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2 November 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
"An Afternoon of Croquet" at Greenwell Point Bowling and Sports Club

20 to 22 people attended at various times during the day. The "lawns" were lightning fast and proved a great leveller between the "newbies" and the more experienced players who could not come to terms with the speed of the lawn.

A couple of people indicated that they may follow up with games at Nowra Croquet Club.

The day was intended not just as a "recruitment" drive for NCC but also as a community event for Greenwell Point.

The event was supported by the Greenwell Point Bowling Club with a sausage sizzle and participation recognition.

4 members of NCC attended. Glyn and Carol Williams (Organisers) and were ably supported by Bernie Klumper and Linda Paull. Many thanks to Bernie and Linda without whose help the day would not have been a success.

A number of participants have expressed interest in another, similar, event.

Thanks to NCC member Glyn Williams for this report and photos and a big thanks for his arranging of the day with the support from Greenwell Point Bowling Club

Bob Williamson

10 October 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Platform for 4 lawns and club house

Final work has been carried out on the platform to be used in the construction of 4 croquet lawns and a club house for Nowra in the near future.

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5 October 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts Biannual Combined Probus Social Visit

Again, Nowra had the pleasure of hosting the combined Probus Clubs bi annual visit. In all some 55 members from Nowra, Shoalhaven Mens, Jervis Bay and St. Georges Basin clubs attended with over 44 playing. Our members again helped the visitors in the basics of Golf Croquet, as well as joining in the fun of the day. Probus supplied the great lunch as aways which was enjoyed by the group. This activity always raises funds for the club from the visitors, and which is very appreciated.

This visit was also videoed for our club news channel on YouTube and can be found here.

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Club Treasurer, Karen James, with L-R Julie Clissold, watched by Denise Friend, Val Starling, Kay Gibbs
Captain Margaret Sawers with L-R Norma Fiddes, Jan Carr, Pat Maidment and Julie Angove at the hoop
L-R Judith Gratie, Judy Walker, Pat O’Dwyer, Club member Doug Houssenlodge and Geoff O'Dwyer
Posers!! Joyce Parratt, Dave Mathie, Faye Molyneux, Garry Yianakis and Club Secretary Norma Windley
L-R Garry Tearle, Pam harrison, Violet Duffey, John Duffey, and club member Glyn Williams
17 September 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Holds Annual Spring G.C. Carnival In Great Spring Weather

Over a four day period commencing on Friday 13 September 2019 Nowra held their G.C. tournament, with handicap and level play for 16 keen competitors . Club members from Deniliquin, Young, Blue Mountains, Mt Sugarloaf, Forster, Coogee, Sutherland, Jamberoo and 2 Nowra members enjoyed the glorious spring weather. As well as playing competitively, all enjoyed meeting and making new friends in the spirit of playing croquet. Not only did Nowra provide great weather, but also perfect playing conditions and the typical hosting of ‘goodies’

The games, moved quickly and the competition was completed early on the Monday morning

The results of play were:

Block A Winner Larry Becroft, Foster, and R/Us Phil Pickard Blue Mountains, and Brenda Wild Mt. Sugarloaf.
Block B Winner Tony McArthur, Sutherland, and R/Us Steve Young Nowra, and Penny Howarth Sutherland

Bob Williamson

Nowra News video

Steve Young, Penny Howarth, Tony McArthur, Margaret Sawers (Captain), Larry Becroft, Phil Pickard, Brenda Wild
17 September 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Club Launches Their YouTube News Channel

The club has embarked on and is trialling their You Tube Channel It was felt that using video may enhance the clubs publicity as well as the current in use web site. We hope to bring to the croquet family at large (as well as the public, as the site is listed as public) news of the clubs activities, interviews with club members for information and humour and of course, the very updated information of the progress of our proposed relocation. Your support by subscribing to the channel would be appreciated

The link is

Bob Williamson
17 September 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Vale for Clyde Evison

William Clyde Evision, 27th March 1928 - 30th August 2019
17 September 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Hosts Inaugural Bronze Brooch Golf Croquet Event

Nowra Croquet Club was given the honour of holding first CNSW event in this category. Players with handicaps of 7 to 10 played a round robin knock out game on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August.

Owning to the extra players, the event was held both at Nowra and Jamberoo, as Nowra presently only has two courts In total 18 players from Sutherland, Royal Sydney Golf Club, Mosman, Jamberoo, Wollongong and Nowra contested the event with the final being held at Nowra on Sunday 11th August.

Despite the cold and strong winds on both days players rugged up and contested the weather as well as their opponents

Sunday cleared and allowed the finals to be conducted, with the two finalists coming from the Nowra Club. The outright winner was Stephen Young and runner up Marie McLean.

15 September 2019 - Northern Rivers Croquet Association
Crusader Cup Champs at Lismore

Northern Rivers Croquet Association (NRCA) Golf Croquet 2019 Tournament was held over the period from 17 August to 25 August. Events were held at Casino, Ballina, Alstonville and Lismore.

The programme culminated in the Crusader Cup held in Lismore on the 25th. This is an open doubles event and it was played in a round robin style.

What a finish it was.

David Scott and Ray Chapman from Ballina Cherry Street Croquet Club proved to be a formidable force on the day, winning all their games in a magnificent display of skill, tactics and determination.

Coming in second place were Barry and Phyllis Waters from Lismore Croquet Club. David and Ray didn't let Barry and Phyllis into the game, giving them little opportunity to run hoops in a well constructed and implemented strategy.

