Croquet tournaments draw big crowds

March 03, 2018

On the money: Jenny Kneebone, Roger Bird and Sue van Lunenburg all were winners in the association croquet open tournament.

Players from across Australia descended on the Goulburn Valley last month for the 2018 Goulburn Valley Croquet Association open tournaments.

Both tournaments — golf and association — welcomed players, from the most skilful to local stalwarts with fewer skills but just as much enthusiasm for the sport.

Shepparton Croquet Club publicity officer Trudy Serafini said the events were a huge success, especially Rich River Croquet Club’s golf croquet event on February 14 and 15.

‘‘People from as far as South Australia travelled to the golf tournament because they don’t get many opportunities to compete,’’ she said.

‘‘We had a great day and the players were superb to watch.’’

A full field of 32 battled it out across four divisions.

Division one was won by Victor Harbour’s Ron McBride, with Deniliquin’s John James runner-up.

Cooler conditions greeted players at Shepparton Croquet Club, with 18 association croquet players taking the stand.

Quarry Hill’s Roger Bird took out division one, ahead of Rich River’s Kenn Boal.

Serafini said while the two-day tournaments are gruelling for players, both were well represented.

‘‘A lot of people come to Shepparton because they love it so much; it has a great reputation,’’ she said.

Shepparton’s next tournament is a golf fundraiser for the club on Friday, March 23.

‘‘We have got a special day of golf planned, it is a big fundraiser for Shepparton Club,’’ Serafini said.

‘‘A lot of people will travel to Shepparton for that day too.’’

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