala dinner took
‘rough’ croquet player but it would be          little ‘burrows’, and on one of the two         place with communal singing of croquet
better to have a proper place with like         courts, a significant slope.                    ditties written by John Swabey and
minded opposition too.                             As usual the Belgium CA, led by John         leading to a common feature at such
  That is where the Chateau du Lac Hotel,       Swabey and assisted by a small army of          events, the frenzied timed dice throwing
Genval, Belgium and the Argentine salon         helpers provided excellent hospitality with     Xmas parcel selection game, with
comes into its own. Situated a few              court side drinks and lunches being             eventually seemingly a present for
kilometres south of Brussels, Genval is a       readily available.                              everyone. More great fun.
sleepy place with the Hotel bordering a            But the most remarkable thing about the        After the event, the heavens opened and
small lake. In fact the Belgium Croquet         event was how sturdy the hoops were.            down came 8 - 10 cm of snow, creating an
Association has its headquarters here           They were set at one eighth of an inch and      even larger lasting impression on those
playing on a single lawn at the lake shore      consisted of nuts, welded to mild steel         that saw the Genval Jet D’eau, rising
in summer.                                      plates with steel uprights screwed into         imperiously out of the cold lake surface.
  However, in early January, the lake is        them. They were unforgiving, rejecting          So, what to make of this event? If you
frozen sufficiently to allow skaters, bike      anything ‘unclean’. That and the local law      are looking to hone your autumn skills
riders, sledgers, and assorted others, to       of ‘those who break a hoop have their turn      ready for the new season, dusting off
enjoy themselves on the 7cm thick ice.          end’ were sufficient to ensure regular          cobwebs, seeing new places, enjoying
That and white conditions, provided the         changes of turn in any case.                    good hospitality in a friendly environ-
perfect chocolate box backdrop to 10th             Played to Advanced 20 points rules (run      ment, this is for you.
Belgium Indoor Open.                            hoop 1 and place partner ball clip on             Spaces will always be limited so make
  Attracting 12 players, of various             back), with conventional lifts at 1 back        sure you apply early for 2010.
abilities, from Belgium, France, Scotland,      and 4 back, baulks extending to hoops             Did I mention it was great fun?
Isle of Man and England the field was           1 and 3, it was not a trivial experience at                                      Brian Storey
nevertheless strong with top ranked player      all. But it was great fun.                                via the Nottingham List, with thanks

    Croquet Association Queensland Inc (CAQ), was                       reconstruct the history prior to this date. Do you know of
  recently (December) awarded a Q150 Grant of $10,000                   anyone who played in Queensland who may have private
  to complete, during 2009, a project called Tracing the                collections of photographs and memorabilia that may be
  Development of and Celebrating Croquet in Queensland.                 able to assist Carolyn with this reconstruction? Or maybe
    The project, to be co-ordinated by Carolyn Ribone,                  there is someone who has documents passed down in
  includes the production of an electronic database and                 family archives? Again, maybe you have come across
  CD-ROM of photographs and historical data, together with              such documents in library archives?
  a number of croquet tournaments, which are to include                   Please contact Carolyn on, phone
  those hosted by the eight clubs that have passed their                (07) 3298 5576, or by writing to Carolyn Ribone,
  own centenary by 2009 – that is, Point Lookout-                       7 Wisteria Court, Cashmere, 4500.
  Maryborough, Bundaberg, Ipswich, Toowoomba, East                        You are assured that any documents/photographs you
  Brisbane, Warwick, Merthyr and Mackay.                                provide will be looked after carefully and returned in
    The floods of 1974 resulted in many Club and                        the same condition and, if wished, you will receive a copy
  Association documents being destroyed. Carolyn                        of the CD-ROM once completed (planned date
  therefore has the task that includes endeavouring to                  September 2009).

                                                                                                                CROQUET AUSTRALIA         11
                     THE TRANS-TASMAN
                                                                                      The Trans Tasman competition between Australia
                                                                                      and New Zealand is held about every two years. It
                                                                                      is a team event with each country fielding a team
                                                                                      of four men and four women.
                                                                                        The first Trans Tasman was held in 1991 and
                                                                                      consisted of ladies only and the men did not get
                                                                                      involved until 1993. (One of the members of the
                                                                                      original ladies team commented that ‘Since the men
                                                                                      got involved it has been down hill ever since’). There
                                                                                      has been much written regarding the technical
                                                                                      aspects of the games and I do not intend to expand
                                                                                      on those articles.
                                                                                        This year the event was held in New Zealand at
                                                                                      Palmerston North and that was a delightful setting for
                                                                                      the event. The town has a population of about 280
                                                                                      000, depending on who you are talking to, and how
                                                                                      far outside the township you consider should be
                                                                                      included. Opinions differed considerably between the
                                                                                      locals as to the real answer to that question.
                                                                                        There were three tests played and each test
                                                                                      comprised three games of doubles and 8 games of
                                                                                      singles. Australia drew the first test but NZ won the
                                                                                      other two. I thought that our players played well with
 Margaret Melville                                                                    some bad luck but overall the Kiwis were the stronger
 after a very heavy
 downpour asking why
                                                                                      team on the day and deserved the win.
 do we do this?                                                                         My wife Jean, and I were made very welcome by
 Photograph: Max Murray.                                                              the local clubs – I’m sure we both put on weight. The
                                                                                      clubs used were the Rose Gardens Croquet Club and
                                                                                      the Takora Croquet Club. The former was located in
                                                                                      the rose gardens which was a popular weekend site
                                                                                      for families with a miniature railway line running about
                                                                                      100 metres from the croquet court and a very large
                                                                                      duck population. The latter is part of the Takora
                                                                                      Sports club and the road in to the croquet club is
                                                                                      through the bowling greens with bowlers wandering
                                                                                      between the lawns. As far as we know there were no
                                                                                        The weather was not kind. It was quite warm when
                                                                                      we arrived and then it rained and rained and rained.
                                                                                      I’m sure you get the picture. The Takora courts were
                                                                                      only used for the two practice days before the event
                                                                                      and were under about 3 inches of water. Not long
                                                                                      after the picture of Margaret Melville was taken the
                                                                                      courts were closed and remained so until the last
                                                                                      day. The Rose Gardens courts handled the rain well
     At least the two country mascots seemed to be getting on well together.          and although the surfaces were heavy there were no
                            Photograph: Max Murray.
                                                                                      delays. Because of the closure of Takora, some of
                                                                                      the games were double banked at the Rose Gardens.
                                                                                        The event was well organised and went without any
                                                                                      problems (or at least that we were aware of).
                                                                                      Australia did not win but I think we can take some
                                                                                      solace from the fact that, even so, our players did
                                                                                      perform well. We have two years to put into practice
                                                                                      some of the lessons learnt.
                                                                                                                                   Max Murray

  A minute’s silence observed at the start of play. Day Play on February 15 started     Results:
     gently with a touching speech by Charles Jones and a respectful silence in
acknowledgement of those affected by the Australian fires. The Australian team also     Test 1 – Test is drawn 6-6
      played with black armbands as their nation observed a day of respect.
(Photograph from Jenny Clarke’s Trans Tasman Blog -
                                                                                        Test 2 – New Zealand wins 8-4
      associations/canterbury/transtasman/transtasman.html - with thanks).              Test 3 – New Zealand wins 7-5
                     NEW SOUTH WALES TO HOST 2009
                       AUSTRALIA CHAMPIONSHIPS
New South Wales will host the 2009 Australian Championships from 18th to 29th March 2009.
This includes the Interstate Eire Cup, which will be played over five days at two four-lawn venues
(Mosman and Royal Sydney Golf Club) and two two-lawn venues (Tempe and Sutherland).

