Cro­quet pres­i­dent’s gold

Swing­ing mal­let wins gold medal

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - Jodie Dixon jodie.dixon@isistc­news.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

GOLD PER­FOR­MANCE: Frank Meek with Mer­ryl Taylor, Pres­i­dent of Point Look­out Cro­quet Club.

Jac­quie Par­sons.

Isis Cro­quet Club House.

Frank Meek.

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