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"Croquet Management" online
•  The 1995 classic by Gaunt and Wheeler is now online, thanks to Ian Plummer's work in converting this comprehensive checklist of "to-do's" for event managers. See Oxford Croquet website.

Battle of the Secs-Gen
•  Highlights of the bruising debate, blow by nasty blow, are reproduced in streamlined fashion from the Nottingham Board, to better enable you, the reader, to vote on who actually won: Chris Clarke or Stephen Mulliner. See Letters & Opinion.

The upsets you won't forget
•  It's happened to just about everyone--Reg Bamford and Jeff Soo included--and you may still relive those moments in the middle of sleepless nights. See Letters & Opinion.

Barefoot Croquet Could be Cool
•  Barefoot bowls has become a pop cultural phenomenon at many of Australia's 2000 bowling facilities, some shared with croquet clubs. From the BBC News Sydney.

Croquet back in Brooklyn Heights?
•  Style and panache, flirting guaranteed on unkempt grass, and virtually no expense could be the right recipe for croquet's revival as the Brooklyn Croquet and Hunt Club. Get both the old and new story by clicking the links. From the 2014 New York Times.

The USA Hard-court Eight
•  The official name of the event was the Pasadena Invitational, but the idea was generated by US players stung by their drubbing in Christchurch at the quadrennial MacRob in January, and the eight players invited were mostly present or former International team members. See News & Features.

Golf Croquet Update
•  It's still working--for local clubs and resort communities, if not for the USCA; and the Management Committee is determined to find a way for this recipe to work out for everyone. See The Game.

The truth according to Jaques
•  For a 200-year-old company, it's doing fine; but after dropping their Eclipse ball and failing to adapt the newest materials and technology in making mallets, it's clear that Jaques is more interested in producing games than sporting equipment. See the London Telegraph.

European champion overdoses
•  Inquest attributes death of 33-year-old Jersey player to drug patch commonly†substituted for heroin†in out-of-the-way rural locales.† From the Telegraph.

Long Grass
•  Has the time come, at long last, for long-grass croquet? For all types of the game, at all levels. See Letters & Opinion.

Croquet's Bibliographer
David Drazin 1931 - 2014
•  One of the most generous spirits in croquet--both a gentleman and a scholar--died the first of May, 2014, at his home in England. See People.

Is the Atkins Quadway
the hoop of the future?
•  A consensus has emerged on creating more interaction at top competitive levels by making hoops more difficult to run, and New Zealand's Quadway gets the best score in 2014. See The Game.

Are you ready
for FootGolf?
•  It has already begun to invade golf clubs in 30 countries with soccer balls and big holes, and some golf course owners are promoting it because it calls for the rental of golf carts. See the Sun-Sentinel.

Easter Picture Story
•  The resurrection of nature can be celebrated with cakes, bonnets, and croquet....and with cakes elaborately decorated to resemble croquet and bonnets, and... See People.

ClarkeCroquet.com debuts
•  Jenny and Chris Clarke have put up a website that is neither a blog nor a magazine, destined to become a vital part of the croquet cyberscape. See Clarkecroquet.com..

USCA AC Nationals
California, April 7-12
•  Jeff Soo, playing with Brian Cumming, lost doubles to Abdelwahab and Bennnett but prevailed in singles against former champion Ben Rothman, taking two in two straight games. See the Bulletin Board.

Creating CroquetScores.com
•  In this interview with its Australian founder Tim Murphy, the IT specialist talks about the continuous development of his ground-breaking website and the effect a 2012 stoke has had on his life and career. See Game.

Building the Croquet Court
•  With plenty of land and no club close by, it seems like a great idea. Gail Arkley reports from Oregon in the The Game Department.

USCA National Club Teams
March 8-18, West Palm Beach
•  The National Croquet Center's hometown advantage with 11 teams won them the Lyons Trophy, but the West River and New York croquet clubs won the individual trophies. See the American Bulletin Board.

May I have this break dance?
•  Lured to the South Australia HQ via a month-long downtown party, the celebration continues with music and dancing and...? See Melbourne's Herald Sun News.

Will downtown croquet work?
•  When the young people seduced in Adelaide's Victoria Square "try out" croquet on regulation SACA headquarters lawns and either join or not, we'll know how big a story this is. In The Game.

The ideal Golf Croquet mallet
•  Egyptian-made mallets are exclusively for Golf Croquet. An American maker has now adapted their design parameters to his two Golf Croquet mallets. See The Game.

Why is Dean Reinke running?
•  The shady activities of a former executive director of the USCA with volunteer-based sports organizations over decades are exposed at length. See Outside Magazine.

TIME
•  Gail Arkley's second in a series of three essays gives us intimate insights into the trials, triumphs, and sacrifices of the non-playing spouse of a competitor. See Letters & Opinion.

Distinguishing national styles
in world croquet
•  Steve Jones has played competitively in all four major croquet countries, and shares his personal views on some broad distinctions. See Letters & Opinion.

MacRob in New Zealand
Dec 30 - Jan 15, 2014
•  New Zealand's on-paper advantage held up on their home courts, as they won the Shield in the final test against England, with Australia third and USA fourth. See the Bulletin Board.

