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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.

Playing schedule available here:

Sunday 22nd September 2024

9:30am to 3:00pm (come along any time)

  • come-and-try croquet

  • all ages

  • free coaching

  • play a game

  • morning and afternoon tea provided

Tomaree Sports Complex, Nelson Bay Road, Nelson Bay

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Club's Responsible Consumption of Alcohol Policy



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

Ricochet Knockout

Thompson Trophy Division 3

Thompson Trophy Division 1

Spring Singles

Blowes Shield

President's Cup

July / August

11th August

6th October

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 



Doubles - Tuesday 9th - Wednesday 10th July 2024

Singles - Thursday 11th - Saturday 13th July 2024

Ballina, Byron Bay & Lismore Croquet Clubs

The Croquet NSW 2024 Division 3 Golf Croquet State Championships were held 9th-10th July (Doubles) and 11th-13th July (Singles) at Ballina, Byron Bay & Lismore Croquet Clubs. Division 3 is for players with a GC handicap above 9.


11 pairs entered with Gary Allan & Rob Batho and Faby Batho & Rosemary Taylor from Nelson Bay. The qualifying round was played as two blocks of round-robin games with the top three pairs from each block progressing to the finals. Both Nelson Bay pairs qualified for the finals - Gary & Rob topped Block A with 4 wins from 5 games while Faby & Rosemary were 3rd in Block B with 2 wins from 4 games.


The winners of each block received a bye in the first round of the finals. Faby & Rosemary lost 1-7 to Barbara Barrett & Denis Cummings (Byron Bay) in the first round before losing the 5th/6th play-off 2-7 / 7-5 / 3-7 to Margaret Lund & Jenny Dorward (Sutherland/Ballina Cherry Street). In the semi-final, Gary & Rob beat Janelle Gaggin & Judy Tonkin (Marrickville) 7-4 to reach the best-of-three final where they won 7-4 / 5-7 / 7-5 over Jed Hart & Gerd Modlich (Byron Bay).

24 players entered the Singles with Gary Allan, Rob Batho, Faby Batho and Rosemary Taylor from Nelson Bay. The qualifying round was played as three blocks of round-robin games with the top three players from each block progressing to the finals. Gary, Rob and Faby qualified for the finals - Faby topped Block B with 5 wins from 7 games with Gary 2nd with 4 wins, while Rob topped Block C with 7 wins from 7 games.

Faby received a bye in the 1st round of the knock-out finals, while Gary beat Jennifer Dorward (Ballina Cherry Street) 7-3 and Rob beat Colin Beaton (Byron Bay) 7-1, to give Nelson Bay 3 players in the quarter finals. Gary lost 5-6 to Gerd Modlich (Byron Bay), but Rob beat Steve Wallace (Forster) 7-5 and Faby beat Margaret Lund (Sutherland) 5-4 to set-up an all Nelson Bay semi-final. The semi-finals and final were best-of-three games, Rob beat Faby 7-4 / 7-3 before taking the final 6-5 / 7-4 over Gerd Modlich (Byron Bay). Faby then lost 2-5 / 7-5 / 4-5 to Wendy Quinn (Elanora) to finish 4th while Gary won two additional games to finish 5th.

A third and fourth State Championship for players from Nelson Bay in the past month plus 1st, 4th and 5th in the CNSW Division 3 GC Championships – a remarkable outcome for the Club.

Gary & Rob receive the Doubles Trophy

Rob receives the Singles Trophy

Gary & Rob ready for the final

The Nelson Bay players at Ballina

Rob plays a jump shot in the Singles

Action from the Doubles


Sunday 30th June 2024

The Thompson Trophy B Grade is for members with GC handicaps 5 to 8. The cold wet weather caused several entrants with minor ailments to drop out at the last minute, resulting in 5 members contesting the championship: Sherry Gordon, Karen Lilly, Greg Long, David Smith and David Wilson. The championship was played as a single round-robin of 4 games each.


David Wilson took out the trophy unbeaten with 4 wins, completing a 'three-peat' having previously won the trophy in 2021 and 2022 (there was no competition in 2023). Greg Long finished runner-up on hoop difference, sharing 2 wins with Karen Lilly.


Despite the wet weather, the games were completed on time - a good competition, well organised by Club Captain Les Guzowski and Jane Scorer.

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The B Grade field

(l to r) David W, Sherry. Greg, Karen, David S

Winner David Wilson playing Karen Lilly

Play from the Thompson Trophy B Grade


Singles- Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st June 2024

Doubles - Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2024

Mosman Croquet Club

The Croquet NSW 2024 Division 3 Ricochet Croquet State Championships were held 19th-21st June (Singles) and 22nd-23rd June (Doubles) at Mosman Croquet Club. Division 3 is for players with a handicap between 10 and 14 – 1 ¼ hour, 14-point games.

6 players entered the Singles with Gary Allan the only entrant from Nelson Bay. The qualifying round was played as a single block round-robin of 5 games each to determine the order of play in the knock-out phase. Gary finished 3rd with 3 wins and went on to beat Dianne Bonnitcha (Sutherland) 7-6 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final he beat Bronwyn McGrane (Mosman) 11-6 before taking out the championship with an impressive 14-1 victory over Fidye Westgarth (Mosman). A great effort beating 2 players playing on their home courts.

4 pairs entered the Doubles with Gary Allan the only entrant from Nelson Bay, playing with Fidye Westgarth (Mosman). The driving rain and very wet courts meant that the planned first day of competition was cancelled – the championship was rescheduled as a single block double-round robin of 6 games each played on 23rd June. Gary & Fidye won 4 games, finishing runners-up to Cheryl & Alan Smith (Strathfield) who won 5, their only loss being to Gary & Fidye 6-10.

A very successful few days for Gary.

Trophy presented to Gary Allan

by Madeleine Gray (Mosman)

Doubles entrants sheltering from the rain

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