The New South Wales team bids                  Peter Landrebe                                  Alix Verge
welcome to its opposition from other           Peter started croquet                           A self confessed croquet tragic, Alix first
States by providing the following bios         1998 when in need of                            picked up the habit 7 years ago and jumps at
and sketches (provided by Geof                 a gentler pastime. He                           the chance to play any form of the game.
                                               had been a regular                              She juggles the primary balls with a would-
McDonald) of its players – bring on the        golfer and rugby                                be academic career and a teenaged croquet
competition!                                   player at the time but                          orphan who hasn’t yet caught the bug
                                               was beginning to                                despite parental urging.
Chloe Aberley (VC)                             struggle with injuries.
Chloe began playing                            A sighting of a                                 RESERVES
croquet at her father                          croquet lawn on the way home from rugby
and grandfather’s                              practice facilitated the change. Peter          Stephen Richards
side in the mid                                considers his selection in the NSW team for     (Captain)
1990s. She is                                  the past 10 years to be one of his best         Stephen is a
representing NSW                               achievements in croquet as he finds playing     member of the
for the 7th time. She                          in a team gives a better feeling than winning   Canberra Club.
represented                                    individual tournaments. He also regards         He first swung a
Australia in the 2005                          playing the Eire Cup at “home” in 2009 as       mallet in 1998
Trans-Tasman A series and was selected as      being pretty special. Peter is also a member    when invited to
a reserve for the 2009 Trans-Tasman series.    of the Australian team for the 2009 Trans-      participate in
                                               Tasman series.                                  chicken and champagne golf croquet
                                                                                               evenings on the lawns of Old Parliament
Ken Edwards                                                                                    House. Since then Stephen’s been hooked
Ken (63 this                                   Tim Murphy                                      on croquet and champagne. He has been a
year!) joined                                  Tim started playing                             member of the NSW team since 2005.
Mosman Club in                                 croquet on the South
October 1989.                                  Coast 5 year ago and
                                               has subsequently                                Robbie Stock
His mother                                                                                     Robbie was
played croquet,                                swung mallets for
                                               clubs at Nowra,                                 introduced to
and apart from                                                                                 croquet by an
some games of                                  Queanbeyan and
                                               Canberra. Tim has                               Order of
golf croquet                                                                                   Benedictine
before his teens,                              been a member of the NSW team since 2007
                                               and has also represented Australia in the       Monks in the
had not hit a ball until 1989. After three                                                     1970s and has
attempts interrupted by work, he started       2007 Australia vs New Zealand A series.
                                                                                               played the game
playing again in 2002, and went downhill                                                       with a religious
from there, losing 15 straight matches in      Rosie Graham                                    fervour since that time. This is her third year
2005. Things got worse until mid 2007,         Rosie began her                                 as a member of the NSW team.
when now without a job, and with a new         association with
mallet, his game improved. He finds the        croquet in the early                               In addition to the Interstate Cup, the Gold
game most enjoyable, and is a keen traveller   1990s when she                                  medal will be played over three days
and tournament player. Ken is very pleased     began catering for                              (Wednesday 18 March to Friday 20 March
to be making his debut as a member of the      CNSW Christmas                                  2009) at NSW Croquet Headquarters at
CNSW team in 2009.                             functions. She took                             Tempe, and the Men’s and Women’s
                                               up playing soon                                 Association Croquet Championships will be
Mike Jenner                                    after and is                                    held from Saturday 21 to Tuesday 24 March.
Mike is a mean                                 representing NSW for the 11th time in 2009.        The Women’s event will be centred on
spirited SOB who                               She also represented Australia in the 1997      two 3-lawn venues north of Sydney -
is universally                                 Trans-Tasman Ladies Challenge.                  Chatswood for the X event and Manly for
hated within the                                                                               the Y event. In addition, some Day One
team. He pretends                              Alison Sharpe                                   matches will be played at Hunter’s Hill and
he has a hip                                   Having followed                                 Warrawee, and the plates will be played on
problem but                                    a number of                                     days two and three at Cammeray and
curiously only                                 rather mundane                                  Killara, with the finals series to be played at
limps when he                                  pursuits which                                  Warrawee on day four
plays horribly (which is increasingly often)   included being a                                   The Men’s event will be centred on two 3-
and his opponent is beating him to a pulp.     flame throwing                                  lawn venues South of Sydney - Tempe for
No one actually knows where he’s from          lion tamer, sword                               the X event and Sutherland for the Y event.
because his accent changes continents          swallowing                                      In addition, some day one matches will be
depending on which particular run-on           trampolinist and a blindfolded parachutist,     played at Port Hacking and Epping, and the
sentence we are having to endure at that       nothing could prepare Alison for the            plates will be played on days two and three
moment. This is our third year of having to    challenge of Interstate Croquet! However        at Strathfield, Eastwood, Cheltenham and
grit our teeth because Mike is in the team     she has finally conquered her fear as she and   Hunters Hill plus Epping (these last two are
and we’re hoping that it’ll not be too many    her team now looks forward to successfully      single lawn venues). The finals series will be
more.                                          regaining the title of the Eire Cup.            played at Cheltenham on day four.
                                                                                                                CROQUET AUSTRALIA         13
                                               AROUND THE STATES
                                               Certificate of Appreciation Recipients
  New South                                    The first recipients of
                                               the initiative of Croquet