John Prince on MacRobs
of the past and the present
•  The legendary Kiwi star recalls players and events from the past and assays the relative chances of the four teams. See News & Features.

Florida State Senior Games
•  Pictures tell most of the story of the debut of croquet in the official state senior games. See News & Features.

Whites
•  The wife of a croquet player delivers her perspective on croquet's premiere color, choosing her courtside costume, and the consequent evolution of her personal aesthetic. See Letters & Opinion.

USCA Seniors & Masters
Palm Beach, Nov 3-7, 2013
•  Mike Zuro of Chicago and local player "Mac" MacDermott each won top trophies in both singles and doubles in their divisions among the 22 awarded. See the American Bulletin Board.

Cairo croquet amidst turmoil
•  A Brit on assignment in Egypt is amazed to see croquet being played, seriously and well, while gunshots are heard and bomb smoke drifts over the courts. From The Spectator..

The slo-mo revolution
•  The hand-held slow-motion camera, allowing one to see clearly and unequivocally what actually happened, could be the most significant advance in refereeing in a century. In The Game.

Art collection goes online
•  Tremaine Arkley gave what may be the biggest croquet art collection ever amassed to the University of British Columbia. Here's a small part of it. See UBC website.

USCA Rules Championships
November 10-17, California
•  Jeff Soo emerged as the big winner, taking doubles with partner Rich Lamm and sweeping to a best-of-three victory in singles. Bulletin Board.

Chatting with Danny and Ben
•  Courtside at the Selection Eights, the two top-ranked American players talked about their professional goals, the American International Team, and the future of the sport. See People.

How is croquet branded?
•  For more than a century, print advertisements for a host of products have used croquet as visual shorthand to suggest certain qualities which our sport does not possess. See News & Features.

Walking the halls of fame
•  Fame is fleeting in the lawn sports--but it's a little less so if you're elected to one of the halls of fame. See Letters & Opinion.

The French exit interview
•  Martin French spent 34 months inventing, streamlining, and managing the sometimes cumbersome processes of the World Croquet Federation as Secretary-General, and now it's Stephen Mulliner's turn. See People.

Picturing London's 2013
World Championship
•  Two members of the seldom-seen Woking Croquet Club present a provocative gallery of largely behind-the-scenes snaps at three of the four venues. See Letters & Opinion.

A Menu of Boundary Protections
•  A one-pound missile traveling up to 40 mph off your court can damage people and property. Croquet's main technical site details numerous materials and techniques. See Oxford Croquet Website.

Solomon Trophy: England vs US
England, August 6-9
•  An overwhelming powerful British team piled up 17 matches to the Americans' four. See the Bulletin Board for complete final results.

Winning for the fun of it
•  Young family man Jamie Burch of England, poster boy for a new generation of champions, is ranked #10 and competing in the World Championships. From the Surrey Mirror.

Jiminy Wicket Wins Again!
•  Denver's June 21 event on "The Longest Day" scored in members, bucks, and publicity for the Alzheimer's Association and the Denver Croquet Club. See News & Features.

Plus Twenty Six and All That
•  Laurence Latham fills in some missing gaps in world history with croquet references largely unknown until their publication here. See Letters & Opinion.

THE LIVERPOOL PROJECT IV:
THE PAIN BARRIER
•  Establishing a new croquet club may require seven years of persistence--plenty of time for all the right things to finally happen. See News & Features.

Backyard Revival
•  The game may still be languishing, but the nine-wicket setting is an increasing presence in the backyard of the world's largest croquet facility. See The Game.

Maximizing the mallet as a tool
•  Combining man, mallet, and method, Canada's Ken Shipley reports results and isolates the unpredictable quantity. See News & Features.

Swiss Croquet is centered at CERN
•  While croquet is firmly established in the shadow of Geneva's CERN, the rest of Switzerland lags behind with light mallets and primitive rules on indifferent lawns. See News & Features.

Mind over mallet
•  A croquet-playing neurologist examines the neureopsychological aspects of your own game influencing play and limiting your success on the court. See Letters & Opinion.

Oxford's Croquet Cuppers 2013
•  More than two thousand Oxfordians going "cock-a-hoop" in weekly rounds this spring are breaking all records. From the Oxford Student.

THE BALL: Discovering the Object of the Game
•  Anthropologist John Fox has written an engaging and well-researched book which is poorly focused and mentions croquet only once, disparagingly and inaccurately. See Letters & Opinion.

Croquet in the Czech Republic
•  Check it out: with six clubs, new multi-court clubs, and countless off-court attractions, the Czechs are welcoming visitors to their international events. See News & Features.

Charles Jones killer convicted
•  A Thai court has sentenced the Syrian murderer of the former president of the World Croquet Federation in 2011 to nine years in prison. See Stuff.co.nz.

India reinvents the sport
•  The croquet courts of the maharajas are either gone or recycled at heritage hotels, so 21st century croquet has found a broader base among students in 11 states. See News & Features.

How women miss the mark
•  If more Kiwi and Aussie women rank higher than their northern hemisphere counterparts, two British players in the first Association Croquet World Championship for Women say it may be because their national associations support their development. See Letters & Opinion.

