Monday, 10 January 2011

Croquet in Palmerston North

If you think that croquet is for wimps then think again.  On Saturday we left the house for the lawns at 0745 and arrived home at 1915.  We spent 8 hours and 15 minutes actually playing on the lawns and then there was all the important bits like morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea!  We  repeated that yesterday (Sunday).   A day's croquet can involve walking 10 ks or more at a fairly brisk pace so this weekend I've probably walked over 20ks.  

This tournament  is an Association Croquet (AC) tournament and has seen a lot of new players who, like me, have taken it up after playing Golf Croquet and now play both codes.   Judy, my partner for this tournament,  had never played a full game of AC before. However in two days we played six games  of fairly average croquet it has to be admitted but we only lost one and managed to come top of the Consolation group.  So we celebrated last night.

Fortunately we the celebrations were not too excessive because I'm playing sixteen singles games over the next four days.  By Thursday night I'll either be wrecked or very fit.  Time will tell.  I'll let you know.


  1. Congrats!

    Sounds like a great way to get fit. Hope the weather is holding out for you!

  2. Besides being on your feet all day I admire you for being able to keep up concentration! I had difficulties even trying to grasp the content of the Wikipedia article just now ;) From what I can remember of my childhood/ youth garden games rules they might have been some mix of association and golf croquet. I seem to remember that hitting other people's balls was considered half the fun - or no fun at all, depending on who was hitting whom! Good luck to you, and I hope you come out of it more fit than wrecked.

  3. Congratulations! Just go ahead and continue to have fun....

  4. Wow! So much that I DO NOT KNOW about croquet, but I'm enjoying it through you!
    Sounds like some work, albeit through the walking alone!