Croquet’s on a roll in Queenstown with record entries at the Wakatipu club’s sixth annual tournament, held recently at Kelvin Heights’
Twenty-eight players, from Timaru, Dunedin, Gore, Winton and Invercargill, as well as club members, swung their mallets at the two-day tournament.
From left are local players Murray Grace, who was runner-up in A grade, B grade winner John MacGillivray, club captain and tournament manager Lyn Weir, and A grade doubles winners, club president Ian Ruddenklau and Brian Skerten.
The following day, the club hosted 24 Australian players, culminating in a ‘test’ between a NZ team — seven local players, plus Timaru’s Kevin McGlinchy — and a selection of visitors.
Both ‘NZ’ and ‘Australia’ won a game each, with croquet declared the winner on the day.
Some of the visitors remarked, ‘‘this has to be the best place in the world to play croquet’’.