    Wales                                      New South Wales to
                                               bestow Certificates of
                                               Appreciation were
                                               acknowledged at the
                                               Presentation of Trophies
Indoor Croquet                                 on Saturday 6 December
Ingrid Cohen of Sydney Croquet Club            2008. John Eddes was
                                               the Master of
writes:                                        Ceremonies as these
   “During a recent trip to the UK, Jack and   certificates were
I were invited to play indoor croquet in the   presented. Below is
Dalton Village Hall, situated just north of    John’s introduction to
Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of       the presentations and the
England. The hall seemed to be located in      citation for each of the      President of CNSW Jacky McDonald with Rita Johnson, Mary & Wall
the middle of nowhere, when you stood at       recipients:                                      Fernance and Pam Gentle.
the entrance all you could see in every           “I am pleased to introduce this next
direction were fields and trees, not another   section of the awards as I have been trying      this requires her to catch trains at
building in sight. The Belsay Croquet Club     to get this operating for some time. Croquet     extraordinary times, like 5 am, to get to
                                               NSW is recognising the work of the               Tempe in time for the start of play. After
plays both association and golf here during
                                               volunteers, the administrators who allow         finishing her work a return train trip may
the winter months (October through to                                                           get her home by 8 pm if she is lucky. And
April). In the summer the club has two full    the game to be enjoyed by so many of the
size lawns situated in the grounds of nearby   players. Croquet NSW is pleased and proud she has had to battle with track
                                               to award appreciation certificates to a          maintenance, bus trips, delays, unpleasant
Belsay Castle.                                                                                  passengers etc! Even when she has stayed
                                               number of its members who have gone
   “The club has an annual fee of twenty-                                                       in Sydney, this has meant time away from
                                               beyond the norm in supporting our sport.
five pounds per season. As the playing         As the initial recipients of these awards we     home, often for several days in a row.
season is short the indoor game was            recognise 6 such people who have made a          Croquet NSW appreciates and recognises
introduced a few years ago and a charge of     significant contribution over many years.        the work of Rita.
three pounds is paid per session. Jack and I   Between them these people have done just         Joan Milthorpe: Joan has served on three
were warmly welcomed to their GC               about everything – members of the                CNSWcommittees dating back to 1996.
afternoon. We both found it very difficult     executive, refereeing, coaching, managing,       She has been on the social committee,
not to hit the ball out of bounds!             tournament organising, management                gateball committee and tournament
   “The green carpet (lawn) measured seven     committee, social committee, bringing            committee. Her recognition for this
and a half by six metres. The surface was      croquet to the outside world, and have been certificate is a result of her considerable
made of polypropylene and has no weave.        involved in all three forms of the game –        involvement with tournaments. Jill has at
It had a thick latex underlay. Under each      association, golf and Gateball”                  various times been organiser, tournament
hoop was a thin metal plate to which the       Robin Potter: Robin joined Mosman Club           referee, referee and manager. In the first of
                                               in 1980 and has occupied two positions in        these she arranged the tournaments
hoops were attached. The hoops seemed                                                           including entries and draws and distributed
tighter than normal ones. The dimensions       the CNSW Executive – Treasurer for 3 yrs
                                               and Vice –President for at least 3 years.        these before email made this task a bit
of the lawn and hoop position had all been
worked out exactly so we were playing GC       Robin became an examining referee in 1993. easier. We thank Joan for the work she did
                                               She has also served on three                     in ensuring our competitions were run to a
with normal sized mallets, hoops and balls                                                      top standard. (Joan was unable to attend).
                                               CNSWcommittees – handicapping
on a miniature lawn.                                                                            Pam Gentle: Pam is a more recent arrival
                                               committee (chairman), gateball committee
   “Most of the GC rules were the same         and referees committee. Robin is being           and is a founding and life member of
except you couldn’t score a hoop from the      recognized particularly for her involvement      Maitland club. She has served in two
edge of the carpet if you had placed your      with the laws of croquet. Over the past 25       positions for CNSW. Pam became a coach
self in that position. If an opponent’s ball   years she has run many laws courses to teach in 1998 and from this she became a
had hit your ball out and placed you in that   and educate players, trained potential           regional coaching coordinator. Pam’s
position you could go for the hoop and         referees and conducted examinations for          region appears to be twofold, with coaching
hopefully score. This made good sense as       umpires and referees. She has also been a        and mentoring being given in the South
the hoops were very close to the edge of the   regular referee and tournament referee at        Coast/Illawarra/Southern Highlands (her
carpet.                                        competitions up to and including the             nominated region) and also in her home
    “We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon and      Australian championships. Robin is a person region in and around Maitland. Pam’s
Phil Errington, the president of the club,     whose spreading of the word of the laws is       coaching has involved both association and
                                               appreciated. (Robin was not present on the       golf croquet. Pam has also been on the
was happy to meet fellow croquet players                                                        selection committee for 2 years. Croquet
from the other side of the globe. The          day).
                                               Rita Johnson: Rita has held three elected        NSW recognizes Pam for the work she has
afternoon was interesting and after the tea                                                     done in coaching improvement in players.
and biscuits as there were only six players    and appointed positions within CNSW—
                                               Minutes secretary since 1997, on the             Wall and Mary Fernance: If I was to say
left we invented a GC game for six balls                                                        the next award is actually two awards to a
                                               tournament committee for many years and
three against three. It was very thought                                                        couple I am sure everyone would guess
                                               as the returning officer since 2001.But it is
provoking! The equipment for these indoor      for her work in managing tournaments that        who the couple would be. If I was to add
sessions had been funded by the Lottery,       Rita is being recognised. Over many years        they have been involved in just about
British Sport. If any readers have the         Rita has managed about 80% of all                everything involving croquet there would
chance to play indoor croquet I highly         competitions at Tempe including Australian be absolutely no doubt. CNSW recognises
recommend you take up the opportunity!”        Championships. As Rita lives in Newcastle, the work of Wall and Mary Fernance. It is
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not possible to separate their contributions                                                                  were demonstrated. That evening, John

