Croquet aces take on Victoria’s best

January 26, 2024 BY

For the club: Phil DeAraugo and Mandy Banks are heading to Melbourne to represent the region in a major croquet tournament. Photo: SUPPLIED

BENDIGO’S own croquet aces Mandy Banks and Phil DeAraugo will face the state’s best in this weekend’s Victorian Open in Melbourne.

After a successful run in regional tournaments, Banks and DeAraugo will take to the greens at Cairnlea for Saturday’s and Sunday’s play.

The DeAraugo family has many links to sport across central and northern Victoria.

Among this season’s highs for Banks and DeAraugo were victory in Williamstown’s tournament.

The Bendigo duo have attained world rankings and train with the Victorian croquet squad.

An accomplished golfer, DeAraugo is at number 10 in Victoria’s golf rankings and is president of the Bendigo Croquet Club.

“Croquet is a fun and social game this is easy to learn and is drawing many young people to the game,” he said.

“It’s a game of strategy that has you using your brain and hand-eye co-ordination.

“There are opportunities to play socially or travel around to compete at tournaments.

“It’s a sport that has something for everyone and is open to people of all ages and abilities.”

Based in Barnard Street, Bendigo Croquet Club welcomes new and experienced players with social games are played from 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

For more details email [email protected].