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    History

    As from 31st August 2001 the Glenferrie Hill Croquet Club was reconstituted as the MCC Croquet Club. In 2008, the club became the MCC Croquet Section.

    For some people the game is held to be an amusing pastime for old ladies, but this is far from the truth. In fact it is a difficult and complicated game which can be played by all ages and genders. Once it was the most popular game in the English speaking world. The invention of lawn tennis supplanted it and relegated croquet to the sidelines for some years. However there were always loyal supporters who kept it going.

    In Australia many croquet clubs were formed in the late 1800's and most of them are still operating. There are 19 croquet clubs in the metropolitan area and more than 70 in country Victoria. Glenferrie Hill is one of the earliest having been founded in 1908. Its charming old clubhouse and attractive garden setting make it a popular destination for croquet players.

    Croquet is a game that can be played by all ages, but it is especially good to know that it is possible for older people to play, not only for social reasons, but because those who have a competitive streak can find it very satisfying.

    Every club hosts an Open Tournament annually. Nearly all clubs field Pennant Teams in four handicap divisions, while at higher levels there are State, Interstate and International Championships.

    Glenferrie Hill has always been a very pleasant social club, but there have also been successes by teams and individuals over many years. The most notable of these must be the achievements of Alan Cleland who was captain of the Australian Team, runner-up as World Champion in 1988 and finally World Champion in 1990 when the Championships were played in the USA.

    While many Bowls clubs are closing owing to lack of members, croquet is enjoying a resurgence of popularity with most clubs increasing their membership as people realise the potential of this interesting and challenging game.

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