so most of what follows applies to both.                                                                      had a mixture of four year experience div
The earliest record I could find was of                                                                       4 players and beginners from a recent club
Mary becoming an accredited coach in                                                                          promotion at Forrest Park. All were most
1994. Since then they have served for
various periods on the management
committee (looking after headquarters),
                                                              Australia                                       satisfied with his ability to engage the
                                                                                                              range of skills within the group and
                                                                                                              wished there had been more!
including as chairman, referees committee,
as examining referees, golf croquet                                                                              Friday was spent at the Cambridge club
coordinator, coaching committee, trophies             ACA Director of Coaching,                               where most of the AC players were
committee, tournament committee and                                                                           learning about all sorts of cannons
country week organisers in which they                 John Riches, visit to WA                                amongst other useful shot execution
visited various country clubs helping them            John Riches arrived in Perth at 9 am on                 techniques associated with tactical moves.
organise regional competitions. In addition           Monday 3rd November and at 1.30 pm he                      Although John says he is not a golf
they have been tournament managers,                   had started a very busy and demanding                   croquet coach and does not have enough
tournament referees or just referees at many          program in the West.
competitions at Tempe.                                                                                        time to devote to that as well, we did ask
                                                         His first session was with Beginner                  him to conduct a session on shots,
  Few people have caused CNSW to                      coaches from clubs. That evening he
change its handbook by their actions but                                                                      reinforcing what local coaches have
Wall did when CNSW found out he was                   conducted a session for Level 1 coaches                 taught regarding grip, stalk, stance, swing,
arriving 1½ hours before competitions to              and covered many topics including the                   roqueting, rushing and hoop running.
set all three lawns on his own at Tempe. As           problem solving approach to coaching.                   Participants were mainly very newcomers
you know players now do this work                     Throughout the week, John encouraged                    to the game but included some more
between them Mary and Wall embraced the               players to access local qualified coaches               experienced players. We now all know
game of golf croquet when it came into                who could assist in the development of                  about the Magic Aiming Spot when hoop
favour and conducted coaching, laws                   their game.
instruction and refereeing examinations is                                                                    running!!!
                                                         In the following days, he visited the
this game also travelling widely in the state                                                                    Even after 5 days and some nights,
                                                      Como Club for a full day, Moorabinda -
to facilitate this. For many years they were                                                                  John’s job was not complete until Sunday
                                                      Bunbury for a full day, where players
heavily involved in the Makara Regional                                                                       when he had conducted successful and
                                                      from the South West clubs were enthused
Competition, and in running the Birdie                                                                        appreciated days of coaching the
Telfer Women’s invitation event run by                by the teaching of a range of shots related
                                                                                                              Development Squad on Saturday and the
Marrickville Club. They have also attended            to the tactical basis of the game discussed.
                                                                                                              State Squad on Sunday. We think he was
the Sports Expo at Goulburn for a couple of           The players were of varying skill level
                                                                                                              probably glad to hop on the plane for a
years, instructing school children in                 and years of experience in playing the
                                                      game, but many were able to appreciate                  rest on Monday.
croquet. They conducted instruction at
Sutherland club for people trying croquet             the use of load and hold shots and various                 Thanks to John for giving WA players
through the St George and Sutherland                  split shots to maintain a break. The                    and coaches this week of his time. All
community college.                                    session on hampered shots brought about                 feedback on what he did in the sessions
  In 2008 Sutherland club bestowed life               a lot of discussion and enthusiasm to try               has been positive and inspiring. We
membership on both Wall and Mary for                  out. He was assisted by WA coaches as                   discovered that some players would have
their work in the club. Croquet NSW                                                                           liked to have the opportunity to attend
recognises the huge contribution made by              this group was spread over four lawns.
                                                         Back in Perth the next day, John visited             more that the one day/night session
Mary and wall over many years in many                                                                         allocated at their club. We would do this
capacities.                                           the Nedlands club where he covered a
                                                      number of the same topics and some                      differently next time.
                              Wendy Fothergill
                            NSW Correspondent         further advanced skills and knowledge                                        WACA Coaching Committee

            Golf Croquet Rules – Q & A by Jim Clement
                                  (These Q & A have been checked and approved by Tony Hall and Owen Edwards)
          After an approach to hoop 11 by Red, Black, Yellow & Blue during which no ball contacted any other ball,
       Red successfully rushed Yellow through the hoop, but in so doing the Red ball rebounded towards hoop 10 and
                        touched the player of Blue (a non-striking fault). No other balls were moved.
  Q1. Is the (Yellow) hoop point valid?                                           A4. Red may elect to either: leave Blue where it comes to rest and play Red
  A1. Yes. The non-striking fault took place after Yellow ran hoop 11, the        (remembering that Red had previously rebounded towards hoop 10, which
  outcome of the stroke is not in doubt and the position of Yellow and the hoop   has now become hoop 13) Rule 10(c) or – require that the stroke by Blue be
  point stand. Rule 12(c) (2)                                                     replayed, after both Blue and Black, which are offside balls, are placed on a
  Q2. What are Red’s options?                                                     Penalty Spot. Rule 10(c)(2)
  A2. Red may elect to leave Red where it came to rest or to have it placed       Q5. In the previous scenario (of Q4), Blue declares both Blue and
  where it would have otherwise come to rest if the non-striking fault had not    Black as offside balls, which are directed by their opponent, to
  occurred. Rule 12(c)(2)                                                         Penalty Spot D. Blue complies, and then directs that Red, which
  Q3. Is there any penalty for the player of Blue?                                previously rebounded towards hoop 10 and is beyond the halfway
  A3. Yes, that side loses its next turn (which would be Black). Rule 12(c) (4)   line between Hoops 12 and 13, go to Penalty Spot D. Is this correct?
  Q4. Continuing the game, Yellow plays for hoop 12 (Black having                 A5. No, Blue and Black are offside balls and thus can be directed to a
  lost a turn) and runs the hoop, making the score 6 all. Blue then               Penalty Spot, but Red reached its position as the result of a (non-striking)
  plays from hoop 11 towards hoop 13. What are Red’s options, if Red              fault committed by the opponent and thus is not an offside ball. Rule
  realised that Blue was offside?                                                 10(b)(2).

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                                                   Club News
                                                   Eastern Shore is sporting a
     Tasmania                                      glorious new viewing deck
                                                   which was ‘officially’ opened
                                                   on the occasion of their
                                                   Christmas party. It has been
                                                   named ‘JJ’s Deck’ in honour
                                                   of John Jacob, an esteemed
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…for             member whose time and
some; for others, those of us taking part in       generosity saw his vision
pennant matches and competitions, livin’           come to fruition. The club is
keeps us on our toes with mallet at the            also indebted to the team
ready and concentration levels in top gear!        effort of all the people who
   The Perpetual Trophy for the Spring             gave their time and talents to
Pennant was won by Sandy Bay Club with             assist John. They have also        President and Eastern Shore members on their new Annexe.
the highest percentage net points.                 invested in a 10,000 litre rain-water tank        With the emphasis on Fun, Food,
The Spring pennant results were:                   in an effort to reduce their massive water      Friendship, Food, Frivolity and more
A Grade: Kingston;                                 bill.                                           Food, the most popular Tournament on
B Grade: Sandy Bay;                                  Sandy Bay proudly congratulates their         the Tasmanian Calendar was held on the
C Grade: Eastern Shore.                            president Bob Bye who became the                Australia Day weekend with 50 entrants
The Tasmanian Medals were held on the              Tasmanian Champion in the Croquet               from all parts of the State.
first and second weeks in October.                 Tasmania Championships 2009. The                  The Devonport Summer Tournament has
Gold Medal: Sue Beattie (Kingston);                Championship matches were still in              been contested every year since 1975 (and
Men’s Medal: Rob McAdam (Kingston);                progress at the time of writing.                Esther Hutchins, 94, from Eastern Shore
Gold Brooch: Doug Frazer (Kingston);                 New Town celebrated their Centenary           has played in every one) with 40 minute
Silver Medal: Zok Malceski (Kingston);             with great entertainment in the form of a       games played on half courts with modified
Bronze Brooch: Patsy Paine (Devonport).            choral group and Morris dancers.                rules. The primary object is to make as
                                                     Speeches were followed by a sumptuous many hoops in the time allowed whilst
                                                   afternoon tea, including some of THAT           having the maximum amount of fun.
                                                   cake. The occasion was attended by                This year’s winner was Cliff Fleming of
                                                   Hobart’s Lord Mayor, Alderman Rob               Devonport with an average of 12.55
                                                   Valentine and the Mayor of Glenorchy,           hoops. A highlight of the weekend is the
                                                   Alderman Adriana Taylor. Formalities            Saturday night dinner with each club
                                                   and afternoon tea over, fun games were on asked to present an item. The following
                                                   for young and old, including an                 Croquet Anthem opened Miss Peele’s
                                                   introduction to Gateball.                       School of Croquet Etiquette.

