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9 January 2019 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Club joins in the fun of Entertaining Young Children over the Holidays

Nowra welcomed 16 young boys and girls aged from 5 to 13 on our courts during the school holidays. Four of our members undertook the ‘challenge’ of enjoying some ball skills with the younger players whilst our member Marie Mclean showed the older players the fundamentals of G.C. The group has an enjoyable 2 hours

All photos and this article were approved by the head staff in attendance.

Bob Williamson

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A happy group of children with a happy group of Club members
Karen James club treasurer shows how to 'skittle'
Nola Windley club secretary shows how to 'climb the ladder'
Club Captain, Margret Sawers watching 'great follow through'
Social Secretary Marie Mclean 'golfing'
27 October 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Spring GC Carnival

16 players from Wollongong, Jamberoo, EDSAC (Bateau Bay), Toronto, Young and Nowra competed in the Nowra Golf Croquet Singles handicap and level play tournament held at the Nowra club on Friday 19th to Monday 22nd October 2018.

The games were played in two blocks double round robin format with the first round played as handicap play and the second-round level play,

Bock A was won Wayne Worrall (Nowra) who won 11 out of 14 games to beat Bruce Glasgow (Toronto) with 10 wins.

Block B was won by Di Milne (Nowra) with 10 wins,

When the last game of block B between Brian Mitchell (Nowra)and Barbara Murray (Jamberoo) began both Brian and Barbara had won 8 games each. Brian won to claim the runner up prize.

Barbara in third place was awarded an encouragement award as she entered the tournament on a handicap of 11 unaware that she would be playing level games against players on handicaps much lower than herself and managed to win 8 out of 14 games.

After the games finished a BBQ lunch was enjoyed by players and workers before the presentation of prizes was made.

Article courtesy of Margaret Sawers
Photos/video Bob Williamson

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Block A winner Wayne Worrall, club captain Margaret Sawers, runner up Bruce Glasgow
Block B winner Di Milne, and runner up Brian Mitchell
Encouragement award Barbara Murray Jamberoo with Margaret Sawers
Pat Moroney, Jamberoo, having a successful jump over blue.
Bernie McAlary, Wollongong having successful jump over yellow
Nice to catch up with old friends
22 October 2018 - Gloucester Croquet Club
Gala Day at Gloucester

On 1st September Gloucester Golf Croquet Club welcomed a pleasant spring day for their annual Gala Day, along with thirty-nine players from nine clubs: Toronto, Manly, Newcastle National Park, Mr Sugarloaf, Forster, Macquarie City, Myall Park, Maitland and Nelson Bay. Lyn Stewart from the Gloucester Club was called upon late on Friday night owing to a last-minute withdrawal.

Margaret-Rose Thompson from Nelson Bay once again was our Gala Day Referee-in-Charge. She was ably assisted by Janine Crellin and Jan Sage from Taree and Penny Jude and Tom Adams from Forster. Some players also assisted during the day.

This was doubles day. Play was over 4 Blocks, each pair playing four games over the day.

Vice President Elaine Leech welcomed the visitors then handed over to Margaret-Rose to deliver the format for the day.

Players were treated to our very popular soup and damper lunch, with morning and afternoon tea (home-cooked scones, cakes and slices) available all day.

The day concluded with the drawing of numerous prizes followed by the announcement of Block Winners.

Block A: Brenda Wild and Carol Goodman.
Block B: Cheryl Lloyd and Sandy Tawa.
Block C: Anne Johnston and Barbara Moran.
Block D: Wayne Johnston & Marion Graff.

Beverley Murray

L-R: Vice President Elaine Leech, Margaret-Rose Thompson with Block A winners Carol Goodman and Brenda Wild
19 October 2018 - Mid North Coast Croquet Council
Mid North Coast Croquet Council - Report and Winners for 2018

The Forster, Gloucester, Taree and Port Macquarie Clubs have had another year of challenging competitions. Two levels of competition are played in association croquet, golf croquet and ricochet.

In the first half of the year Inter-Club Handicap Competitions are held. Each club plays against the other three clubs in one day competitions.

In golf croquet there are twelve games of singles and twelve games of doubles in each match. The 2018 winner of the Jan Sage Plate was the Gloucester Club.

In association croquet, because of the limited number of players, four games of singles and two games of doubles are played in each match. The 2018 winner of the Rogers Plate was the Port Macquarie Club.

The ricochet competition was added this year. In each match eight games of singles and two games of doubles were played. The winning club was Port Macquarie.

The District Championships are held in September/October each year. In association croquet level play singles games are played between the divisional winners. The event was hosted by Forster, run by Barb McTiernan, and the winners were:

Division 1 Ray Vize (Forster)
Division 2 Graham Innocent (Forster)
Division 3 Sue Shenton (Port Macquarie)
Division 4 Neil Fuller (Forster)

Gloucester hosted the golf croquet championships on a wet and windy day. Bev Murray and her team organised the day. This is a team competition with singles and doubles games played. The winners were:

Division 1 Forster (Ray Vize and Sandy Coutts)
Division 2 Gloucester (Bev Murray, Yvonne Bagnall and Brenda Pennicuik)
Division 3 Forster (Debbie Fuller, Norma Bogan and Daphne Young)

The ricochet championships were held at Taree, organised by Jan Sage. The winners were:

Division 1 Sue Moss (Port Macquarie)
Division 2 Bridget Earle (Port Macquarie)
Division 3 Janine Crellin (Taree)
Division 4 Keith Dalton (Port Macquarie)

With the introduction of ricochet we are delighted that eight of our players are now ricochet referees, thanks to the help and guidance of Margaret Thompson.

