Club opens its new home of cro­quet

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - REXINE HAWES

The last few weeks have been stel­lar for the Mata­mata Cro­quet Club, who after over a year of wait­ing, are play­ing on brand new in­ter­na­tional-sized courts.

Mem­bers of the club have been wait­ing pa­tiently for their Smith Street club rooms and courts to be ready, since they sold the for­mer ag­ing club grounds just over a year ago.

Trea­surer Allan El­liot says the for­mer grounds, be­hind Mata­mata Bowl­ing Club, were in­ad­e­quate.

The grounds only had four courts, one was di­vided into two and none were full size.

There were no gaps be­tween the greens and the ag­ing club house only held 30 peo­ple.

The club has a mem­ber­ship of 63 reg­u­lar play­ers, plus 14 Mata­mata Col­lege play­ers.

The new premises has six in­ter­na­tional-sized greens and the club room holds up to 90 peo­ple.

‘‘It was great to watch it come to­gether,’’ said El­liot.

El­liot de­signed the new club rooms, and Waikato/King Coun­try As­so­ci­a­tion pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Joe Beat­tie said it was agreed upon at a meet­ing with coun­cil that those plans would be used un­til it reached the build­ing process.

Even then, he said Wright­way Builders didn’t de­vi­ate much from them.

He said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the club com­mit­tee and coun­cil had been a very pos­i­tive one.

‘‘We are in­debted greatly to coun­cil, for the help, the ground, for all the help they have given us. They have been out­stand­ing.’’

Beat­tie said most towns have a cro­quet club, which is only fit­ting con­sid­er­ing the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion in cro­quet on a global scale.

Beat­tie de­scribed New Zealand cro­quet as a ‘‘pow­er­house’’.

Four world ti­tles are held by New Zealan­ders, and of the 26 play­ers head­ing to Aus­tralia for the Golf Cro­quet World Champs, 17 are New Zealan­ders, in­clud­ing play­ers from the Mor­rinsville cro­quet club.

The of­fi­cial open­ing was held late last month, which in­cluded the open­ing speech by club pres­i­dent Allan Bruce, the first hoop made by club pa­tron Loma Keatinge and the tape cut by Mayor Jan Barnes.

The club also hosted an in­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment, which in­cluded 14 clubs, some trav­el­ling from as far away ay Whakatane and Katikati.

REXINE HAWES

The new Mata­mata cro­quet club grounds in­clude in­ter­na­tional sized courts.

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