Croquet Communique

The Croquet Lawns are playing well and being enjoyed by many. To see so many faces, old and new, enjoying playing is wonderful, a very welcome sight and for many a reunion with friends they haven’t seen or been in contact with, for a long time.

The entry into the Internal Summer Competitions is higher than ever and it is pleasing to see many new Members taking the challenge.

Thanks to Tony Salem, who has been busy awarding handicaps to all those new competitors.

Covid ‘guidance’ has prevented the running of club ‘roll up’ sessions, so we are now considering ways of arranging some games of general mixed play to allow people to meet other players in the section.

Booking System

The Croquet Booking System is working reasonably well, and most Members are following the Guidelines. It is important that they continue to do so to enable all to have fair access to the lawns.

Youth Section 

The Youth Section held a ‘Covid’ limited Easter Event last week. Despite a bitterly cold wind, ten players, including two new section Members, enjoyed some very competitive play, mainly singles. Plenty of close matches, good natured and entertaining, a light-hearted finish included all competing in ‘nearest the pin’, and ‘nearest the hoop’ shoot-outs.

External Competitions

The draws for this year’s National Competitions are underway and to date we have received information on two Inter-Club Golf Croquet Competition: We have a bye in the first round, (a reward for making the final last year!) and will meet either Surbiton or Hamptworth in the Quarter Final.

Murphy Golf Croquet Comp: We are in the first round ‘proper’ against either Compton or Cheam, who meet in a preliminary round. More information will follow when dates have been finalised.

Keep well, follow the guidelines and enjoy your croquet!

Mike Pattison | Croquet Captain