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.

McIlwraith Challenge Cup, 2017

The QLD Gateball intraclub competitions were off  to a very good start with the first tournament being held at McIlwraith Croquet Club in Brisbane on 8th and 9th April. The dates were somewhat later than usual and only just avoided the sort of rainfall that we have experienced in previous years. However, only just!

One week prior to the tournament, the south eastern part of Queensland suffered very strong winds and extremely heavy rainfall from the ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie. The fields were covered with water and there was water a foot deep through the lower level of the the clubhouse. An amazing amount of work by club members cleared the mess and prepared the court with very clear markings. The courts were very green, somewhat slower than normal but in very good condition. Great work, McIlwraith members!

There were 9 teams competing altogether which is a good for the sport. It was a very dedicated pair of players ( Cheryl and Steven Kele) who travelled all the way from Rockhampton to compete even though their city was being flooded in many areas. Several composite teams were formed and this was a successful arrangement for all concerned. In addition, two teams representing the local club of McIlwraith and two teams from Southport were competing.

All of the games were played on time with an hour between the games. So many games were closely contested with decisions on winners made only on a countback. By Sunday morning games there were three teams vying for the Challenge Cup. It wasn’t until the final game that the placings were finalised. Third place went to Toowoomba. Second place went to McIlwraith Blue Macs. The winning team was the Southport Red team. It was the third time in a  row that Southport has won the McIlwraith Challenge. (see results on gateballscores.com)

Winning team was Southport Red

Winning team was Southport Red

Blue Macs came 2nd

Blue Macs came second

 

Sparking a ball

Sparking a ball

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Photos showing teams and referees in action

Photos showing teams and referees in action

One Day Event in Japan

Once again Jim and I were privileged to be able to attend the one day Gateball event outside of Tokyo at a place called Higashi Urawa. It is well organised with teams, triples and doubles all playing in a complex draw system. Despite the very cold weather, our welcome was very warm. Assisted by our wonderful friend, Mr. Keiichi Imagawa, we made our way to the courts. He was playing with Kayoko San, another good friend from Adachi club, and who has previously visited  Australia four times to play Gateball or give refereeing assistance.

Before the games began, Kayoko (in pink) Keiichi, Jim and Barbara met up with others to play in the event.

Before the games began, Kayoko (in pink) Keiichi, Jim and Barbara met up with others to play in the event.

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We were not able to match the tactical skills of the local players. We did well but not well enough to win many games.  It was so good to note that more than half of the players were young people of High School or University age. Coached by knowledgeable teachers, these players are formidable in their intensity.

Keiichi, Jim and Barbara standing with a group of young players.

Keiichi, Jim and Barbara standing with a group of young players.

At the conclusion of the day the prizes were handed out. The winning duo had first selection of the practical items displayed as prizes. Our friend, Satoshi Kamijo, was part of the duo and he chose a bottle of soy sauce.

Satoshi Kamijo was the guiding member of the doubles team that won overall.

Satoshi Kamijo was the guiding member of the doubles team that won overall.

Even we won  prizes- I chose a bottle of cooking oil and Jim selected curry and rice packages.

Prize giving time

Prize giving time

The selection was difficult with so many prizes.

The selection was difficult with so many prizes.

The evening meal after the event was the best ever. Three hours were given over to eating, drinking and discussing all manner of things relating to Gateball.

Kayoko San, Shoiichi San, Barbara, Satoshi San and Jim had a wonderful get together. Thanks to Keiichi San for the photographs.

 

Gateball arrives at Hervey Bay Mallet Sports Club

On Saturday 26th November, Hervey Bay Mallet Sports Club organised a special celebration at their wonderful venue which has four, full croquet lawns. Across the road from the local Primary School and a little over a kilometre from the main Esplanade and sea front, the Club is very centrally located. The hard working committee had arranged five marquees with plenty of tables and chairs so the planned BBQ meal that evening would be memorable.

The special celebration was in honour of the “switching on” of the new lighting system for two of the lawns. The days of preparation for this event followed months of work after receiving the excellent news that the Club would receive a substantial amount of money from the Community Gambling Fund.

To fully utilise the lawns once lighting was available the committee considered that Gateball was a very good mallet sport to introduce. So, Bruce McAlister, the QLD Director of Gateball was involved with the plans to demonstrate the game. Players from Southport Croquet Club were invited to attend and were joined by two from Tamborine Mountain. Two courts were set out and all was ready but nature intervened. Rain!!! But that did not mean things were called off.

Although a series of thunderstorms arrived after lunch and rain fell during the rest of the day, the people who joined in to celebrate had a happy time. There was a very tasty afternoon tea. The official switching on was carried out by the local M.P., Mr. Ted Sorensen. Two games of gateball was played that afternoon and evening. But none of the planned fun games could go ahead nor the games of golf croquet.

Mr. Ted Sorensen, MP., stroked the ball though gate 1 with the new lights shining brightly on the lawns.

Mr. Ted Sorensen, MP., stroked the ball though gate 1 with the new lights shining brightly on the lawns.

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Bruce McAlister, QLD Gateball Director, watches over the game.

Dressed in raincoats the players had their first game in the rain.

Dressed in raincoats the players had their first game in the rain.

Watching the action were many people seated on the verandah.

Watching the action were many people seated on the verandah.

Going for Gate 2 as the players watched on.

Going for Gate 2 as the players watched on.

Wonderful action shot of ball passing through Gate 1

Wonderful action shot of ball passing through Gate 1

A decision was made to return the next morning to have a BBQ breakfast so once again players enjoyed two games of Gateball as well as Golf Croquet. Visitors came from Wynnum and Point Lookout in Maryborough. In bright sunshine, we all had a most enjoyable time discovering the fun of playing Gateball in dry conditions. All of the participants were so welcoming and enthusiastic, it was a shame to have to leave. Hervey Bay MSC welcomes visitors and we found a very good atmosphere within the club. I am hopeful that Gateball will be played here in the years to come because the players did find the game very interesting and with plenty of challenges.

On the next day- a sunny Sunday morning- another game was ready to begin.

On the next day- a sunny Sunday morning- another game was ready to begin.

Thanks to John Stokes for most of the photos. John is from Pt. Lookout CC, second from the left in the photo above.

Caloundra Masters and Apprentices Gateball Teams Tournament

The final Gateball Teams Competition in QLD for the year of 2016 was held at Caloundra on the weekend of 12th and 13th November. Seven teams played in the humid weather. Very smooth, fast lawns proved to be a bit of a challenge for most teams. It was good that two players from Rockhampton and some from Toowoomba were able to join in with the local teams to form composite teams ensuring that the maximum number of teams were able to enter. The competing teams were Bribie Island, Caloundra, Eildon, McIlwraith, Redcliffe, Southport and Toowoomba.

Glenda Windust was the Manager of the event which ran very smoothly. Her wide ranging tasks were carried out very successfully. She even managed to get us all finished for the Saturday before the summer storm unleashed quite a deluge on the lawns. The usual high-standard in catering was continued.

Undefeated in all six games Southport once again won the Tournament. The club won in 20101, 2014, 2015 and again in 2016. It’s an amazing game, Gateball, in that all ages can be united in success! The maturity and skills shown by the Captain, Christopher Wentworth, was a feature of Southport’s success.  He is soon to be 16 years old. Combining with his Dad, Chris united a team of people much older than himself.

Winners

Winners of the Caloundra Tournament was Southport

In second place was Toowoomba. McIlwraith came third.

Second Place

Second Place was Toowoomba

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More photos

More photos of games that were held.

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