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
NSW State Pennants 2021
The dates for the NSW State Pennants finals in 2021 have been confirmed:
Division 1 Tempe 18th-21st October 2021
Division 2 Tempe 20th-22nd September 2021
Division 3 Tempe 13th-15th September 2021
2021 Committee Members
The 2021 Committee will commence on 1st January 2021 - the Committee members will be:
ARIEL VIEW OF THE COURTS
26th December 2020
Kay Smith and her son Neal went out to the courts on Boxing Day and used his drone to shoot these great ariel pictures of the courts
The courts and clubhouse seen from above
Nelson Bay Bowling & Recreation Club
7th December 2020
The annual Christmas/Presentation function to mark the end of the year was held on Monday 7th December 2020. COVID restrictions dictated a very different celebration including holding a lunch rather than a dinner.
Despite the restriction 50+ members and guests enjoyed the event. Guest of honour was John Nell retiring Port Stephens Councillor who has been a great supporter of local sport including the croquet club during his 33 years on Council.
7th December 2020
RAW Courts carried out the annual court maintenance on Monday 7th December:
solid tine coring
The cost of the work was supported by ward funds from Port Stephens Council.
Top dressing being delivered
The work in progress
NSW OPEN GC DOUBLES
26th & 27th November
The NSW Open GC Doubles were held at Tempe on 26th & 27th November 2020.
Pam Barnwell and Derek Bull qualified for the semi-finals after a very competitive round-robin stage. They beat Pauline Markwell & Stephen Burns (Coogee/RSGC) 7-4 7-5 before beating Ron & Ros Johnstone (Cooks River/Sutherland) 7-5 7-4 in the final to become NSW Open GC Champions.
Well done, Pam and Derek.
NSW Open GC Doubles Players
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
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