NELSON BAY CROQUET CLUB
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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:
With the permission of Port Stephens Council, the Club is able to resume play under very strict guidelines and on a carefully managed level.
Details of the current Club calendar of play are available at:
David Wilson receives his prize from Sandy Tawa
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 10th November 2021
The Annual General Meeting will be held at 2:30pm on Wednesday 10th November 2021 at Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club.
2021 CLUB COMPETITIONS
The Club competitions have been scheduled as follows:
C Grade - Sunday 14th November
Ricochet Competition June/July
Blowes Shield - Sunday 28th November
OPENING CEREMONY FOR NEW COURTS
Friday 3rd December 2021
The Club is organising an official opening ceremony for the new courts
Further details to follow in due course.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS/PRESENTATION DINNER
Monday 6th December 2021
Nelson Bay Golf Club
The annual Christmas/Presentation Dinner will be held on the evening of Monday 6th December at Nelson Bay Golf Club.
Put the date in your diary. - further details to follow in due course.
RETURN TO PLAY
Tuesday 25th August 2021
Following an almost 4-week break in play due to the Newcastle/Hunter COVID lockdown, the Club returned to limited singles play asz exercise following advice from CNSW and approval from Port Stephens Council.
Play resumed om Tuesday 25th August 2021 with Karen Lilly, Kay Blyth, Penny Wilson and David Wilson playing the first wo singles games. Members have been keen to return to the courts and the morning sessions are already almost 100% booked.
Hopefully, the lockdown will be gradually eased and the Club can return to more normal play .... and resume competitions.
Day Captain Karen Lilly arrives ready to play
Karen's grin shows how pleased she is to be back
Social distance must be maintained
THOMPSON TROPHY B GRADE
Sunday 25th July 2021
Despite cold and windy conditions, President David Wilson went through the day undefeated to take out the 2021 Thompson Trophy B Grade competition.
8 members contested the B Grade competition: Barry Elliott, Liz Friend, Laurie Lawson, Allen Lees, Karen Lilly, Jim Timbs, Rae Uptin and David Wilson. The players were seeded into 2 blocks of 4 giving a round-robin of three games, followed by semi-finals and a final.
In Block A, Barry Elliott and Liz Friend both won 2 games with Barry finishing top on hoop difference. In Block B, David Wilson was top winning 3 games with the others all winning 1 game each, with Laurie Lawson finishing 2nd on hoop difference.
In the semi-finals. Laurie beat Barry 7-4 and David beat Liz 7-6 before David triumphed over Laurie 7-3 in the final.
A great day, well organised by Club Captain Sandy Tawa. Well done, all.
A day to rug-up against the wind
David receives his prize from Sandy
Laurie and David ready to do battle
NSW STATE GC DIVISION 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Doubles Wednesday/Thursday 14th/15th July 2021
Singles Friday to Sunday 16th/18th July 2021
The NSW State GC Division 3 championships are hosted by Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore Croquet Clubs in Northern NSW. Barry Elliott entered the doubles and both Sherry Gordon and Barry entered the singles.
In the doubles, Barry was partnered by Richard Buxton (Byron Bay). 15 doubles pairs were seeded into 3 blocks with Barry & Richard finishing 2nd in their block to qualify for the finals. They lost in the first round to Marilyn & Royce Wilson (Coutts Crossing) before finishing 7th, beating Maurice Russell & Diana Shilton (Ballina Cherry Street/Byron Bay) in the 7th/8th play-off.
Both Barry and Sherry made the final 16 play-offs in the singles, with Sherry making the semi-final. Both lost to Penny Scott (Ballina Cherry Street) who lost in the final. Sherry finished 4th, losing the 3rd/4th play-off to Shane Hambly (Lismore). Barry finished 11th, beating Jan Brodie (Coutts Crossing) in the 11th/12th play-off.
Well done, Sherry and Barry.
Sherry Gordon & Barry Elliott at Ballina