Cro­quet club of­fers fun for all

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

If you’re look­ing for some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent the Putaruru Golf Cro­quet Club could be what you’re af­ter.

Pres­i­dent Bryan Les­ley said the club, which is next to the Putaruru Bowl­ing Club in Ara­puni St, is now of­fi­cially reg­is­tered un­der Cro­quet Waikato King Coun­try In­cor­po­rated.

That means it can now not only run club days but also tour­na­ments.

The club’s first open sin­gles tour­na­ment takes place on Sun­day, July 31 and al­though only reg­is­tered play­ers can take part Les­ley said it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for oth­ers to see what the game is all about.

Un­like as­so­ci­a­tion cro­quet, golf cro­quet has sim­pler rules and gen­er­ally shorter games.

‘‘Peo­ple can come and watch and see how it all goes. It is a game for all ages, abil­i­ties, and sexes, we even have one mem­ber who gets around with a walker,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s also tech­ni­cal so you can make it as se­ri­ous or as ca­sual as you like.’’

He said play­ers from through­out the area will be tak­ing part on the day.

‘‘Club days are ob­vi­ously more ca­sual but if you want to be in a tour­na­ment you have to be a bit more se­ri­ous and it can get quite com­pet­i­tive as play­ers will use var­i­ous tac­tics such as block balls from get­ting through hoops or jamming an­other one in be­hind,’’ he said.

‘‘We are hop­ing to run it once a year and we will have a pairs tour­na­ment in Novem­ber as well.’’

Les­ley said the club cur­rently has 25 mem­bers and he hoped younger peo­ple would also start to come along.

‘‘It’s not com­pli­cated once you get used to it and I have been in touch with schools so I’m hop­ing they might come down in the sum­mer and try it out,’’ he said.

He said the club meets ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day to play from 9.30am un­til 12pm but said they could also play on Sat­ur­day if there was enough in­ter­est.

‘‘A lot of the cur­rent mem­bers also like golf and they come down for the so­cial as­pect,’’ he said. The Putaruru Golf Cro­quet Open Sin­gles Tour­na­ment takes place on Sun­day, July 31.

‘‘We al­ways have a cup of tea and for $50 for the year it is not ex­pen­sive.’’

.Barn­storm­ing runs and thump­ing tack­les made for an en­ter­tain­ing di­vi­sion one fi­nal as South­ern United saw off the chal­lenge of Eastern Sub­urbs to be crowned cham­pi­ons for a se­cond con­sec­u­tive year.

The phys­i­cally drain­ing match saw the home side claim a coura­geous 29-19 vic­tory with play­ers from both teams left battered and bruised once the full time whis­tle had gone.

South­ern got off to the per­fect start when loose for­ward Owen Po­mare crossed to fin­ish off a su­perb at­tack­ing move­ment be­fore full­back Zane Costar dou­bled the hosts ad­van­tage min­utes later in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

Lapses of dis­ci­pline hurt Sub­urbs and re­sulted in be­ing forced to play with 14 men as midfielder Wal­ter Downey cap­i­talised from close range for the try.

Surf were prone to their mo­ments of ill dis­ci­pline when lock Chance Brown was sent to the bin right be­fore the break.

Lead­ing 19-0 go­ing into the se­cond stanza an early Costar penalty stretched South­ern’s lead be­fore the gritty Sub­urbs team fought back and scored.

The win sees South­ern re­tain their ti­tle but dou­bles as a vi­tal re­sult in their quest for pro­mo­tion to the Waikato club rugby’s premier di­vi­sion. Next up is an­other im­por­tant home match against Mor­rinsville Sports which is sure to be a fierce con­test.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Putaruru Golf Cro­quet Club pres­i­dent Bryan Les­ley is ex­cited about the tour­na­ment.

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