                                                    Eire Cup – Tasmanian Team
                                                    Eire Cup – Tasmanian Team
  Tasmanian Open Championships - Bob Bye,
   winner (right) Bob Beattie, runner-up (left).
   The Tasmanian division of the ACA
Medal was held in early December.
Unfortunately there were only six
competitors, as other invitees were unable
to play for various reasons, including
illness. However, nothing was going to
stop Bob Beattie from competing.
Although he was working in Sydney for a
few weeks he elected to fly back home for
the weekend. Some games were finished
in under an hour, but others had time
limits imposed on them. In the end only
one game was not pegged out within the
                                                      Tasmanian Eire Cup representatives - From left to right: Bob Beattie, Pam Hamilton, Sue Beattie,
time imposed. The battle between Elaine             Elaine Roomes, Claire Bamford (Vice Captain) and Rob McAdam (Captain). Absent: NSW players
Roomes and Pam Hamilton stretched over                                              Nick McCoun and Alan Walsh.
5 hours before Elaine triumphed. The
                                                   The Tasmanian Team competing for the Eire Cup consists of:
winner was Sue Beattie, who won all her
                                                   Women: Sue Beattie, Claire Bamford (Vice Captain), Pam Hamilton, Elaine Roomes.
matches. She was only pushed by husband
                                                   Men: Bob Beattie, Rob McAdam (Captain). From NSW: Nick McCoun and Alan Walsh.
Bob, who overran 4 back when in control
                                                     Unfortunately, this year we are unable to select a full Mens team of the appropriate
of the match and by Rob McAdam, who
                                                   standard (mainly due to the unavailability of players) and we have had to call on the
was hampered after just getting through
                                                   home state (NSW) to assist us by providing players to complete our team. Tasmania last
penultimate when he was in a winning
                                                   did that in Sydney in 1997 when Tony Hall and Greg Burnes were conscripted. Both
position. All in Tasmania wish Sue well
                                                   went on to play for NSW in later years.
for her competition in March.                                                                                      Ricki Barrett, Tassie Correspondent
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Derwent Valley held a Come and Try
Aussie Croquet at New Norfolk in
picturesque surroundings in conjunction
with the annual flower show and display
of historical records.
  The 8th Keith Welsh Media Challenge
was played at Sandy Bay in late
November under the cover of heavy
cloud. Although the clouds grew darker
and rain began to fall, spirits were not
dampened. It was great fun for all
  Coaches, timers, scorekeepers and the                                                                                              Annie Warburton from ABC
                                                             Aussie Croquet coach Hazel Newham at Port Arthur.                      radio at the Media Challenge.
providers of a scrumptious afternoon tea,
from Sandy Bay, New Town, Eastern
Shore and Kingston clubs respectively, all
worked together to make sure the event
was a success.
  Mike Bingham and Sue Neales from the
Mercury won the trophy. Sue is a ‘killer’
player! Peter Newlinds and Annie
Warburton from ABC Radio were runners
up. Spectators contributed to the positive
atmosphere in spite of the drizzle.
  Croquet gained media attention from
four different sources. To the delight of all
concerned, Keith Welsh himself was able
to present the trophy to Mike and Sue.
Keith is a former Sports Editor with the
Mercury. He turned 100 on Christmas day
  During January the TCA held three
promotional Aussie Croquet days at the                                                                              Media Representatives with Coach Henry
Port Arthur Historic Site. Again this was               The Hon Dick Adams MP at New Norfolk.                                     Barbury.
supported by members from the clubs
mentioned above. Each day held new
challenges. The profile of croquet was
raised Australia wide and on the local
scene, several people visited more than
once, and as a result, a Tasman Club may
eventually be formed. Here’s hoping!
  ‘Ware the ides of March’; March 15th
has been designated a statewide Come and
Try Day for Croquet. A proposed Mayoral
Challenge is to be held at New Town as
part of their Come and Try. The 12
Southern Regional mayors have been
formally invited to compete against each
other in 30 minute games of Aussie
Croquet. May the best mayor gallop home
                                                       An attentive onlooker at the           TCA President Graeme Denehy with your Tassie correspondent at
to whinnie.                                                Media Challenge.                                           Port Arthur.

 Croquet Anthem
 Out on the greens the croquet players stand         Out on the green the player still stands                   (Chorus)
 Grasping their mallets with a sun kissed hand       Wondering what to do with a ball in the hand               Time to run the hoops with a bit of luck
 Sees a coloured ball they would like to hit         A drive, roll or take off…how should the ball be hit       The balls will go through without getting stuck
 Goes through the motions so they can roquet it.     Perhaps the right move would be to stop shot it.           Once both your balls have passed through rover
 (Chorus):                                           (Chorus)                                                   You can now peg out and the game will be over.
 Stalk is what you must do stalk stalk stalk         Once you have decided the right move to make               (Chorus)
 Stance is what you take when you’ve done the walk   You can set about making a 4 ball break
 Memorise and swing is what you have to do           With a pilot & a pivot to the hoop you’ll get quite near
 Keep your head down & remember to follow through.   Remember to send a ball ahead to be a pioneer.
                                                                                                                (Author - Patsy Paine 2006)

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                                                         Queensland Representative Team

