PHOTOS: Croquet tournament a proper afternoon out

The verdant green lawn behind Citadel middle school in Port Coquitlam is normally alive 10 months of the year with the squeals of children. On Wednesday the turf was a battleground.

No, the Society for Creative Anachronism wasn’t recreating medieval jousting wars.

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This was croquet. And as anyone who’s ever knocked a “dambuster” or endured the heartbreak of a “hard banana,” the Panama hats and crisp whites worn by players are just a disguise for bloodsport.

At Citadel on Wednesday, several corporate teams channeled their ruthless inner selves through the wire wickets between breaks for cocktails and impromptu frisbee tosses at the PoCo Community Foundation annual Croquet for Community tournament. The event raises money for the foundation's various programs and grants that help make the city a better place to live.

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