Croquet and gateball are fun sports suitable for the whole family. They are easy to learn and enjoyed by people of different ages, fitness, health and abilities. Play casually - as a visitor, using the club equipment - or become a member. Join us on Saturday or Wednesday (weather permitting) for traditional games of croquet - golf, aussie, ricochet - or on Monday or Thursday for gateball.
Check the Come and Play tab for playing times.
Here are some articles about croquet in general, discovered in our Scrapbook....
With mallets aforethought: Former cricketer and footballer Paul Shepanski does not look like a typical croquet player. And paul, a 25-year-old economic history student at UNSW is quick to debunk the myth that croquet is a sport solely for white-haired matrons.... Daily Telegraph, 28 February 1987
Celebs get in the swing
A sport for action heros...? Jean-Claude Van Damme gets his game on.
New Idea, 7 September 1994
Cock-a-hoop for croquet
A look into the croquet craze gripping northern NSW.
Lithgow President Hilda Kerrison handed the Mercury this clipping from the Blue Mountains Gazette and it explains this traditional game.
"Most people know the game of croquet from Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' where the balls are live hedgehogs, the mallets live flamingoes and the hoops were soldiers who had to double themselves up and stand on all fours.
"The play was chaotic, particularly when these live piees of equipment moved and walked about and the players were very quarrelsome and likely to be ordered by the Queen to have their heads cut off.
"This portrayal does nothing for the image of croquet (and it's players) and games are more orderly. Although some players do go onto the lawn to do battle and occasionally it is said by some players hoops have moved just as their ball approaches it!
"The game of croquet has been likened to a cross between billiards and chess played on a large lawn surface requiring tactics, strategy and concentration."
Picture: (left) Merle Lawrence lines up to shoot through the hoop and (above) croquet experts Dot Gilsenan, Merle Lawrence, mary Brodie and Mary Glencourse.
Croquet - it's an ancient game that's seeking a modern revival in Lithgow
By Len Ashworth (30.1.1996 p.3)
From page 3 of the Lithgow Mercury on 30th January 1996...
Picture: In Lithgow from his home base in Canberra in a bid to revive croquet, State President Colonel Tony Hall at the Lithgow Croquet Club premises. He has officiated at international tournaments as far away as California and says the game is very addictive.