Tuition day - May 2017

We try to arrange a tuition day each year in order to refresh techniques and to reinforce basics to new members.
This year we asked Graham Innocent to do the honours. Graham started playing croquet as a member of our club so it seemed only fitting that he should be asked to return to 'show us all he has learned', especially now being a qualified tutor/coach.
We were not disappointed! The 18 participants were taken through techniques from basics up to advanced. And, at the same time, we got some of the finer points of the rules sorted out, especially play around the hoops.
Thank you Graham, it was a great day with lots of happy comments from all.

Friendship visit by Orange Croquet Club

Thursday 25th May our friends from Orange City Croquet Club visited for a day of friendship croquet. The weather couldn't have been better, it was perfect, the croquet was perfect, the food was perfect, the friendly atmosphere was perfect - but then it always is when our two clubs get together.
Thank you all for a perfect day.

Autums Singles Jump Shots

There were many attempts at jump shots at the competition.
Here are a few that actually came off ...

Autumn Singles Carnival Competitions

The weather couldn't have been better and it was a great two days of competition. This year we competed in two divisions namely H/C 12 to 9 and H/C 8 to 2.
As usual this was a Round-Robin format competition giving everybody an even chance.
It was especially pleasing to see some of our 1st year new players entering the competition, and it appeared to give them a taste for more. 

In H/C 12 to 9 we had 6 competitors, giving 5 games each, but in the H/C 8 to 2 we had 14 competitors. This meant dividing players into two blocks, each getting 6 games. Fortunately we were able to start the first block players on the Saturday managing to complete half the games, with the rest played Sunday morning followed by all of the second block games.

A play-off between the winners of the two blocks gave us a final result. The winners and runners up are pictured below with our President, Peter Heywood doing the presentations.

Congratulations to all and thank you for a great competition.

Charles Campbell, winner of H/C 12-9 competition,
receiving the 1st prize Trophy.
Liz Beazley, Runner Up of H/C 12-9 competiton,
receiving the 2nd Prize Certificate.
Tom Barclay, Winner of H/C 8-2 competition,
receiving the 1st Trophy
Pam Day, Runner Up of H/C 8-2 competition,
receiving the 2nd Prize Certificate.

A special report

Welcome to 2017. Your editor has received a communication from a representative of a group of spherical croquet members that you thought you were quite familiar with.
I believe it is worth reading. It raises points and provides information, that will, if nothing else, arm you with a vocabulary of technical terms to use as excuses for poor play.
Now click on the page "If balls could talk ...".

Successful 95th Birthday Celebration

We had a fantastic week-end - the weather was magnificent the entire Saturday, and, despite heavy downpour during the night, Sunday cleared up enough to enjoy a quick 7-hoop mini-competition. Full report to come soon. Meanwhile here's a shot of the dressed up (1920ies) participating competitors and fun seekers.

And now go to the 95th Birthday Page. Scroll down the page and read the report submitted by our local 'court reporter'.

Improve your game - coaching day 26th May

After a few attempts over the last several months we finally managed to get Barb Piggott to Dubbo for a well received 'Improve your game' coaching day.
The morning started out rainy and windy, so the initial introductionary lesson was gived undercover. Fortunately the rain stopped everybody got out on the lawns to participate in the practical work of the tuition. 
It was indeed nice to get all the basic methods and playing tactics reinforced by Barb. Members may not always believe what the 'local guy' tries to teach them, but hopefully now that it has been reinforced, and demonstrated, by a professional, maybe there's hope.

So, thank you to Barb Piggott for braving the weather and the long trip from Sydney. We had a great morning of instruction.