Pu­taruru Cro­quet Club is grow­ing

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

It’s not the way grandma used to play but it ap­pears golf cro­quet has be­come a pop­u­lar game in Pu­taruru.

Pu­taruru so­cial cro­quet club cap­tain Ron Roberts said mem­bers have con­tin­ued to trickle into the club since its es­tab­lish­ment about seven years ago.

‘‘The old type of cro­quet as grandma used to to play, that’s what I like to it call it, is dy­ing.’’

While some af­fil­i­ated clubs are los­ing mem­bers, the Pu­taruru club is go­ing strong, he said.

Older style cro­quet is played with one per­son on the field at a time, whereas golf cro­quet is played in teams and is more ‘‘so­cial’’.

Mainly at­tract­ing the older gen­er­a­tion, it’s makes for ‘‘easy ex­er­cise’’, he said.

‘‘There’s skills that come into it but [it’s easy] as long as you can swing a mal­let.’’

It started with Roberts and about seven other mem­bers who co­in­ci­den­tally moved to the South Waikato town at the same time from Mata­mata. As they were all cro­quet play­ers, they de­cided to pick up where they left off.

The club now has 28 mem­bers who shuf­fle around the Pu­taruru Bowl­ing Club green nearly ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day.

And there are so many of them that they have re­cently taken over another one of the greens which is hardly used by the bowl­ing club, he said.

The group is cur­rently only play­ing at a so­cial level, but Roberts hoped it could link onto an af­fil­i­ated club.

‘‘At the mo­ment, we are just a group of peo­ple play­ing cro­quet,’’ he said.

Pu­taruru so­cial cro­quet club cap­tain Ron Roberts is pleased to see the game’s pop­u­lar­ity is grow­ing in the town.

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