Corporate challenge raises profile, funds

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Six teams of four represent various organisations in Narrogin.
Camera IconSix teams of four represent various organisations in Narrogin. Credit: Michael Traill

Narrogin Croquet Club’s new corporate competition is drawing new players to the club and helping pay off a $19,000 pavilion.

Six teams of four represent the Shire of Narrogin, Narrogin Restoration Group, Narrogin Senior High School Staff, local ambulance drivers, student doctors at Narrogin Health Service and a combined Narrogin golf and tennis club outfit in the competition.

“We were looking at ideas for fundraisers and (president) Kathy Bradbury came up with the idea of a corporate competition,” Narrogin Croquet Club’s Deborah Hughes-Owen said.

“So we’ve called it the Croquet Challenge, there’ll be a perpetual trophy and we approached various organisation and groups around town to see who might be interested in putting a team together.

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“Each team competes as two pairs, they’ll be playing over six weeks on a Thursday night and we’ll end up with a winner of the inaugural perpetual trophy.”

While the idea of the competition was to help pay off the club’s new undercover pavilion, Ms Hughes-Owen said the advantage of introducing new players to the sport paid greater dividends.

“Possibly the more important reason (of creating the competition) was introducing more people to the game of croquet,” she said.

“Croquet is a game that is being played increasingly, it’s played nationally and internationally.

“They’re all new to croquet (the 24 players in the Croquet Challenge), as far as I’m aware none of them have ever played croquet before.”

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