New club formed in Rock­ing­ham

Kwinana Courier - - Community Classifieds | Sport -

CRO­QUET, a cross be­tween play­ing chess and pool on a grass court, is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Rock­ing­ham, with a new club be­ing formed at Lark Hill.

Mem­bers of the Craby Cro­quet Club started swing­ing their mal­lets in May and are en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to take up the sport, which has tra­di­tion­ally been as­so­ci­ated with se­niors.

Pres­i­dent Carmel Hodges held a train­ing ses­sion with stu­dents from the Mal­ibu School last week and said the game was chal­leng­ing and fun.

“I saw that there was a need in Rock­ing­ham for a cro­quet club that was not age-re­stric­tive and I want to be able to in­vite peo­ple to join the club who are younger,” she said.

“Once they have a go, young peo­ple do en­joy it.”

The club cur­rently plays once a week on Thurs­days at Lark Hill and is look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing on week­ends af­ter win­ter sports have wrapped up in Oc­to­ber.

In May the Aus­tralian cro­quet team, in­clud­ing sev­eral play­ers in their early 20s, won the MacRobert­son In­ter­na­tional Cro­quet Shield for the first time in 82 years.

“The cap­tain of the team was a West Aus­tralian work­ing man, so it is not just for re­tirees and old peo­ple,” Hodges said.

She said the club was look­ing at be­com­ing af­fil­i­ated with the WA Cro­quet As­so­ci­a­tion and hold tour­na­ments.

For fur­ther de­tails, con­tact Hodges on 0409 369 203.

Carmel Hodges (in red hat) gives some cro­quet tips to Mal­ibu School su­per­vi­sor Chantelle Eaves and stu­dents Kyah Bozic and Ja­cob Whear.

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