Mallet Sports on the Broadwater- Doubles Tournament

Eight teams entered the Doubles tournament so it was decided to set out 4 courts and play the games in two blocks. This was done to ensure the event concluded before darkness. Thanks to the referees who took charge of all the games- Keith McLeod, Julia Vickers, Paul Ekberg and Barbara Northcott- all of the matches were held quite quickly so that the crossover semifinals and finals were concluded by 4:30.

The first semifinal was between the team of Bruce McAlister and Trudy Cummins against the team of Lee and Christopher Wentworth. The Wentworth combination won and played in the Final. A new team of young Chris from Woodville and David Hughes played in the second semifinal against Claus Jeune and John Park. Experience paid off so that Claus and John were matched against Lee and Christopher Wentworth for first place. Both these finals  games were closely contested. Once again the Southport Croquet Club members, Lee and Chris Wentworth, won the MSOB Doubles for the third time in four years.

Lee and Christopher Wentworth holding the trophy for the third time.

Lee and Christopher Wentworth holding the trophy for the third time.

Claus Jeune and John Park were second.

Claus Jeune and John Park were second.

David and Chris with Kerry Lamerton- our catering convenor, from Southport - who presented the prize.

David and Chris with Kerry Lamerton- our catering convenor, from Southport – who presented the prize.

Mallet Sports on the Broadwater- Teams Event

MSOB was held over a typical QLD weekend in winter where the weather was perfect, the sun was shining and the winds were negligible. Seven teams participated- Ipswich, Beyond Blue Macs, Redcliffe Roses, Woodville in South Australia, Southport White, Southport Red and Broadwater. The Broadwater team was a composite one  which had Glenda Windust and Pat Burton from Caloundra, Bruce McAlister from Ipswich joining two new members from Southport- Julia Tai and John Cheng. The team that travelled the furthest was the young team from Woodville, captained by David Hughes from the Gold Coast.

A group photo of the competitors in the Teams event.

A group photo of the competitors in the Teams event.

The Patron of Southport Croquet Club and local Councillor, Dawn Crichlow OAM, officially welcomed the players and sent a ball through a make-shift gate created by Bruce McAlister QLD -Director of Gateball- and John Park -Australian Co-ordinator of Gateball. The schedule flowed smoothly, the lawns were in good condition and the catering supplied to the players was, once again, of a high quality. By 10:30 on Sunday morning the round robin format was concluded and the results were finalised.  In first place was the Southport Red team with 5 wins. This is the third time in four years that Southport has won this Teams competition. The newest member, Roy Huang from Taiwan, was a welcome asset to the team.  Second place went to Beyond Blue Macs, also with 5 wins but with 12 fewer net points. Third place was taken by Southport White. The presentations were made by Michael Hare, owner of the Sponsor -Vision MichaelHare EyeCare Plus.

Southport Red displaying the trophy with the sponsor, Michael Hare.

Southport Red displaying the trophy with the sponsor, Michael Hare.

Second place getters- Beyond Blue Macs

Second place getters- Beyond Blue Macs

Third place went to Southport White.

Third place went to Southport White.

Ipswich Gateball Challenge

For two days 3-4th June many Gateball players converged to the the premises of Ipswich Gateball Club at North Ipswich Bowls Club to compete in their Ipswich Gateball Challenge. It lived up to its name of a “Challenge” because so many of the teams, used to playing on grass, encountered difficulty in tempering their strokes to cope with the short, quick surface of the bowls courts. It made everyone aware of the reverse difficulty when Ipswich players visit croquet clubs where grass is the normal surface,

The weather was perfect which made up for last year’s deluge and the disruption it caused. Ipswich Gateball Club were very well organised with all the games proceeding on schedule, plenty of space for eating and socialising in the clubhouse, wonderful food and  gift bags with lovely souvenirs provided by the local Ipswich Council. The whole event was excellent and a real credit to all of the members of the Gateball Club, their supporters and the family members who assisted.

Ten teams attended which would be a record number for this event. Rockhampton players  were marvellous in attending since they endured a twelve hour journey on 2 trains to get to the venue. Toowoomba also travelled to make it to the competition. Other teams included a mixed team from Eildon, Ipswich and Bribie Island; one team each from McIlwraith, Broadbeach and Ipswich plus two teams from Southport and Redcliffe.

A group photo of the ten teams

A group photo of the ten teams. Look also at the the lovely banner “Play Gateball”.

