With the Remarkables in the distance, Wakatipu Croquet Club
member Paul Frude strikes a shot, watched by treasurer
Chris Donald (centre) and secretary Richard Seddon. Photo
by Christina McDonald.
The Wakatipu Croquet Club's annual tournament may have
modest prizes but ''the honour and glory is great''.
Nestled in a quiet spot at Kelvin Heights, theclub is a small
but highly competitive group, especially where the Central
Otago v coastal Otago and Otago v Southland tournaments are
Secretary Richard Seddon said the 20-year-old club was
relatively self-sufficient, making enough money from members'
fees and hiring out its clubroom to care for an essential
part of the game.
''The maintenance of a lawn is one of the biggest expenses,''
Mr Seddon said.
''It's mown twice a week and has to be fertilised and
The club plays twice a week on Thursday and Saturdays from
September until May and when the weather plays ball in the
winter, games are held beneath the snowy Remarkables.
Despite having no sponsors at present, the club manages to
keep healthy finances.
Mr Seddon said croquet was a sport for anyone but ''has the
advantage that you can play to a good standard right into
''We have people who are in their 70s and 80s for whom it's a
good social outlet.''
But the younger generation is being called upon to give the
sport a go.
''The biggest problem is that there aren't enough young
''We would very much like to have a school involved but it's
a bit too far away, geographically.''
Both association croquet and golf croquet are played at the
Annual fees are ''very modest'' compared with other sports
and start at $45 for a first-year player.
The club plays at Jardine Park in Kelvin Heights and welcomes
anyone to join.
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