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November 5, 1982: Mary wins award

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November 01, 2017

Victorian women’s singles champion Mary Grieve shows John Mortison the finer points of the game on her home greens at Mooroopna Croquet Club.

Mooroopna housewife Mary Grieve is The News-Sherbourne Shepparton Apex Club sports star of the Goulburn Valley for the month of October.

Mrs Grieve won the Victorian women’s singles croquet championship at VCA headquarters, in the middle of last month.

To win her first State open title Mrs Grieve defeated Miss Mary Coxhall of Frankston in the final.

She had also won several State Country titles in the past, including eight Country Week medallions.

But she has never won a Goulburn Valley singles championship.

These have been dominated for many years by a former GV sports star of the year Grace Edwards and Hettie Merrylees of Euroa.

Mrs Grieve plays with Mooroopna Croquet Club in the district competition.

Her proudest moment in club events was two years ago when Mooroopna defeated Shepparton for the premiership.

While croquet has brought her finest victory in sport it does not have priority over several other recreational interests – many of which are shared enthusiastically by husband Theo, the well-known retired bus lines proprietor and former Mooroopna Football Club president.

A sports woman in the truest sense Mrs Grieve still is an A grade player in Tatura Lawn Tennis Association with Mooroopna and plays lawn bowls regularly.

Apart from that the Grieves enjoy travelling in their spare time.

Which adds up to a splendid recipe if Mary Grieve was to win the year award to judged later this month.

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