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27 Apr 2017 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra hosts combined Probus clubs for their annual 'friendly'

On Monday the 24th May, Nowra again hosted Probus clubs from Nowra and Jervis Bay for their annual friendly GC day held at our courts in Bomaderry. Some 50 visitors enjoyed the bright and warm autumn day. Members of the croquet club assisted the players in honing their croquet skills with much fun and friendship. One of the visitors, Susan Wiesberg, was visiting from Boston, America, whilst another local visitor was Margie Thompson, who is ninety five years of age and quiet skilful with the mallet. Nowra Croquet Club always enjoy hosting these events.

Bob Williamson

Visitors, Susan Weisberg (USA) Jan Chappelow, Monica Borg, Anne Lowenstein, watched by club member Phil Pickard
Steve Hutchison, watches Brian Costello, "skittle the bottles"
Geoff O’Dwyer, Lyn Thomson, Pat O’Dwyer and Nowra club member Val Pickard "pose for the camera"
Evonne Hutchison, Karen James(Nowra), Brian Costello, Ron Strong, watch Steve Hutchison "swing away"
Ross Thomson Margaret Hamblion and Sandra McLaren watch Margie Thompson (95) "run the hoop"
Winners are grinners, Margie Thompson celebrates her hoop!
Always a nice way to spend an autumn day!!
19 Apr 2017 - Port Hacking Croquet Club
Inaugural Sutherland Shire Shield Croquet Competition

On Easter Monday, glorious autumn sunshine provided a splendid backdrop for the inaugural battle for the Shire Shield between Port Hacking and Sutherland Croquet Clubs.

Port Hacking Club was the host club this time, but this will alternate from year to year.

Players from both clubs competed in pairs (one player from Sutherland Club with one player from Port Hacking Club) to win the shield. Wendy Fothergill, from Sydney Croquet Club, was referee for the day.

The battle on the lawns lasted all day with just a break for lunch in the club rooms. The motto for the day was "For Fun and Friendship" and this was certainly the prevailing spirit throughout the day's play.

The 2017 winning team was Margery Bennett (Sutherland CC) and Lorraine Hatfield (Port Hacking CC). Runners-up were Deb Morgan (SCC) and Peter Cullen (PHCC).

18 Apr 2017 - Nowra Croquet Club
Margaret Sawers
Exciting Finish to NSW Women's GC Singles

Nowra Club Captain Margaret Sawers has beaten Maitland's Pam Gentle in a hoop count back for the state women's title.

The double round robin event bubbled to a climax as both Pam and Margaret moved smoothly through the draw with consistent and accurate play.

Pam had the edge leading into day two, having beaten Margaret in their first round encounter. However, Margaret showed a steely nerve and great determination to set up a nail biting conclusion to the championship.

She had to beat Pam in the second last game of the tournament, then the experienced Nerida Taylor to take home the silverware.

Nerida was full of praise for Margaret's effort saying she was 'very focussed'.

Both Margaret and Pam ended up on 10 wins each from their 12 games, with Margaret winning by 10 hoops on a count back.

The popular former NSW representative started the tournament as the number four seed behind Ros Johnstone, Pam and Nerida but her fearless hoop running and well thought out clearances saw her upset her more fancied rivals.

This is Margaret's first state CG title, although she combined with club mate Glyn Williams to win the state Ricochet Doubles title last year.

The Nowra club is incredible proud of their club captain's achievement. She is famous for her boundless energy and is always encouraging, coaching and devoting countless hours to the members and the club.

David Hanbidge
19 Jan 2017 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra enjoys Twilight Skills and Drills

Nowra Club is always encouraging members to improve their croquet game and what a better time, than in the cool of a twilight summers evening . A recent evening saw some twenty members enjoy skills and drills hosted by club members, Margaret Sawers and David Hanbidge. Club members are encouraged to try their hand at passing on skills and drills sessions to members.

Roquet the "Big Ball"
David Hanbidge and Margaret Sawers, with our "practice balls"
Successful shot !!!
Getting the lowdown
Enjoying twilight time
17 Dec 2016 - Nowra Croquet Club
John Deeves awarded Life Membership Nowra Croquet Club

John joined Nowra Croquet club in September 2001 and began to coach new players and maintain the lawns through regular moving, spraying and placing permanent boundary lines for the safety of players. In 2007 he help roll the resurfaced lawn twice a day for a week with an old tennis court roller half filled with water...hard work

John was a member of the winning Gold Association pennant team in 2004

He was club captain, in 2007, president in 2008 and 2014

John was a driving force in the establishment of the present courts at Bomaderry

John has also helped our club over the years as being available referee for all forms of croquet tournaments . He also recruited other player from clubs for tournaments.

