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Nelson Bay Croquet Club has been established for 26 years. It is located in the Blue Water Paradise of Port Stephens, just north of Newcastle, NSW. Membership is open to all who are interested in the game, and visitors are warmly welcomed.

Members play all the three internationally recognised forms of Croquet – Golf, Ricochet and Association. The Club plays both social and competitive games five days each week on four professionally maintained full sized courts and has a small clubhouse on-site. We also have an active program of social events.

Playing schedule available here:


We need YOUR help!! If you have items that need to be communicated to other members of the Club, please e-mail them to David Wilson at David_Wilson@internode.on.net

Also, if you have photographs of members and/or Club events, please e-mail them to Karen Lilly at chaz.kaz@bigpond.com 




The Club competitions have been scheduled as follows:


Blowes Shield - Sunday 16th October

President's Cup - Sunday 30th October



The next Social Croquet & BBQ event will be held on Sunday 4th September



The annual Christmas / Presentation Dinner will;l be held on Friday 9th December 2022


19th-21st November 2022


The Club is hosting the inaugural Christmas Bush Bash, a Golf Croquet Open Doubles Tournament for visitors from other clubs.

Further details here:

Sponsored by:



Chatswood Croquet Club

Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd August 2022

The CNSW Silver Brooch is an annual GC State Singles competition for players with handicap 3 to 6, which was hosted by Chatswood Croquet Club from 1st to 3rd August 2022.

15 players entered including Peter Gordon, Sherry Gordon and Sandy Tawa. The competition comprised two blocks of round-robin qualification with the top 4 players progressing to the finals knock-out stage. The losers contested the knock-out Plate competition.

Playing in Block A, Peter Gordon won 5 of 6 games, finishing 3rd on hoop count-back. In the finals, he beat Patrick Rundle (Royal Sydney Golf Club) 7-2 in the first-round, Trevor Edgoose (Hunters Hill) 7-6 / 7-3 in the semifinal, and Ronald May (EDSACC) 7-5 / 5-7 / 7-1 in the final.


Sherry Gordon and Sandy Tawa played in the Plate competition with Sandy losing the semi-final but finishing third by beating Bob Berry (Chatswood) 7-5.

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The Nelson Bay contingent with Ron May, runner-up at 90 years of age - an advertisement for ‘remaining active’

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Peter receives the Silver Brooch

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Sandy, Peter and Sherry


Sunday 31st July 2022

9 members contested the July bi-monthly singles, meaning the competition was played in 2 blocks, with the winners of each block playing a final. Block A: Col Chalkley, Anke Crick, Rod Peet, Rosemary Taylor and Jenny Turner. Block B: Les Guzowski, Anne Jensen, Jan Puckeridge and Vivienne Pitt.

In Block A , Col, Rod and Rosemary all finished with 3 wins with Rod being declared the winner on hoop count-back - +11 ahead of Col (+5) and Rosemary (+3).

In Block B, Les was undefeated to top the Block with Vivienne 2nd on hoop count-back.

In the final, Les beat Rod 7-3 to win the day. Congratulations to Rae Uptin on a successful day.


A successful day!!


Sunday 24th July 2022

The B Grade championship was played on Sunday 24th July 2022. The forecast rain held off apart from a short shower towards the end of the final and the players enjoyed excellent conditions to play croquet. With 8 players entered, the competition was played as 2 blocks of 4 with the winners of each block playing the final.


The members contesting the final were Barry Elliott, Laurie Lawson, Allen Lees, Karen Lilly, Brenda-Lee Peet, Rod Peet, Rae Uptin and David Wilson.


Defending champion David Wilson went through undefeated to claim back-to-back titles. In Block A, David’s first game against Rae Uptin was close and, having been down 2-4, 3-5 and 4-6, he eventually won 7-6 on the 13th hoop, Rea finished 2nd in the block ahead of Brenda-Lee and Allen. In Block B, Laurie Lawson, Karen Lilly and Rod Peet all won 2 games with Rod being declared top on hoop count-back.


In the final, Rod leapt to a 4-1 lead before David mounted a come-back to reach 6-6 – the final then rested on the final 13th hoop, with David eventually running hoop from 4 feet to win 7-6.

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The B Grade entrants ready to play

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Club Captain Rae Uptin with finalists

David Wilson and Rod Peet

Interested spectators

Life Member Margaret Thompson

Referee & President discuss the finer points of play


Sunday 14th August 2022

The C Grade championship was played on Sunday 14th August 2022. Following weeks of unsettled weather, the players enjoyed a beautiful late winter day which resulted in 18 members contesting the championship. The competition was played as 2 blocks of 4 and 2 blocks of 5 with the winners of each block playing a semi-final and final.

The members contesting the final were Bev Apps, Faby Batho, Beryl Chalkley, Col Chalkley, Pat Edmonds, Barry Elliott, Marion Graff, Les Guzowski, Allen Lees, Rod Peet, Vivienne Pitt, Jan Puckeridge, Marty Quirke, Ros Slaughter, Kay Smith, Ian Spight, Rosemary Taylor and Jenny Turner.

In the qualifying round-robin block play, the results were: Col Chalkley (3 wins from 3 games) won Block A with Allen Lees; Ian Spright (3 from 4) won Block B on hoop count-back from Kay Smith; Rod Peet (3 from 3) won Block C from Beryl Chalkley; and Barry Elliott (3 from 4) won Block D on hoop count-back from Les Guzowski.

In the semi-finals, Ian beat Col 7-2 and Barry beat Rod 7-4. The final was a very close contest with the only one hoop separating Ian and Barry throughout. Ian was in the box seat in the later stages leading 6-5 with 2 hoops to play, but Barry staged a great come-back to triumph 7-6.

Thanks to Peter Gordon and Margaret Thompson for refereeing the competition.

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David Wilson & Margaret Thompson congratulate the finalists, Ian Spight & Barry Elliott

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Action from the championship

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