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.

 

Tavender Trophy 2017

On 19 March 2017 sixteen Canberra members participated in the club’s annual gateball competition. The Tavender Trophy is a high-low doubles event where one experienced gateballer in randomly drawn with a newer gateballer.

Five brave members had only started gateball lessons four weeks prior and were competing in their first tournament. Canberra ran two weeks of lessons for new players to introduce the skills and understanding needed to compete in the event.

Pairs were split into two blocks and the competition proceeded quickly to a superbly catered lunch by Margot Morris. One game included a rare double touch resulting in a touched ball coming to rest with the player’s ball (Article 16, clause 2, paragraph 3 of the rules) which kept the referees busy.

The block winners were Bryan Johnston and Peter Dale who were unbeaten in Block A and Alex Park and Janice Rudd who were unbeaten in Block B. Peter and Janice were both playing in their first competition. The final was close until Bryan hit a 15m touch from corner 1 to a ball in front of gate 2 to set up the 13-9 win. After the match Peter Tavender presented the trophy to the winners.

The Tavender Trophy is named after Peter in recognition of his role in supporting the introduction of gateball into Australia and to acknowledge Peter’s status as Canberra’s first gateballer when he represented Australia in the 1998 World Gateball Championship in Hawaii.

The Canberra Croquet Club hopes that the new players will continue to play gateball and compete in events outside the club.

Photos from the final:
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Winners: Bryan Johnson, Peter Tavender, Peter Dale

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Finalists: Bryan Johnson, Peter Dale, Alex Park, Janice Reed