The final event of the year will be the Christmas Party and Trophy Presentation at Port Macquarie.

The four clubs are very supportive of these inter-club events and foster friendship and lively competition between our players.

Bridget Earle, President
Carol Dwyer, Secretary/Treasurer

Inter-Club Competitions

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Golf Croquet

District Championships



26 September 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Club Handicap Doubles Championships

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September saw 16 members of Nowra croquet club enjoying the club's handicap doubles championship in perfect Spring weather.

The format of the competition was a single round robin in two blocks of four couples then a knock out for the finals.

The winners of the red block were David Knott and Di Milne winning all 3 of their games second with the late pairing of Sylvia Sheffield and Ralph Tankard .

The blue block was extremely close, Paul and Robynn Wormleaton beat Ann and Wayne Worrall on a countback and Ann and Wayne beat Norma Windley and Marie McLean on a countback .

The knock out played of Saturday afternoon was won by Ralph and Sylvia from Ann and Wayne, all members who were knocked out in the first two rounds stayed on to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea and watch the semi-finals and finals

Article and photograph courtesy of club captain Margaret Sawers.

L-R Winners, Ralph Tankard and Sylvia Sheffield and runners up Anne and Wayne Worrall
25 September 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Raising Funds and Having Fun with Probus

On Monday 24th September, 2018 Nowra Club hosted our annual visit from Probus Clubs within the Shoalhaven area. Clubs from St. Georges Basin, Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven mens, Shoalhaven Heads and of course, Nowra. We had 56 players and an additional 36 non players from the clubs. The players enjoyed golf croquet, under the watchful eyes of our club members. Whilst some of our members were demonstrating “being friendly “ others were showing the “nasty side of croquet” in a fun and friendly manner. Much laughter could be heard from the four half courts set up to meet the demand of the visitors. The weather was cool, with a slight shower which did not deter the players!.

Our club provided complimentary tea and coffee, whilst the Probus catering team provided a wonderfull lunch of meats and salads, followed by sweets. Play continued after lunch.

Whilst our members were having fun with the visitors. we were raising funds through our normal green fees for visitors and a successful raffle with prizes donated by club members.

The day was a great success through the hard work of club members and resulting in one group showing interest to hold a smaller day once a month, whilst several showed interest in becoming members of our club

Article and photos by Bob Williamson, President/Publicity

Some of the early players showing their excitement
Club member Larry Becroft watches
L_R Margaret Hamblion, Anne Lowenstein, Jan Chappelow and Margaret Turner
L-R Evonne Potts, Pat Maidment, Terry Wright, Club Treasurer Karen James. and Mina Wright
L-R Julie Angove, Vivian Shih, Fae Lloyd, Joan Davoren, and cub member Ralph Tankard
L-R Club Captain, Margaret Sawers, John Tobin, Michael and Jane Miezio, and Jean Tobin
Enjoying the instruction
L-R Bruce and Glynis Wallsmith, Club Secretary Norma Windley, Norma Fiddes, Lindsay Evans
L-R Anna Stewart, Beverly Walker, Jim Stewart, club member Don Sawers, Llois Shorten
L-R Ian McKinnon, club members David Turvey and Geoff Herne, Therasa McKinnon, Wendy Francis, Kevin Cummins
25 August 2018 - Nowra Croquet Club
Nowra Croquet Club hosts Division One State Titles on behalf of Croquet N.S.W.

Over five days the Nowra club was given the honour of hosting Double and Singles Golf Croquet titles at their lawns at Bomaderry. The doubles of eight pairs were contested over the weekend of 18 and 19 August 2018 under very difficult conditions of strong winds and cold temperatures.

The winners were David Hanbidge of Nowra on a handicap of minus three and his partner Jamie Gumbrell of Canberra on minus one. During the weekend Jamie had his 18th birthday!! whilst David will be representing Australia in Croquet in Egypt!! later in the year. The runners up in the doubles were Peter Freer of Canberra and Liz Montague of Killara

Following on the doubles, the singles were held on Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 August, under much better conditions enabling players to show their skills as State division one players. In all eleven players contested the singles event, with Peter Freer of Canberra, winning from David Woods from Sutherland.

Visitors for the titles came from Canberra, Sutherland, Wollongong, Toronto, Royal Sydney and players from Nowra. Visiting referees, Ric Mills from Orange and June Hodge from Shepparton officiated during the games.

The State Secretary, Stephen Thornton congratulated Nowra Club on the way the titles were conducted and its looking forward to having more titles held at Nowra once four new courts are established at Bomaderry. Other visitors were impressed with the number of local club members attending to view some great golf croquet.

Bob Williamson

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Eighteen year old Jamie Gumbrell (Canberra) running the hoop with pink on his way to winning the doubles event watched by onlookers
Nowra Club captain, jumping yellow to win the hoop
Jamie Gumbrell, discussing tactics with partner David Hanbidge (nowra) watched by Margaret Sawers and Larry Becroft both from Nowra
Visitor Ros Johnstone of Sutherland jumps white over green under the watchful eye of referee Ric Mills of Orange
Doubles runners up Liz Montague (Killara) and Peter Freer( Canberra ) with CNSW Secretary Steve Thornton
Doubles winners David Hanbidge (Nowra) and Jamie Gumbrell (Canberra) with Steve Thornton (CNSW)
Singles winner Peter Freer (Canberra) congratulating David Woods (Sutherland) with Nowra Captain Margaret Sawers
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