DON Brown and Vicki Murphy have a challenge on their hands today as they take on the best croquet player in central Queensland Don Close and his team mate Peter Kajewski from Gracemere.

The Gladstone Croquet Club president Brown and captain Murphy were doing well early with Close looking a little off his game missing two balls in a row.

The match, known as association, is one of four being played at the Gladstone Croquet Club for the Gladstone Memorial Trophy.

Brown said the sport was a cross between billiards and chess.

"Manoeuvring the balls is like billiards and the strategy is like chess," he said.



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