95th Birthday

On Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 we celebrated our 95th Birthday - croquet in the same place since 1921.

For those who can't wait to see photos, please click here to go directly picture show. There will be more coming as soon as all the members snapped the event hand over copies.

Our 'court correspondent' has submitted a cracker report. Please scroll down to the bottom to read it - you'll enjoy it ....

Congratulations to all winners of the Saturday events. They were as follows:

Lilla Logan - Best Period Dress (female)
Chris Dalitz - Best Period Dress (male) 

The CROQUET-ATHON saw a total of 31 competitors attempting the course. A maximum of 62 points were possible and the winner scored 34 points and the runner up 31 points. YES, it was a tough course with 6 great challenges set by Ben Vang.
 The winner:  Tom Barclay
 Runner Up:  Beth Stanley


 The 95 SECOND HOOP CHALLENGE was indeed a challenge. It was simple enough - make as many hoops as possible, with the fewest number of hits, within 95 seconds. 16 people attempted, many managing 6 hoops with only one scoring 7 hoops.
The winner:  Tom Barclay
Runner up:  Don Day 
The challenge was to jump a barrier at an increasing longer distance, starting at 50cm, with 3 attempts at each distance until fail.
Winner - managing 1.5m on 3rd attempt: Tom Barclay
Runner-up - managing 1m on first attempt:  Don Day 

95 and a spring in your step!

From our court correspondent

It was a wonderful day, the sort of special spring day that Dubbo turns on for weddings, openings, fetes and other important occasions.
Saturday, 24th September 2016 marked the 95th anniversary of the Dubbo City Croquet Club in conjunction with its spring championships.

My dear, we had a wow of a time. It was bonzer. Chipper and first rate. Tickettyboo.
We had an absolute ball!
The balls of course were the primaries and the secondaries. Indeed, there was so much activity the rarely seen tertiaries were brought out.

There was a hoop there, and a hoop here; there were hoops everywhere, except under bodices and crinolines as the dress code was 1920s rather than 1880s.
Each lady of croquet (is the correct term ‘croquette’?) disported herself in the appropriate sartorial style. And such style!
Our judge, Miss Ruby Riach OAM, herself stylish dressed and gracious as always, stressed the difficulty of judging. We saw crocheted gloves and lace trimmed pantaloons. There were canvas shoes, jewelled reticules and petticoats. A flash of ankle from behind a demure dress was spied when more spirited play was attempted. Frocks for the more mature matron were admired. Court lengths of pearls and other, more generous, adornments were abundant.
Elegance and style in motion. My dear, we were simply thrilled!
The gentlemen stylishly disported themselves to equal the ladies. Braces and bowties were common and there were other detailed touches of authenticity in the use of collar stays, hair oil, centre hair partings, period hats and other accoutrements. There were plus fours, plus twos and even an Argyle sweater.

And the variety of what you can do with hoops and a set of croquet skills! How many hoops can you make in 95 seconds? Can you run a slalom of hoops with the least number of strikes? How far can you jump a ball? Hit the dolly or knock a score card from its hook. Accurately place a ball from a given distance. Make a hole in one. Roquet a ball through a hoop. (Oddly, what is often and annoyingly done in play became suddenly and irritatingly difficult.) Play one handed?
One gentleman of croquet (is the correct term ‘a crock’?) did so well on the skills challenges that the stewards called for a swab.

Off court, members and visitors examined the historical display comprising newspaper clippings and photographs. Also admired was the art work from local school children.
Morning tea and lunch were served and the nourishment sustained players for games after they had exhausted the interest of the many challenges.
The culmination of the day’s activities was the partaking of high tea. Delicate sandwiches (including the defining cucumber sandwich), meringues and cakes, biscuits, fine tea and robust coffee were greatly appreciated by the tired but exhilarated players. Fine crockery and best tea sets beautifully complemented the table linen, including some pieces with fine embroidery.

The Dubbo City Band provided entertainment which was much applauded, and a fine speech by the club’s president, Mr Peter Heywood, was well received.
Mr Heywood particularly thanked Mrs Elizabeth Allen for the preparation of the high tea, Miss Riach for her judging, and those who had contributed to the success of the day in their various capacities.
Mr Heywood also welcomed Mr Troy Grant MLA, and visitors from the Wellington and Hazelwood Clubs, and congratulated winners of the various competitions and raffles. 

My dear, it was a hoot! Oops, hoop.