Games were played under clear blue skies and conditions were generally ideal. At the conclusion of play on the day, players, visitors and helpers were treated to a delicious barbeque. It was a fitting end to a well fought event by all players.

Barry & Phyllis Waters, Ray Chapman and David Scott
29 June 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Milton/Ulladulla "soup and sambo's" visit

The 23rd of June 2019, saw 10 members of the M/U club make a friendly visit to us for a friendly GC game and of course "soup and sandwiches" lunch. The weather was unpredictable with clearing skies for the first games and the setting up of the picnic tables, but alas, the rain descended on lunch time with a hurried escape to the club house for lunch. The rained cleared and GC recommenced. Looking forward to the next friendly.

24 June 2019 - Lismore Croquet Club
Lismore Hosts N.R.D.C.A. Ricochet Tournament

In a pronounced success for Ricochet in the Northern Rivers and for Lismore Croquet Club Lismore played host to the District's 2019 Ricochet Tournament. Played on lawns in splendid condition, thanks to Lawns Manager Bruce Ross, with smooth organisation by Gwen Sharp and the Scorers, and delicious catering by just about everyone, all that was needed for a perfect tournament was vigorous competition by the twenty- two players. They provided it in full measure. Lismore's famous mild and sunny winter gave us perfect croquet weather and helped maintain our mild and sunny dispositions through four active days. Overall the standard of play was tight and there were no easy wins.

The Novice event was won for Merle Larsen (Lismore) by her resolute concentration against Bill Clifton's (Lismore) enterprising approach to shots which was not always rewarded. Merle is showing the sort of form that will make her a formidable opponent against more experienced players next year when her concentration under pressure will stand her in good stead.

The Singles were played in two Divisions, with John Gilhooly a clear winner in Division 1 and Phylllis Waters of Lismore coming home in second place. John played a well-controlled game, and appeared to never get into a situation where he needed a lucky shot. Phyllis played well but had a few lapses just at the wrong times and her results were less than expected.

In the Second Division Singles popular player Gloria Drew (Cherry Street) maintained a lively pace to win ahead of no less popular player Norma Watts (Cheery Street) whose dependable elegance was pleasing to the spectators.

Doubles winners were John Gilhooly and Mary Hughes from Ballina Croquet Club, just ahead of Garry Purcell and Glenda Chapman from Southport Club in Queensland who played a charmingly competitive game. John again played with uncanny accuracy & game planning to give his team its success.

After congratulating the winners, Lismore Club President Barry Waters paid tribute to District Co-ordinater Fay Ross who, he said, had well-earned the satisfaction of running such an outstandingly successful tournament. Barry also congratulated the players on their sustained performance of hard-played croquet combined with courteous friendship on and off the lawns - the true spirit of Croquet.

Ricochet Missionaries please note. Alstonville and Casino Croquet Clubs sent scientific research parties to see what the game is all about. They picked it up so quickly that they were soon able to volunteer as Scorers - very much appreciated by the hard-pressed Lismore members.

John & Phyllis, Div 1 winners
Winners division 2
1 June 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Hosts Bi Annual Combined Probus Club Outing

Nowra again had the pleasure of hosting the first combined Probus clubs croquet outing for 2019. Representing clubs were from, Jervis Bay, Nowra, Shoalhaven Heads, Shoalhaven and St Georges Basin. The weather was cold and windy which did not deter sixty four visitors, with forty six venturing out on four half courts. Members of Nowra Club were on hand to guide the players, some who now are grasping the fundamentals of Golf Croquet. A barbecue lunch was provided by Probus which all enjoyed. However the afternoon activities were shortened by the adverse weather.

This is a popular fundraising event with our club.

Bob Williamson
Brian Mitchell (Nowra), Anne Lowenstein, Norma Fiddes, Russell James, Caroline Costello
Jane Miezio, Michael Miezio, Margaret Sawers (Nowra), Wendy Francis, Vivian Shih
Geoff O'Dwyer, Joan Roth, Neville Anderson, Daryl Roth, John Deeves (Nowra)
Lorraine Moore, Norma Windley (Nowra), Jan Chappelow, Ray Dallewater, Monica Borg
Although the sun was shining, it was 'cold'
29 May 2019 - Blue Mountains Croquet Club
Blue Mountains Celebrates World Croquet Day

Blue Mountains Croquet Club celebrated World Croquet Day in style by inviting other clubs in the nearby region to participate in a friendship day at Peter Carroll Field, Leura.

We are fortunate enough to share the Cricket facilities including two of our three lawns located on the cricket outfield. Our main croquet lawn is a purpose built lawn.

None of our lawns are bowling greens and as such are fairly slow playing.

Our region is a very large region stretching from Dubbo to Cowra and across to the Blue Mountains Club at Hazelbrook.

Due to the travel distance, (from Dubbo and Cowra to Leura is approximately a four hour drive) we invited those clubs closest to us to participate in World Croquet Day.

We were blessed on the day with a beautiful sunny autumn day and welcomed players from Bathurst & Hazelbrook clubs.

In all we had twenty players looking forward to a great social day and games of croquet. We also had a crew of helpers in the kitchen preparing a delicious morning tea and lunch for the players.

Where possible we had a Blue Mountains player paired with a visitor. A player from Bathurst Club paired with a player from the Blue Mountains Club were the winners of the competition.

A great day was had by all.

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