Newspaper Article from 1994?: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

Pressure packed boneheads: vandalism of the croquet club

A quiet achiever!: A year in summary

Pictures from the Scrapbooks: Members, visitors and Memorabilia

These pics are taken from one of our grand old scrapbooks...

No details provided. 1994?

Visiting Hazelbrook Club

A return visit by Hazelbrook Club.
Top: combined players
Bottom: Lithgow Croquet Club members

More details of the Lithgow and Hazelbrook Clubs
Rear (L to R): Rheema Partridge, Audrey Carter, Audrey Audley, Ron ?, Jean White
Front (L to R): Mary Brodie, Jean Clarke, Merle Lawrence, Ted Audley, Gwen ?, Nell Bentley

Lithgow Members
Jean Clarke, Mary Brodie, Reema Partridge, Margaret Dwight, Merle Lawrence

Afternoon Tea at Lithgow
Bottom - Jean Clarke, Pat Warner with Jedda.

Top: Chris teaching Pat 2003
Bottom: Pat Warner

A group shot from 2003

Teaching new members how to play 2005
L to R: Stephen, David Pfaff, Lynne Nelson-Jones, David Bruce, Merle Gill

Quota Visit 21 May 2005

General Croquet News... from The Scrapbook!

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.

Why Don't You? 

Newspaper Article from 1994?: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

Undated, but most likely 1994....

A life membership was presented to the president of the Lithgow Croquet Club, Mrs Hilda Kerrison on December 7, still an active player at 86 years of age.

Newspaper Article from 1994?: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

Undated, but probably 1994....

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.

Newspaper Article from 1994: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

Looking to boost their membership

From the Lithgow Mercury, 14th July 1994...

Picture: 'Come and enjoy'Lithgow croquet players
(from left) Dorothy Gilsenan, mary Brodie, Merle Lawrence,
Mary Glencorse and Reema Partridge.

Newspaper Articles from 2008: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

Is croquet serious fun? The Lithgow Mercury investigates in 2008....


Newspaper Articles from 2007 and 2008: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

The current clubhouse is the old kiosk for a caravan park! In 2008 it underwent an overhaul by Council, with disable facilities installed and the clubhouse tea room enlarged.

From the Lithgow Mercury, February 15 2007 page 4...

$32,000 worth of work is planned to the clubhouse, with funding provided
by Lithgow City Council and NSW Department of Sport and Recreation.

From the Lithgow Mercury, February 26 2008 page 24...

The works had begun in 2008.

A diagram of the alterations to the clubhouse.

Action Videos: Yellow Ball Jump Shot, a sequence of play

Carol takes the long shot... almost got it!

Rhonda takes the opportunity to knock Carol out of the hoop.
A strategic play!

When Carol is back in range, she jumps Rhonda's black ball and takes the hoop.
What a jump shot...!

Action Videos: Blue Ball Through the Hoop

Bob (El Presidente) makes it look easy! 

Newspaper Article from 1996: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

Promotion seeks to 'introduce' croquet
(15.2.1996 p.1)

From the front page of the Lithgow Mercury on 15th February 1996....

Picture: Members of the Orange Croquet Club taking part in this week's promotion with State President Tony Hall, left, and Regional Coaching Co-ordinator Terry Graham, of Leura.

Newspaper Article from 1996: History of the Lithgow Croquet Club

From the Lithgow Mercury:

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.