Golf Croquet
Queensland golf croquet players have
30 events on the 2009 Calendar. The
first event, a random doubles Fun Day
at Bribie Island, was over-subscribed
and only 40 could be accommodated.
Players’ handicaps ranged from 3 to 9.
There were many tight games. A great
start for the year. Players enjoy the
friendships made at these events.
   New this year is funding for a Qld
golf croquet squad. From this squad,
players will be chosen for the
Queensland team to compete in the
interstate event. There will be a co-
coordinator manager and coach to                  Queensland team (Left to right) Leigh Harvey – Buderim; Willy Silk – Windsor; Don Close –
develop tactics, skills and team              Gracemere; Margaret Melville – Windsor; Jocelyn Sutton, Deidre and John Hardy – Laurel Bank and
                                                                                     John Philpott - Noosa.
bonding. The first major Qld event
was the Open Singles held February            The team to represent Queensland at the 2009 Eire Cup is – John Hardy (Captain), John
on the Sunshine Coast giving selectors        Philpott, Leigh Harvey, Don Close, Margaret Melville (Vice-Captain), Jocelyn Sutton,
an early start.                               Willy Silk and Deidre Harvey.
   Womens golf croquet in Queensland            Reserves are Graham Scott and Tom Knight. Don and Deidre are newcomers to the
is given a new impetus, with Australia        team, while Leigh has returned after a break of about eight years. Country players
hosting the 2009 World Women’s Golf           dominate the make-up, with three from Laurel Bank (Toowoomba), one each from
Croquet Championship at Cairnlea in           Headland-Buderim and Noosa (Sunshine Coast) and one from Gracemere (Central
November 27-29. Competitive players           Queensland), while there are two from Brisbane club Windsor. The time is looking
are encouraged to enter the Australian        forward to honing its skills during the Eire Cup.
                                                                                                    Johanna Lowe, Queensland Correspondent
Womens Singles event May 1-4 (also
at Cairnlea) as an opportunity to hone
their tactics and find out standard of
                                              Ricochet also enjoys vigorous growth due         have comparable handicaps.
play in other states.
                                              to the infectious enthusiasm of those that          Ideas are sought to overcome the
   Queensland players will return ready
                                              play the sport. There is Pennants                handicap log jam. One solution might be
for the Queensland Medals                     competition in three of the six Queensland       to play within divisions, and once a
(invitational) in May, Open Doubles in        regions and this that widens the appeal of       division is won, there is automatic
June and Open Women’s Singles in              Ricochet to more competitive players. The        promotion to the next, together with
July.                                         Queensland calendar has at least one             honour and glory. Further down the track
   2009 should show that handicaps are        Ricochet event a month.                          it may be necessary to widen the spread of
correct. Last year there were some               Terry Ericson won the Open last year,         handicaps.
anomalies in player’s handicaps and           and he with Cynthia Tacey won the                   The 2009 Edition of Rules of Ricochet
club handicappers were asked to read          Handicap Doubles. Like many players              is now available. There is basically no
the ACA fact sheet on handicapping            nowadays, they have a handicap card for          change, but lots more explanation to suit
and adjust players’ handicaps                 each of the croquet codes.                       players with no Association croquet
accordingly. Last year there were                Handicapping is a priority concern for        experience. Small changes were made to
players on a handicap of 11 or 12 who         2009. There are too few opportunities for        keep Ricochet in alignment with
had been playing in events for some           Ricochet players to play competitive             Association Croquet Laws concerning
time and were definitely not                  singles games – because the code is                 (i) when balls collide with outside
beginners.                                    intrinsically suited to social doubles. This
                                                                                               agencies, and
   Golf Referees are still needed for         means automatic handicap changes cannot
                                                                                                  (ii) when a bisque is taken following a
events. Rules need to be observed, so         keep pace with player’s inevitable
referees are important to enjoyment of        improvement as they gain experience in
                                                                                                  Ricochet referees are coming soon: the
the game.                                     doubles.
                                                                                               examination for this qualification is being
   I wish all a successful year and              Ricochet Captains are encouraged to
                                              revise their full set of player’s handicaps      finalised by the Qld Director of
ENJOY your croquet.                                                                            Refereeing.
                             Pam Shepherd     at least once a year, and to cooperate with
                                                                                                                               Johanna Lowe
               Qld Director of Golf Croquet   other clubs to ensure comparable players                                Qld Director of Ricochet
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Queensland Gateball                                                                                       VALE
Queensland Gateball has had a very successful year in 2008: three additional clubs are
showing an interest in playing the sport. A further three clubs are interested in knowing
more about Gateball.                                                                                    Betty Haupt
  The gateball fraternity is very keen to have a specialised Gateball Doubles
competition (usually Gateball is played in teams of five). In 2009 it is proposed to use
the standard time limit of thirty minutes (currently 20 minutes is the norm for doubles)
to promote more complex strategies.
  The past National Gateball Director and myself are working together to promote and
develop Gateball in the Gold Coast and Tweed Region and Northern New South Wales,
with Ballina, Tweed Heads and Tamborine Mountain Croquet Clubs showing some
  When I have visited clubs in South East Queensland to play other codes of Mallet
Sports I have made a point of discussing the benefits of Gateball. In all I visited eight
clubs which currently do not play Gateball.
Results during 2008 were:
I CAQ Inter-Regional Championships, McIlwraith, February: winner – McIlwraith.
I Ipswich Heritage Cup, Ipswich, April: winner – Rockhampton.
I Ipswich Heritage Cup Doubles, April: winner – Peter Sweet (Southport) and Bruce
  McAlister (Ipswich).
I Rockhampton Tournament, Rockhampton, May/June: winner – Caloundra.
I Rockhampton Doubles Competition Cup, Rockhampton, June: winner – Les Smedley
                                                                                                                Betty Haupt.
  (Caloundra) and Trisha Williams (Caloundra).
I Southport Challenge, Southport, July: winner – Caloundra.                                     It is with genuine sadness that members
I Southport Challenge Doubles, Southport, July: winner – Maxine Maclachaln and                  be advised of the passing of Betty Haupt
  Alex Maclachaln (mother and son from Kew, Victoria).                                          on Tuesday 30 December 2008 and of her
I CAQ State Championships, Caloundra, August: winner – Broadbeach (two years                    private cremation on Friday 2 January
  consecutively).                                                                               2009. Betty’s ashes have been placed in
I Garden City Gateball Tournament, Toowoomba, October: winner – Rockhampton.                    the grave of her lifelong friend, Sybil
I Garden City Gateball Doubles Tournament, Toowoomba, October: winner – Greg                    Medway.
  Featherstone (Rockhampton) and Trisha Williams (Caloundra).                                      Daphne Savage, President, Ipswich
I Bob Jane Masters Cup, Caloundra, November: winner – Ipswich.                                  Croquet Club writes:
I Bob Jane Master Doubles Competition, Caloundra, November: winner – Les Smedley                   “Betty was a tireless worker for croquet,
  (Caloundra) and Margaret Jago (Caloundra).                                                    an accomplished referee, member of the
                                                                                                State team and CAQ President. She was a
  The organising committee from Caloundra Mallet Sports Club is to be congratulated
                                                                                                Life Member of Coolangatta and Burleigh
for their excellent job planning and running the State Gateball Championship. Every
                                                                                                Heads Croquet Clubs where she
aspect was considered, addressed and covered; the committee did a wonderful job, it
                                                                                                unstintingly gave of her time and
was an absolute credit to them.
                                                                                                generously supported facilities for both of
  Broadbeach has set the benchmark for Queensland at competition level. Rockhampton,
                                                                                                these clubs.
Caloundra and Ipswich are not far behind – with more skills practice (training) their level
                                                                                                   For many years Betty was a devoted
of play would dramatically improve thus improving Queensland’s overall standard.
                                                                                                manager of the Gold Coast Tournament
  I am currently exploring Gateball Doubles and Singles competition, and developing a
                                                                                                and ably and conscientiously performed
handicapping system for Gateball singles. I have worked out how to determine the
                                                                                                this task with great pride and satisfaction.
handicap, the index and the trigger points, I am still working on when you can and
                                                                                                   We acknowledge with respect the
cannot use the extra turns.
                                                                                                substantial contribution Betty made to our
  It would be wonderful if all CAQ regions embraced Gateball. There is enormous
potential for financial growth for Croquet / Mallet Sport Clubs if they embrace and play
                                                                                                   Qld Events Manager Carmel Donley
                                                                             Bruce McAlister    remembers Betty with respect and
                                                                  Qld State Director Gateball   affection: “She was the most proficient
                                                                                                Events manager. She was very very
  Association Croquet                                                                           generous but did not want any one to
                                                                                                know about it. She wrote the paperwork
  The role of Director of Association Croquet has not yet been filled for 2009. In an
  article in the January edition of the Queensland Mallet Sports Express John Byers             for the Inter-Regional Competition. At
  (Director 2008) recommended 14-point croquet as a way for the code to appeal to               that time she had thought that the Sports
  a wider range of players, thus growing its client base. He further recommended a              and Recreation would be interested in
  Quick Croquet that assures a quick finish to a tied game after time is called.                having this competition as a Regional
    Fourteen-point competitive croquet is not a new idea. In 1990 there was a World             competition, but no money was
  Croquet Federation 14-point event. There are 14-point events on the Queensland                forthcoming. She donated all the trophies
  Calendar. Let’s see how it develops during 2009.                                              for that competition and the first lot of
    Ricochet players have suggested that shared singles in Association Croquet                  badges for the winners. The
  would widen its appeal to them.                                                               trophies/shields are all full and the
                                                                         Johanna Lowe,          competition has now lapsed. She had the
                                                               Queensland Correspondent         heartiest and most infectious laughs.”
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                                              AROUND THE STATES

