Quarry Hill Croquet Club's Chris Eiffert is preparing to represent Victoria later this year at the prestigious Interstate Shield.
At the last running of the golf croquet tournament back in 2019 where Victorians secured gold, Eiffert was part of the squad as a reserve.
However, come September she will be in action for team Victoria down at the tournament scheduled to be held in Tasmania.
"We have a slightly new-look team this year and we're very excited to give it our best shot," Eiffert said.
Victoria's recent run at the Interstate Shield includes gold in 2018 and 2019, in addition to a runner-up finish to Western Australia in 2017.
Before that the squad won five straight shields from 2012-2016.
"We've always been a strong side in the shield and no doubt this year we will be trying our absolute best," Eiffert said.
"The Interstate Shield is one of, if not the most challenging tournaments in the country."
It really has made me into a better player as I've spent plenty of time tutoring, but also training with the state team has helped me learn plenty of new drills to refine my game.Chris Eiffert
There's a three-day warm up which includes the Australian Croquet Championships, followed by the states battling it out for the Interstate Shield.
"We will be playing up to nine hours per day while we're in Tasmania which is a challenge in itself," Eiffert said.
"It's a pretty full on week."
The seasoned croquet player has been playing for 10 years and came to the sport from a golfing background.
In recent years Eiffert has also taken up coaching at Quarry Hill, which she said had been integral to her development.
"It really has made me into a better player as I've spent plenty of time tutoring, but also training with the state team has helped me learn plenty of new drills to refine my game," she said.
Eiffert's specialty is golf croquet which is a streamlined version of the traditional format.
Team Victoria recently came up to Bendigo for training sessions at Quarry Hill, much to the delight of the members.
"Everyone was so enthusiastic about the visit as they were able to see how we train and how the top players approached the game," Eiffert said.
"Quarry Hill is such a great club that's provided plenty of support for the team.
"We're hoping to have more state training sessions here before we head off."
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