(From left) Philomena Brownjohn, Andrea Denkewitz, Dorothy Gartery and Jocelyn Sweeney enjoy the friendship day yesterday.
(From left) Philomena Brownjohn, Andrea Denkewitz, Dorothy Gartery and Jocelyn Sweeney enjoy the friendship day yesterday.

A meeting of mallets

ARMED with their mallets – definitely not “bats” – croquet players from around the region gathered at Warwick yesterday for their monthly friendship day.

“We might call them bats if we’re being facetious and say ‘who’s got my bat?’, but it’s definitely a mallet,” Warwick vice-president Dorothy Gartery said.

About 30 players from Toowoomba, Dalby, Stanthorpe and Warwick made use of the idyllic weather yesterday to play their favourite game and to catch up with friends.

“It’s a wonderful way of keeping the brain active, keeping fit and enjoying the company of like-minded people,” Mrs Gartery said.

“Croquet is often referred to chess on the grass. It’s a strategic game but is very enjoyable.”

Mrs Gartery said it was a sport enjoyed by people of all ages.

“At the Australian championships in Tasmania the two finalists were young men,” she said.

“We’ve had 90-somethings playing and had families with grandchildren playing their grandparents.”

The club holds come-and-try days on Thursdays. Inquiries to 4661 9967.



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