Shepparton Croquet Club's new season is up and running after the club had its opening day yesterday.By Damen Francis
All signs point to a great season ahead at Shepparton Croquet Club.
Loyal club member Pam Senior officially opened proceedings yesterday, with the first hoop of the new season in ideal playing conditions.
Twenty-three players took part in the opening day, with the club made up of about 36 members.
Club president Alan Kneebone said Senior was worthy of carrying on an annual tradition.
‘‘Pam has been at the club for many years and she has always represented the club well at pennant and tournaments,’’ Kneebone said.
‘‘She’s still a very competitive player, too.’’
The season runs until May and among its features are the Shepparton Open Tournament in October and the traditional Easter Tournament, which attracts players from across Victoria and interstate, as well as the Club Championships.
Kneebone said the introduction of golf croquet as well as the original association style of play had given the club a boost.
One of the main differences between the two is in golf croquet players take turns in taking shots, while in association players can earn extra shots by getting the ball through a hoop or by hitting other balls.
‘‘Association was more popular, but golf croquet is a much easier form to learn,’’ Kneebone said.
‘‘Because you can learn more quickly, it’s a good starting point and some people go on to play both.
‘‘We’re looking forward to a good season, a competitive season and a season of good health.’’
The club plays pennant weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays and there is social play on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
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