"GO FOR IT, WOMEN!" NEW ZEALAND PLAYER URGES
In New Zealand, I have high hopes of seeing women compete and succeed at the
top level of croquet. It may take time, but movement towards this goal has
Whatever caused the creation of a Women's Invitation event in New
Zealand in 1975 - be it for women to play women, because of women's
dislike of the triple peel, for women to have a more comfortable
environment to play in, or whatever - I think the result has been to
set women apart and outside the top development of the sport.
Unfortunately, this event also came to be used to select New Zealand's
top women and consequently the most important event for women to
aspire to or play in. Thus, women were their own worst enemy.
Some people (both men and women - but fewer women these days) still
want the New Zealand Women's Invitation to continue. However, over
recent years more women have been entering the New Zealand Open
Championship event and more are gaining places at the President's
Senior Invitation. Yes, women are still behind the top men, but year by
year they are doing better and better. This movement is exciting to
My message to women is DESPITE A POOR START AT TOP OPEN EVENTS, GET IN THERE,
KEEP IN THERE AND DON'T LET MEN PUT YOU DOWN. Some men have
to have a good go. Let's face it, men are not keen to lose men's
places at the top, similarly, women won't be keen to lose women's
places at the top when they get there, either.
I have been fascinated with the correspondence [in the Editors' Forum] but am
not interested in looking at the differences between women and men to find
the gender factors that may affect interest in or aptitude for the game of
croquet. What interests me is that THERE ARE GOOD WOMEN CROQUET
PLAYERS WHO COULD BE BETTER AND SOME WHO COULD REACH THE
TOP. LET EVERYONE IN OUR SPORT ALLOW THEM TO UTILISE EQUAL
OPPORTUNITIES TO GET THERE. WOMEN - PLEASE GO FOR IT. IT WILL TAKE
TIME, BUT HANG IN THERE.
Wellington, New Zealand