All welcome at croquet fun day

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The Awamoa Gardens Croquet Club will be hosting “fun days” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for those interested in having a go.

Club Handicapper Brian Monckton said croquet did not require as much exertion as other sports and could be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, but still provided a good level of exercise.

“Croquet is all things to all people. Most people just come along for an enjoyable experience,” he said.

“They come once or twice a week and thoroughly enjoy it. It’s an ideal activity. It’s not strenuous. It’s one of those activities that was mentioned in the Green Prescription.

“The exercise is good, not too strenuous, but when you’ve been playing for a day, you certainly know that you have been and the distance that you’ve walked is quite considerable.”

Mr Monckton said croquet could be enjoyed by players of all ages, and higher levels of competition were on offer through the club.

“People in their 80s can pick it up, children from the age of eight can pick it up and it’s something that you can carry on for a lifetime,” he said.

“If you want to take it more seriously, there are levels of competition in the club, the association, that’s the region around here and we have had players from the club compete at international level.”

More than 20 people attended last year’s fun day, with 11 of those joining up, and the club is hoping for the same success next week.

“It would be nice to emulate last year, when we had more than 20 people. Of those, 11 enjoyed it enough to join the club,” said Mr Monckton.

The sessions will be begin at 10am and conclude at 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Club members Ethel Johnston and Brian Monckton gave Sport Waitaki’s Kate Holland some tips at the Awamoa GardenS Croquet Club lawns yesterday.