By Casey O'Connor
Three disciplines of Croquet were played last week at the headquarters of the Stanthorpe Mallet Club on Amosfield Road last week.
On Tuesday Association Croquet was the discipline of choice.
Heather Widderick paired up with Joy Newman and played Grace Howard and Effey Russell.
This game could not have been closer. The final score 20-all.
Widderick had one run of two and a peel. Newman also managed a peel.
A complicated shot which requires two balls to be lined up in front of the hoop and both balls go through the hoop with the same stroke to score – two points for one.
On Wednesday there was a bigger turnout for Golf Croquet.
Scores were not high, but the standard of play was. Jennifer Gleadhill (2), Kim Foster (1) and Di Wren (3) played against Bev Sullivan (6), Liz Ellway (4) and Shirley Evans (4).
Sullivan played well in this game and scored two hole-in-ones.
The first was sent down the green from hoop one, ricocheted off another ball near hoop two, and went straight through the hoop.
In the second game Judy Locke (4), Liz Ellway (2) and Di Wren played Jennifer Gleadhill (1), Bev Sullivan (3) and Kim Foster (2) scoring a narrow.
Judy Locke had a brilliant game (her words).
Numbers continued to build as the week went on and on Thursday there were even more players on hand for Ricochet.
Jenny Tunbridge and John Colman played Sharyn Roser in a close game.
Roser was on song, hitting her long roquets accurately and got off to a good start.
She increased the lead after hitting a roquet from one corner of the green to the opposite corner, resulting in a run of three hoops in a row.
Following the break, Colman scored four hoops in a row which narrowed the gap for his team.
Roser positioned her blue and black balls near the peg, pegged out the black first leaving the blue positioned nicely for her next shot.
This forced Tunbridge to aim for blue. Unfortunately, she missed.
After three more plays Roser got a long roquet on the yellow ball and she pegged out the black to win 26-24 in what was a very close game.
Colman played scored a run of two while Roser also had two runs of two during the game.