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Preparing to play croquet in England

With less than a week before heading off to the “Mother country”, I have been busy preparing for the Holy Grail; to play croquet in England. Unlike the ultra tough conditions in Christchurch, playing croquet in England will throw up some new challenges for me.

Hurlingham Croquet Club, England

Hurlingham Croquet Club, England

1. Players

The 2013 Association Croquet World Championships will host a very strong field of 80 players from 22 countries. Traditionally the UK has had very strong players, with approximately 50 players regularly ranked in the top 100. That said, Australian Robert Fletcher is currently ranked #1, Reg Banford (South Continue reading

Croquet Gazette up and running

An online paper, Croquet Gazette, has been established to compile news articles, videos, photos and blogs from around the world.

Using search engines the gazette automatically processes more than 250 million social media posts per day, extracting & analyzing over 25 million articles, to find news items about croquet.

The gazette has been designed to update automatically on a weekly basis.
Please note, due to the design of some websites not all articles will be captured by the system.

If you know of some good sources of information about croquet, please contact me and I will endeavor to add them to the list.

NZ Open winner

Congratulations to Toby Garrison who overcame very tricky courts, “amazing” hoops and a top quality field to win the NZ Open.
Very well deserved.

Hoop 1 Court 1 – NZ Open Centenary

One of the more difficult hoops to make at United Croquet Club during the 2013 NZ Open Centenary was hoop 1 on court 1.
Rushing to the hoop from hoop 2 usually resulted in having to approach from A baulk as there was a nasty decline sloping back from the hoop to the boundary.
Aaron Westerby successfully negotiated the hoop in the video below.
Lawn was quite fast running at 13 seconds.

Preparing for NZ Open – spee kin key wee

As I have been playing croquet in different parts of Australia I have found it is a good idea to acclimatise myself as best I can in order to perform at my peak and not get any strange surprizes from the locals. For example, prior to playing in Tasmania my diet included James Boag beer and King Island Cheese, to which I partly attribute the success of making the Australian Mens final.

With this in mind, I have commenced trying to master the local New Zealand lingo to improve my results in the centenary of the NZ Open.

After completing a rendition of jungle bells I travelled to Milburn to play in the Victorian open and since then have been practicing sex times a week. Upon returning to Wagga Wagga my mcKennock did a tin thousand km service on  my car as I did my washing and used pigs to hang my clothes.
My diet includes  munnwe stroney, and fitta cheney, along with warm chuck and ever coadeau  salad.
As there is no brudge to New Zulland I will have to go via earplane – a sivven four sivven on the way there, and a sivven sucks sivven when I return.

There are not any beers in New Zealand, but some people have bun button by small insects so I will peck some pissed aside; hopefully this will not cause any problems at beggage chucken as the earplane leaves at iggs ektly sex pissed tin.

Junie Clark, a whomin with fear hear, has told me the lawns will be first and duffy cult. I amejen that this will be more of a problem for my inner me than myself. At least I have a good beard to sleep on at night after enjoying a sex pack with the other pliers.

I have been told some pliers from the nirth island have nasty hobbits like guess, so I will keep clare of them so I have frush ear.

Kip a close eye out for Tum and Jum in the dub ells, as wear hoping to stick it right up our inner mes.

No wurrys - I pissed

No wurrys
I pissed with flying collars


2013 NZ Open Centennial – including early pitch report

What an opportunity. It is not every day you get the chance to play in a centennial event.
Having played in the NZ Open last year I am looking forward to catching up with friends I have made during the past twelve months from both New Zealand and abroad. ie from the UK. Continue reading

Croquet Scores updated

Tim Murphy has been doing a fantastic job developing the Croquet Scores website. It has come along way during the past 12 months and is continually being improved upon.
Much of the development has been improving the usability for tournament managers entering tournament data and results.
Results can be viewed in the order they are entered for the tournament or in the blocks in either grid, summary or order of play. Results are also tweeted at
I have add the twitter feed to this website.
I only hope the results from my games do justice to the efforts Tim has put into Croquet Scores


Drive 4500 kms to play croquet with Ken Edwards

In December 2012 I played in 3 different tournaments, The NSW Bronze Medal, NSW Gateball competition and the Victorian Open.
The NSW Bronze medal was a close tussle with all competitors on handicaps of minus 1/2 and lower. It would seem the lack of consistent competition in the second half of 2012 showed as not one player consistently played well through out the 3 day competition. Continue reading

Thirsty Crow hosting sporting champions

Wagga Wagga’s finest champions, past, present and “legends of their own lunch boxes” are celebrating their sporting championship status this afternoon at the Thirsty Crow.

Thirsty Crow’s brewer’s head

Head brewer Craig Wealands wasn’t known for his sporting prowess on the field, however he has honed his skills to providing all sporting champions the finest of ales to toast their achievements.
And he has a trophy to prove it.
So being the good sport that he is, Craig has “Sporting Ale” on tap for all sporting champions to enjoy.

Croquet Champion Jim Nicholls
enjoying a “Sporting Ale”

 So come on down to the Thirsty Crow to watch our finest footballers this weekend, bring your trophies, and embellish the great moments, both on and off the field (pool table or dart board), that has made Wagga Wagga Australia’s greatest city of good sports.
Given that Two Bird clubs, Hawks and Swans, are competing for the title, it is only fitting that I take my “Best part for a Canary played by a Budgie” trophy

“Canary played by a Budgie” trophy

Win a free croquet lesson from Jim Nicholls

During the month of August the Wagga Wagga Croquet Club will be host to some fun introductory lessons.
The club want to provide people the opportunity to come and try croquet and gain an appreciation of the game.
It is an ideal way of having fun with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors – crossing fingers for weather.

Sessions will commence at 1.00pm on the following days;
Sunday August 5th
Sunday August 12th
Saturday August 18th
Saturday August 25th
Cost is $5.00 and please wear flat soled shoes.

To your chance to win a free lesson from Jim follow him on twitter @jimbonicholls and you could be the lucky winner.