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Nelson Bay Croquet Club has been established for 28 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.

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The dates of the 2024 intra-club competitions are as follows (all competitions played on Sundays):

Winter Doubles

Ricochet Knockout

Thompson Trophy Division 2

Thompson Trophy Division 3

Thompson Trophy Division 1

Spring Singles

Blowes Shield

President's Cup

2nd June

June / July

30th June / 1st July

11th August

25th August

15th September

20th October

3rd November


27th-29th July 2024


The annual CNSW GC Silver Brooch will be hosted by Nelson Bay in 2024. The Silver Brooch is a level play competition for players with a handicap.between 3 and 6.



The Club will host the 3rd Christmas Bush competition, a Golf Croquet Open Doubles Tournament, from Friday 15th November to Monday 18th November 2024.

Further details 



Sunday 19th May 2024

The Thompson Trophy Novice Grade is for members with GC handicaps 14 and above who have not previously won a competition. 16 members turned out on a remarkably sunny day given the recent wet weather. The players were seeded into 4 blocks of 4 players, each block being a round-robin of 3 games each. 


Bob Mitchell topped Block A unbeaten with 3 wins ahead of Barry Schultz, Anne Jensen and Nada Yonge. John O'Shea topped Block B unbeaten with 3 wins ahead of Lynn Banbrook, Chris Bult and Jenny Turner. Block C was closely contested with Geoff Yonge and Susan Luehman finishing with 2 wins each ahead of Ros Slaughter and Linda O'Shea - Geoff was placed 1st on hoop difference, +9 to +4. Block D was similarly close with Bruce Chapman and Rosemary Taylor sharing 2 wins ahead of Viv Pitt and Bev Apps - Bruce was placed 1st on hoop difference, +5 to +4.


In the semi-finals, John O'Shea beat Bob Mitchell 7-4 and Bruce Chapman beat Geoff Yonge 7-3. John prevailed in the final 7-3 over Bruce.


An excellent day, well organised by Rae Uptin standing-in for Club Captain Les Guzowski.

A great day for croquet!!

Finalists Bruce Chapman and John O'Shea with Margaret-Rose Thompson

Play from the Thompson Trophy Novice Grade


Manly Croquet Club

Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th May 2024

30 players contested the singles competition and 21 pairs contested the doubles competition. The singles was seeded into 5 blocks of 6 players, each played as separate competitions. Liz Friend from Nelson Bay was seeded in Block S2. The doubles was seeded into 3 blocks of 7 players, each played as separate competitions. Liz teamed with Peter Kadar of Hunters Hill and they were seeded in Block D2.

In Block S1, both Liz and Janelle Wilson (Canberra) won 4 of 5 games each and finished with a hoop difference of +12. Janelle had won the game between them 7-6 and was declared winner with Liz runner-up.

In Block D2, both Liz & Peter and Michael Chambers & Richard Shields (Elanora) won 4 of 6 games, but Michael & Richard were declared winners with a hoop difference of +9 with Liz & Peter runners-up with +4.

A successful competition for Liz, the only player to enter from Nelson Bay.

Liz Friend runner-up Singles Block S2

Liz Friend & Peter Kadar

runners-up Doubles Block D2


Wednesday 14th May 2024

Trevor Black conducted a GC Level 2 accreditation session at Nelson Bay on Wednesday 14th May 2024.


Following the session, Liz Friend, Sherry Gordon, Karen Lilly and Rae Uptin are all now Accredited Level 2 Coaches.

Completion of the coaching accreditation session


Newcastle National Park

Sunday 14th April 2024

On a beautiful sunny Sunday, eight Hunter teams from Maitland, Nelson Bay, Pelican and Newcastle NP croquet clubs entered the carnival, and these were divided into 2 blocks of 4 teams. Each block was allocated to a court and played a round robin of 3 rounds of handicap play before lunch and then after lunch the teams played one round of Advantage play as a learning and practice exercise.


At the end of the handicap round robin the winners were announced. Block A was won by Rae Uptin and Brenda-Lee Peet from Nelson Bay with 3 wins. Block B was won by Tony Hammond and Alastair Torrence from Newcastle NP narrowly beating Barry Elliott and Laurie Lawson from Nelson Bay by net hoops after both teams finished on 2 wins.


Two trainee GC Referees from EDSACC and Nelson Bay attended the day and gained valuable experience in a supervised and competitive environment. 


Barbara-Lee Peet & Rae Uptin in Block A

(David Wilson refereeing)


Sunday 7th & Tuesday 9th April 2024

15 members entered the Autumn Singles and were seeded into 3 blocks of 5 players, each playing a round-robin of 4 games: Faby Batho, Colin Bailey, Barbara Burgess, Colin Chalkley, Greg Long, Frank Orton, Kath Orton, John O'Shea, Linda O'Shea, Jeff Pettifer, Jan Puckeridge, Rosemary Taylor, John Townsend, Geoff Yonge & Nada Yonge

Greg Long was undefeated in Block A to finish ahead of Kath Orton (3 wins), In Block B, Frank Orton finished top unbeaten ahead of Faby Batho (3 wins). Colin Bailey won Block C with 3 wins ahead of Colin Chalkley with 2 wins..

The final was played 0n Tuesday 9th April as a 3 player round robin featuring the 3 block winners. All the games were extremely close: Colin Bailey beating Frank Orton 7-5 and Greg Long prevailing over Frank 7-6. The final game decided the competition with Colin narrowly beating Greg 7-6 to take out the Autumn Singles.

Congratulations to Les Guzowski on a closely fought competition..

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Players waiting to take to the courts

Action from the qualifying block play on Sunday 7th

The finalists: Colin, Greg & Frank

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