Club President Wendy Wade, Life Member Margaret Sawers and newest Life Member John Deeves
25 Nov 2016 - Northern Rivers Croquet Association
Ricochet Workshop Hits The Target

The ricochet workshop presented by Margaret-Rose Thompson, Nelson Bay Croquet Club, at Lismore on 18 November 2016 was a great success.

The workshop held by Northern Rivers Croquet Association was organised in response to the ongoing demand by players from member clubs to learn how to play ricochet. Members from most of the NRCA clubs – Alstonville, Ballina Casino and Lismore, and one member from the newly formed club at Iluka - were enthusiastic participants in the workshop. The workshop consisted of Margaret-Rose outlining the rules of the game and basic strategies to all the participants. The participants were then broken up into small groups so that they could put into practice on the lawns what they had learnt.

Participants ranged from players new to ricochet, to those who have been learning the rudiments, to more experienced players who have played club games and even some who have played in the NRCA Ricochet Annual Tournament. Lismore and Ballina have members who play ricochet regularly and who have competed in the NRCA Ricochet Tournament since its inception a few years ago.

Members from other clubs are keen to learn ricochet to broaden the scope and appeal of their clubs to current and prospective members. Several clubs that previously played AC no longer have members who are physically able to play AC but these members are keen to play ricochet. Other clubs have newer members who play GC but want to test themselves with the challenge that ricochet presents.

NRCA is confident that with the increasing interest in ricochet that we will be able to run a ricochet pennants competition in 2017.

The workshop capped off a productive and successful ricochet focussed few days with local players (Jean Hill, Mary Hughes, Julie O’Brien and Richard Hughes all from Ballina Croquet and Deborah Matten, Lismore Croquet Club) gaining their accreditation as ricochet referees.

All participants were impressed by Margret-Rose’s knowledge, wisdom and commitment. We appreciate the time and effort Margaret-Rose took to travel to our area and the time and patience she devoted to our players in conveying her knowledge and love of the game. Regional clubs really appreciate the effort and sacrifices of volunteers such as Margaret-Rose who contribute to the health of the game outside the metropolitan area.

Richard Hughes
Co-ordinator AC and Ricochet
Northern Rivers Croquet Association

Practical session
1 Sep 2016 - Toronto Croquet Club
Inaugural Gold Brooch event at Toronto

Toronto Croquet Club hosted the Inaugural Gold Brooch Event on 29th, 30th and 31st August. 13 teams from Jamberoo, EDSACC, Toronto, Maitland, Taree and Port Macquarie competed and some magnificent croquet was played by all.

1st place went to Robyn Compton and John Pace (Maitland). 2nd place to Sandra Howchin and Pat Moroney (Jamberoo). Well done!

Marie Munns

1st place Robyn and John
2nd place Sandra Howchin & Pat Moroney (gone home)
30 Aug 2016 - Nowra Croquet Club
Combined Probus clubs play croquet

Nowra Croquet Club hosted the annual combined Probus Croquet Day at their courts at Bomaderry on Monday 22nd August 2016. The day was organised by the Nowra Probus Club with other visitors from the Shoalhaven mens and the Jervis Bay clubs. Thirty six probus players assisted by croquet club members, enjoyed the day of golf croquet and other mallet competitions whist other visitors enjoyed the club facilities. Although the weather was cold, it did not affect the enthusiasm of the players. A barbecue lunch was enjoyed by all those present.

Bob Williamson

Club member Doug Houssenloge instructs Gerry Lowenstein, Greg Watts and Geoff Herne
Visitors June Wirth, Margy Thomnpson, Anne Lowenstein, Monica Borg
Waiting Sandy Campbell, Club member Karen James, Jim Ryan, Terry Edwards, Ross Thomson
Winners Joan Roth, Kerry Wright, Daryl Roth, Club member Marie Mclean, Mina Wright
Fun and mallet skills
Cold weather did not detract visitors
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