Members to host regional event in Pirie

HOOPLA: President of Port Pirie Croquet Club Sandra Arbon, right, and member Judy Nayda check out the court last Thursday while preparing for the regional coaching clinic and tournament next week.
HOOPLA: President of Port Pirie Croquet Club Sandra Arbon, right, and member Judy Nayda check out the court last Thursday while preparing for the regional coaching clinic and tournament next week.

Port Pirie Croquet Club is thrilled to have been chosen to host a regional coaching clinic and tournament.

The event on Monday and Tuesday has been organised by Karen Magee, state co-ordinator for golf croquet.

The South Australian Croquet Association was impressed with Port Pirie's new courts at the Come See Change Masters Games earlier this year.

Golf croquet is a simpler form of the game.

The games are shorter than traditional croquet and usually last two-and-a-half hours.

Both doubles and singles can be contested.

The event will begin at 10am on Monday with Adelaide coaches and Kim Millhouse, golf croquet state coach co-ordinator.

Club spokeswoman Judy Nayda said several new rules would be explained to local members.

"There will be a lunch break on both days with play continuing in the afternoon," she said.

"Everyone will be welcomed with a cuppa and biscuits. Endless tea and coffee will be served on both days. Lunch orders will be taken and soft drinks will be sold.

"A pizza-and-sweets tea will be catered for. More play or coaching will continue in the evening.

"On Tuesday, play will start at 9am and continue until 3pm followed by presentations.

"We welcome anyone to visit us at our Mary Elie Street club to see how this interesting and easy game can be played by all ages.

"We have visitors coming from as far away as Port Lincoln.

"We are happy and proud to be chosen by the association to hold its event."

The club provides a social and competitive experience for its members.

They now have new courts that were created as part of the $25 million sport hub development around Memorial Oval.

The sport of croquet involves hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through hoops standing in a grass playing court.

It has been likened to an eight-ball competition on grass.

The mallets are swung by members with precision.

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