Stueber Open Purse Event
Feb 22-24 - West Palm Beach
•  Attorney Stuart Lawrence and USCA president Johnny Mitchell win the big cash at what is suddenly the biggest purse event in America. See the Bulletin Board.

The Olympics or the World Games:
How and when will croquet arrive?
•  Martin French and Bob Alman examine 17 years of WCF expansion and quantify the steps still needed for global recognition of the sport. In News & Features

Is a bad loser just a loser?
•  An ambitious young player accustomed to winning in everything tries to convince himself that losing a croquet match is okay, and it's a tough sell. See Letters & Opinion.

Golf Croquet World Teams!
•  Filmed at the first Golf Croquet World Teams Championship in Johannesburg, this sponsored half-hour television report pioneers a new era of public awareness for the sport. See Youtube.

Centennial New Zealand Open
January 19-27, Christchurch
•  Toby Garrison defeated Aaron Westerby in three long games on a super-fast lawn at United Croquet Club. See Bulletin Board.

Installing an artificial surface:
Should you or shouldn't you?
•  Finances, maintenance, water availability, environmental imperatives, and your players' level of expertise are some of the factors balancing your decision. See The Game.

Bamford on the winning edge
•  The content of this long talk by multiple world champion Reg Bamford is about croquet, but the mental attitude applies to any sport. Video by Duncan Hector.

Chuck Steuber Open Champs
West Palm Beach - Feb 22-24
•  In its sixth year, this singles tournament breaks new ground, played for the first time by both Association laws and American rules over just three days, with a huge cash purse. See the Bulletin Board.

Partnering Louis Jourdan
•  The place was the Breakers in Palm Beach, the period was the early nineties, the opponents were Jack Osborn and Herb Swope, and nothing short of total victory would do. See People.

Men and women must bowl together!
•  The Equal Opportunity Tribunal in South Australia gives the bowlers 18 months to figure out how to comply. Will croquet lag behind? See Adelaidenow.com

USCA Golf Croquet Nationals
Mission Hills, Dec 11-15
•  After winning doubles, club pro Ben Rothman took singles as well by beating his partner Sherif Abdelwahab. See the Bulletin Board.

What I did for love
•  Managing a lawn in the public domain could require more than political savvy; you may have to resort to prayer and criminal cunning. In News & Features.

Golf Croquet World Teams
Johannesburg - Nov 15-Dec 2
•  Egypt squeaked out a 7-6 Finals victory over a spunky New Zealand team to win the world's first Golf Croquet world teams event. See the Bulletin Board.

United Croquet Club's centennial
•  Its seven lawns in central Christchurch make it an obvious pick for major events, and the 2013 New Zealand Open is not the least of them. In News & Features

USCA Seniors & Masters Champs
West Palm Beach, Nov 13-17
•  The champions in singles are Mike Gibbons, David McCoy, John Blamire, and Howard Holdsclaw. See the Bulletin Board for details.

All about the Nottingham Board
•  The creator and moderator of croquet's best-know global email newsgroup answers questions about its purpose, value, and management. See People.

USCA Selection 8s
National Croquet Center - Nov 1-4
•  It's double-banked dawn-to-dusk Association Croquet on 10 courts of the USA's biggest facility, for 42 players, six of whom make up America's International Team. See the Bulletin Board for details.

Women's World Championship
October 21-28, Melbourne
•  New Zealand's Jenny Clarke justified her top-ten world ranking by dominating the first all-women's championship for Association Croquet, without losing a single game. See the Bulletin Board.

USCA American Rules Nationals
National Croquet Center, Oct 15-21
•  Ben Rothman takes the top trophies in both singles and doubles, with partner Brian Cumming of Canada. See the Bulletin Board for details.

The Solomon Trophy
October 9-13, North Carolina
•  With a final score of 13 to 8, Great Britain reclaimed the Solomon Trophy from the US at Bald Head Island. See the Bulletin Board.

Ohio swings!
•  This surprisingly accurate and appropriately superficial story out of Ohio isn't about electoral politics, and its brilliant headline advises the public that the first invitational at the New Albany Country Club is FREE FOR SPECTATORS! See the Columbus Dispatch.

GC Tournament of Champions canceled!
•  The sixth edition of Golf Croquet's most prestigious croquet invitational, with a purse of $8,000, was organized to achieve its ultimate state of perfection for 2013. See the Forum.

More on "Mega-Centres Update"
•  It's all "good news," including new staffing and an expanded menu of memberships at Florida's National Croquet Center, and no denials from the Australia's Victorian Centre. See the Forum.

Frogs and Croquet
•  They're both still evolving, but not until this moment in history has a croquet-playing scientist reported the astonishing symbiosis of that process. See Letters & Opinion.

Mega-Centres Update
•  Breakthroughs in both Australia and Florida are the focus of this fact-based editorial, surveying the future and finances of the two biggest croquet facilities on the planet. See Letters & Opinion.

Compact Croquet
•  When scarcity of time and space prevent simultaneous play of your whole group--whether advanced or novice--reduced courts with adjusted rules are a good solution. See The Game.

Dynamic Grading in Plain English
•  Louis Nel's new article plumbs the mysteries of probability and grading and explains how all players with an adequate number of ranking games are accurately graded. See the Oxford website.

