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ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID19 UPDATED 28 MAY 2020

All clubs should submit their Covid Safe Plan prior to 1 June
Continue to adhere to the Plan and Restrictions for Sport 
Refer to the latest Emergency Management Directive from SAPOL
Croquet Competitions may recommence from 1 June. 
Contact Croquet SA if you have any queries

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 11 MAY 2020

Please refer to the guidelines below and contact Croquet SA if you have specific queries. We are pleased that croquet venues are now permitted to have restricted practice/training sessions. For a summary of requirements see fact sheet here  

If all goes well, formal competition in SA should recommence around 8 June. Please see the Road Map for SA here 

These documents are aligned with the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport here 

and are in conjunction with the Emergency Management Directive issued by SAPOL on 11/5/20 here

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ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 4 MAY 2020

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ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 7 APRIL 2020

To ease the financial pressure on clubs, the SA Govt has announced that Club Liquor Licence fees for 2020-2021 will be waived. More information here https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/liquor-licence-holders-and-covid-19

Clubs who may be scheduled to hold an AGM in the coming months may be wondering how this should be approached. If possible, it can be held via an online platform, e.g. Skype or Zoom. However, if this is not possible the SA Govt has advised they will take no action if the AGM is postponed for up to 6 months from the legislative timeframe in the club’s constitution. More information can be found here https://www.cbs.sa.gov.au/news/information-associations

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19 UPDATED 25 MARCH 2020

SAPOL has issued a directive which states that buildings used by sport and social clubs must also be closed in addition to licensed clubs etc .  This includes the outdoor areas associated with the buildings, i.e. your lawns. Therefore all croquet clubs must close to members both indoors and outside as per this directive. This directive was issued on 23/3/2020, effective immediately.   Police have extensive new powers and will be conducting random checks to ensure compliance.  Failure to comply with this may incur severe penalties for individuals or clubs. All clubs must comply with this directive.Media Release here https://bit.ly/2xgHPR0  Full directive here https://bit.ly/2Vmupwl

UPDATED ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE COVID-19
23 March 2020

As the escalation of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues rapidly, Croquet SA reassures our members that developments are being constantly monitored with regards to the impact it may have on our croquet community.

Following recent advice (see below) issued by the Federal and State governments the Board has decided that the suspension of all Croquet SA activities will continue at least until May 31st 2020.  This includes all scheduled AC and GC competitions, pennants, squad/team training sessions, face to face meetings and workshops. 

Latest information from the State Government:

  • The Premier has declared a “State of Emergency” for SA.
  • Number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 has doubled in the last 2 days.
  • First cases of Covid-19 have been detected in regional SA.
  • SA’s borders will close from 4-00pm on Tuesday 24th March.  Residents returning will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days, with possible penalties imposed for failing to do so.

Latest information from the Federal Government:

  • The Prime Minister introduces more draconian measures as people continue to ignore social distancing directives.
  • Pubs, LICENSED CLUBS and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos to close from midday Monday, March 23.
  • Non essential religious gatherings, or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies) are also banned
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway only.
  • Essential services which includes schools and supermarkets can remain open.
  • It could be 6 months or more before the Covid-19 pandemic situation abates.

Advice to Clubs:

  • Croquet SA urges all clubs who have events scheduled in the near future to postpone/ cancel them.
  • Croquet SA recommends that all Clubs consider the effect the COVID-19 virus may have on their membership and urgently consider whether all Club activities must be curtailed in line with Croquet SA.
  • Remember that most players fall into the “Vulnerable/High Risk” category as defined by the Australian Health Department and Clubs, like Croquet SA, have a Duty of Care to members.
  • Continuous cleaning of touched surfaces (door handles, benches, balls, hoops etc.) at your club and provision of adequate hand sanitizers is mandatory.
  • To help stop the spread of coronavirus, stay 1.5 metres away from others, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face and if sick, stay home.
  • Remember that any member may unknowingly be carrying the virus, and the risk to others must be reduced as much as possible to prevent spread.

Croquet SA advises all members to continue to:

  • Practice high levels of hygiene health (washing hands often with soap and water, use of sanitizer) which are widely considered by health experts to be key to disease prevention and management.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Dispose of tissues promptly and properly
  • Avoid physical contact (shaking hands)
  • Practice social distancing by keeping 1.5 m between yourself and others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid unnecessary risks by staying home as much as possible and only go out when really necessary.
  • Stay active and maintain a positive outlook.

