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Adelaide is the Croquet Capital of the World

 Why? There are a number of possible of criteria, which can be canvassed.  But Adelaide looks pretty good both in terms of total number of clubs and in terms of clubs per million of population.  And also in terms of current top 100 players, and winners of past major events.  The following information is far from complete.  The statistics usually published do not identify the home city of the players listed.

Perhaps there are people out there who have some relevant statistics?

 Here are some thoughts:

 

v    The USA looks good in terms of total number of clubs.   But the number of clubs per million of population looks less impressive.

 

v    New Zealand looks great in terms of clubs per million, but where are they?  Auckland is good, but not the best.  No doubt there are many towns that have a fantastic ratio (one club, or even two, for a population of about 100), but that does not make a capital of the world.

 

Numbers of clubs

 

 

 

Number of Clubs

Source

Notes

Approx population (m)

Approx clubs per million head of population

Country

 

 

 

 

 

USA

300

www.croquetamerica.com/usca-cfa.asp

“Nearly 300” according to USCA web site

285

1.05

England and Wales 

140

www.croquet.org.uk/clubs/index.html

 

 

50

2.8

New Zealand

139

www.croquet.org.nz/holdset.htm

 

3.8

36.58

Cities

 

 

 

 

 

Adelaide

19

www.users.bigpond.com/croquetsa/clubs/sa_clubs.htm

Not all of the clubs in SA are in the Adelaide area, only Adelaide clubs counted here

1.1

17

Auckland

12

www.croquet.org.nz/holdset.htm

 

1.2

10

Christchurch

13

Chris Williams

 

.33

39

London

10

www.croquet.org.uk/clubs/index.html

2 of the 8 clubs are closed

12

.8

 

 

 

All populations taken from http://sg.travel.yahoo.com/guide/

 

 

Players in the top 100 in the World Rankings

 

Adelaide has 3: Harley Watts, Mark Prater and Albert Rutten (as at May 2005)

 

 

Players who have won a major in the last 10 years

 

Adelaide has at least 2: Colin Pickering and Dean Patterson (as at 2005).

 

 

A  Possible table

 

A possible table would take 4 criteria, each measured for a single metropolitan area (we are not looking for tiny CBD like the City of London, nor massive urban conurbations, like Boston/New York/Philadelphia, but sensible concepts of cities.  Players get allocated to cities according to where they now regard as their croquet home, typically the location of their main club or where they most often practise and play friendly games.

 

The four criteria might be

 

v    Total number of clubs

 

v    Number of clubs per million of population (but limited to cities with a population of at least, say, 500,000)

 

v    Number of players in the latest top 100 world rankings

 

v    Number of players who have won a major in the last 10 years.

 

In each criterion, the top city gets 3 points, the second gets 2, the third gets 1.  Biggest total points is the capital.  Are there any other cities who want to be counted?