By Mick Jensen
Four young players from Ashburton’s Waireka Croquet Club will play in the 2017 Golf Croquet World Championships in Melbourne early next year.
The four – Edmund Fordyce, Kaleb Small, Jakob Smith and Christopher Spittal – will contest the Under 21 event and are part of a 14-strong contingent from New Zealand. Others taking part come from Australia, Egypt and USA.
The boys are all students at Mount Hutt College and enjoy other sports that require good hand/eye co-ordination such as cricket and hockey.
Edmund Fordyce is 16-years-old and the others all 15.
He took up golf croquet three years ago and encouraged his mates to give it a go a year or so later.
The quartet are members of Waireka Croquet Club, which has a membership of 69. They are among 10 regular club players under the age of 18.
Waireka Croquet Club publicity officer Raylene Phillips said the club was very proud of the efforts of the boys.
“They are a charming bunch and their enthusiasm and friendship is an asset to the club.
“It is not often a club has the honour of having four Croquet NZ reps among their members and rest assured, Waireka will be supporting them in every way we can.”
The Golf Croquet World Championships will be held at the Victorian Croquet Centre, Cairnlea, Melbourne and runs from February 18-22.