Please take all precautions to avoid the spreading of this virus and seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing. If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution.

I thank everyone for playing your part to reduce the spread of this virus and assure everyone that Croquet SA will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

For and on behalf of the Board

Eileen Ferguson
President
Croquet SA

GC: Autumn 9+ Singles


The SACA 9+ Singles Tournament was played over two weeks at Hutt Road (3/3 & 10/3) and was remarkable for the close hard-fought games, with hoops hard to score, and most of the games failing to go to 7.
The result came down to the last game between Sara Kendrick and Peter Willis. Peter became the run out the winner with 7 matches to Sara 6, both having lost their penultimate matches. Congratulation to the Winners and to all the players who played in good humour.
A big Thank You, to the Referees – Karen, Graeme and Anne (So appreciated)
Aldinga Bay (Tournament Managers)

 

ADVICE TO MEMBERS RE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)
17th March 2020

Preamble

As the escalation of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues, Croquet SA wants to reassure our members that we are constantly monitoring developments and the possible impact it may have on our organisation.

We have considered the information being provided by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ACA, Australian Government Department of Health and other authorities to make decisions in the best interests of the health and welfare of our community.

Many of our members fall into the Government defined “vulnerable and at high risk” category of the population.  Croquet SA has a duty of care to all our members and the Board will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments as they evolve and our priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our members.

Postponement of ALL Croquet SA activities:

Due to circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic the Board of Croquet SA, after careful deliberation and consideration has decided to err on the side of caution and is postponing all Croquet SA events from midnight tonight (17/3/2020), until 1st April 2020, when the situation will be re-assessed by the Board.  This includes all scheduled AC and GC competitions, pennants, squad training sessions, face to face meetings and workshops.

Please note the remaining games of the AC night competitions will not be postponed but cancelled as from midnight tonight.  Teams will be contacted with regards to final outcomes of these two competitions.

Recommendations for Clubs:

Croquet SA urges all clubs who have events within this time frame to postpone them also.

Croquet SA recommends that all Clubs consider the effect the CORVID-19 virus may have on their membership and consider whether all Club activities should be curtailed in line with Croquet SA.

Increased cleaning of touched surfaces (door handles, benches, balls, hoops etc.) at your club and provision of adequate hand sanitizers is mandatory.

Guidelines for members to keep our croquet community as healthy as possible:

At the present time, we ask all members to follow the guidelines below in order to keep our croquet community as healthy as possible

We ask that you don’t attend your club if you:

• have travelled anywhere overseas in the past two weeks

  • have been in contact with anyone who has travelled anywhere overseas in the past two weeks, or are concerned you have been in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus, or,• you have the slightest sniffle, cold or other flu-like symptoms.

Please take all precautions as much as possible to avoid the spreading of this virus and seek medical advice if you are concerned about your health and wellbeing.

If in any doubt, please err on the side of caution.

For personal safety Croquet SA advises all members to :

  • Practice high levels of hygiene health (washing hands often with soap and water, use of sanitizer) which are widely considered by health experts to be key to disease prevention and management.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Dispose of tissues promptly and properly
  • Avoid physical contact (shaking hands)
  • Keep a distance between yourself and others of 1.5m whenever possible.
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid unnecessary risks by staying home as much as possible and only go out when really necessary.

Recommended reading:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#travellers-and-visitors

https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert?utm_source=health.gov.au&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=digital_transformation&utm_content=health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/health+topics/health+topics+a+-+z/covid+2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

I thank everyone in advance for playing your part to reduce the spread of this virus and assure everyone that Croquet SA will continue to provide information as it comes to hand.

For and on behalf of the Board

Eileen Ferguson
President
Croquet SA

 

BRYAN DAWSON INDUCTED INTO WORLD CROQUET FEDERATION HALL OF FAME


The Board congratulates Bryan Dawson on his induction into the World Croquet Federation Hall of Fame by WCF President Ian Burridge of Wales, during the Opening Ceremony of the WCF Association Croquet World Championships in Victoria. Bryan has been recognised as a major contributor to croquet as the maker of the Dawson Ball, the premier competition croquet ball for over 25 years from the early 1990s.  Bryan retired and sold the business in 2017 to a fellow Australian who continues to manufacture Dawson Balls and export them all over the world.  A remarkable legacy for croquet from this SA player. He is pictured receiving his certificate by WCF President Ian Burridge (right) and WCF Secretary General Stephen Mulliner (left).