growing popularity of the game at home also ensured its rapid geographic
spread - with Australia, New Zealand and America being at the forefront
of its take-up.
croquet also had its detractors. It didn't take long for Victorian prudishness
to rail against the game as an affront to public morals and decency for
allowing young ladies and gentlemen to 'disappear together into the shrubbery
in search of a missing croquet ball'. The clergy also mounted the
pulpit and denounced croquet in the typically God fearing language of
the time and, not surprisingly, the game was banned in many parts of the
croquet survived this onslaught and later came to feature in the 1900
Olympics in Paris at which France swept the board with its haul of seven
medals - including three gold.
its place in Olympic history, interest in croquet waned between the war
years. Over the past 30 years however, it has enjoyed a strong renaissance
- thanks largely to a new breed of young players who have moved the game
forward - both competitively and internationally.