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From the ACA 5
Handicapping Information 6
WCF News 7
Clubs Celebrate 80th
Playing in Hot Weather 10
Indoor Croquet in Belgium 11
Trans-Tasman Competition 12
NSW to host 2009
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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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
have your Card checked and signed off by your Club or
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.
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.
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
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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 http://worldcroquet2009.com 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
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
8 CROQUET AUSTRALIA
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
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
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.
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
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CD from last year’s National Golf Croquet related disorders and their management. I recommend it as reading for all.
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10 CROQUET AUSTRALIA
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
CAN YOU HELP WITH THIS PROJECT?
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 email@example.com, 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 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.
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 - http://www.croquet.org.nz/-
Test 2 – New Zealand wins 8-4
associations/canterbury/transtasman/transtasman.html - with thanks). Test 3 – New Zealand wins 7-5
12 CROQUET AUSTRALIA
NEW SOUTH WALES TO HOST 2009
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
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
14 CROQUET AUSTRALIA
AROUND THE STATES
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.
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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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.
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
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
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
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
I Rockhampton Tournament, Rockhampton, May/June: winner – Caloundra.
I Rockhampton Doubles Competition Cup, Rockhampton, June: winner – Les Smedley
(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,
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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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
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
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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
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Calendar of Croquet Events – 2009
18 – 29 March 2009 Australian Championships: Sydney, venues – please see
Gold Medal Page 13 of this issue
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.)
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