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April Newsletter

Dates for the Diary Good Friday 7th April No scheduled games Easter Monday 10th April No scheduled games Tuesday 11th April COM Meeting Monday, 17th 12 noon BBQ Anzac Day Tuesday 25th April No scheduled games

EDSACC Croquet Club Many of us have visited other croquet clubs over the years, for social and/or competitive play. Often, we are pleasantly surprised to find ourselves on lawns that run true and reassure us that our hoop running isn’t all that bad. Included in this month’s Newsletter are photographs of the very early days when the members devoted a good deal of energy, hard work and commitment to establishing lawns in the EDSACC Sports Precinct. Initially, Association croquet was the code of choice. Unlike many croquet clubs, whose lawns may be reclaimed bowling greens or even purpose and specification constructed lawns, our lawns came about as the result of the foresight and dedication of EDSACC Croquet Club members. In the years since the opening of the club, many members have volunteered their time and energy to ensure that our club continues to provide the best possible club environment, based on its limited resources. When next you visit another club, think of our history and the commitment of its members and speak proudly of EDSACC Croquet Club.

New Mallets You will all now have seen the mallets purchased recently via the grant, successfully obtained by Kathy Porter and John Gilmore. There has been some misunderstanding amongst a handful of members who don’t understand why the mallets were purchased and why the money wasn’t used elsewhere. This was a tied grant, meaning that it had to satisfy specific criteria and when obtained, it had to be used for, in this case, the mallets. When speaking with others, should this misunderstanding arise, please assure the speaker that we were obliged to purchase mallets. For longer term members seeking to buy a new mallet, speak to a COM member if you would like to try one of the new Wood Mallets. (The fellow who makes the wood mallets is George Wood). As the sign in the Games Room states, the mallets in the rack are for Coaching, Come and Try Events, new members to the game of croquet for a period of six months, and paying visitors. Pennants The Division 3 Pennants Team will shortly be playing their home games at EDSACC. Check the dates on the board in the clubhouse, and come along to cheer and support its players. Congratulations Forster Croquet Club recently held its four day Autumn Carnival in which Darren Warner, Phil Monds, Maggie McGee, Ron May and Jim Houston participated. All players did themselves and EDSACC proud and are to be congratulated for their outstanding play. However, special congratulations go to Phil Monds for being the Winner of the Singles Block B, and to Darren Warner for Third Place in the Singles Block B and also Runner-Up in the Doubles Block 1. A fantastic achievement for both players.

Social With Easter and other dates unavailable, the next BBQ will be held on Monday 17th April. This time we will be serving up Wagyu Beef Mince Patties on a roll with salad and cheese, dessert and juice PRICE- $7 Time- Midday Monday 17th April Please put your name on the list at the club if you are interested. See you there. Happy Easter to all Linda and Craig Fraser, Social Co-ordinator and committee

Mahjong A mahjong group is meeting at the clubhouse each Tuesday at noon. Everyone welcome, including beginners. Come along and give it a try. Julie Miller Coaching Report This week we welcomed 6 newly trained Golf Croquet players into our club. These members will now be joining us on the lawns for morning games. Some of our members have contacted me about learning to play Ricochet and these lessons will commence after Easter. It is not too late to add your name to the list! Any member who would like a refresher on any aspect of their Golf croquet game, please contact me and I will arrange for this to take place with one of our coaches. Sue Yule, Coaching Co-ordinator

Welfare There are only a couple of people who are still not enjoying full health: Carol Bennett is still recovering from a cyst removal in her hand, which makes it quite difficult to hold the mallet; Felicity Mead is recovering well from her recent operation and is awaiting radiation treatment. Our condolences go to Mary McFadden on the recent loss of her son. A card for members to sign was recently displayed at the club. Anita Beer, Welfare Officer
Games Captain's Report The Winter schedule begins on Monday morning after the return to normal daylight hours. In case you are not aware, here it is:- Golf Croquet Arrive 30mins before the start of your intended game to help set up and/or place your tag in for the next game drawn. 8:45 am. Game 1 9:35 am. Announcements 9:45am. Game 2 10:35 am. Morning Tea 10:55 am. Game 3 finishing around 11:45 am Ricochet Croquet Wednesday 8:30am for 9:00am game start Association and Ricochet Croquet Saturday 9:00am for 9:30am start Many members have been entering tournaments outside the club with varied success. It’s always good experience to learn new tactics employed by players in other clubs as well as meeting new friends and/or catching up with old ones. Notable Doubles winners being Phil Monds and Darren Warner in the Police and Emergency Services competition held in New Zealand. Phil placing 3rd in the Singles. Tournament flyer details either at club or State level can be seen in the Tournament folder near the sign on book or CNSW website. If you need help see me or a COM member. A handicap and card is required for competition so see me as needed. Also if your handicap has triggered and needs to be updated on the website notify me if you require assistance to do this. Our Division 3 Pennants team has met strong opposition in their first 2 games with wins going to Nelson Bay Fingal and Newcastle being very close. The team will gain much experience over the course of the competition and we wish them luck in their upcoming games. Cheryl Patterson Games Captain
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