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GALLERY: Glendale home to NSW’s largest $2.3m croquet facility


It’s only a day old officially… but the Lake Macquarie Croquet Centre is already booked to stage a national tournament in 2025.

The new $2.3 million sporting venue at Glendale – the largest facility of its kind in NSW – was unveiled on Tuesday 16 April with the opening of six courts, as well as associated facilities.

And, it’ll host the Australian Gateball Championships next year, welcoming players from throughout the country.

The state-of-the-art premises boasts field lighting, an amenities building with a kitchen area and meeting room, and a shared path, which connects it to the car park.

Lake Macquarie City Council manager assets management Rob Morris said the need for a croquet facility was identified in 2021 in the organisation’s Development Contributions Plan for the Glendale Contributions Catchment. 

“Throughout this project, we’ve worked very closely with Toronto Croquet Club to ensure we’re delivering a quality venue that meets the requirements of its members and the sport’s wider community,” he explained.

“In fact, vice-president Allan Graham played a major role in the construction of the courts.”

You couldn’t wipe the smile off Marion Davies’ face.

“We’re delighted,” the Toronto Croquet Club president said.

“We have a lot of talent in the Hunter, so we’re very lucky in that respect.

“The club began in 1992, and we currently have more than 70 members, but we’re hopeful our numbers will increase even further with the new centre.

“This facility means that we will be able to host games year-round and on weekends, so we’re keen to attract younger players.

“We’d like to start a junior group, too.

“It’s very much a thinking sport, very tactical.

“So, it is great for physical, mental and social health – we’re a very social organisation.”

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser cut the ribbon at the centre at Bill Bower Oval, paving the way for the sport’s growth in the region.

“This new purpose-built facility allows croquet to be played year-round, encouraging more participants and registrations,” she said. 

“It’s really important that we provide sporting services like this, which cater for all ages and abilities.

“Active recreation is not just for the young.

“It’s a vital part of keeping older people engaged, independent and healthy.

“And, croquet is a wonderful outlet for this.” 

The club will stage a free open day on Sunday 21 April to introduce newcomers of all ages to the sport and the Glendale centre.

The members also plan to visit local schools in coming months to encourage younger participation. 

Clubs from across NSW will converge on the venue early next month for a three-day tournament, too.

Other projects underway using Glendale Contributions Catchment funds include the new Harry Ford Park on the corner of Kelton and Veronica streets in Cardiff, and a park on Minmi Road at Cameron Park.

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