Croquet players enjoy Evelyn Rowsell Challenge Day at Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge Croquet Club members have welcomed their counterparts from around South Australia for a day's play in honour of a late member.

The Evelyn Rowsell Challenge Day recognises the contribution of woman who represented the state as a player and refereed the game at a national level.

Born in Mount Gambier in 1938 with a dislocated hip, which was never corrected and caused her to limp throughout her life, Rowsell was determined not to allow anything to get in the way of her love of sport and pursuit of perfection.

She excelled in various events at Mil Lel Primary School sports days, but it was her discovery of croquet that set her on the path to the highest levels of sport.

She was invited to join a state development squad in Adelaide, was selected in a South Australian Eyre Cup team which enjoyed an unbeaten run for several years from 1997, and won an SA Sport Award.

She was also a registered coach, gained her state umpires' badge and served as a referee at the 1994 Australian championships.

An initiative in which members of city and country croquet clubs regularly play against one another was among the lasting contributions to the sport she made before her death in 2005.

Players enjoyed a successful day of croquet last Thursday despite the gusty weather they were forced to endure.