Enthusiasts putting croquet back in the game
IT WAS once the game of kings and queens, and Coutts Crossing wants to bring it back.
Croquet was a popular sport in the Clarence Valley 25 years ago, with three croquet clubs operating in Grafton alone.
Today there is none in Grafton and the closest most people get to the sport these days is watching the Queen of Hearts punt hedgehogs through hoops in Alice in Wonderland.
But tucked away behind the soccer field in Coutts Crossing, a dedicated group of enthusiasts has kept the game and its traditions alive.
They are the only croquet club left in the Clarence Valley and, with a new committee at the helm, they are hoping to put the sport back on the map.
To do so, club members need more mallets and are appealing to the people of Grafton for help.
Coutts Crossing Croquet Club secretary Peter Martin said good mallets were hard to find and, with few makers around now, it was difficult to build up a good collection.
"Did you play croquet, or do you remember a parent or grandparent who played croquet years ago?" he is asking people.
"If so, Coutts Crossing Croquet Club would like to hear from you."
If grandma's old mallets are sitting in the attic, garage or cupboard gathering dust, this is their chance for a new life.
Better yet, bring your mallet down to Coutts Crossing and try the game out for yourself.
To contact the Coutts Crossing Croquet Club, phone president Wayne Gadke on 6649 3200 or secretary Peter Martin on 6649 5109.
CROQUET AT COUTTS CROSSING
WHEN: Every Wednesday 9-11.30am.
WHERE: Coutts Crossing Croquet Club, next to the fire station.
DETAILS: At just $5 for a day's play, it is the best sporting value for miles around.