Southport’s Annual Mallet Sports on the Broadwater

The northern end of the Gold Coast was very busy on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. Southport held its annual Gateball Teams Event and the Gateball Doubles event on the first two days of the annual Mallet Sports on the Broadwater. There was also a huge event with a record number of entries- the Gold Coast Marathon. Just close by to where  the Gateball players were playing there were  hordes of runners and that was followed by a huge backlog of traffic waiting to get access to the roads.

With eight teams competing on Saturday, it was a busy time for players, officials and caterers. Everything ran very smoothly and the sun shone brightly. Most importantly there were many new players participating. The members of Deception Bay Gateball Club were competing at Southport in just their second tournament and were given a warm welcome. Many of the games were very close with three requiring a count back to achieve a result. The final games on Sunday morning decided the placings.

In first place was the Southport Stripes Team- one of  the three teams that represented Southport. Whilst it did welcome Bruce McAlister and Lynne Farry into its team, four of the members were Southport players- Keith McLeod, Gaye Pitman, Eunice Frater and Brian Mullins. The presentations were made by Patrick Hare from the company that sponsors the Tournament –  “Vision Michael Hare Eye Care and Optometrist”.

Winning team- Southport Stripes

Redcliffe received second prize from Patrick Hare assisted by John Turner

Deception Bay Gateball Team received 3rd prize

The top three teams- L-R is Redcliffe in second place, Southport Stripes in first place and Deception Bay in 3rd place

There were ten teams that entered in the Gateball Doubles Competition. Two blocks of five pairs played off for a place in the Finals. Block A was won by Lee Wentworth and Gaye Pitman and in second place in that Block was Julia Tai and Ethan Chiltern (13 years old). Block B was won by Glenda Windust and Robyn Brown. Coming second in Block B was  Peter Sweet and Bruce McAlister.  The Final was won by Lee and Gaye. Second place went to Glenda and Robyn and in third place was Peter and Bruce. Lee Wentworth has his name on that Trophy four times!

Finalists of the MSOB Gateball Doubles. L-R Glenda and Robyn from Caloundra, Gaye and Lee from Southport, Bruce from Ipswich and Peter from Southport.

Gaye Pitman and Lee Wentworth with Club President, John Turner.

Second place went to Robyn Brown and Glenda Windust from Caloundra MSC

Third place getters were Peter Sweet and Bruce McAlister

Bribie Island, QLD, “Come and Try Gateball”

A initiative by Bribie Island Croquet Club to organise a “Come and Try Gateball ” Day was well received. It was advertised within the Sunshine Coast Region and set down for Sunday 10th June. Barbara and Jim Northcott in their roles as Director and Assistant Director for Gateball in QLD attended. In perfect winter weather 16 people came along. Of this number,  3 were familiar with the game. Most of the people who came were Golf Croquet players or beginners to the croquet world because they had visited as students at the University of the 3rd Age.

Plenty of activities were held to learn and to develop the stroking and sparking skills that are needed for beginners. Most of the participants enjoyed the target practice. Actual team games were played and the experience of playing a Triples Game was also enjoyed. Bribie Island members supplied good refreshments and a convivial atmosphere. As a result, a group of 8-10 players are meeting  to play on Thursday mornings under the guidance of Lynda Davis who is also QLD Director of Coaching and Director of Ricochet. She is a firm believer in the playing of more than one code of croquet. Thanks go to Gwen Connelly, the Secretary of Bribie Island Croquet Club, for all of her efforts in promoting Gateball and in arranging the Come and Try Day.

Participants and coaches gather in front of the Bribie Island Clubhouse.

Participants and coaches gather in front of the Bribie Island Clubhouse.

 

Plastic sheet with target

Plastic sheet with target

Ipswich Gateball Challenge

Nine teams arrived at North Ipswich Bowls Club 2-3rd June to participate in the annual Ipswich Gateball Challenge. It was very good to have Rockhampton enter a team with a few extra players from the local area. Everyone welcomed the members of the newly-registered club with CAQ – Deception Bay Gateball Club. They looked really good in their colourful uniform.

There were some issues for club members who prepared the courts. The usual area was not available so a big job was needed to set out the three courts on a different area of the premises. Everybody found that this event, called the “Challenge”, lived up to its name because the challenge was to keep the ball on the court. The  surface of the lightning-fast, lawn bowls court was a problem for every team including the home team.

All of the participants at the Ipswich Gateball Challenge

All of the participants at the Ipswich Gateball Challenge

Most of the games were low scoring and quite close in the final results. Quite a few were decided by “Shoot-outs”. The referees were able to receive feedback and advice because the CAQ Director of Gateball Referees, Margaret Barnard, attended the tournament and observed the referees in action. Margaret arranged for four players to do the Level 2 Referees Theory Exam during the lunch break on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, Margaret proudly announced that all four players passed their exam. Sincere congratulations go to Mary Dean, Rockhampton MSC, Julia Tai, Southport CC, Ros Crowe and Keith Chur-Hansen both from the new club, Deception Bay GC. Next step for them is to be assessed for their practical sessions of Level 2 by refereeing at the QLD State Championship in Rockhampton in August.

The final placings were not known until the last round of the competition was finished. Thanks go to Karen Stokes for her efficient operation of the scoring system. The two Southport Teams were equal on the number of winning games. However, by countback, Southport Red won the Challenge and Southport White was second- demonstrating the depth of skills, captaincy and abilities of the players at Southport. In the Red team we can see Ethan, aged 13, proud to be a member of the winning team along with his Grandfather, John, who is standing behind him and to his right. His Mother, Julia Tai, is in the White team but hidden from sight in the photo.

