NELSON BAY CROQUET CLUB
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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:
SOCIAL CROQUET & TWILIGHT BBQ
The first Social Croquet & BBQ function will be held on Sunday 12th March - croquet at 3:15pm followed by the BBQ at 5:00pm.
Sign-up sheet in the clubhouse.
CLUB COMPETITIONS IN 2023
The dates for club competitions in. 2023 are as follows:
• A Grade
• B Grade
• C Grade
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
Rob Batho & Ian Spight
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
CHRISTMAS BUSH BASH
Saturday 19th to Monday 21st November 2022
64 players from around NSW converged on Nelson Bay for the 3 days, with many extending their stay before or after the tournament. The 32 doubles pairs were seeded into 4 blocks of 8 teams each, with the top pairs in Block A. The tournament comprised a round-robin of level play followed by a round-robin of handicap play, meaning each doubles pair played 14 games over the 3 days. The games were 13-point contests with a time limit of 50 minutes.
215 games were played over the tournament (one pair had to withdraw after the first day due to illness – they were leading Block A at the time). Despite the high winds on Sunday and Monday, the tournament was completed on time with keenly contested games.
Kate Washington and Philippa Brooks
at the presentation
Block Winners and Runners-up
Christmas Bush at the courts
Kate Washington MP, State Government Member for Port Stephens and Club Patron, and Philippa Brooks, representing sponsors PRD Real Estate, were on hand at the end of play on Monday 21st November to present the awards and prizes. In Block A, three pairs finished with 8 wins with the winners and runners-up decided on net hoops – former Australian representatives Ros & Ron Johnston (Sutherland / Cooks River) were 1st with Stephen Thornton & Michael Anear (Maitland) 2nd. In Block B, Bill Munns & Laurie Lawson (Toronto / Nelson Bay) were clear winners with 9 wins with Julie Thornton & David Smith (Maitland / Nelson Bay) runners-up on net hoops from 3 pairs with 8 wins. In Block C, three pairs finished with 9 wins with the winners and runners-up decided on net hoops – Liz & Phil McDonald (Toronto) were 1st with Jim Muxlow & Ann Barrett (Maitland) 2nd. In Block D, Judy & Hans Szubert (Toronto) were clear winners with 11 wins with Margaret Myers & Martin Wooster (Toronto / Mount Sugarloaf) runners-up on net hoops from 2 pairs with 9 wins.
With visiting players from as far away as Blue Mountains, Orange, Smithtown and Young as well as croquet clubs in Sydney, the local clubs from the Hunter region fared very well.
Thanks to Trevor Black, Tournament Manager, Derek Bull, Tournament Referee, Kerry Sprigg, Kitchen Supervisor, Rob Batho, Maintenance Officer, and the many other members who assisted over the 3 days.
Players at the start of the tournament
CELEBRATING OUR SENIOR MEMBERS
Monday 7th November 2022
All the Club's senior members were invited to a morning tea to celebrate their continuing playing of croquet. 12 members came along to enjoy goodies with a cup of tea or coffee.
Thanks to Liz Friend for organising the morning.
Enjoying the morning tea
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2022
Liz Friend and Rae Uptin entered the annual Mosman Prize, played at Mosman Croquet Club 4th to 6th November.
Liz was seeded in the Black Block finishing 3rd with 4 wins. Rae was seeded in the Red Block finishing 2nd with 5 wins and qualifying for the finals. Rae beat Jaki Gaskell (Manly) 7-1 in the quarter-final and Denis Edleston (Mosman) 7-3 in the semi-final.
In the final, Rae beat Wendy Herbert (Marrickville) 7-5 in a close game.
Rae receives the 1st Prize
Saturday 5th November 2022
Rob & Faby Batho, Barry Elliott and Laurie Lawson traveled to Gloucester Croquet Club to play in the inaugural Gloucester Masters on Saturday 5th Nov ember..
Rob was paired with Peter Pittard (Foster) - they were seeded in Block A and won the block undefeated.
Peter Pittard & Rob Batho