By Riverine Herald


The previous Thursday saw the EMCC take on the Numurkah Blues away.

With scores level for most of the day, the Blues got in front winning 73-69. Games were won six-apiece, with Mavis Peters playing well winning three, and Vince Jessen won twice.

The team will play at Rich River this week against the Kangas.

Numbers were better on the past Friday, with the help of some of the Shepparton club joining in as their courts were closed for their two day association tournament.

Jenny Grose from Shepparton played well and came out the winner with Roly Hall runner-up. EMCC’s John Alstin competed in the two-day tournament at Shepparton winning all of his games on both days, coming home with first prize for division three with a total of 46 hoops.

Monday’s turnout saw 17 players take to the courts, with Andrew and Lyn White from the Sandringham Croquet Club joining in.

Doubles, singles and a trio were played with games well fought and taking some time to finish.

Beryl Ash won all her games and received a Lets Do Coffee voucher — Roly Hall the runner-up.

With the weather warming up and our greensman doing a top job, the courts are starting to look a treat, it’s beautiful down at Vic Park in the mornings, so give croquet a try.

New members are welcome. Contact John Alstin.

Rich River

The croquet season is well and truly under way and the courts have been busy at Rich River.

On Thursday of the past week the Emus played Deni Diamonds at home in golf croquet pennant, and 12 club members were joined by 10 probus club visitors having a try at croquet.

The Emus lost to Deni who are ladder leaders.

After the first four games, games were level and the Emus led by two hoops. Deni then ran away, winning the next four singles and two of the four doubles.

The end score was Deni eight games, 73 hoops, to Rich River Emus four games, 66 hoops.

Graham Richards, Jim Gunn and Di Smyth each won two games.

The Rich River Kangas played golf croquet pennant at Euroa and came home winners by a narrow margin.

After 10 games the scores were tied at five apiece, 58 hoops each. The final two games were a win at 7-1 and a loss at 3-7, making the Kangas winners by two hoops.

Russ Smyth won three games, Anne Dodd and Helen Brierley won two games each, and Kaye Joyce had one win.

In club play Margie Seelenmeyer and Ian Grant both had three wins, but Marg won the day with a nett hoop score of plus nine, Ian was pipped at the post on plus eight.

Dave Hocking had two hoops in one, Ian Grant had one.

The club hosted a successful seniors day on Friday. Fourteen visitors attended to learn the basics of the game and enjoy a competitive game or two.

Croquet is often seen as a game suitable for seniors as it involves low impact physical exercise as well as brain exercise in strategic thinking.

It is also gaining popularity amongst younger players and the Victorian Croquet Association is actively promoting the sport in schools.

In club play on Tuesday morning, 18 members played singles. Three players won three games each.

Dave Hocking was the winner with an aggregate hoop score of plus 16, having only five hoops scored against him across three games.

Russ Smyth was second with an aggregate hoops score of plus 13, and Ian Grant was third with plus 11.

Marg Kennedy scored a hoop in one.

In the afternoon about 40 members of the Notting Hill Probus Group joined Rich River members for a hit, proving croquet is a game enjoyed from first hit.

In association croquet on Wednesday, Rich River’s section two team were defeated by Shepparton, 0-3.

The club is looking forward to its annual Rich River Classic tournament, to be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Saturday low handicap players are competing and with entries from some of the top Victorian and NSW players, the club is anticipating excellent croquet.

Players with mid range handicaps are playing on Sunday, and higher handicap entries on Monday.

Visitors are welcome to come along and witness the competitive play.