The Hall of Fame inductees are...
•  A year after the WCF president's murder in Thailand, Charles Jones is honored along with three others--from the US, Scotland, and England. See the WCF website.

The Paris 1900 Olympics fiasco
•  The quadrennial games survived, but croquet, spread over seven weeks, did not. The French thus won the only Olympic medals awarded for the sport, as Chris Hudson reports in this CWOM reprint.

Down the gopher hole
with Mr. Wicket
•  Perhaps you should hesitate to reject a separate reality until you have explored it, yourself. See Letters & Opinion.

British Open Championships
July 7-15, 2012 - Cheltenham
•  Reg Bamford came out on top of one of croquet's longest-running rivalries, defeating Rob Fulford and winning the singles trophy for the ninth time. Fulford and Death captured the doubles title. See Bulletin Board.

Reflections on Croquet in Wonderland
•  The best-known croquet games in literature have led one British croquet player a long way down the garden path to... See Letters & Opinion.

Back to the future:
Country Club Croquet
•  What started as "a sport for the affluent class" in the 70's and then mushroomed on public courts is now in renaissance in gated communities in the southern Appalachians. See News & Features

Croquet in Latvia?
•  The tiny Baltic state has made a fast start in building courts, buying heavy equipment, growing membership, joining the WCF, and entering world events. See News & Features

The amazing CB Smith
•  Rhys Thomas examines the character and against-the-grain exploits of one of Americaís croquet originals. See People.

Archie Peck: 1935-2012
•  American croquet's original champion, teacher,
and pro at the National Croquet Center died
following a long struggle with cancer. See
the New York Times.

May revelry at Sonoma-Cutrer
•  Brice Jones is long gone, but Mike Orgill has made the North American Open a sufficient lead-in to croquet's biggest society bash and fund-raiser, each May. From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

Croquet World Championship
Adelaide, April 28 - May 6
•  Reg Bamford of South Africa retained his title in a closely contested five-game match win over Australia's top player, Robert Fletcher.
See the Bulletin Board.

A picture postcard from Leo
•  US team member Leo Nikora promised to send "live" reports from the World Championships in Australia. Pictures, they say, are worth more than words. See News & Features

WCF Blogspot updated!
•  The Secretary-General reports this week significant news on many fronts from around the globe over the last five months. WCF Blogspot.

Darkhorse dreams in Adelaide
•  Is it possible for an elderly player in the bottom half of the top fifty to win the world championship? Yes, and New Zealand's Dennis Bullock is definitely thinking the right thoughts. From Nelson Mail.

Mark McInerney,
Irish World Champion
•  The winningest Golf Croquet player this side of Egypt explains in an interview how he makes it happen. See People.

"Serious Croquet" in America
•  For decades, it has been an attitude and a way of life in the country club culture of the eastern US, but now it's also an elegant oversized book with striking photographs and poetic text. See News & Features.

Return to Lake Oconee
•  More than two decades after a one-time and much ballyhooed "first annual" with huge purses, large crowds and messy finances, this private community in rural Georgia once again has a court. From Reynolds Living.

USA/IRELAND TEAM EVENT
Palm Beach, March 14-18, 2012
•  Once again, world champion Mark McInerney proves his mettle, leading the Irish team in a narrow victory and winning the biggest individual purse at International Polo Palm Beach. Bulletin Board.

Perfecting the Golf Croquet
Celebrity Exhibition Format?
•  This photo debrief of the fourth and biggest in an ongoing series of USCA special events designed to grow membership points to the next stage of its development. See The Game.

USCA NATIONAL CLUB TEAMS
West Palm Beach, March 13-18
•  With 120 players, it's the USCA's biggest competition of the Century, and it's only a part of CROQUET WEEK at the National Croquet Center. See the Bulletin Board.

Tournament of champions:
a Golf Croquet picture story
•  The International Polo Club Palm Beach got it right in 2012, and if the original calculations didn't work out, it was because the players' skills were underestimated.
See News & Features
.

4th Annual Invitational - Feb 22-26
Intl Polo Club, Palm Beach
•  The world champion, Mark McInerney of Ireland, defeated former three-time world champion Khaled Younis of Egypt in two games to take the top prize in a very strong field. See the Bulletin Board.

Mallets: Have they gone
about as far as they can go?
•  Craft and beauty combine with 21st Century technology to give buyers the widest possible choice in all playing environments. See The Game.

Sobriety threatens
St. John's / Navy bash
•  Alcohol and tobacco have been major players in this annual croquet competition, but this year St. John's has announced that spectators may not bring their own booze. See Military Times

USCA National Championship
Feb 6-11 - Southern California
•  Rich Lamm confirmed his championship credentials by adding Association Croquet to the Golf Croquet title he also took at Mission Hills last December. See the Bulletin Board.

Croquet on ice: feasible and fun
•  With determination and the right equipment, you can play croquet in any season, and we have the story and pics to prove it. See News & Features

GOLF CROQUET:
BENEFIT OR BANE?
•  A distinguished panel of top-level players and organizers--Clarke, French, Nel, and Hall-- consider the long-term import of the growing influence of Golf Croquet. See The Game.

New Zealand Open
January 14 - 22, Wanganui
•  Greg Bryant defeated Toby Garrison in four games to retain the championship title. See Bulletin Board.

