September 8, 2017
This week we explore the world of croquet, with a visit to the Wynnum Croquet club, located in the sports precinct, amongst the tennis, lawn bowls and junior rugby league. I was fortunate enough to visit whilst the national championships were being hosted in Queensland, with matches every day at Wynnum.
The club is located on the corner of Daisy and Colina Street, just near the RSL rail bridge that we all duck in our cars as we pass underneath. You can find out more about the club on their website
Entrance to the clubhouse
Ok, confession time, I knew little about the sport of croquet, but what better way of learning about than to reach out with this project and find out more.
I was welcomed in for a chat prior to the shoot, and Liz, the Club president was very helpful with my questions and when I could come back and shoot.
On the day of my shoot, Bruce Duffell showed me around, helped me staying out of the eyeline of the players competing, at least the Queensland players :), and explained the rules and play. Bruce was a gracious host, answering my naive questions with a smile and demonstrations.
The hospitality offered was generous with tea / coffee as well as 2 different types of cake!
I was taken on to a court to see how play occurs.
I was a little nervous lying prone on the ground when the ball was stuck. I was assured it would hit the hoop and not come through to me, which was true.
Ensuring the hoops are set correctly between matches.
Play underway between Queensland and NSW in the doubles matches.
I can honestly say, that it looked like it would be a lot of fun to play, and you are able to receive free coaching from the club, which I will be taking up. From an outsiders point of view, it looks like an easy game to start playing, but a hard game to master, with elements of golf and snooker in play.
Queensland won the day against NSW!