NELSON BAY CROQUET CLUB
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Nelson Bay Croquet Club has been established for 24 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
The annual Christmas/Presentation Lunch will be held at 12noon in the Crow's Nest Room at the Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club on Monday 7th December 2020. E-mail for more details
2021 Committee Members
The 2021 Committee will commence on 1st January 2021 - the Committee members will be:
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 18th November
The Annual General Meeting was held on. Wednesday 18th November 2020 at Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club.
The standard reports on the 2020 year were received and the 2021 Committee positions elected as set out in the Constitution.
Previous Treasurer and current Auditor observe that the Club';s finances are in good hands
Maintenance Officer Hand-over
CLEARING THE COURTS
Tuesday 17th November
Wild weather on Monday 16th November meant that the courts were covered in branches and leaves before play could commence at 9am on Tuesday 17th November..
As usual the members swung into action and many hands soon had the courts cleared and ready for action.
Swell done, all the volunteers.
Rob and Faby almost done!!
Barry on the blower
BLOWES SHIELD DOUBLES
The largest field in the history of the competition with 14 doubles pairs contesting the event.
The winners of the four blocks, all unbeaten in round-robin play, were Liz Friend & Rae Uptin, Trevor & Rae Black, Linda Butler & David Wilson, and Jim Ball & Karen Lilly. In the semi-finals, Liz & Rae beat Jim & Karen 7-6 and Linda & David beat Trevor & Rae 7-3.
The final weas a tightly contested affair with Hoop 5, with the score tied 2-2, taking most of the allotted time – just as a player seemed well-positioned to run the hoop, they were “roqued” away and the set-up process started all over again. The score was 4-3 in favour of Linda & David when the allotted time expired – a very close game.
Congratulations, Lin da and David.
Club Captain Susan Timbs presents the prize to Linda Butler & David Wilson
The 14 doubles pairs
Action on the day
THOMPSON TROPHY A GRADE SINGLES
The 2020 field was the strongest in the history of the championship with a number of current or past State champions playing. Six players entered: Pam Barnwell, Trevor Black, Derek Bull, Barrie Carter, Cheryl Lloyd and Sandy Tawa.
The competition was played as a five-game round-robin. Pam Barnwell and Trevor Black were the early leaders with 3 wins from 3 games. Sandy Tawa spoiled Trevor’s run with a 7-2 win while Pam lost to Derek Bull 3-4. The Championship then came down to the final round with Pam Barnwell being declared the winner with 4 wins after defeating Trevor Black 5-4.
Trevor calls for the referee
Peter Gordon acted as tournament referee and kept up with the rules while officiating
Club Captain Susan Timbs presents the prize to Pam Barnwell
A Grade in action
Tuesday 3rd November
Members celebrated Melbourne Cup in traditional style by turning out in their finery. Their enthusiasm was not dampened by the fact that COVID restrictions meant that they could not enjoy the usual morning tea with laminations and Tim Tams.
Some great outfits, prizes galore and sweepstakes - a great morning.
Well done, Kerry.
Fashions of the field
Barry runs the sweeps
Kerry and Karen celebrate