NEW GAME IN TOWN: Gladstone croquet player Arthur Watson shows Biloela woman Dominique Tan the basics of the game at a demonstration day on Tuesday.
NEW GAME IN TOWN: Gladstone croquet player Arthur Watson shows Biloela woman Dominique Tan the basics of the game at a demonstration day on Tuesday.

Bilolea tries out croquet

“I THINK I'll become a croquet player.”

That's what Dominique Tan said after she spent some time learning the game of croquet at the Biloela Bowls Cub on Tuesday.

She attended a demonstration day organised by Biloela residents Ruth Derrick and Ruth Maynard.

Members of the Gladstone Croquet club travelled over the range to teach some keen Biloela residents the intricacies of the sport.

“It's another activity for people to try, especially those who may not be able to play bowls,” Derrick said.

She said the pair would see how much interest there was in forming a Biloela croquet club after showing what the sport entailed.

Gladstone croquet player Arthur Watson showed Tan the basics of the game.

“It's like snooker on a lawn,” Watson said.

He said the game could be strategic like chess as you had to think moves ahead.

Croquet is a lawn game, played both as a recreational pastime and as a competitive sport, which involves hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in the grass playing court.

Derrick said they asked if they could use one of the bowling greens after hearing that many croquet clubs use greens.

She first became interested in trying the sport after staying with friends in Dalby.

Derrick thanked Jack Airs from Kingaroy who gave them some equipment so they could hold the day.

She thanked the bowling club and the Gladstone Croquet Club for their assistance in helping the demonstration day go ahead.

Derrick said anyone interested in the sport and starting a club should contact her.


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