Spring emerges in kind as Croquet Club holds Friendship Day

A light frost heralded a bright sunny day for Cowra Croquet Club to hold their Spring Friendship Day, featuring a golf croquet tournament.

Our club welcomed players from Young, Hazelbrook , Molong and Bathurst. Some very familiar faces and several new ones were ready for a great day of friendly competition.

It was particularly good to have Bathurst join us on our friendship day.

After registration, a welcome cup of tea and a quick catch up, play got under way.

The courts were in excellent condition and many thanks must go to the Cowra Shire Council's ground staff.

It took players a little time to adjust to the fast courts but once conquered the games became very competitive.

There were many long shots some successfully going through hoops while some managed to go on to the next court.

Additionally, John from Bathurst and Joyce from Young successfully jumped the hoop to help generate their score.

Jumping the hoop, for those who are unaware, is a good shot used in tricky situations when the opponent's ball is in front of or sitting in the hoop.

While play was going on, other players tried their hand at the skill games, Dollies being the most popular and Ping Pong the most trying.

The day continued on until 3pm when afternoon tea was announced.


The presentation of prizes was handed out to players by Cowra Club president Alison Muggridge, with Bathurst the most successful club on the day.


  • Winner: Gail Osbourne (Bathurst), with 21 points.
  • Runners-Up: Sam Taylor (Young), Cheryl McInerney (Young), Bev Mooney (Bathurst) and Glenda Simpson (Bathurst), all on 20 points.


  • Bagatelle: Pat Newlan (Young)
  • Dollies: Mary Iffland (Molong)
  • Quoits: Jan Arndell (Hazelbrook)
  • Ping Pong: Karen Everdelle (Young)
  • Hoops: Joyce Williams (Young)
  • Up The Plank: Maureen Curtis (Molong)

The raffle was won by Margaret Watson (Molong) and Lucky Door was won by Helen Bryant (Cowra).

All the winners were pleased with their prizes, while a special wish was given to Gwen Bush of Cowra as she celebrated a milestone birthday.

As the day came to an end, all clubs agreed that it was a great, well-organised day, with interesting courts and delicious afternoon tea.

John Cook from Bathurst, who is also the Western Area Representative of Croquet, congratulated Cowra for the day.