sport

An all abilities sport

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Keen athletes come in all ages, shapes, sizes and degrees of fitness and croquet is the perfect game for everyone. 

It doesn’t matter if your joints are creaking, your wheels are squeaking or you are super fit, you are welcome on court.

The Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort Croquet Club supports the key message that keeping fit and being the healthiest person you can be is very important and the club are wanting everyone to know that regardless of your fitness, activity or mobility levels, you can play croquet at the club.

Betty Mahoney is a long-standing member and loves croquet for the outdoor activity, the challenge of the game and the great company. 

Having played for 12 years and been heavily involved in the running of the club, Betty said “it is extremely important that croquet is an all abilities sport for our community, enabling outdoor exercise, stimulation for the mind and great company.”

Now at 86 years young and as a resident of Karana, Betty needs to use her mobility walker all the time, however, she has a strong message to everyone which is “it is always possible to play, no matter your physical ability, be patient and enjoy the exercise.” 

Results

Tuesday, July 2: With 16 players on court, there was some excellent and very closely contested croquet played with Tim Redfern and Ken Fowler being joint winners on the day with 19 hoops each.

Thursday July 4: This was the Monthly Medal competition for July with 14 players on court, entering either Division 1 (handicap 1 to 11) or Division 2 (handicap 12 to 20). 

This was an excellent session, with strong competition in both divisions resulting in some very tightly contested hoops. 

Division 1 winner was Cheryl O’Dwyer with 21 hoops and Division 2 was won by Barb Haigh also on 21 hoops. 

Monthly Medal is a singles competition played on the first Thursday of each month, members are reminded to put their names down at the club in the preceding week.

Friday and Saturday sessions were very well supported being played in beautiful conditions.

There were 19 players on Friday and 22 on Saturday with all players loving playing in the amazing winter sunshine.  

On Friday, Eileen Dowling was joined on court by her granddaughters Ellen and Clare who were visiting from Melbourne, they had a great time on court and also at morning tea. 

On Saturday, Bruce and Christine Blay who were visiting from Benalla joined the club and said they very much enjoy coming to the croquet club to play a number of times each year. 

Once again, that Hoop-in-one remained elusive!

Invitation: Christmas in July Morning Tea – On Friday July 26 the Croquet Club will be having morning tea at the club rooms, located at the YMGCR and anyone is welcome. 

So come along and join in for Christmas in July. What time? Morning tea will be held between games 1 and 2 and will start at approximately 10.30 am and only costs $5 for visitors. 

For further information on Association Croquet, Golf Croquet or the club including membership, please contact Judi Welch on 0427678002 or email [email protected]