Hav­ing a crack at cro­quet

GAME GAINS POP­U­LAR­ITY AMONG YOUNG

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Vic­to­ria Park Cro­quet Club is among the venues that will host the 2016 ACA Golf Cro­quet Na­tion­als.

IT will be cro­quet but not as you know it when Perth hosts a na­tional cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment.

Among the venues that will host 2016 ACA Golf Cro­quet Na­tion­als when it takes place from to­day to Septem­ber 11 is the Vic­to­ria Park Cro­quet Club.

About 70 play­ers are ex­pected to take part in the event, with a num­ber of youth­ful play­ers also tak­ing to the field.

Vic­to­ria Park Cro­quet Club pres­i­dent Beth­wyn John­son said there was a lot of ex­cite­ment among cro­quet play­ers for the event.

“The level of play at the cham­pi­onships com­pared to just the Perth clubs is much su­pe­rior be­cause the top play­ers in the coun­try will come here,” she said.

“Golf cro­quet is a bit dif­fer­ent from as­so­ci­a­tion cro­quet be­cause it’s much quicker and more ag­gres­sive.

“As­so­ci­a­tion cro­quet can last up to 3½ hours while golf cro­quet games only go for about 40 min­utes, it’s not as com­pli­cated to play.”

Ms John­son said golf cro­quet had al­lowed the sport to be­come more pop­u­lar with younger peo­ple.

“We have dif­fer­ent groups who come for a hit, be­cause it’s a faster and more ag­gres­sive game you can play quickly,” she said.

“There are some young play­ers com­ing to the cham­pi­onships too. There’s a 15-year-old player from New South Wales competing.

“We’d love to see even more young peo­ple come for a hit at our club too.”

Vic­to­ria Park Cro­quet Club mem­bers (L-R) Beth­wyn John­son, Bill Ser­vent and Brett McHardy, who is a state player for WA.

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