Aldinga Bay Croquet Club dedicate court to founding members

Out on the court: Founding members of the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club Dean and Nancy Paterson. Photo: Supplied.

Out on the court: Founding members of the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club Dean and Nancy Paterson. Photo: Supplied.

The Aldinga Bay Croquet Club have dedicated one of their courts to founding members Dean and Nancy Paterson.

In front of many guests including Member for Mayo, Hon Rebekha Sharkie, City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Phillips and many present and past players, the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club held a naming and dedication ceremony for court one, now called Paterson Court.

The duo who moved to Aldinga from Port Pirie and built a house there in 2000, originally planned on joining the Victor Harbor Croquet Club. However, after hearing the Aldinga Bay Bowling Club was looking for croquet players to make use of their second green, plans began to be created for the creation of the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club.

Dean was a member of the SA Interstate Croquet Team for several years in 1990 and won the Australian Open Singles title in 1995, with his guidance and Nancy alongside him, the croquet club was quick to grow in numbers. By the 2010's, the club had grown substantially and were in need of their own full-sized courts.

Hard work by club members and assistance from government grants the club managed to raise enough money for new courts which were built and then unveiled by the then Member for Kaurna, John Hill in 2012.

Now thanks to their services to the club Dean and Nancy have had the Aldinga Bay Croquet Clubs court one named after them.

While Nancy is no longer able to play due to ill health, Dean still makes an effort to play when he can.