croquet, a cross between playing chess and pool on a grass court, is gaining popularity in Rockingham, with a new club being formed at Lark Hill.
Members of the Craby Croquet Club started swinging their mallets in May and are encouraging young people to take up the sport, which has traditionally been associated with seniors.
President Carmel Hodges held a training session with students from the Malibu School last week and said the game was challenging and fun.
“I saw that there was a need in Rockingham for a croquet club that was not age-restrictive and I want to be able to invite people to join the club who are younger,” she said.
“Once they have a go, young people do enjoy it.”
The club currently plays once a week on Thursdays at Lark Hill and is looking at the possibility of playing on weekends after winter sports have wrapped up in October.
In May the Australian croquet team, including several players in their early 20s, won the MacRobertson International Croquet Shield for the first time in 82 years.
“The captain of the team was a West Australian working man, so it is not just for retirees and old people,” Hodges said.
She said the club was looking at becoming affiliated with the WA Croquet Association and hold tournaments.
For further details, contact Hodges on 0409 369 203.