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South West world of croquet growing with one club hoping to establish new field

Craig DuncanHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Drakesbrook Croquet Club members Hazel McCall and Dalla Johnston showing why they call the game a “hit and giggle.”
Camera IconDrakesbrook Croquet Club members Hazel McCall and Dalla Johnston showing why they call the game a “hit and giggle.” Credit: Craig Duncan

Few people understand the joy, intensity and fun that can be found on a croquet field.

But the team at the Drakesbrook Croquet Club are keen to show punters first-hand just that.

Now with approval from the Waroona Shire Council, the club is hopeful they can start planning the construction of permanent new playing grounds at the Waroona Recreation Centre.

Drakesbrook Croquet Club member Noel George after launching a cracking shot across the field.
Camera IconDrakesbrook Croquet Club member Noel George after launching a cracking shot across the field. Credit: Craig Duncan

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Club members were all thankful their plans were approved at the most recent council meeting, though club secretary Andrew Johnston said there was still a lot of work to be done.

“We need a benefactor to write a cheque for $600,000,” he said.

“Grants are a bit thin on the ground for sport.

“We’ve just got to play that by ear and keep pushing along to see what we can do.”

The need for a purpose-built facility couldn’t come sooner for the club, who are storing their equipment in a toilet cubicle belonging to the agricultural society.

Despite this, the club’s numbers have steadily grown since its inception last year.

They even managed to win last year’s Southern Hub competition against more established teams from Mandurah, Byford and Pinjarra, taking home a trophy at their first ever competition.

Despite their talent and competition success, the game for many is more of a social activity.

“We have a few members who are very keen on playing more tournaments,” Mr Johnston said.

David Miller lining up to score.
Camera IconDavid Miller lining up to score. Credit: Craig Duncan

“But for the rest of us it’s just hit and giggle — it’s much more social.”

Club member Dalla Johnston said the game was the best therapy one could get on a field.

“It’s heaps of fun,” she said.

“And the fact the council are going to support us with our plans is a big plus.”

She said the new location would need a major upgrade, being closer to the schools and aged care facilities while offering another reason for people to visit Waroona.

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