By the end of day 1,  several teams had won all of their games so day 2 was the crunch time to sort out the positions. Good sportsmanship prevailed and there was a lot of encouragement and support for those who are relatively new to the game. After all the teams had played their nine games, just one team- Southport Red- was undefeated. Normally this team does not play well on the surface but put in a super effort to try to control their strokes. It was good for them to have a new member, Roy Huang, from Taiwan, who is very tactical and skilful when playing Gateball. The other members were (L_R ) Peter Sweet, Bruce McAlister, Barbara Northcott, Gaye Pitman and Jim Northcott. Unfortunately the Wentworth family members were not available for that weekend.

Southport Red team display the Perpetual Trophy upon which their name will be written for the first time.

Southport Red team display the Perpetual Trophy upon which their name will be written for the first time.

Second place went to the Ipswich Team with 8 wins. As last year’s winners, they were favourites for the event since it is on their home surface.

Ipswich players were placed second.

Ipswich players were placed second.

Plenty of exciting games happened with wins on count backs occurring and some last minute grasps of the point scoring opportunities. Below are several photos of the participants.

A line up of players with Keith McLeod at the centre of the group.

A line up of players with Keith McLeod at the centre of the group.

Roy strokes the ball through gate 1

Roy strokes the ball through gate 1

Refereeing the game, Frances Wregg closely watches the game.

Refereeing the game, Frances Wregg closely watches the game.

Action on the courts.

Action on the courts.

 

Rockhampton Gateball Competition

After an exciting round robin of 6 teams (Rockhampton x 2, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and 2 combined teams (MacCCIG and SouthBrie ), the SouthBrie team finished winner with 4 wins and only one loss but with few net points.  In the team were Keith McLeod, Dianne and Peter Sweet from Southport, Paul Ekberg from East Brisbane and Joy Rule from Bribie Island.

SouthBrie had to endure an agonising final game between Ipswich and Toowoomba before their victory was achieved. Toowoomba had 3 wins but quite a few net points so, had they defeated Ipswich, they would have clinched first place. Right at the end of the game, the scores were level. Adele Stokes sparked a ball to agari and gave Ipswich the win.

The weather was perfect and the courts, with painted lines, were superb.  The catering was excellent and the overall hospitality of the Rocky Club was as usual at a high standard.

(Photo supplied by Paul Ekberg and the comments abridged from Keith McLeod’s report)

SouthBrie Team L-R Paul Ekberg, Peter Sweet, Keith McLeod, Cheryl Kele from Rockhampton, Dianne Sweet and Joy Rule

SouthBrie Team L-R Paul Ekberg, Peter Sweet, Keith McLeod, Cheryl Kele from Rockhampton, Dianne Sweet and Joy Rule

Gateball Triples at Southport Croquet Club, 23rd April, 2017

The annual competition was held successfully with fine weather and fast courts. Seven teams participated this year which was one less than last year. This was because of the CAQ Golf Singles Championship was held on that date after being postponed because of  the aftereffects of the cyclone. So, several potential participants were unable to attend- Bruce McAlister, CAQ Director, Gaye Pitman and Elaine and Brian Rubock all of whom had been signed up for the golf tournament.

All the competitors

All the competitors

The competition is always a one day event so careful planning ensured that all of the round robin events were completed before 5:00p.m. It was a close finish with two teams achieving five wins but it was Southport’s “The Three Amigos” who won again this year. Amanda, Lee and Christopher Wentworth defeated the “Can Do” team in the last game of the day with enough gates scored to achieve a better net difference. The “Can Do” team also from Southport was Julia Vickers, Beryl Phillips, Trudy Cummins and Keith McLeod. Congratulations to these two teams for a close- fought tussle. Third place went to Broadbeach. Another Southport team came fourth so it is obvious that home court advantage was a help to the local teams. Thanks to all teams that competed (Broadbeach, Ipswich with 2 teams, Redcliffe Roses) as it was played in a very friendly atmosphere. Great food was supplied to all the players by the excellent efforts of our members and co-ordinated by Kerry Lamerton.

The Three Amigos-Christopher, Amanda and Lee Wentworth- won the competition

The Three Amigos-Christopher, Amanda and Lee Wentworth- won the competition

Second place went to the "Can Do" team- Julia Vickers, Keith McLeod, Trudy Cummins and Beryl Phillips

Second place went to the “Can Do” team- Julia Vickers, Keith McLeod, Trudy Cummins and Beryl Phillips

Lunch was cooked on the BBQ by Kerry Lamerton and Lee Godfrey

Lunch was cooked on the BBQ by Kerry Lamerton and Lee Godfrey

Geoff Morris in action

Geoff Morris in action

Scoring is an important job done by Margaret and Eunice in this photo.

Scoring is an important job done by Margaret and Eunice in this photo.