Croquet president’s gold
Swinging mallet wins gold medal
CROQUET: Croquet Queensland have been swinging the mallet for over 90 years and Isis Croquet Club president Frank Meek has only recently taken to the green.
With his keen eye and steady hand, Meek only took to the green recently and started playing competition croquet at regional clubs.
He recently played at the 2016 Maryborough Masters, but it was at the Point Lookout Croquet Club where he received a Gold Medal in third Division Association Croquet.
Meek enjoys playing twice a week at the Isis Croquet Club on Pizzey St. He said croquet is a game of skill and strategy.
“There are other games under the group name of Mallet Sports, Ricochet, Golf Croquet and Gateball,” he said.
“Croquet is a healthy sport, you get gentle exercise and you may walk several kilometres during a game.”
If your sore back doesn’t let you play golf or other sports anymore, you could try croquet.
Meek said Ricochet was invented by an Australian for people with back problems.
“Ricochet is now played around the world in croquet playing clubs, it is another Australian idea going out to the rest of the world,” he said.
The Isis Croquet Cub has a club policy for members to be sociable, they follow the rules of the game but aims to include building new friendships and enjoyment of the game.
“Since joining in competitions I have met so many friendly and welcoming players, play is competitive but it is always friendly,” Meek said.
“My bisque of 12 puts me in third division for competitions. Bisque is the name for handicap in croquet.
“Leading up to the final game my opponent for the medal, Eileen, was ahead of me in number of games won, I won that game so the medal award was settled by a countback of points won and lost.”
Croquet is a sport for you to gain ball hitting skills and to develop strategy of how to get your win, all are welcome on Tuesday or Saturday afternoon at the club in Pizzey St.
Childers club members find it quite a challenge to play against Meek with his nature ability and talent with the mallet, but it is all in good fun and keeps other on their toes.
For further information in becoming a member of the club, phone the president Frank Meek on 4126 1696.
GOLD PERFORMANCE: Frank Meek with Merryl Taylor, President of Point Lookout Croquet Club.
Isis Croquet Club House.