“We all pitch in. The club members volunteer their services to maintain the clubrooms, set up the courts, uphold the garden, serve tea, coffee and biscuits after the game – and of course, the clean-up after the tea and gossip.”
With its new courts expected to be finished at the end of March, the club is eager to get a junior membership started. “The school kids who come love it. A teacher came up to us once and said she’d never heard one of her students talk so much.”
Moira joined the club in 2013 after moving to Mornington, not knowing anyone and having never played croquet before. It’s a completely different story now. “I was a bit hesitant at the start, but everyone’s so friendly and willing to help. Even players on the opposite team were providing tips during my first game.”
The members’ spirits are at an all-time high after winning the Metropolitan Shield Autumn 2017 when they competed against clubs from all over Metropolitan Melbourne. It’s such an outstanding achievement because most of the players had never played before and knew nothing about the game.
“Thanks to our sponsors we’re still going strong,” Moira says.
To ask about a trial or membership, call Moira on 5977 0071.