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The Oxford University Association Croquet Club

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The historic University Association Croquet Club exists to promote croquet within the University at all levels. Whether you would like a social pastime or the challenge of competitive croquet - we are here to accommodate you.

Our facilities are top class; our members have access to two full-sized croquet courts in the scenic University Parks (how to find us), which are equipped to championship standard. Members can have their own key to the croquet hut ensuring that they have access to the lawns and equipment. All required equipment is supplied and players only need bring flat-soled shoes.

The Club welcomes players of all standards whether you are an absolute beginner or experienced player. As well as providing the facilities for a gentle game of croquet in the pleasant surroundings of the University Parks, we also offer coaching and arrange fixtures to suit all skill levels. Fixtures are great fun - the Club travels extensively to play other clubs in this country and abroad.

Cuppers winners 2016

Cuppers Champions 2017 - New College
Receiving the trophy from the Croquet Association President, Quiller Barrett.
Declan Manning, Alexander Talbot (capt.), Quiller Barrett, Alex Dwornik, Ru James
Sponsored by The Croquet Association. (Photo: Tim Foot)

Croquet is a sport where size, sex, age and to some extent ability are no handicap! Games can be played where the weaker player is given extra turns to even the odds of winning. Consequently under handicap play you can be playing against a world-class player and both sides have a good game. The Club has official referees and handicappers who also assist in the coaching. Eight previous members of the Club competed in the last croquet world championships.

Croquet Cuppers 2017

Congratulations to New College who have won teh 2017 Croquet Cuppers. They defeated Lincoln in the Final and won champagne, chocolates and a trip to Slipsmiths distillery in London. This year the entry was over subscribed but we accommodated 2048 participants (again it was again the biggest sporting event held in Oxford University (9% of all students!). It was generously sponsored by the Croquet Association.

The Varsity Match 2017

Oxford lost to a stronger Cambridge team (2-7) at the Hurlingham Club in London in early June. The format of the day is six singles games in the morning, and three doubles games in the afternoon, allowing for 6 or more Varsity Players during the day.

Croquet is designated as a HALF BLUE SPORT, and players with appropriate handicaps at the Varsity Match are recommended for Half Blues - the threshold is 6 or below for both men and women. As in all sports, players of exceptional ability may be recommended for Full Blues. Contact the Captain if you would like to play.

Club Evenings

Wednesday evenings in Trinity Term and the summer vacation (5 p.m. onwards) are Club evenings when there is a high likelihood of meeting other players and committee members at the lawns. This continues throughout the summer vacation.

Subscriptions

Membership is open to both University and non-University members from £12.00. Our lawns are open until the end of September. We have two categories of lawn fees ("term-time" £12.00 and "all summer" £24.00) to allow for the fact that undergraduates are not around over the summer. The deposit for a hut key is currently £5.00. Please click for more information about joining.

Fixtures

The Club's fixtures range from A-class to beginners' fixtures and all members are encouraged to play. If you would like to play in any of these fixtures please let the Captain know and we'll see if we can get you in a team.

2016 Southern Croquet Federation Winners

For the fourth year in a row we won the Southern Federation League. This involves local clubs ranging from Oxford down to Ryde on the Isle of White. It was these two teams which met for the final in October at the Winchester Croquet Club.

2015 Southern Federation Winners

Jordan Waters, Mark van Loon (Captain), Ian Plummer and Martin Lester

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