Pandemic made it a difficult season





The 2021/2022 croquet season has been very challenging for the Te Awamutu Croquet Club with the Covid-19 pandemic. It was inappropriate for the club to hold the official opening day so their health and safety member guided them through the difficult time with days of play and social aspects adjusted accordingly. The pandemic prevented Midland League, silver badges, U.N.I.T.E., the Te Awamutu Have a Go Day, the GC spring fling and also the GC Summer Doubles tournaments being held. It was disappointing the pandemic and a decline in the numbers of Association Croquet players prevented AC competitions being held. As restrictions eased, members made the most of the long spell of stunning weather. A Monday Madness competition was introduced and was so popular that it will be continued next season, as will the Tuesday evening twilight golf croquet. Te Awamutu recently hosted the TA trophy; an annual competition between Te Awamutu and Te Aroha Croquet clubs. This year Te Awamutu convincingly beat Te Aroha who held the trophy last year. Sadly the club lost two staunch members during the year; Shirley Egglestone and Jean Patterson. Shirley was an active member of both the AC and GC games, representing the club in CWKC and Thames Valley tournaments with success. Shirley was a keen member of the Te Awamutu Roses in the Golf Croquet Midland League team and the TA trophy. She was a committee member, a vice president and a CWKC delegate. Shirley’s contribution to the Te Awamutu Croquet Club was invaluable. The club are all looking forward to plenty of croquet, good companionship and lots of fun in the new season.