Dates for the Diary
APRIL Friday 1 st 4.30 pm Twilight Croquet weather permitting Sunday 3rd 3.00 am Daylight Saving ends Monday 4th Autumn/Winter Games Schedule begins - see below Monday 11th 12.00 COM Meeting Thursday 7th 11.00 am Pennants home game Sunday 10th 10.00 am Pennants home game Tuesday 12th 12.30 Friday 15th - Monday 18th Easter Sunday 24th 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Roaring 20's Community Party - see below Monday 25th Anzac Day MAY
Saturday 9th 12.00 Pennants home game
Autumn/Winter Games Schedule Starts Monday, April 4
Notices 8.50 am 1st game 9.00 am – 9.50 am Morning Tea 9.50 am – 10.10 am 2nd game 10.10 am – 11.00 am 3rd game 11.10 am – 12.00 noon
Just a reminder that all Club information, including playing times, cost, contacts, history and newsletters, is now available on our new EDSACC Croquet Club website http://www.edsacccroquetclub.com. Also, could I once again reiterate that when the green keeper is working the lawns are not available for play or practise. Our green keeper is a very experienced professional, contracted for itemised work. Please allow him to carry out his work in a timely manner, without interference.
Bob Howie, President
Games Captain's Report
Back looking after the games organisation again, so let’s start with the new times commencing 4 April, as shown above. Please arrive 30 mins before the first game and at least 20 mins prior for later games. Playing before 9.00 and after 12.00 is not organised by the Games Team, so you are free to set up early, then pack away and lock up after any afternoon games.
All are welcome on Wednesday afternoons at 4.30 when we have a social hit and giggle. Remember the 1st Friday of each month is Twilight Croquet also at 4.30, BYO drinks, nibbles, dinner, supper and share a few laughs and stories. Mufti of course!
Easter Fri 15 Apr – Mon18 Apr - There will be no organized games, so enjoy playing at any time, weather permitting of course.
Pennants have started and the following HOME games may slightly affect usual play:
Division 2 Division 3
Thu 07 Apr 11.00 Wed 30 Mar 12.0 Tue 12 Apr 12.00 Sun 10 Apr 10.00 Sat 9 May 12.00
Our Div 3 team had extremely tight, well played games against Maitland on 23 March. Visitors took the win but with just 2 hoops between them, very close indeed.
This wet weather has taken its toll on play, so please check for emails before leaving home as it’s the only way we can advise, at short notice, if grounds are closed. As in the past, NO JUMP SHOTS when lawns are wetter than usual.
Croquet is a fun game, so go have fun!!
Diana Mears, Games Captain
Fun at Forster
EDSACC players enjoyed their time again competing in Golf Croquet Competition at Forster. Jennie McNamara with her partner Chris Cox from Port Macquarie Club won the D Block Doubles; Carolyn came runner up with her partner, Robyn Clarke also from Port Macquarie. Jennie missed out on 1st place in Singles on a count back and Lorraine Sheargold came in 3rd in the D Block Singles. All competed through sunshine, drizzle and pouring rain and said they would do it all again to play on the fantastic Forster lawns.
Diana Mears, Games Captain
Three players from EDSACC had a great long weekend with 3 days of Ricochet in Sunny Sawtell …
Congratulations to Darren and Phil, both runners up in their groups. Great show by Sue.
Thinking of Kathy Porter who is recovering in hospital from further surgery and Julie Miller who has recently had a hip replacement. Anita Beer is also dealing with a health issue at present, so has stood down from her welfare role for the time being. I'm currently standing in for her, so please let me know should you hear that any of our croquet colleagues are unwell.
If any members are wanting to purchase our club fleece jackets please contact Christine Teasdell on 0401 615 925 or Ann Horan on 4324 2162. It would be appreciated if you know what size will suit you. There is one jacket at the club which is a size XL which you can try on. The sizes do seem to tend to be on the large side. To give an idea - Margaret Matheson has a size S and it’s a little big on her but Gail Cannon also has a size S and it fits well. Most people who already have a jacket would probably be kind enough to let members try them on. Once we have six or more orders, which allows us to keep the price per jacket at $40.00, we will then place an order. If you have a red jacket already, it isn’t mandatary for you to have a club one with the logo, but preferable if you are going to represent the club at any time. Thank you.
Christine and Ann
EDSACC Croquet Club Courtesies
Upon arriving at the club, set up a lawn or help a member who is doing this. Even putting out the pegs is a big help.
Stand well back from the games board while the Games Committee person prepares the draw.
Respect the member setting up the lawn and wait until all is completed before practising.
Respect those members playing a game and select another lawn, if available, to practise.
When playing, avoid speaking at the time another player is taking their turn.
Always look when walking across the lawn, either in a game or moving to the alternative start corner, to avoid walking in another player’s line.
Discuss tactics with your playing partner, but do not direct an opponent on their game other than to forestall hitting a wrong ball or to answer, if specifically asked a question by an opponent.
Always speak politely and gracefully congratulate the winners.
If morning play is concluding, assist in taking up a lawn and returning the trolley to the games room.
When two teams of players are approaching the same hoop, politely reach an agreement as to which party will play first. Should the hoop be hotly contested, the waiting team may wish to miss a hoop and move on.
Carry your mallet by your side to avoid hitting another player.
When stalking a ball, be sure to check who or what is behind you before walking backwards.
At the end of each morning’s play, assist with tidying up the clubhouse. Sweep the floor, start or empty the dishwasher and ensure that the premises are locked and well secured before departing.
As a spectator to a competition game, pause your conversation when players are near you, especially when they are contesting a hoop.
…and finally, a thought from a friend…
For all those members we hold dear When time has made it hard to steer Please don’t stand upon your feet But sit you down upon the seat
Sadie the cleaning lady
Join In the fun....
Sunday, 24th April Davistown Progress Hall is celebrating 100yrs with a Roaring 20’s Community Party at the Davistown Foreshore Central Wharf. Everybody welcome. Dragon boat races, live music, stalls, try to play croquet with members of the EDSACC Croquet Club, tug-of-war challenge and lots more!
Blue Team is in charge of cleaning this month