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Croquet from Coutts Crossing

Eleven members travelled to Casino and shared a Friendship day with players from the Casino, Lismore, Alstonville and Ballina clubs, and from the club being formed in Iluka. Lots of croquet played, and many new friendships formed. Our club is to become part of the Northern Rivers Alliance. We have invitations to visit several clubs in the coming months, and we are reciprocating by inviting them to visit us. Most interesting was that it was our first opportunity to judge our standard of play against those of long established clubs and people who have played for decades. We showed we are well up there with the best. It was a long cold day, but intensely satisfying. Meanwhile, back at the farm, four players had an competitive morning. Terry Wilson came out best, with Joy Campbell and Bill Gauci close behind, and Pam Gauci, gradually getting back to fitness, a close fourth. Saturday afternoon threatened storms, but the rain held off to allow ten hardy enthusiasts to have fun. Terry Wilson played on and on to record three wins and two narrow losses. Jane Berger and Frank Mack each played just two games, but two victories each. Bill and Pam Gauci and Gillian and Peter Martin all had mixed days, some good stuff, some ugly. Kiara Berger and Robyn Walters both had fun, but little success. Star of the afternoon was Cave Steiner who ran hoops from five, ten and twenty metres, although Terry Wilson had the shot of the day; a jump shot from over five feet. Sunday, and Peter and Sue Deeth were back after playing, very successfully, at Forster and forging links between our clubs. They played each other, Peter just winning 20-18. Jim Algie found good form half way through the morning beating Gillian Martin 24-8. In the other singles Rod Munro edged home against wife Kay 9-8. What a Monday morning, 21 members came to play, 20 doubles games were played and a record 215 hoops run. Peter Martin did celebrated a jump shot to win a game over the ball of none less than our blonde star. Fifteen metre hoops became common. Terry Wilson had one as did Robyn Walters and John Buckley. Phill Jordan managed no less than three, while Helyn Davison, after a long absence hit form and a long, long hoop. Phill Jordan had by far his best day to date. Terry Wilson won all his games while Phyl Harrison, Marilyn Royce, Pam Jordan and Simon Cook all had very good days. Lots of injuries, illnesses and baby-sitting for the Association players. But Peter Martin got a win and a sun-tan defeating Gillian Martin 20-9. In a six ball game Sue Deeth scored 8, Peter Deeth 11 and Peter Martin, in fine roqueting form: 16. To learn more and to try out croquet at a club which really enjoys itself, call 6649 3200.