Final gala day for grass courts

GALA DAY: Trevor Lipsett from Kadina Croquet Club hitting his lined up shot.
GALA DAY: Trevor Lipsett from Kadina Croquet Club hitting his lined up shot.

The Port Pirie Croquet Club held their gala day on the old grass courts recently before construction starts on the new greens as apart of the sports precinct redevelopment. The annual event attracts players from all over the region with 20 players from Kadina, Port Pirie and Crystal Brook participating in the event. 

The competitors played five games of doubles over the day and swapped competitors in the afternoon. John Lydeamore from Kadina Croquet Club says he has attended gala day for eight years and believes it is a good way to help support the Pirie club. 

“The sport is good for comradeship, as it is a team game but it also brings everyone together. It will be really good when they get their new courts up here, things will really start to change”, he said. 

It will be really good when they get their new courts

John Lydeamore

Publicity officer for the Port Pirie Croquet Club, Judy Nayda, says the event has always been popular but they hope the redevelopment will draw in some new players to the club. 

“We are going to have some new club rooms and new courts that will feature artificial greens rather than grass”, Judy said. 

The maintenance of the current grass has stretched the budget of the croquet club and they hope the new greens will help reduce the costs. “We have extremely high water bills, they go into the thousands and we were also having to pay for lawn mowing, this will no longer be an issue to us”. 

The construction started on the new courts started on Tuesday and is expected to take six to eight weeks. Judy Nayda says the new location, courts and rooms will greatly improve their membership numbers. 

“People didn’t know where we were before. Now we are on a main road and will have new signage”. 

The sport will continue into the summer with the completed courts, playing modified evening games of golf croquet and Aussie croquet in the evenings.