Currently President at Essendon Croquet Club, she is also coaching newcomers at Maribyrnong Bowls and Croquet Club, which opened in late 2017.
‘Snooker meets chess’
She likens croquet to “snooker meets chess”. Its addictiveness is akin to the lure of a golfer’s hole in one. “You’ve got to keep emulating that.”
Croquet’s flat surfaces make it suitable for older players but players can walk up to six kilometres in a day of competition, she says.
Anthony says, “There’s a perception that the game is only for retired people but it’s not. We don’t just sit around and drink tea. Well there is some tea drinking! You’d be surprised, croquet players get injured. It’s an active sport.”
Anthony and Shirley were among the 80-plus attendees at the Golf Croquet World Championships, held at Cairnlea’s Victorian Croquet Centre at the start of 2017, where Anthony was a competitor and Shirley a referee.
Photos: Shannon Morris
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