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Nelson Bay Croquet Club has been established for 27 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

Also, if you have photographs of members and/or Club events, please e-mail them to Karen Lilly at 




Members and guests are invited to spend an evening at the Newcastle Paceway for a night at the trots - Friday 19th May 2023

Sign-up sheet in the clubhouse.



The dates for club competitions in. 2023 are as follows:

Autumn Doubles

Autumn Singles

Winter Doubles

Thompson Trophy

•    A Grade

•    B Grade

•    C Grade

•    Novice

Ricochet Knock-out

Spring Singles

Blowes Shield

President’s Cup


Sunday 5th March

Sunday 30th April

Sunday 21st May

Sunday 25th June

Sunday 23rd July

Sunday 20th August

Sunday 16th April


Sunday 17th September

Sunday 15th October

Sunday 29th October



The Club will host the 2nd Christmas Bush competition, a Golf Croquet Open Doubles Tournament, from Friday 17th November to Monday 20th November 2023

Further details 



The club is fielding two teams in Division 2 and two team in Division 3 in 2023:

Division 2 Kingsley

  vs Maitland (home)

  vs Newcastle National Park (home)

  vs Toronto (home)

  vs Pelican (away)

  vs NB Samurai (away)

Division 2 Samurai

  vs Maitland (home)

  vs Pelican (home)

  vs NB Kingsley (home)

  vs Newcastle National Park (away)

  vs Toronto (away)

Division 3 Birubi

  vs Maitland (home)

  vs Mt Sugarloaf (home)

  vs Newcastle National Park (home)

  vs NB Fingal (home)

  vs EDSACC (away)

  vs Pelican (away)

  vs Toronto (away)

Division 3 Fingal

  vs EDSACC (home)

  vs Mt Sugarloaf (home)

  vs Newcastle National Park (home)

  vs Maitland (away)

  vs Pelican (away)

  vs Toronto (away)

  vs NB Birubi (away)

Further details:



Sunday 5th March 2023

24 members entered and were paired on handicap into evenly matched teams that were then randomly selected into 3 blocks of 4 doubles each. Each doubles team would play 3 round-robin games leading to a semi-final and final.

In Block A, Marion Graff & Marty Quirke won all 3 games with Frank Orton & Rae Uptin 2nd with 2 wins. Lyn Baker & Jane Scorer and Rob Batho & Kath Orton also played in this block. In Block B, Beryl Chalkley & Allen Lees finished on top with 2 wins but a better hoop difference (+6) than Peter Gordon & Jan Marshall (-2). Col Chalkley & Karen Lilly and Sherry Gordon & Jeff Pettifer also played in this block. In Block C, Les Guzowski & Greg Long won all 3 games with Gary Allan & Liz Friend 2nd with 2 wins. Faby Batho & Barry Elliott and Bruce Chapman & David Smith also played in this block.

The semi-finals were tightly contested and both were finished at the expiration of the time limit. Les Guzowski & Greg Long beat Marion Graff & Marty Quirke 5-3 while Gary Allan & Liz Friend (best 2nd place team) beat Beryl Chalkley & Allen Lees 5-4.

The final was also a close game, with Les & Greg triumphing 5-3 over Gary & Liz.

A great day for the club with the competition played in brilliant sunshine but with the heat tempered by a strong breeze.

Winners Greg & Les

Finalists Greg, Les, Liz & Gary


Sunday 12th February 2023

11 prospective croquet players turned up at Tomaree Sports Complex on Sunday 12th February to experience playing the game of croquet. All appeared to have fun and all will hopefully decide to take more extensive lessons before joining the club.

President David Wilson provides

a brief introduction to croquet


Thursday 9th to Monday 13th February 2023

Derek Bull won the Men's Division on the Australian Croquet President's GC Eights competition held at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Cairnlea.

Derek was unbeaten winning 7 matches, each of which was best of three games. He won 12 of 14 games and only against Stephen Burns (Coogee, NSW) and Francis Spencer (Southport, QLD) was a third deciding game required.

Congratulations, Derek

Derek Bull

President's Cup

Thompson Trophy

   A Grade

   B Grade

   C Grade


Blowes Shield

President's Award

Trevor Black

Derek Bull

David Wilson

Barry Elliott

Marty Quirke

Rob Batho & Ian Spight

Peter Gordon


Sunday 18th December 2022

The annual presentation of awards was held at the club on Sunday 18th December 2022. 40 members and guests enjoyed a BBQ with salads provided by the Club.

The awards were as follows:

The awards were presented by Life Member Margaret-Rose Thompson and President David Wilson.


Thanks to Kerry Sprigg and Cheryl Lloyd for organising the event.

Presentation of Awards

Presentation BBQ

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