Official opening of synthetic courts

 Saturday 19th September 2020 - the official opening of our new synthetic surface courts was performed by our local MP Mr Dugal Saunders together with our President Tricial Shanks.

The opening ceremony was followed by a light luncheon after which members took to the new lawns to properly christen them.

See more pictures in our September Newsletter by clicking the link on the right side.

Vale, Max Green.

“I came second!” was the invariable and good-natured answer when asked, on returning to the club house, “How did you play today, Max?”

Max came to croquet later in life and quickly developed into a very capable player.  A working life of organising harvests and mustering large flocks of sheep prepared him to take control of one small ball.  A courteous and quietly humorous gentleman, he was as popular an opponent as a playing partner.

His last appearance on the courts was at the inaugural hit-off on the newly completed synthetic courts.  A representation of club members were proud to accord Max a guard of honour at his funeral at the request of Max’s wife, Margaret, to whom we offer our condolences

Not second, Max.  As a club member, player and friend, you’re a first.

9am Tuesday 30th June 2020

Congratulation to us all. The new synthetic courts are ready and at precisely 9am everybody christened the first lawn (to be known as court 3) by each hitting a ball into the centre.

All balls were marked and the closest to the centre peg received a small prize.

The hoops sit firmly in their bases, with NO noticeable movement.
The benefit of this was immediately evident. With a properly hit ball there is no deflection due to hoop wobble, but the ball neatly continues on its way, spinning itself through the hoop.
 The ALL IMPORTANT test, according to Tom, was whether you could do a jump shot on the new surface.
This, I am happy to report, is the case. With no hesitation and a few tests, Tom proved that Jump Shots are indeed possible.

Synthetics installation started

Thursday 18th June and the first section of turf is being rolled out, on what will be lawn one, to establish our new synthetic playing surface.

You can follow the progress on the Synthetic Lawn Installation page. Click on the images to enlarge.

Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Muller Park Tennis and Croquet Club (home of the Dubbo City  Croquet Club) was held on Monday 24th February.   There was a strong showing of members and keen interest in the activities and future projects of the Club.

President Jenny Brown summarised the achievements in her term of office, many of which revolve around development of the Muller Park site to accommodate two sports.  Ben Vang stood aside as Games Captain, a position he has held with energy, imagination and expertise for several years.  His successor has not shoes but gumboots to fill.

The committee members for the coming year are:
President - Tricia Shanks
Vice President - Mavis Grant
Secretary - Charles Campbell
Treasurer - Peter Heywood
Games Captain - Tom Barclay
Committee - Jenny Brown
Committee - Margaret Sheridan
Committee - Pam Day.

Hon. Mark Coulton, M.H.R.

We will need to get a guest book.

Our latest visitor was the Member for Parkes who was interested to call in and catch up with our news.   Mr Coulton is a very busy man so we understood that he was unable to pick up a mallet this time and join in.

Melbourne Cup Afternoon 5/11/2019

A very pleasant afternoon was had by 16 croqueteers following normal morning play.
Suggested and arranged by Tricia members brought trays of sandwiches to be shared for lunch, followed by cake, trifle and pavlova.

Tricia handed out tickets to each member and a door prize was duly won by Ben.

A selection of hats appropriate for the cup were on display and looked like this:
Del, Sandra, Bev, Tricia, Beryl, Margaret and Liz
Many thanks to Tricia and ladies who made this a fun afternoon. Also thanks to Peter who organised the cup sweeps.


Golf Croquet Doubles competition 21st September 2019
Dubbo City Croquet Club at Muller Park Tennis and Croquet Club Inc

Our Annual Golf Croquet Doubles Competition was held on Saturday 21st September, the club’s birthday month which this year was our 98th.

This year 18 players, making up 9 teams, took up the challenge and contested each other in two blocks of Round-Robin style matches, taking us nearly all day to complete. 

Ben Vang, Margaret Lewer, Dianne King, Jenny Brown, Judy Tarlington,
Noelene Rawson, Lillian Wallace, Liz Beazley

Tricia Shanks, Sandra Burns, Charles Campbell, Peter Ayling, Rae Ayling,
Tim Abbott, Bryan Smith, Pam Day, Don Day

It was especially pleasing to see a number of our newer members brave enough to enter the competition. We hope to see you participate in many more future events.

The Runners Up of the two blocks were Dianne & Sandra and Pam & Don who will receive a Bronze Merit Badge each. 

The winners of the two blocks, Bryan & Noelen and Charles & Ben, then had 90 minute long battle to determine the ultimate positions of the 2019 Golf Croquet Doubles Competition.

Noelen & Bryan used their 4 Handicap Extra Turns wisely and pulled ahead with four hoops first up, putting a lot of pressure on Charles & Ben, however, in the end Noelene & Bryan were defeated 7:4 by Charles & Ben.

The 2019 Doubles winners are: Charles & Ben, earning a Gold Badge each and the Runners-Up Noelene & Bryan earning a Silver Badge each.