Sydney Epstars celebrate while Mosman and Epstars plan for 2019

Sydney Epstars gathered at Epping recently to celebrate their win at the recent CNSW Teams Gateball Championship, unveil their plans for 2019 (click here) and to welcome the return to the club of Epstars stalwart Clare Poole after a spell in hospital.

Players from Newcastle, Toronto and Lithgow joined the Epstars core players from Epping, Eastwood, Killara and Strathfield for one of Epping’s renowned spreads. At the centre of the table were the teams (Epstars) and doubles (Lithgow) trophies from the the recent CNSW championships. It was noted that this was the first time that NSW teams had won both trophies at the same time. In the past, the winners of both events have, primarily, been from Canberra and overseas.

On the following Wednesday, Mosman had organised for John and Penny Park to visit, in order to provide some Gateball instruction. Mosman had been awarded a significant grant by their local council. They have purchased new equipment and hope to engage more fully with the wider Gateball community.They have their sights set on overseas competition in a couple of years.

With Mosman on the move and Epstars having done well at Bateau Bay in the 2017 Australian Championships and at the 2018 CNSW Teams Championship, Sydney is on track to make a statement at the 2019 Australian Gateball Championships, to be held in Cairnlea, Melbourne from 29th November to 1st December 2019.

Peter Sweet from Southport Claims a Gateball Record

At the recent Caloundra Gateball event, Peter Sweet of the Southport Red Team achieved a remarkable first for Gateball in Australia.  In a practice session, Peter took just the minimum 4 strokes from the Start Area to Agari!

Since the start of Gateball in Australia in 1996, I have been offering a bottle of French Champagne to the first person to achieve a 4 stroke Start Area to Agari.  Now Peter has claimed both the Champagne and the honour of the achievement. Peter said that the superb condition of the Caloundra courts contributed to his success.

Peter received his award and the Champagne at the regular Tuesday twilight Gateball session at the Southport Croquet Club.

Keith McLeod

28 November 2018

New Level 1 and 2 referees in Qld, Current Referees and 2019 Rules

Queensland’s State Director of Gateball Refereeing, Margaret Barnard presents Level 1 refereeing badges to Southport’s Barbara and Jim Northcott. Julia Tai received her Level 2 badge.

Lists of qualified referees in each state are to be found on this website under About Gateball, Officiating Rules and Refereeing. If there are any corrections to be made to these lists please contact your State Coordinators of refereeing in the first instance.

A new category, Inactive, has been added at the end of each State’s listing . Referees who have not completed the ASC online course or reaccreditation cards will be deemed inactive at the end of next year. Any current referee who has not completed these requirements is invited to contact their State Coordinator of Refereeing to clarify their intention. Referees are reminded that these requirements bring gateball into line with other codes of mallet sports and AusSport/Australian Sports Commission.

Every team entering a club, state or national competition should have at least one qualified referee or, at the very least, a referee in training.

Anyone wishing to become a referee should contact their State Coordinator of Refereeing (Qld and NSW,) State Coordinator (Vic,) or the National Coordinator (WA and SA.)

Players are reminded that a new version of the rules will be published in 2019 and, it is believed, will come into effect in April. It appears that these changes will be fairly minimal. Details will be forwarded as soon as we are notified by the WGU. If previous practice is to be followed we will receive a summary which players will be expected to use in conjunction with their existing 2015 rule book. Copies of the new rule book will probably be delivered to the National Coordinator in mid to late 2019 and will be distributed to states as soon as possible. Anyone who requires a copy of the rules between now and the 2019 version being delivered is advised to use the online version. Hard copies may also be held at clubs and some may still be held by State Coordinators.

Practice day in Sao Paulo at the WGC Champs

Canberra and Kew made their way through the streets of the Japanese quarter to catch the 8.30 buses for the 45 minute ride to the Gateball Stadium of Sao Paulo City, while Redcliffe made their own way by taxi.

All were anxious to try out the clay courts. As players practised their shots and sparks, it soon became clear that overnight rain had made the courts sticky.This prompted a later trip to the local cheap shop for some cloths. We decided that Bruce McAllister would have been well kitted up, had he been here with his dangling towel!

One conclusion about the ball’s course was that the last 10 to 15 cm could be somewhat random.

It was great to catch up with players we had met in previous competitions, both within Australia and overseas. Players  sported all the colours of the rainbow, although the Korean outfit of red and blue checked pants and bright yellow shirts stole the show.

Players returned to town by bus for about 1pm. Team reps then headed off for their meeting about tournament arrangements, while other met up with John, who had just emerged from the morning’s WGU meeting and lunch.

Dancers at the opening dinner

 

Aussie Teams prepare for the WGU Championships in Sao Paulo

Three Australian teams are putting together their final preparations for the WGU Championships which take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from the 21st to 23rd September.

Some players have already arrived in South America. Others travel this week

The challenge for the three teams, Canberra, Kew and Redcliffe is to better the previous record of two wins in the pool games. No Australian team has yet progressed into the knockout round. That’s the challenge for 2018!

The new selection process has allowed clubs to choose other players to make up their numbers. Canberra invited Southport’s Jim and Barbara Northcott to join them to fill gaps they identified in their playing line up. The 6 Canberra players have been training hard by attending CNSW events and asking Jamberoo to join them for some games. Canberra did not want to miss the opportunity to promote the game. This press release hit the Canberra media

Kew’s Victorian core of Philip Brown, Gilon Smith and Elaine Coverdale have taken time off work to attend the event. They  selected Toowoomba’s Sandra and Paul Reynolds and Lithgow’s John Park to complete their team. Kew held their final practice last Sunday.  John Park has been practising in his back yard and on the Lithgow lawn. Paul and Sandra did a great job of getting some media coverage in their home town. As well as on their club lawn, Paul and Sandra tried their luck on a clay tennis court near Ipswich recently where they joined Redcliffe players who make up the Australian contingent.

  As well as a joint practice session at Ipswich, Redcliffe have had their regular Saturday sessions at Bramble Bay and have met at Deception Bay on Mondays. The team of Nikki, Paul, Ros, Jennifer and Geoff are this years only team based on a single club.

The ACA has provided uniforms and $250 per player towards the cost of travel. The 9 Queensland players have been supported with another $250 from their state. Thanks are due for this fantastic support