Southport Red

Southport Red

Southport White

Southport White

The novel prizes included an individual Snoopy Mug for each of the members of the teams that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Great idea!

The novel prizes included an individual Snoopy Mug for each of the members of the teams that came 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Great idea!

Redcliffe Roses came third

Redcliffe Roses came third

A view across the courts with players from McIlwraith CC in the foreground. (from Ethan)

A view across the courts with players from McIlwraith CC in the foreground. (from Ethan)

Ipswich once again provided a huge variety of special treats for the morning and afternoon teas and coffees. Their BBQ lunches on both days were very nutritious. Thanks to all of these people- mostly family members- who came to assist in the catering. There were fabulous prizes won in the Raffle. The Ipswich Gateball Club obtained many quality donations from their sponsors. A very friendly social evening was held at the Jets Sports Club- one of the sponsors. Everyone would like to give a big “thank you” to the Ipswich Club for a weekend of very interesting, competitive Gateball.

 

Rockhampton Gateball Challenge- Teams and Doubles

Despite the concern that accommodation would be a difficulty because of the “Beef Week” promotion that was being held at the same time as the Gateball Challenge, seven teams travelled to Rockhampton for the two days of the Team competition and one extra day for the Doubles. The setting of Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club is a magnificent one surrounded by huge trees and situated in a quiet area as part of the famous Botanical Gardens as shown in the photo below.

Rockhampton's courts in action

Everything was well organised with four courts and a practice court painted on the ground. The clubhouse and covered area gave good shelter to everyone when there were a few showers on Sunday and Monday. Delicious food was served and plentiful supplies of tea and coffee fuelled everyone. There were new players to Gateball Competition so it was very good to welcome the team from Capricorn Coast led by Greg Featherstone as well as the team from Caloundra with three new players led by Glenda Windust. A composite team called the ‘Beach Beauties’ came from Eildon, Deception Bay and Bribie Island. The other teams were Ipswich Snoopy’s, Redcliffe, Rockhampton, and Southport Red.

There were very close games and it was not until the final round was completed that the placings were decided. Southport Red and Ipswich Snoopy’s each won 5 games but first place went to Ipswich because of a better tally of net points. Third place was secured by Rockhampton. It is very good to note the improvement in this team’s performance and a home ground advantage came to the fore.

The Ipswich Snoopy team is presented with First Prize by Don Close.

The Ipswich Snoopy team is presented with First Prize by Don Close.

The President of Croquet Queensland, Mr Don Close, was able to attend the presentation. He was able to meet so many of the players and the visitors to Rockhampton.

Southport Red receives second prize from Don Close.

Southport Red receives second prize from Don Close.

The Gateball Doubles were played in two block with 5 pairs in each block. In the semi- finals Peter and Bruce from Block A played second place-getters in B Block- Lynne and Margaret. Geoff and Paul, winners of Block B, played Jim and Barbara who were placed second in Block A. Lynne and Margaret had a tough tussle to defeat Peter and Bruce so they could meet Jim and Barbara in the Final. This Final was a close game but Jim and Barbara managed to secure first place in the Doubles Challenge.

Jim and Barbara Northcott receive the First Prize from Don Close with Lynne and Margaret placed second.

Jim and Barbara Northcott receive the First Prize from Don Close with Lynne and Margaret placed second.

Once again Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club demonstrated how good they are at organising Gateball Tournaments. Congratulations to all of the club members for their hard work and to Lynne Farry for her tireless efforts as a player as well as the Manager of the Challenge. This club will be hosting the QLD Gateball Teams and Doubles 17-20th August and we look forward to seeing many teams competing here at that time in Rockhampton where the weather will be so good for all of those who can visit from the southern states.

Greg Featherstone achieving an 'agari' for his Capricorn Coast team.

Greg Featherstone achieving an ‘agari’ for his Capricorn Coast team.

Gateball Triples at Southport Croquet Club, 22/04/2018

Since 2012 Southport Croquet Club has been hosting a one-day Triples Competition. Held this year on Sunday 22nd April, there were 8 teams that participated. It is always a busy day to fit in 7 games for each team. However, the usual smooth running of the event was ensured by the careful planning by Julia Vickers. In the photo below the happy group are waving to the photographers.

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Just a few light showers arrived in the middle of the day but nobody was fazed by that. Plenty of delicious food sustained everyone thanks to the generous donations by club members. There were plenty of supporters from Southport CC who were assisting the Gateball players by scoring or by organising the food for morning and afternoon tea and a BBQ lunch.

Three games per round had to be refereed by two teams ( 6 or 7 players)  so it was ‘all hands on deck’ to complete the tasks needed to referee a match. The teams co-operated very well so there were no difficulties in covering the refereeing tasks. Some of the teams had 4 members so there was one player available to take on a role.

Every team had at least 2 wins and it was until the second-last round that a clear winner emerged. It was a team from Redcliffe. Second place was a team from Southport- the Bombers. Congratulations to these place getters and to all of the participants who made it another good event on the QLD Gateball calendar.

Redcliffe wins the first prize presented by John Turner, President of Southport CC

Redcliffe wins the first prize presented by John Turner, President of Southport CC

Southport Bombers accepting the second prize with John Turner.

Southport Bombers accepting the second prize with John Turner.