From the President

The committee farewelled Caroline and Barry at drinks and presented them with alpaca scarves for their first Northern winter for many years. They are such amazing supporters of the club. 

We will miss them, but hopefully continue to hear from them, as Caroline has offered to become our latest Foreign Correspondent and send through news and photos.

At this time. we hope to have the Christmas Lunch on Saturday 11 December. We will bring our own lunch and abandon the traditional shared lunch in the interest of being Covid cautious.

Caroline has done the heavy lifting for cleaning the club house. As she has gone, Jocelyn Brandon has volunteered to help coordinate the cleaning tasks and would appreciate a few volunteers to help her.

Likewise, I would appreciate more volunteers to help keep the border weeded beside the lawns. We can do it while observing Covid prevention rules.

Keep safe. 

Mary Stevens

From the Club Captain 


WCA GC handicap singles

Our club was well represented at this event hosted by Plimmerton Club last week. We fielded five of the 18 players and our own John Kane was the winner, following on from recent Kelburn winners Doug Hay and Colin Menzies.

President Mary was also in the final six, having had all wins in her pool games. Meanwhile John Stevens won the ‘duffers final’ for the last six players from pool play, winning all his games and managing to beat the two other Kelburn players.

Waikanae AC 4+ tournament

Janet Boutel was runner-up in Waikanae 4+ tornament.


GC handicap doubles

The regular rounds of Wednesday GC Interclub have finished and the three group winners will be playing off. Kelburn won two out of the three groups, and were runner-up in one of the groups.

Winners: Group B Jim Strachan and Mary Egley

Winners: Group C Dave Egley and Pádraig O'Connor. Runners-up: Ron Rosenberg and David Robinson

The finals will be over three Wednesdays, at Khandallah, Plimmerton and Kelburn

The Sunday GC interclub rounds are due to finish on 28 November, with the final on 5 December.

AC Monday handicap doubles

Alison Robinson and Kathleen Coleridge have won their section of the AC handicap doubles.

Congratulations on handicap changes

Pádraig O’Connor, 5
Dave Egley, 6
Jim Strachan, 7
John Corsham, 5
John Kane, 7

WCA team for  Lower North Island AC teams event

This event is being hosted by Manawatu-Wanganui at the Rose Gardens Croquet Club Palmerston North, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021.

The Wellington Croquet Association team is:

  • Baubre Murray (Kelburn) Captain  Division 1 - ( 0 - 3)
  • Janet Boutel (Wellington)               Division 2 - (4 - 8)
  • Francie Vagg (Waikanae)                Division 3 - (9 - 12)
  • Paulette Moore (Paraparaumu)     Division 4 - (14 - 24

You can follow the results on Croquet Scores here

Our new Facebook page

We have started a Facebook page for KMCC. It's a public page, and members are invited to Follow and Like the page, and to post your own photographs of yourselves playing croquet and winning tournaments. 

Have a look at our Facebook page linked below. If the link does not work on your system, copy and paste it into your browser.

Jane Norman

Coaching available

Alison Robinson is available for coaching on Saturday mornings. Possible topics include stop shots, how to avoid double taps, and hoop running. 

Covid - planning to stay safe

As you are reading in the national news daily, the Covid-19 situation is very fluid at present and is changing rapidly. The virus is expected to arrive in Wellington soon, and people are being urged to prepare.

The Government expects a vaccine passport to be available by the end of November.

Club members have asked the Committee to review our procedural settings at the club. 

Our rules for Level 2, as published on our website, are in step with advice from the Ministry of Health, Sport New Zealand, Croquet New Zealand, and also what most other clubs in the region are doing, to the best of our knowledge. 

Government is yet to announce detailed information about how the “Traffic Light” system will operate. Croquet New Zealand recently advised it is awaiting guidance from Sport New Zealand around how to interpret the Traffic Light system, and how the vaccination certificates may impact the sport sector.

Croquet New Zealand will provide guidance and support to clubs as soon as it is able.

We also understand that Wellington City Council is developing updated rules and procedures for its public facilities, including sports grounds, and we look forward to learning from this information when it becomes available.

It is our intent that our club remain in step with the best advice available from the most knowledgeable authorities, to continue to monitor this situation, and to respond immediately to changes as they develop.

Meanwhile, please do your best to take the advised precautions, so we can all continue to enjoy our game.

We need your help around the club

It's all happening this month - our hard-working Caroline and Barry have gone, the garden plots around the club are growing weeds madly, and we have a full calendar of corporate Christmas functions. 

The diminishing band of helpers cannot cope with all the things that need to be done … to keep our club clean, tidy and sanitary; maintain the quality of our lawns and grounds; and help with the corporate events which subsidise our fees.

The cleaning regime is very important in the effort to protect our club from the Covid-19 virus.

Corporate events

Please add your name as a helper to the schedule on the wall in the clubhouse and/or let Mary Egley know you can help.  Email [email protected]

Lawns and grounds

Let Mary Stevens know you can help. Email [email protected]

In the clubhouse

Please put your hand up for a small regular task. Talk to Jocelyn Brandon about how you can help.

Our recent news

Read the latest issue of Croquet Matters

Finally … 

Extreme croquet, as played in Seattle's Gasworks Park, from an online article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1 June 2005. The article is an amusing read.

Thanks to Jane for another gem from the odder annals of croquet.