Queensland Gateball Team Championship 2017

The Queensland Gateball Team Championship 2017 was played at the McIlwraith Croquet Club over the week-end of 19th and 20th August.

Sandy Ridgway, President of McIlwraith Croquet Club, welcomed guests and players to the thirteenth Queensland Gateball Team Championships over the week-end of 19th and 20th August. A first ball was successfully played through Gate One by Ali King, Community Liaison Officer for our local MP Steven Miles.

Windy but fine conditions encouraged players out into the sunshine.  McIlwraith Croquet Club lawns are in good condition ready for the National Golf Croquet Championships being held there in September.

There were 647 winning points scored in the 45 games played. Seventy players representing 18 clubs played in 10 teams over the 2 days. Two games were decided on a count-back and one game with a tie breaker shoot-out. Many games had close scores showing competition was intense.

All teams won at least 3 games with just one team winning 8 games. The “Old Macs” winning team consisted of Philip Brown from Kew in Victoria, Bruce McAlister from Ipswich CC, Helen Donaldson, Bernie Finnigan, John angus and Frances Wregg representing McIlwraith Croquet Club.

The “Old Macs” won the Queensland Teams Gateball Championship and the Lola Whyte Gateball Memorial Trophy, wresting it from the six-time winning team from Canberra. Alan Whyte, Lola’s son, presented the trophy to the “Old Macs” team.

President of Queensland Croquet Association, Valda Wintzer presented medallions to the winners and second placed team “Canberra”.

Results are available at gateballscores.

Championship play
Perfect weather as play gets underway at McIlwraith for the Queensland Gateball Teams Championship.

Canberra Team
Valda Wintzer, President of QCA, gives medals to the runners-up who came up from Canberra escaping the winter weather.

Lola Whyte Trophy presentation
Alan Whyte presents the Lola Whyte Trophy to Philip Brown who captained the winning team the “Old Macs” at McIlwraith Croquet Club.

Old Macs and Trophy
Winners of the Queensland Gateball Team Championships were the “Old Macs” who won the Lola Whyte Trophy. The team are Bruce Macalister, Philip Brown, Bernie Finnegan, John Angus, Frances Wregg and Helen Donaldson.
Frances Wregg – August 2017

Gateball Puzzle #4

Thanks to Philip Brown from the Kew Croquet Club who submitted gateball puzzle #4 based on a real situation from the NSW gateaball championships in 2015.

Readers should leave a reply in the comments.

Gateball Puzzle #4:
3 to play. The score is 3-6 with 25:00 remaining in the match.
What should 3 do on it’s turn?
Puzzle4

Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:

Gateball puzzle #1
Gateball puzzle #2 - difficult
Gateball puzzle #3

Gateball puzzle #1 also included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle.

Gateball Puzzle #3

Thanks to Bernard Thys from Belgium who submitted gateball puzzle #3 which poses the question of how red should address their slow start.

Readers should leave a reply in the comments.

Gateball Puzzle #3:
5 to play. 5 is ready to pass through gate 1.
The score is 0-2 with 28:30 remaining in the match.
What should 5 do on it’s turn?

Puzzle3

 

Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:
Gateball puzzle #1
Gateball puzzle #2 - difficult

Gateball puzzle #1 also included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle.

Gateball Puzzle #2

Thank you to everyone who reviewed and replied to Gateball puzzle #1. The page received 200 hits and there were many good suggestions in the comments.

Gateball puzzle #2 poses two questions. Readers should leave a reply in the comments responding to the two questions. There is no right answer. Readers are also encouraged to test their answers during training sessions.

Gateball Puzzle #2:
3 to play. The score is 9-5 with 15:00 remaining in the match.
Question 1) What should 3 do on it’s turn?
Question 2) Given the match situation would you rather be red or white?

Puzzle2

 

Gateball puzzle #1 included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle. You can also review all the comments and suggestions made by readers.

Gateball Puzzle #1

Gateball.com.au is trialing a monthly gateball puzzle for readers to put their captaincy skills to the test.

The puzzle will present a scenario in the format below. The court shows the balls current position on the court including outballs (1 and 9 in the example below) and balls that have hit the goal pole (6). The match details include which balls have been through gate 1 (5,2,4), gate 2 (1,8,10), gate 3 (3,7,9) and have hit the goal pole (6). Match details also specify the next stroker (5), time remaining (1:30) and the current score (12-11).

Readers should leave a reply in the comments outlining what they would do on the next shot given the game scenario set out. There is no right answer however a consensus may emerge.

Gateball Puzzle #1:
5 to play. Score is 12-11 with 1:30 remaining in the match.
What should 5 do on it’s first shot?

April 2017
Click on the picture to zoom in.

If you would like to submit your own puzzle (perhaps based on an actual match situation) please send a puzzle picture to info@gateball.com.au. You can create a puzzle picture using the software available at: http://www.gateball.asia/court-app-en.