An album of favorite photos
•  The end of the year is a time for looking back at what was most significant, best remembered, or most enjoyed. Sometimes that's only a striking image. See Letters & Opinion.

Croquet in the Special Olympics
•  Partnering in Golf Croquet balances individual strengths and weaknesses to create the most effective team. See The Game.

Women's GC World Championship
November 19-26, New Zealand
•  Rachel Rowe of England defeated New Zealand's Jenny Clarke 3-2 to become the new women's world champion. See Bulletin Board.

ELLERY: The passing of a patron
•  The impact of Ellery McClatchy's support of USCA croquet for three decades can hardly be overestimated. This is our tribute to a gentle, generous, proud and private benefactor. See People.

Gateball goes international
•  Australia's national croquet association has sponsored this crowd-pleasing mallet sport's introduction to the English-speaking world. Here's the story and pictures from the 2011 championship. In News & Features.

In the Money
•  Cash purses for 2012 Golf Croquet invitationals in South Florida and South Africa rival the numbers in the glory days of American croquet in the 80's. See News & Features

Jenny Clarke goes for the gold
•  The top-ranked female player in Association Croquet, who twice placed third in the Women's Golf Croquet World Championship, aims for the top spot on home turf in 2011. See New Zealand's Daily Post.

Egyptian Golf Croquet Open
October 1-6, 2011 - Cairo
•  Mohamed Nasr defeats Sherif Nafe 7-2-5-7, 7-4 in the best-of-three finals match. See the Bulletin Board.

A 48-hour game of Golf Croquet
•  It's not easy to survive a double lung transplant or set an official world record for the longest golf croquet game. Maggie Cowman has done both.
See People.

The day the world changed
•  On September 11th, 2001, Rhys Thomas was in Hawaii, producing a three-hour documentary about World War Two for The History Channel. Read his story in Letters & Opinion.

"Goodbye, Victoria!
Hello, Cambodia!"
•  Beginning a new life in another country and giving up croquet is one man's way of ending a long personal war with officialdom. His name is Simon Watkins. See People.

Amir Ramsis is WCF prez
until the next elections
•  Following the sudden and tragic death of Charles Jones, Egypt gets its turn at the top of the WCF Management Committee. Details on the WCF Blogspot.

LIVERPOOL III
•  Prospecting a new-club start in Liverpool, Hawkins strikes pay-dirt on the third try. Or is it only fool's gold? See News & Features

Toxaway Mountain Challenge II
September 17, North Carolina
•  An afternoon Golf Croquet exhibition game between American champions Danny Huneycutt and Ben Rothman highlights an elegant event that promises to become a staple of USCA promotion. See details.

Croquet East:
breakthrough or passing fancy?
•  A new London club breaks most of the rules and with missionary zeal attracts growing throngs of mostly 20-somethings to weekly games on rough turf in Victoria Park. See interview in People.

Golf Croquet World Championship
July 18-24 - London, England
•  Mark McInerney of Ireland ended Egypt's exclusive ownership of the world title by defeating Hisham Aboesbaa 3-0 in the historic best-of-five finals at Hurlingham. See Bulletin Board.

New book on Golf Croquet
•  The chapter "How to Win" is excerpted from a new volume on Golf Croquet tactics out of Queensland, Australia. See News & Features

British Open Championships
July 2-10, 2011, London
•  Reg Bamford swept the finals, defeating Rob Fulford in singles and with his partner Rutger Beijderwellen posting a straight-games win against David Maugham and Mark Avery in doubles. See the Bulletin Board.

Picturing the 2011 Solomon
•  This photo essay is a collaboration of Eileen Soo and Jeff Soo, with a distinctly American slant. See News & Features

19th Solomon Trophy, England
June 28 - July 1, 2011
•  Halfway through the final day, the US team retained the Solomon Trophy by a score of 11 to 6. See the Bulletin Board.

Bernard Neal, Wimbledon Champion
•  In addition to this new article from BBC News, Croquet World publishes "How we lost Wimbledon" and "Croquet at Wimbledon." See BBC News.

McDonnell is Meadowood's head pro
•  Mike McDonnell, musician and heir to the Hollywood croquet legacy of his father Tom, takes over the Stark post in the Northern California resort. From the Napa Valley Register.

A weather-proof championship
for Midwest high schoolers
•  What started as casual play in the intramural club culminated in spirited competition for eight teams in the first USCA Midwest High School Croquet Championship at Fargo's Sports Bubble. See News & Features

Quaking courts in Christchurch
•  A new swarm of shallow earthquakes produces a catalogue of photographed damage from liquifaction, lawns under water, topped with boulders, or tilted. Croquet New Zealand website.

Khaled Younis,
once and future champion
•  Former teammate Mohammad Kamal celebrates the career of a three-time world champion forced to sit out the 2011 Golf Croquet World Championship in England. See People.

Croqueting Scotland:
In the shadow of history
•  Most of Scotlandís clubs are built in historic settings and scenic surroundings, and they welcome visitors. See News & Features

A royal game of croquet
•  Captured on film is the moment when a 13-year-old Elizabeth met Prince Phillip on the croquet court at Dartmouth College in 1939. From the Daily Mail Online.

