Pukekohe Croquet Club hitting the mark

Members head out to play a game of Association Croquet at their Tuesday morning club day.

The Pukekohe Croquet Club have been around for 112 years, and with some of the best grounds in New Zealand, they want to continue encouraging new members.

Some of their newest members say the social aspect of the game and the club is something they enjoy.

“I joined last December. I’ve always played a sport,” said Barbara Kennedy. “The croquet club is very friendly. They’re lovely people. Sometimes I come five times a week.”

Along with Jill Hill, and Ann Rollinson, Barbara says the camaraderie is great, as well as playing a fun, but tactical game.

Laurie Beaver is one of the newest members, joining just four months ago. “I enjoy it. There’s people to socialise with and you don’t stay at home,” he said. “I play snooker, croquet is like that, but with a mallet.”

“It is easy to pick up and the days are flexible. It’s good to start when you’re young—you’ve got to remember where you’re going.”

Jenny Begg said many of the current members had never played croquet before joining. Now there’s a good group of them for some social and competitive games.

She coaches the members so they play their best.

There are about 65 members in the club, coming from all over Franklin.

There used to be small clubs dotted all over the area, she says, but now Pukekohe is the only one. Papakura is the next big club in the Counties Manukau zone.

The club is a valuable community resource—the social side is a bonus.

“Come and try it,” said Ann. “Get some fresh air.”

The club has also united to raise funds for a club upgrade. While they own the property, it is their cost to maintain the grounds, and also the clubrooms. They have done several fundraisers, including their garage sale, and the artistic of the bunch sold a number of art works they’d created.

They are now in the process of applying for grants which will help them with some touch ups for the clubrooms.

Pukekohe Croquet Club will have a stall at the Positive Ageing Expo on Friday 20 October, and also invite anyone to come along during the week for a game.

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