Vale, Wendy Collins.

It is with great sadness that we say farewell to our friend, Wendy Collins. 

Wendy joined our croquet club in 2011 and quickly became a ‘croquet-holic’, enjoying both the game and the friendship of the members.   Being a game of skill, planning and certain amount of cunning, Wendy was able to display her intelligence and sense of fun.

She served as our canny Treasurer from 2013 until 2017, and was an excellent member of our executive team until illness prevented her continuing involvement.

Her droll humour, insightful contributions to discussions, care for others, and her love of her family were clearly evident to all who met her.   She approached her illness with calm, strength and bravery.

As we were heartened by her company, we are saddened at her passing.  It was a privilege to provide a guard of honour at her funeral service on 13th November, 2017.

Vale, dear friend.

Doubles Championships

A great day of play, despite unseasonably warm conditions, was held at the Dubbo City Croquet Club on Saturday 23rd September, 2017.   Entries were limited to eight pairs and the format, to be concluded on the day, was seven-hoop play.   This is a format designed to activate the little grey cells, and the pressure certainly brought out the best play that members were capable of. 


Three pairs tied on games won. Lilla Logan and Tom Barclay were clear winners on hoops run.  Congratulations!  Second place was a tie on games won and hoops run between Peter and Del Heywood, and Ben Vang and Charles Campbell, the latter pair squeaking a win in the play-off.

AGM outcomes

Top, left to right:  Jenny Brown, Charles Campbell, Peter Heywood
Bottom, left to right: Beth Stanley, Pam Day, Del Heywood

A good attendance at the Annual General Meeting ensured that the business to be dealt with was done efficiently and in good spirits.  Office bearers for the coming year are Jenny Brown (President) and Beth Stanley (Vice President), Charles Campbell (Secretary) and Pam Day (Assistant Secretary), Peter Heywood (Treasurer) and Del Heywood (Assistant Treasurer).

The Games Captain for the coming year is Ben Vang, assisted by Jean Blight.

Other positions were readily filled.

Jenny thanked  Peter as the out-going President for all his hard work over his term, and this was met with acclamation.

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.