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What has been happening at our club recently ...

Strathfield Rotary held their first meeting of the year at our club in mid January. This tradition goes back to 2010 and combines croquet, socialising and sharing a great meal.
This year there were thirty two from Rotary and five SCC volunteers.

We now have a group of Rotarians who are quite accomplished at Golf Croquet - they have fun while remaining competitive. We help new players integrate with the more experienced players. Some of the Rotarians asked about Gateball, so we gave them some experience with the different equipment involved.

 

During 2020 the club will launch A Taste of Croquet.  See Come and Try Sessions under Joining the Club. We ask all members to assist in this initiative by doing two things.

 First, take away one of the brochures currently on the table in the club and give it to someone you know who might be interested in joining.

Second,  if you are a member of another organisation, or know someone who is a member of another organisation, then see what you can do to get that organisation to invite our team of Bob Phillips, Peter Hall and Ruth Bridger to give them a one-hour Taste of Croquet talk.  Contact Bob Phillips for more information.

Bob Phillips, Peter Hall and Ruth Bridger have given talks to the Shedless Men at Breakfast Point and to members of the Drummoyne Community Center.  The talks cover the social history of the game,  basic strategies of golf croquet and the personal benefits of playing.  

 

The club needs volunteers to assist with organising occasional small club functions  (e.g., following an inter-club Championship, or an introductory croquet post-Course picnic lunch). The club would pay for the catering of drinks/food. Perhaps, you know a retired event organiser, who could easily handle the occasional small-medium sized lunch group. If you do,send an email via strathfieldcroquet@gmail.com , This activity has nothing to do with the larger community functions, who self-provide, and are a source of necessary income for the club.

The club needs volunteers to assist with minor editorial activities on our website, updating announcements and the like. While this may sound daunting, it is, in fact, extremely straightforward. Our Club website manager, Peter Hall, is only too happy to give you an hour or so practice. (All you will need. It is actually easier to learn than Golf Croquet and can be done in the comfort of your own home. And, if you muck it up, it is trivially easy to fix.) Impress your family and friends with your technological expertise.

 

Re water usage: we are permitted to water our active playing fields with our watering system before 10 am and after 4pm.  This permission probably may be reviewed later in the year. Geoff Boyce handles matters related to irrigation.  Ann and Yvonne welcome other players to assist anytime with hand watering the pots.

 

The new SCC Gateball sticks are now on new storage hangers in cupboard closest to the front windows. Thank you Geoff for setting up the hangers.

You may have noticed the new front door, the new front gates and done up club sign. Also, a new water tap has appeared, on the western side of property. Thank you, Jo Constable (our properties manager), for successfully keeping our clubhouse and lawn surrounds looking good.

Our croquet club has contributed $400 to the Strathfield Sports Club Bushfire AppealThis has been topped up by a $100 contribution from Petula.

 

Two Twilight Croquet Sessions were held at our Club during Seniors Week 2020.

SCC Club members explained the game of golf croquet to both groups of aspiring players.

At the conclusion of each session we all went into the clubhouse for cake and tea.

Judging from their responses to the game, the participants were very happy, and surprised with their croquet experience. 

Yes, it was said to me, 'What an eye opener. This game of croquet is such fun.'  (Yvonne Webster)

Twilight croquet has been cancelled on Fridays due to the COVID-19.  It will be back better than ever once the longer days emerge and the pandemic has been  beaten. ( Margaret Gollan)

 
 

Eugene Chang was a visitor to our club in late February. Over from the UK, Eugene had been a participant in the recent World AC Championships held in Cairnlea in Melbourne.  He had been staying with relatives in Strathfield and located our club through the website.

 

Consequently, Eugene was able to join members in a regular Thursday morning AC session.  He was impressed by our diversity of game codes successfully fitting our weekly timetable.


Eugene’s visit was a timely reminder that croquet is not “just for the older folk”.  Indeed three out of the four semi-finalists in the championship were under thirty.