A Nationally-Recognized Croquet Club in Galesville, MD


Welcome to West River Wickets. Competitive croquet is a whole new ballgame. Forget your father's nine backyard hoops. Substitute six metal wickets with limited clearance either side of the ball. Introduce a strategy that is part golf, part pool and part chess. That in a nutshell is six-wicket croquet and it's one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a sport for all ages -- for young and old, men and women and players of all capabilities. To promote membership, instructional classes are held throughout the season. 

West River Wins Big in Florida

West River Wickets won the United States Croquet Association’s 2016 Club Teams Championship in Florida. This is the first time the Galesville-based club has won the national competition, having twice finished second.

The five-day tournament ended at the National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, March 20.

It was a truly team effort. In an all-West River final in the second flight Byron Lee and Lee Jorde beat Errin and Brian Cooke, a match which accounted for nine of the club’s 15 points.

The father-son team of Roy and Stephen Morgan picked up three points for finishing third in championship flight, Tom Stoner and Rodney Calver finished fourth in second flight (two points) and Hal Denton and Geraldine McCauley were fifth in first flight for one point. West River beat the second place finishers – the Bombay Mallet and Wicket Club (St. Croix, VI) – by five points.


Picture caption: The West River Wickets team: Back row (l to r) Calvert Chaney, Tom Stoner, Rodney Calver, Roy Morgan, Stephen Morgan, Byron Lee, Ed O'Laughlin and Brian Cooke. Front (l to r): Lee Jorde, Errin Cooke and Hal Denton. Photo: Mimi Calver.


Golf Croquet: The club teams championship is part of the USCA croquet week. Hal Denton got the club off to a flying start when he finished runner up in championship flight of the golf croquet tournament. On the way to the final he beat Cheryl Bromley one of the best players in the country before falling in the final to David McCoy. 


Merion: West River Wickets could not follow up its success in Florida at the Merion InterClub Tournament in Haverford, Pa. Both the red and blue teams were unable to make an impression on what has traditionally been a happy hunting ground. But one player had an outstanding tournament: Cynthia Chess won six out of seven games played. 

It is with great sadness that we report that Bill Brewer, the founder of West River Wickets in Galesville, MD, has passed away. He was 94. For those of you who did not know Bill well, he was the life and soul of West River Wickets. The club was born on his back lawn in Galesville. He paved the way for all the good things that have happened to and for the club in the last decade. He was the first from the club to go to school in Florida, one of the first to enter a USCA tournament and a steadfast supporter of the Maryland Senior Olympics. We will miss him.


For West River Wicket shirts, hats and other croquet wear (with logo) visit Marty's Bag Works, 3427 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater, MD 21037. (410) 956-2869. www.martysbagworks.com