Roque: An American mallet game in revival
•  The incipient revival of roque is spurred by the internet, new and restored courts, and nostalgic players like Chris Bullock. See The Game.

Bowls threatened in Britain
•  Despite 400,000 players, the most efficient lawnsport is endangered by cost-cutting local councils trying to balance their budgets. See BBC News Magazine.

The outlawing of the
Sam Snead croquet putt
•  Why was the center-stance stroke outlawed in pro golf? Because Snead proved it worked! From GolfDigest.com.

Libby Newell: The polite story and the truth
•  She died at 91 in relative obscurity 25 years after her induction into the Hall of Fame. Her life and death are partially and briefly described here. People.

Terrain at the Top
•  Keith Wylie and others have proposed "radical" shifts in the game in the past; this proposal is less radical and more practical. See The Game.

New WCF Sec-Gen takes charge
•  Martin French, vowing transparency, has taken on the worldwide organization's priorities and administration following a year of tumult. See interview in News & Features

The 2011 Int'l Polo Invitational
•  It had the biggest purse, the best lawn, Egyptian balls, and great players, despite the unexpected withdrawal of the Egyptian champions. News & Features.

It's Ben Rothman - again
•  For the second consecutive year, he tops the USCA Grand Prix as "player of the year" - in News & Features

New crop of South African champs
•  The Johannesburg country club is the same, as well as the dress standard and the game, but these top players belong to the 21st Century. See CNN video.

Crokool!
•  It's easy to rig your pool table for Golf Croquet. Find out how in News & Features

Egyptian balls
debut in Palm Beach
•  The Golf Croquet purse invitational for top players at International Polo signals a breakthrough in the worldwide culture of the sport. News & Features

Liz Reports from Queensland
•  Liz Fleming gave us an up-close view of the flooding on the Australia Bulletin Board.

Photo Contest Winners
•  Online voters have put eight ladies of the Czech Republic in first place in Yuri Ilyukhin's International Photo Contest.

The artist in exile
•  A politically-generated scandal in 1902 broadened the worldwide stage of the German artist Christian Wilhelm (C.W.) Allers, whose wealthy clients sometimes commissioned croquet-based portraits. People.

WCF Sec-Gen puts up Blogspot
•  Before updating the World Croquet Federation website, he has to learn a complex platform. This new and frequently updated Blogspot fills the news-gap and includes room for your comments and questions.

New WCF Secretary-General named
•  Martin French of England succeeds Chris Clarke of New Zealand in the key administrative role of croquet's world body. See Bulletin Board Forum.

Shanghai World Championship:
the gateball picture story
•  Olympian in scale, this gateball extravaganza heralds the global spread of the most popular malletsport beyond Asia and the Pacific, into Europe and the Americas. News & Features

PASADENA BREAKTHROUGH!
•  The U.S. Croquet Association showcases on November 6-7 the most evolved Golf Croquet Exhibition Series yet developed by the national sports organization, soon to be duplicated all around the country. News & Features.

Over 50 World Championship
October 8-15, Cairo
•  Hisham Abouesbaa defeated Englishman Stephen Mulliner in a riveting 5-game duel that preserves Egyptian supremacy, just barely, in the game that is revolutionizing the sport of croquet. See the Bulletin Board.

Clarke resigns WCF post
•  After less than six months as Secretary-General, Chris Clarke cites difficulty in dealing with the Management Committee and inability to achieve sufficient results for the time invested. See the Bulletin Board.

Beyond the Mac:
Whither the World Championships?
•  The 2010 world teams included most of the developing countries, for the first time. Should the multiplication of individual championships now be encouraged? Or restrained? - in News & Features

The bowling/croquet turf wars:
sad, comic, and easily avoidable
•  But if you think the near-universal positive benefits reported from long-standing dual use agreements make peaceful partnerships inevitable, think again. In News & Features

The world's biggest
mallet sports championship
•  No, it's not the MacRobertson, it's the World Gateball Championship in Shanghai, for 600 competitors, backed by megabucks for sponsorship and spectacle. See News & Features

Roque on the verge of extinction
•  Once the mallet game for the masses, it's crowded out by Gateball on the plebeian end and croquet on the refined end, surviving, just barely, as a museum piece. Linked from ESPN Sports.

World Teams & MacRobertson
August 5 - 22 - England
•  The United Kingdom narrowly bested New Zealand to retain the Shield, while Wales, Scotland, and the Czech Republic won in the lower divisions. See the Bulletin Board.

Croquet in Denmark:
How do they do it?
•  In a country of scarcely more than five million, more than 5,000 pay annual dues to a national association, and 220 clubs compete locally, regionally, and nationally. See The Game.

Cracking Croquet
•  This story by a USCA player of American croquet's evolution includes good links, seldom-reported facts, and an informed point of view. See TAKI magazine.

Jerry: The early years
(and then some)
•  A long-time friend of now-deceased croquet pro Jerry Stark tracks their parallel ascents from high school into the top ranks of croquet - in People.

A desert paradise with croquet courts
•  California's Mission Hills Croquet Club, with ten courts, has become American's western mecca for both players and tournaments. See News & Features.

Hawkins book
released by Crowood
•  In 174 uniquely illustrated pages, it leads players from the rudiments of break play all the way to the esoterica of advanced Association tactics and strategy. In The Game Department.

