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ABOVE: With mallets (l-r): Stella Bryant, Bob McFadden, Beau Corston, Tessah Spires, Be McFadden and Emily Cook. At rear: (l-r) Iluka Public School principal Phil Bradmore, Mikayla Cameron-Clarke, Paige Schembri and Courtney Cummins. Image: Contributed.

Iluka’s croquet family grows

ABOVE: With mallets (l-r): Stella Bryant, Bob McFadden, Beau Corston, Tessah Spires, Be McFadden and Emily Cook. At rear: (l-r) Iluka Public School principal Phil Bradmore, Mikayla Cameron-Clarke, Paige Schembri and Courtney Cummins. Image: Contributed.
ABOVE: With mallets (l-r): Stella Bryant, Bob McFadden, Beau Corston, Tessah Spires, Be McFadden and Emily Cook. At rear: (l-r) Iluka Public School principal Phil Bradmore, Mikayla Cameron-Clarke, Paige Schembri and Courtney Cummins. Image: Contributed.

The Iluka Primary School had a visit from members of the recently formed Iluka croquet club.
They were there to donate some mallets, hoops and balls to the school so they could be used on their oval or lawns during lunch breaks.
The equipment has been specially designed for ease of handling by the school children.
In one move the recently formed club has halved the average age of those playing croquet in the town.
It is hoped that some of the keener students may venture down to the croquet lawn at the bowls club and have a go at the real thing for an hour after school on a Friday.
What is pleasing is the number of men who are playing – over ten in total.
Many are still playing bowls or golf and it was never intended to replace a sport, but rather to add to the enjoyment of being outside and mixing with friends.
The playing standard has already improved remarkably.
Only last week, one of our keenest players, Bernice McFadden (pictured above) ran four successive hoops with only eight shots.
That is remarkable.
She puts it down to practice sessions she enjoys but most are happy to just turn up and enjoy themselves.
Col Hennessy

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