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Mallets dusted off for new season

Shepparton Croquet Club officially launched its new season on Tuesday with about 20 members turning out for a game.

MATTHEW GALEA August 28, 2014 3:10am

Barb Wheelhouse officially opens Shepparton Croquet Club’s season on Tuesday.

The croquet season kicked into full gear on Tuesday at Shepparton Croquet Club.

The club had its annual open day, with about 20 members turning up to play association and golf croquet.

The greens were terrifically presented at the club.

Club vice president Vic Robinson said he was happy to officially start the new season.

‘‘It’s the first day of the Shepparton croquet season,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘It will run from now right through until May next year.

‘‘They play socially and our practice games are on Tuesdays and Saturday is for association croquet and golf croquet.’’

Association croquet is an advanced game that requires players to hit two balls through six hoops using a variety of shots, while golf croquet only requires players to hit one ball.

‘‘The turnout today is the average sort of turnout,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘We’ve got three division three and four teams and one division one and two teams for pennant croquet where they play here and in Mooroopna, Numurkah, Rich River, Cobram, Nagambie and Euroa, so there are plenty of teams across the district.

‘‘There is actually four divisions, but divisions one and two play together in pennant season as do division three and four.’’

Pennant is played on a Wednesday, with golf croquet played on Friday.

Robinson said any players interested in playing were welcome to come to the club and give it a go.

‘‘We’d love some new members,’’ Robinson said.

‘‘The club is progressing reasonably well compared to other clubs in the district, and we like beginners. We like people coming down just to give it a shot.’’

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