The Lithgow competition this year was the last on the old lawns. The grant to upgrade the facilities will see future events have the use of 3 gateball courts. The Lithgow/Blue Mountains competition is the longest running open CNSW Club Gateball Competition and 2020 will hopefully be a celebratory 10th!
The 2019 competition was played in cooler weather than previous year at Lithgow but clashed with popular croquet competitions. Held shortly before Canberra’s Tavender Trophy and close to the Victorian State Championships, the number of participants was reduced.
Given the smaller numbers, Lithgow needed to be innovative with the format of the competition.
A round robin between four teams takes three rounds and referees are not possible. The club decided to include only a single round robin for the 4 teams on Sunday. Teams winning one of these games won two points per game.
For the rest of the comp each team split in two halves: A and B. Players were permanently assigned to a half – no switching mid comp
As a result there were 8 half teams. Each half team played all the other half teams, except the other half of their own team. As a result, each half team played 6 games. In contrast to the full team games, the winner of a half team game won one point towards their team total. This format ensured games were refereed.
After all the half team games had been played, Torpedoes and Epstars had both compiled 7 points while Lightning were close on 6. Torpedos pair, Judy and Ruth from the Torpedos had played outstandingly well to win all their half team games.
Both the Torpedoes and Lightning won their first two full team games leaving them on 11 and 10 points respectively. With two points up for grabs in the final round the game between the Torpedos and Lightning was essentially a final. Somewhat of an anticlimax, the last game did not produce the standard of play that both teams had been able to demonstrate previously. Lightning won the game and event after number 9, Robyn clinched the win with an agari in the last 5 minutes to secure a 2 point win.
Thunder and Epstars had not won a game in the team round robin and tussled in the final game which Thunder won on countback.
While results are posted on gateball scores as usual, this table tabulates the combined result for the full team and half team blocks
|Half Team A wins||Half Team B wins||Total points for half team games||Total points for full team games (2 pts per win)||Overall Points|
Competitors were delighted with a visit from previous club president, Cindy, partner Steve and youngsters Beth (now known as Eliza) and Paul. Lithgow still claims to be the only club at which its President gave birth while in office! Beat that!
A short refereeing workshop was held before play on Saturday. The intricacies of ‘Start Stroking’ were discussed. A few misconceptions were clarified. The diagram and wording on pages 69 to 74 of the 2015 rulebook were the most useful reference. Referee reaccreditation cards for 2019 werealso distributed. Robyn Hayes of Lithgow and Helen Chalmers of the Torpedos also completed their referee assessment. Thanks to you both for taking on the challenge.
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.
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.
28 November 2018
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.