                                                              2009 Representative Team
        Victoria                               Congratulations to the following members of the Victorian team, who will line up
                                                                           for the Interstate (Eire) Cup:
                                                    G Claire Bassett G Patricia Devlin G Robert Fletcher G Stephen Forster
                                                      G Rod Kirk G Anna Miller G Simon Watkins G Judith Wembridge
                                                   [Articles reproduced from the January 2009 edition of Malletsports Victoria, with thanks]

Victorian Golf Croquet Championships - Cairnlea
The Victorian Golf Croquet
Championships were held over five days
at Cairnlea 2nd to 7th December. The
standard of play was higher than last year,
which made for great viewing. Early
showers greeted players shortly after start
of play on day one but soon cleared to a
mostly fine though windy day.
   The Open Singles competition was
contested by twelve players playing in
two blocks in a best of three round robins
with players contesting a possible nine
games on day one.
   The completion of the round robin saw
Block 1 winner Owen Edwards winning
all five games, runner-up Genny
Vandersluys with three wins. Block 2
winner Dennis Newman won four games;
runner-up was John Van der Tauw with
three games.
   Spectators were treated to some great
play during the finals, Owen won the first
game 7/5, Dennis came back to win the
second 7/6 setting the scene for a great      Handicap Doubles- Jim and Val Saunders winners with Wendy Dickson and Anne Quinn runners-up
finish and although both were weary, and      each and Block 2 Ian Grant five games
Owen stepped up a gear and took out the       and Jaynee Russell-Clarke four games.
title 7/2.                                      In the quarterfinals Jim Saunders
   The Handicap Singles were held over        defeated Rosalie Newman 7/5, Ian Grant
days three and four. The weather was          defeated Michael Frank 7/5, Dennis
fine with strong gusts of wind. The           Newman defeated Frank Charles 7/4 and
sixteen entrants were divided into two        Marjorie Grant defeated Jaynee Russell-
blocks to play a round robin competition.     Clarke 7/4.
Block 1 winner was Rosalie Newman,              This set up the semi-finals where Jim
runner-up was Frank Charles. Block 2          Saunders defeated Ian Grant 7/6 and
winner was Marjorie Grant, with runner-       Dennis Newman defeated Marjorie Grant
up Michael Frank. All four players won        7/4. In the finals Dennis Newman
six of their seven games. These four          defeated Jim Saunders 7/5 in a hard
players then met with the third and fourth    fought match.                                     Handicap Singles - Dennis Newman (left) winner
placegetters of each block in a                                                                       and Jim Saunders (right) runner-up
                                                The Handicap Doubles event took place
quarterfinal. They were Block 1 Dennis        on the final day of competition. Twelve
Newman and Jim Saunders four games            pairs were divided into two blocks to play
                                              a round robin competition. Winners of
                                              Block 1 were Jim and Val Saunders with
                                              five wins, runners-up Robert Smallwood
                                              and Lynne Roberts with 3 wins. Block 2
                                              winners were Anne Quinn and Wendy
                                              Dickson five games, runners-up Ian and
                                              Marjorie Grant with four wins.
                                                In the finals Jim and Val Saunders
                                              defeated Anne Quinn and Wendy Dickson
                                              7/5, while Ian and Marjorie Grant
                                              defeated Robert Smallwood and Lynne
 A worn out Dennis Newman having a snooze     Roberts 7/2 to take out third place.               Open Singles - Owen Edwards (right) winner
    after play while waiting for the BBQ.                                  Rosalie Newman           and Dennis Newman (left) runner-up
                                                 AROUND THE STATES
New Home for Swan Hill                           forward to a bright future at their new           We were lucky that the weather was
                                                 location where they can be seen by more         fine but not too hot. Play began at 8.00 am
Croquet Club                                     of the sporting population.                     on the Saturday, and at 7.30 am on the
The Swan Hill Croquet Club has moved                                              June Proctor
                                                                                                 Sunday. In keeping with tradition, a
to the Tennis Centre in Harrison Reserve,                                                        barbecue was held for the players, club
Yarra Street, at the south-western end of        Crispin Connell Classic 2009
                                                                                                 members and interested spectators on the
town. After 93 years, it is quite a change       The seventh annual Crispin Connell
                                                 Classic Tournament for Association              Saturday evening.
for Swan Hill croquet players. The winter                                                          The twelve competitors were divided
tournament at the end of June was played         Croquet players was held at the
                                                 Mornington Croquet Club over the                into two blocks of six for the first round,
at their new home where it was possible to
                                                 weekend of 10th and 11th January 2009.          in which each person played five games.
have all sections playing at the one
                                                   This prestigious competition was created      According to where they finished in this
location. Everyone enjoyed the amenities
                                                 as an elite event in 2003 by Margaret           “round robin” the players were placed in
of the new venue with its attractive dining
                                                 Milliken, a top local player and tournament     three blocks of four players each in the
area overlooking the greens.
                                                 manager, to be a tribute to two of              second round. Competition was keen, and
   Mr John Brookshire, President of the
Tennis Club, ran the first hoop for the          Mornington’s former outstanding players –       many games were very close. The
opening of the 2008/9 season.                    the late Professor Bill Connell, and Mr Bill    eventual winner was Roger Bird from the
   As Swan Hill enjoys relatively good           Crispin, who died only a short time ago.        Maryborough Club, and the runner-up
weather all year round, the club remains           Entry to the competition is by invitation     was Anna Miller from the Belmont Club.
open and welcomes visitors to join in for a      only, and this year we welcomed back              The winner’s shield was presented to
game of association and golf croquet on a        several players who had taken part              Roger by Margaret Milliken. Prize money
Wednesday or Saturday.                           previously, including Graeme Gallus,            was presented to the winners and runners-
   Gateball is now also being tried. Two         Roger Bird, Trish Devlin, Dennis                up in each of the three final blocks by Mr
sets of equipment have been purchased,           Thurgood and Anna and Eric Miller. It           Kerry Debernardi, the Manager of the
thanks to a grant. A group of school             was also very pleasing to greet some            Mornington Branch of the Bendigo Bank
children are enjoying this new challenge         newcomers to the competition, including         – the major sponsor of the tournament.
as well as Aussie croquet. Also a few            Grant Marlor, Greg Freeman, Ray Davis             We look forward to continuing the
young girls have progressed from Aussie          and Greg Fletcher. The Mornington               Crispin Connell tradition at Mornington
to golf and association croquet.                 Croquet Club was represented by Snow            next year.                      Barbara Perry
   The Swan Hill Croquet Club looks              Evans and Graeme Morrison.                                         Joint Tournament Manager

