NSW Gateball Championships Head North in 2019

Taree Croquet Club on the Mid North Coast of NSW will host the NSW Championships for 2019. Taree CC has 3 croquet lawns, with a member base of 50 plus and currently do not play gateball. Along with the opportunity of hosting this event, Taree is hoping to enter a team and maybe add another code to their club.

6 experienced gateball players from Toronto, Newcastle National Park, Epping, Lithgow and Jamberoo headed to Taree on a very hot day to present a coaching and basic refereeing workshop. Taree CC was well prepared with one gateball court already marked.

Attendees came from Taree, Port Macquarie and Forster clubs, all very experienced croquet players eager to learn about gateball. Lots of laughs and some very unique stances developed as the drills session kicked in.

Sparking, as always was proving to be a challenge, but by the day’s end most had mastered the technique.

Several games were played with modified rules to ensure continued flow and interest in the game. During play some of the complex rules that govern our code were explained to our newest players.

Gateball will now continue to be played at Taree as the club has been able to borrow CNSW equipment through NSW Gateball Director Mary Dunn.

A brief meeting was also held with dedicated members to discuss the intricacies of gateball tournaments. This will see that this year’s Championship is one not to be missed.

So put September 20-22 in your diary, come for a few extra days and explore the Taree region as well.

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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On the Hunt for New Referees

As is always the case in NSW we struggle for accredited referees in gateball. Sometimes draws have to be altered to accommodate the small number. With this is mind we have run another refereeing workshop, this time at Toronto Croquet Club.

On an extremely hot day with temps in the high 30s and with a great attendance from both Toronto and Newcastle National Park we offered a structured workshop for Level 2 potential referees.

The workshop consisted of hand signals practice, common fouls, duties of referees and officials, and what we could consider one of the most important aspects of refereeing, the correct positioning of referee A and B during play.

A rather lengthy and complex Q & A time showed that these players were extremely knowledgeable about our rather convoluted rules.

At the conclusion of the session, Helen Chalmers of Toronto CC sat her Level 2 theory exam and is poised to do her practical assessment at Lithgow’s gateball competition in March. Helen passed her theory exam quite easily and is now well on her way to being added to our referee numbers in NSW.

Manuel and Glenda Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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Gateball Showcased at Nowra CC

Players from Nowra Croquet Club have shown an interest in gateball and for the past several weeks have been travelling to Jamberoo Croquet Club weekly to learn the complexities of the game. As interest has grown, Jamberoo decided to head south and open up the code to more of the members at Nowra.

6 experienced players from Jamberoo and Lithgow, joined quite a few interested Nowra players on the court as well as several spectators. A fun afternoon was had by all.

After a few short skill sessions with sparking, as always, proving a bit tricky, we played several games. Games started with no penalties for fouls or outballs. As the afternoon wore on most rules were applied and sparking fouls were minimal.

Nowra members remained very positive throughout the afternoon and are keen to adopt this code to their club. Making this possible is the ability to borrow gear from CNSW through Director of NSW Gateball Mary Dunn at nswgateball@gmail.com

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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Gateball at NSW Government House

Gateball at Government House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Australia Day 26/01/2019.

Some of the gateball volunteers

A sparkling day with sparkling views. What a great way to spend Australia Day with family, friends & playing gateball at Government House.

We were invited to play by His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, Patron of Croquet New South Wales.

We appreciated the invitation and being able to showcase both gateball and golf croquet to the visiting public.

While the New South Wales Police Band played an enjoyable selection of music, we were able to engage with the public & have them play gateball. We were pleasantly surprised by the standard of play by some of the visitors with one achieving agari. A lot of interest expressed and contacts made.

A few of us took the opportunity to tour Government House & the gardens. We were there when the Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A aircraft conducted a flypast and later the new Qantas Airbus A380 circled low over Sydney Harbour, all part of the 2019 Australia Day celebrations.

As volunteers we enjoyed a welcomed cup of tea, with sandwiches, fruit & cake in the staff room at Government House.

A very enjoyable Australia Day.

Sandra Townley
Epping Croquet Club

Rainfall and Windfall in Lithgow

Windfall: a large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly.

And that’s the exciting news the Lithgow Croquet Club received this week, learning that their grant application to extend and improve their lawns had been approved by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

MP Paul Toole arrived on a lovely sunny morning and spent time talking to croquet and gateball players. As he addressed the group and praised the work of all the members the skies blackened and, just as he produced the cheque for over $160,000, the heavens opened.

Undaunted by the storm, Paul Toole and Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson took to the field and showed their aptitude for mallet sports.

The improved lawns will allow more playing days and more competitions to be held. Work will start in the autumn when the worst of the summer heat is over. Sadly this will be too late for Lithgow’s 2019 Gateball Competition on March 9th/10th which will be played on the existing lawns – but just wait till 2020!!!

To read more from the Lithgow Mercury and watch a short video, click here