THE Euroa Croquet Club team went to play in the Goulburn Valley Croquet Association Division (GVCA) 3/4 association croquet pennant final at Mooroopna on November 26 without any real expectations of success, but they almost turned the tables on top club Rich River.
Euroa and Nagambie, two of the eight belonging to the GVCA, have smaller memberships than some of the others, but the quality of their players cannot be denied.
In fact, Strathbogie’s two clubs played off for the pennant a few years ago, and this year were once again vying for second position on the ladder throughout the pennant season.
However, our local players are somewhat disadvantaged when it comes to playing elsewhere, for two reasons.
Firstly, despite their clubs’ best efforts, their lawns are inferior to the smooth playing surfaces at the major venues, where the finals usually take place; this benefits those of the opposition who enjoy such facilities all year round.
Secondly, some of the opponents participate in tournaments elsewhere in the state, which helps to keep their handicaps deceptively low, or have the opportunity for regular coaching.