                                                 Red, yellow, blue and finally black.            event with a dazzling display of her skills

                                                    It could only be, and it was, a Croquet      and iron nerve. Claire Wilson (Norwood)
                                                 Peg. One can wonder as to why and how it        was runner-up.
                                                 got there, as there is no croquet club at         Both won five games but Bernie had the

      Australia                                  Robe. Did a player from Victor Harbor hurl
                                                 it into the sea in frustration after losing a
                                                 game? I have taken this find to be a “sign”
                                                                                                 higher net points. Paula Gardiner (South
                                                                                                 Tce) and Wilma Bonnar (Victor Harbor)
                                                                                                 both won four games. Joan Lees (South
                                                 for 2009. It must mean I’m going to ‘peg        Tce) continued to impress with her
New Year Sign for 2009                           out’ far more often in 2009 than previous       accuracy and tactical skills.
                                                 years. What else could it mean?I would like
I received the following from Philip             to wish you all a successful New Year.”         State Team Selection
Hadley Vice President – Croquet SA:                 Oh! if only a Peg could speak! I thank       The Croquet SA Board has agreed to the
   “Did you make a New Year’s resolution?        Philip for this whimsical article and felt      State team being 10 players plus a
I didn’t. I’ve run out of things to give up! I   that other readers may appreciate his           Coach/Captain. The team below has been
couldn’t even stay awake long enough to          musings. Shades of Agatha Christie!             selected for Sydney – 25th to 29th March
view the Sydney fireworks on TV.                                                                 2009. Congratulations to all players.
   Early on New Year’s Day my wife and I         Golf Croquet                                    Men:
were walking along the shoreline of the          Men’s Championship Results                      I Neil Bonnar

                                                   Colin Pickering (North Adelaide)              I Dwayne McCormick
Town Beach of Robe and ahead of us I
                                                 scorched the field with ten wins in the         I Albert Rutten
could see some familiar colours slowly
                                                 Men’s Championships. Russell Kopp(Tea           I Gil Schupelius
emerging from an object on the wet sand -
                                                                    Tree Gully) (six wins)       I David Wise.

                                                                    was a strong contender       Women:
                                                                    and became runner-up         I Wilma Bonnar

                                                                    on a count back from         I Barbara Hooper

                                                                    tenacious Lindon             I Charlotte Morgan

                                                                    Richter (Glenunga).          I Miranda Morgan

                                                                    The group decided to         I Marga Podnieks.

                                                                    play all ten games in        Claire Wilson - Thanks for the above
                                                                    one day so it was quite      article Claire.
                                                                    a marathon event.              Well that’s all the latest from South
                                                                    Women’s                      Australia. I would like to take this
                                                                    Championship Results         opportunity to wish all of you the best for
                                                                    Newer player Bernie          the New Year and happy roqueting.
                                                                    Pfitzner (South Tce)                                              Ian Rick
                                                                    won the Woman’s                              South Australia Correspondent

                                                                                                                 CROQUET AUSTRALIA        21
                                   Calendar of Croquet Events – 2009
 18 – 29 March 2009                        Australian Championships:                                      Sydney, venues – please see
                                           Gold Medal                                                     Page 13 of this issue
                                           Mens/Womens Singles
                                           Eire Cup

 1 – 4 May 2009                            2009 Women’s Golf Croquet Singles Championship                 VCC, Cairnlea, Victoria

 9 – 17 May 2009                           12th WCF World Association Croquet Championships               West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

 29 August – 6 September 2009              Golf Croquet Interstate Shield and Open Singles                VCC, Cairnlea, Victoria

 2 – 5 October 2009                        President’s Eights                                             VCC, Cairnlea, Victoria

 11 – 17 October 2009                      National AC Handicap Championships                             Rich River CC, NSW

 19 – 22 October 2009                      National GC Handicap Championships                             Deniliquin, NSW

 31 October – 8 November 2009              Australian Championships                                       Adelaide, SA
                                           Open Doubles and Singles

 21 – 29 November 2009                     3rd WCF Women’s World Golf Croquet Championships               VCC, Cairnlea, Victoria

                                               LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
  Dear Editor,                                     these young people are the future of             fear of losing points from their handicap
  As a supporter of progressive Croquet, I         Croquet in Australia.                            level. This begs the question ‘What does it
was delighted to read in your Magazine of                                            Judy Fowler    matter?’ If they want to head for the State
the Scholarships awarded to young                                            Eildon Croquet Club
                                                                                                    Team, surely they’ll make sure their
players to play in New Zealand.                                            Queensland, 17/12/2008
                                                                                                    handicap improves. If they lose points and
  I have not met either John Smith or                                                               their handicap changes to a lower level,
Robert Fletcher but have been aware of               Dear Editor,
                                                     Even though I’m a Lowly Worm in the            so what? They still enjoy social play
their progress in the last year and believe
                                                   scheme of things (on 24 and playing for          within their club…
that they will do well in New Zealand.
                                                   14 months), I like to enter into                   It’s frustrating. In my naivety, I thought
  As Venue Manager during the A.C.A
Womens Championship Titles held in                 competitions and pennant rosters.                our club might benefit from a talk by a
Brisbane this year, I was able to observe            I am amazed that on several occasions          sports psychologist…but I don’t know how
Chloe Aberley personally. Chloe                    clubs can hardly scratch up a team for           we’d get members to attend… What do
impressed me with her playing ability but,         pennants and not enough people enter in          other players think?
more importantly, her demeanour on the             other competitions - entry fees have to be                                 ‘Concerned Player’
lawn and her ability to connect with her           returned and the opportunity for more                                              15/1/2009
peers.                                             play is lost.
  I believe that these young players will            There appears to be two reasons for              (If readers have any thoughts on the
be excellent Ambassadors for Australian            this. People are reluctant to play pennant       above, please forward to the Editor, by
Croquet.                                           because they feel vulnerable/stressed/self       either e-mailing, or
  Congratulations to the Selectors for             conscious or just want to ‘enjoy the             writing to Carolyn Ribone, 7 Wisteria
their choice of such young players, as             game!’ Many won’t enter competitions for         Court, Cashmere, 4500.)

Reproduced from The Croquet Gazette, with kind permission of Gail Curry, Editor.

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