29 Feb - 5 Mar 2008
Bundanoon Croquet Club
A most successful fifth annual croquet carnival has recently been held by the Bundanoon Croquet Club. The event was held over five days with participants from as far afield as Taree and Queensland. For the first time Bundanoon players entered the carnival and acquitted themselves very well.
Things commenced with a drinks and fingerfood evening on Friday 29 February. A convivial dinner was held at the Bundanoon Club on the Sunday evening and the carnival concluded with the presentation of prizes and a barbeque lunch on Wednesday 5 March.
Although the northern visitors found the weather a little chilly for the first couple of days the weather warmed up as we progressed with only one short shower over the entire five days.
A high standard of play was evident particularly in Blocks A and B with several players achieving the maximum score of 26 in some games.
Many visitors commented favourably on the venue, the organization and the hospitality. Congratulations to all members of the organizing committee who each contributed to the various aspects that made the carnival a success. Special thanks is due to the Referee in Charge, Jan Sage of Taree, who ensured a referee was on hand for each game.
It was pleasing to see some interested local spectators, some of whom were keen to take up the game.
Successful players were:
Best Shot of the Carnival: Shirley Hansen from Southern Highlands Club
They all received prizes or trophies, and lots of wine, courtesy of the major sponsor, Pernod Ricard Australia.
If you have not been to Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands then you may like to consider it for 2009, but you will have to get in early as the carnival can only accept 30 players. Autumn Carnival flyers will be out in October 2008.