Wendy McMahon was not sure what to expect when she turned up for the Corowa Civic Croquet Club’s bring a friend day last Friday.
The Rutherglen resident was met with a friendly bunch of croquet players eager to show her the ropes.
“It’s completely different to anything I have played before,” Wendy said.
“I play lawn bowls and thought I would see what croquet was all about.
“It’s harder than it looks, but it is great fun.”
Wendy said the biggest challenge she found was getting the ball to travel a long distance without going too far.
“It’s very easy to use too much power with the mallet and then the ball goes too far,” she said.
Club President and Coach Ruth Duffy said those who came along to try out the sport did a great job.
“It’s like anything, when you try a new sport you need to practice and practice,” she said.
Ruth said those interested in taking up the sport would have access to six weeks of coaching before being put into the mix.
“It’s very low key and we are about friendship and having fun,” she said.
Meanwhile, the club held its singles handicap round-robin tournament over several months.
There were 16 entries and in the end Ruth Duffy placed first, David Barwick came second and Michael Nixon placed third.
“We had more entries than we expected, which was great,” Ruth said.
“Playing competition croquet has brought out the competitive spirit in our players who are now seeking out more information on the rules etc. because before we were playing socially.”
Members play on Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays, times are from 8.30am and there will be members available to introduce you to the format and rules.
Croquet is a fun sport of skill and mental agility, which is suitable for the whole family.
It is easy to learn and is enjoyed by people of all ages, giving the player gently exercise, mental stimulation and companionship.
It provides a positive option for people who have an injury as it is played in an upright position, using a mallet, at walking pace.
It is easier on the body than sports which involve asymmetrical action or twisting the body, such as golf, bowls and tennis.