New Perpetual Trophy for the Australian Gateball Championships

gateball prizes 2Arthur Graham, of Newcastle National Park Croquet Club, has crafted a magnificent new trophy for the Australian Gateball Championships.

Arthur offered to do this late last year and when the product was displayed it was just too magnificent to give away. Arthur set to work and produced two small replicas which the lucky winning teams are able to keep.

gateball prizes 1Having developed the momentum, Arthur has then produced some mini-mallets to be given to all our visiting players.

Great job Arthur. What an artist!

Last game of the day decides placings at Redcliffe 

At the Redcliffe Gateball Teams Event on Saturday 15th July the first three placing were determined in the very last game of the day between Bramble Bay Dolphins & Broadbeach. Blue Macs won the event, Bramble Bay Dolphins came second while Broadbeach came third. $1000 prize money was shared between the three teams.

Maggie Harman was presented with an Australian flag at the team competition which was held at Bramble Bay Bowls Club. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the one day event.

Redcliffe Gateball Club has also celebrated receiving a state government grant of $16,000 to establish a club house which will be in place for next year’s event. They have also received a $5000 grant to improve their playing field after the cyclone in March.

Local politicians of all persuasions have supported the club and the event.

Team results can be found on Gateball Scores.

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State Championships 2017 and onwards

calendarGateball Australia’s premier events are the National and State Championships. After the Nationals, State Championships should be our most attended and prestigious events.

In 2017, the Queensland Championships occupy their usual position in mid-August and are to be held at MacIlwraith Croquet Club just to the west of the city centre and close to Auchenflower Station. The New South Wales Championships in mid-November have now been relocated from Wagga Wagga to Young Croquet Club. Anyone wishing to attend this event should book accommodation now as this is a very busy time for tourists during the famous cherry season.

The 2017 Victorian State Championships coincided with the Rockhampton club competition but Gateball Australia hopes this clash can be avoided in 2018. The Victorian Coordinator is investigating whether it is possible to move the VCA event to a weekend avoiding the Queensland Labour Day long weekend. Other states and clubs are asked to check details of this event before organising club events.

The Australian Gateball Championships and State Championships are our primary focus for attracting overseas teams.

In late 2016, dates of our Nationals, State Championships and a general invitation to check our website for club events were sent to the WGU who circulated this information to the international gateball community. Contact with overseas gateball organisations and clubs should be through the National Coordinator at info@gateball.com.au

Because we have had some direct indication from China about interest in attending some of our other events, a specific invitation was translated into Chinese and sent to the Chinese Gateball Association. It should also be noted that it has been agreed with the CGA that invitations to and applications to visit Australia from China need to be coordinated through the Chinese Secretary General and Gateball Australia’s National Coordinator. Previous contacts from China had been rather chaotic and had led to clubs and coordinators having multiple, confusing and time wasting contacts with agents acting on behalf of Chinese teams.

For our State Championships to be able to attract players from interstate and overseas, Gateball Australia requests that:

  • State Championship dates and venues are organised well before clubs start to organise their own events. Flyers should be posted on the website early in the year and sent to the National Coordinator for circulation overseas.
  • In principle, clubs in any state should not hold events when other states are holding their state championships. Where problems are foreseen, negotiation should occur.
  • All clubs should post notices of their events on gateball.com.au so that details are available both in Australia and overseas.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Coordinator at info@gateball.com.au

Elsternwick Gateball Singles Cup

The first Elsternwick Gateball Singles Invitational Cup was held last Sunday the 28th of May at the Elsternwick Croquet Club.

Despite the weather the competition was fierce between the competitors. The tournament was a single round robin between 6 Victorian players (Philip Brown, Chas Quinn, Gilon Smith, Tim Stagg, Anthony Dask and Sue Leitinger). With some top quality games and tight finishes it was exciting till the end. Anthony Dask won the cup with 4 wins (+21). Philip Brown was the runner up with 3 wins (+19).

A big thanks to the Elsternwick Croquet Club and all those who assisted in the running of the event. Results can be found on Gateball Scores.

Anthony Dask

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