We play American, Association and Golf Croquet on two full-size lawns at the club on Lytton Blvd. just east of Avenue Road in Toronto.
Our club house has a fully equipped kitchen and a dining area. We're not a country club, but perhaps one of the most comfortable croquet facilities in Canada.
During the May to October season, club members play on Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning at 10:00 AM.
Beginners clinics are available, booked in advance on Sunday 2-4pm. Contact Jim Wright: email@example.com
Tuesday nights, 6:30 – 9pm, we play Golf Croquet, a game that's enjoying growing popularity, is easy to learn, and the whole family can play.
We schedule tournaments about once a month and frequently host major high level national tournaments. All croquet players are welcome to participate in tournaments. Please contact Jim Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on registration and fees.
Our croquet is nothing like what you used to play in your aunt's backyard. Join us Sunday afternoons 2:00pm - 4:00pm to find out about the real sport.
The Paul Kropp Memorial Tricky Wicket 2019
The rain, heavy at times, was the big player at this year’s Paul Kropp Memorial Tricky Wicket, held August 17th at the North Toronto Croquet Club. But it won no awards from the 16 hearty souls who braved the wet lawns to set themselves against the Tricky Wicket. It’s a big red teeter-totter of a wicket consisting of a rocking drain pipe. It demands a perfect entry to take the croquet ball up, over and through. This on-court trip-up has sunk many a four ball break in the past. It continued to do its worst to this year’s hapless victims, as if the rain was not enough of a handicap!
Retreating to the dry warmth of the clubhouse at noon, players enjoyed a hearty lunch of pork tenderloin, rotisserie chicken, and pasta, quinoa and green salads. Watermelon and cookies filled any space left. A satisfying break from the wet lawns.
The second-half of play beckoned and with a break in the rain, out went the players to carry on their struggle against the dreaded Tricky Wicket!
A ring of the bell stopped everything in its tracks... no last ball chance to save the day. Time to tote up the scores.
Patrick Little was recognized with the Paul Kropp prize for his qualities of good cheer, sportsmanship and dedication to Croquet.
The Johns were the Tricky Wicket winners .... John Richardson won the day on head to head calculation, with John Miles coming a close second. John R. admitted earlier to being rusty but quickly returned to winning form. This was John M.’s first US tournament and in addition to choosing good partners, which is always the recipe for success in doubles, he played consistently well.
Another novice picked up third spot and her prize to remember the day. A golf croquet player of several years, Catherine Driscoll ventured into the sometimes intimidating realm of US rules, assisted this time with a special Tricky Wicket concession that eliminated carry-over deadness for novice players. This adjustment to the rules boosts active play, and lets new players approach the game with less fear and trepidation. Everyone, in a quick poll, agreed that this was a valuable change, encouraging new participates in tournament play.
The sun broke through clouds towards the end of the day, a bright conclusion to a day enjoyed by all.
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Related Links and Articles
US Croquet Association
British Croquet Association
North Toronto Lawn Bowling
World Croquet Federation
The North Toronto Croquet Club is located in Lytton Park, just east of Avenue Road. Lytton Park is at 195 Lytton Blvd., south of Lawrence Avenue and north of Eglinton.
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