Jerry Stark remembered
•  The long-time pro and much-beloved anchor of the USCA International team died in California on May 19, 2010. See the Forum

Editors' Forum on the Women's World Championship
•  Golf Croquet already has a World event, but not Association Croquet. Three prominent women players state the case for alternative ways of improving the standard of female play. In Letters & Opinion.

WCF SEC-GENERAL RESIGNS
•  Brian Storey's resignation and the swift appointment of Chris Clarke raises speculations confirmed by CROQUET WORLD in this breaking story. See the Bulletin Board Forum.

Playing through dementia
•  Golf Croquet is a game that can create a bridge of communication and relationship to family members with Alzheimer's - see News & Features

Intergalactic Winter Croquet
Waterbury, Vermont, March 2010
•  The event expands significantly, as the winners take the trophy at least 40 minutes away until next year's big tourney. From Boston's NPR station, WBUR.

17 WCF Member Nations
to Compete in World Teams
•  The milestone event is the first-ever Association Croquet World Team Championship, concurrent with the MacRobertson Shield. See the Bulletin Board.

Short croquet videos worth watching
•  The judges produce a modest guide to croquet players reluctant to navigate on their own the vast, insufficiently charted wilderness of youtube - in Letters & Opinion.

Picture Perfect at International Polo
•  A pro who's also a member at Polo favors us with photos that carry the whole story. In News & Features

Rothman and Grimsley
finish 1-2 in 2009 Grand Prix
•  As America's winningest partnership, they'll compete for the top trophy in many 2010 events and fuel the USCA team effort at the MacRobertson Shield in England. See People.

Shakespeare's take on the game
•  In this unashamed whimsy, John Prince illustrates the trash talk he and Andrew Winn have irreverently penned for the bard - in Letters & Opinion.

Europe united under one flag!
•  The new flag of the European Croquet Federation bears a striking resemblance to the flag of the European Union, and it's no accident - in News & Features

Photo Contest Finals!
•  The editors showcase the most arresting photos of people and venues submitted from everywhere for our 2009 contest. See Letters & Opinion.

3rd Women's Golf Croquet
WCF World Championship
November 21-28, Victoria
•  Alix Verge of Australia threatens Egyptian dominance of Golf Croquet by toppling reigning women's champion Iman Elfaransawi in stunning 3-2 finals. See Bulletin Board.

Diane Blow 1936-2009
A founding benefactor
•  The croquet family loses an accomplished, beloved and generous member - in People

Finding a home
for the croquet collection
•  The collector's crowning achievement ensures that primary historical sources are permanently preserved and accessible to researchers - in News & Features

Wine, Wickets & Wheels
debuts in Ohio, July 2010
•  The Hayes Croquet Club hosts a Golf Croquet purse tournament and the first major SuperSize Croquet Championship - in News & Features

Prince's portraits
of the stars, Part I
•  New Zealand's John Prince memorializes in graphite and pencil drawings and his own words some of the top players of our time - in News & Features

A shot at greatness
•  The legendary exploits of Kentucky farmer Archie Burchfield - America's most publicized croquet player - are recalled in new and exquisite detail. See Garden & Gun Magazine.

Origins of croquet reconsidered
•  In the year of Darwin, the likely evolutionary paths of modern croquet are traced, along with the footprints of its more primitive cousins - in The Game.

Cruising with a portable grass court
•  Samir Patel reports the first games on the biggest, the best, the first and the only, docked at Southampton. See News & Features

Straight talk: a courtside chat
with Australia's Liz Fleming
•  The opinions in this long and lively interview are rooted in personal experience and range from gender bias to many forms of organizational dysfunction. See People.

WCF Under 21 Golf Croquet
Cairo, Egypt - July 18-23, 2009
•  World-class Golf Croquet comes of age as a Kiwi triumphs on Egyptian soil in a strong field of young players from many countries. See the Bulletin Board.

Croquet's Bad Boy
has left the courts
•  Mik Mehas died in California on July 12, 2009, and no one will ever take his place in the sport of croquet. See People.

2009 Photo Contest Invites Entries
•  Entries are being accepted for Croquet World's Fourth Annual Photo Contest until August 16. See full details in Letters & Opinion.

The USCA's four-year transition
•  The editor interviews the outgoing and incoming presidents of the USCA at a difficult time for the croquet world and the planet. In People.

Management shifts
at the National Croquet Center
•  The end of the High Season in South Florida brings with it news of a financial shortfall, a new round of fundraising, a change in management, and optimistic predictions, but this summer there's something new: a rational business plan! See News & Features

Croquet comes to college
•  The University of Oregon blazes a trail for a sport that adds a huge portion of "mental" to "physical" in the Physical Education curriculum - in The Game.

The biggest game:
strategic planning
•  Four clubs in the USCA's Club Organizers' Workshop demonstrate a surprising range of problems, solutions, and breakthroughs in applying standard business principles to the local nonprofit - in News & Features

Victoria Centre:
a promise unfulfilled
•  The Victoria Croquet Association neither explains nor corrects the failed forecasts around the opening of its new headquarters, but in the absence of answers, we offer pointed questions in abundance in Letters & Opinion.

