Having a crack at croquet
GAME GAINS POPULARITY AMONG YOUNG
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.