Heat tests croquet’s best

February 09, 2018

Croquet may not be a sport for the rain, but what happens when the sprinklers go off?

Echuca Moama Croquet Club

WITH the recent stretch of hot weather not much croquet has been played.

Monday, January 29 saw four players getting in some early games before the heat.

Friday, February 2 saw six players enjoying the cooler conditions, playing three games of golf croquet.

Vince Jessen was the winner with Beryl Ash a close second.

Tuesday, January 30 saw five of our players travelling across to Kyabram to play a twilight game, with John Alstin winning the association section.

Monday, February 5 saw better numbers with 16 players taking to the field.

A singles competition was held between the men’s and women’s teams, played according to the players handicaps.

Mavis Peters claimed the women’s section, while John Alstin claimed the men’s section.

Anyone wishing to join the club on Mondays and Fridays to learn croquet, have a laugh and a cuppa are most welcome, with one on one free coaching on offer.

The club is located at the Vic Park Tennis Courts.

Contact John Alstin for more details on 0418 505 614.Rich River

THE Rich River Golf Club Resort’s manager’s shield is an annual event, contested by several teams representing directors, managers and committee members from golf, bowls and croquet.

After enjoying an evening of bowls last year, this year’s competition was golf croquet.

Over 50 people in teams of four played two games each in very hot weather.

As the temperature hovered in the high 30s there were mixed reactions when the automatic sprinklers were turned on.

Some players ran for cover, while the majority appreciated the cool change.

With the scoring very close, the competition came down to shooting for the centre peg from the boundary.

Men’s golf were declared the winners after a magnificent shot by David Pearson.

In club golf croquet on Thursday February 1, 21 members played doubles.

The day’s winner was Kaye Joyce, with Dianne Smyth runner up.

Russell Smyth scored a hoop in one.

On Tuesday of this week 16 members played singles.

Several players scored 3 games, but the winner on nett scores was Gwen Hurst.

Dianne Smyth was runner up.

Hoops in one were made by Margie Seelenmeyer, Dave Maher and Kaye Joyce.

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