The game and the art of collecting
•  First he learned to play. Then he built the biggest croquet collection in private hands. Now heís giving it away. Interview by David Appleton in People.

Can overthinking wreck your game?
•  This study reported on the BBC shows that experienced competitors shouldn't talk or think between shots, but it's okay for novices. See BBC News for article and video clip.

Playing Gateball in Japan
•  A British croquet player transplanted in Japan reports on the spreading popularity of the miniaturized hoop-and-ball game from the country that started the buzz - in The Game.

The pursuit of justice
in tournament design
•  Louis Nel and Bob Alman recommend simple changes in American Rules and Association Croquet events to increase the probability of fair results - in Letters & Opinion.

Ben Rothmanís breakthrough year
•  The 24-year-old reveals his ambition to become world champion and a full-time croquet pro in this courtside chat with Bob Alman. See People.

Croquet in China?
•  With the rapid emergence of China's affluent class, the growth of first-rate croquet facilities is inevitable, and the World Croquet Federation is planting the seeds - in News & Features

Who Really Won
the Election of 1876?
•  In the most contentiously contested election in American history, a special commission put the loser of the popular vote -- America's croquet-playing president -- into the White House - in News & Features

The China Diary
Oct 22-27, 2008 - Shanghai
•  WCF president David Openshaw, with Amir Ramsis and Khalid Younis, demonstrate the sport in a high-level four-day conference in Shanghai. See Openshaw's diary updates on the Bulletin Board.

European Championship
September 19-21 - Jersey
•  For the tenth time, Stephen Mulliner of England won the top trophy, defeating Simon Williams of Ireland 2-1 in the best-of-three final. See the Bulletin Board.

The eBay croquet art sting
•  The bibliographer and the collector conspire with the Sussex police to recover irreplaceable croquet portraits from the Edwardian era - in News & Features.

Chuck Steuber 1920 - 2008
•  The magnificent legacy of the National Croquet Center's founder and guiding spirit has yet to be fully realized - in People.

2008 Photo Contest Winners
•  From 100 finalists, 40 are here online, with all due accolades from the judges. See Letters & Opinion.

Why it's okay
to cheat at croquet
•  It's not, really. But you'll never convince the mainstream press of a notion firmly rooted in the culture of backyard croquet. See Letters & Opinion.

Is croquet good for business?
•  Local businesses are opposing East Lindsay's plan to convert their caravan park into a major croquet centre. See BBC videoclip.

Touring the croquet clubs of Germany
•  Good food, drink, and hospitality anchor a growing sport in the heart of Europe - in News & Features.

Croquet in Norway
•  One of its principal organizers reports that the sport of croquet is firmly rooted in the land of the midnight sun, and growing - in News & Features

The fun, the feel, the photo
•  The most ambitious photo shoot ever attempted by a croquet association aims at reshaping the sport's public image. See photos and interview in Letters & Opinion.

2008 revisions in the laws
•  Consequential changes in the play of Association Croquet are outlined and explained, with pointers to the precise wording and interpretations in the new edition - in The Game.

USCA Grand Prix awards, 2007
•  The numbers broke all previous records, and Stewart Jackson topped the lot - in The Game.

Wouldn't you rather be
at the bowling alley?
•  In this republication of Leslie Fielding's controversial poem, we break precedent to give an irate bowler equal time - in Letters & Opinion.

Golf Croquet World Championship
March 8-16, Capetown
•  Nasr defeats Bamford to retain world title for Egypt. See the Bulletin Board.

Will golf's loss be croquet's gain?
•  Deserting the fairways in droves, will golfers be attracted to a faster sport with smaller fees and bigger balls? From The New York Times.

WCF World Championship
Feb 2-10, 2008 - Christchurch
•  Chris Clarke won the title for the second time by defeating fellow Brit Stephen Mulliner. See the New Zealand Bulletin Board.

Huge Melbourne Centre
launches first full season
•  The new Victorian Croquet Centre boasts 12 courts and a clubhouse, outscaling anything in the Southern Hemisphere, and its owners are projecting financial self-sufficiency by 2010 - in News & Features

Herb Swope, Jr. - 1915-2008
•  The USCA's strongest link to its Gatsby era roots has passed away. See his Croquet World's 2005 interview.

Introducing the "Book of Puzzlers"
•  These situations in American Rules croquet put you in the shoes of the player who has to decide what to do next - quickly! Can you figure out the right answer? - in The Game.

Sarasota: The art
and science of club building
•  All it takes is knowing what to do and having someone who'll do whatever it takes. Someone like Jackie Jones - in News & Features.

The club as a business:
Can it ever succeed?
•  An Australian croquet club's experiment in direct-mailing advertising offers some tantalizing clues - in News & Features

Australian Open Championships
Melbourne, Nov 2-11, 2007
•  Bruce Fleming trounces Paddy Chapman 3-0 to win the singles title. See the Bulletin Board.

USCA announces Handicap
Tracking Points giveaway
•  The purpose is to boost play in the USCA Regionals; the price is compromising a system designed to reflect performance - in News & Features

Williams & Clarke:
The First Couple of Croquet
•  Winning title after title both individually and as partners, their activities and interests are global, but they're planning to marry and settle in Christchurch - in People.


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