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Cock-a-hoop over sheds at croquet club

Hervey Bay Croquet and Mallet Sports Club vice president Peter Spinks and treasurer Ruth White enjoy the spruced-up shelters.
Hervey Bay Croquet and Mallet Sports Club vice president Peter Spinks and treasurer Ruth White enjoy the spruced-up shelters. Tyson Yates

IT'S not known as a team sport but that hasn't stopped members of the community banding together to improve the facilities at the Hervey Bay Croquet and Mallet Sports Club.

Club treasurer Ruth White said the improvements weren't due to club members alone, as local businesses and community support workers had helped in the past few months to see the project through.

"The original shade shelters were all mismatched. One was made of tin and it was just too hot for the players to use," she said.

"Local business Stratco donated the roofing iron and screws for the roofs, then we had three community service workers put them on all eight shelters and take the old ones off.

"We've also had a new equipment shed built, with turf donated by Bay Turf as well as pavers donated by two existing club members.

"Hervey Bay Rent A Car got involved in helping us move the stuff around."

Ms White said in her seven years as a member of the club she had never seen the fields in such good condition.

"We had a couple of Australia croquet representatives come up here in June and they were so impressed they said these courts are in better condition than the ones we play on in Brisbane," Ms White said.

"We're hoping that next year we will be able to host one of the state championships."

Vice president Peter Spinks agreed the community effort had made the facilities feel more like a club for the existing 40 members and said he hoped more people take an interest in the sport after the improvements.

"Croquet is a game of great concentration and also of co-ordination as well as strategy," he said.

"You're using your mind as well as being out in the fresh air and sunshine.

"Not everybody wants to play football."

Topics:  croquet, hervey bay, sheds




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