ALTHOUGH not quite back to pre-COVID normal, the Wonthaggi Croquet Club celebrated the freeing of the shackles with a Cup eve get-together on Monday, November 1.

Fashions on the field was the order of the day and a fun day of games, broken up with a lunchtime barbecue, was held by all who attended.

Peter Donovan came armed with several Alice in Wonderland flamingo mallets he created to add some fairy tale magic.

To top off a very successful and fun day, raffles and a cup sweep were held, sending everyone home in good spirits.

Croquet is generally hotting up again in Gippsland and for the first time in two years the (supposed to be) annual Twin Ws Shield was held on Saturday, November 6.

Eight Wonthaggi members travelled to Warragul to compete in this Hi-Lo doubles event.

This is a light-hearted, fun day which is a good introduction to tournament play for first time competition players.

Warragul, the current Shield holders, again prevailed winning the day 11 games to 5.

Pennant play throughout Gippsland was cancelled this year for obvious reasons and to compensate, Paul Andrews, our treasurer, devised a mini ‘competition’ (pennant practice) to keep us all in the groove.

Six pairs took part and practice took place every Tuesday for several weeks.

We have now reached the pointy end with a final’s series taking place over the next couple of weeks.

Tom Lacey needs to be commended on keeping the weekly table updated and keeping us all informed on the state of play.

Croquet is a game for all ages and abilities, and the club invites anyone to come along on our club days which are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am.

For more information, you can contact Gerry Kool on 5672 1545 or Sue Cartwright on 0431 777 520.