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.

Five New Foundation Level Gateball Coaches

After the State Gateball Team and Doubles Championship that were held in Rockhampton, a Level 1, Foundation Level Coaching Course, was organised at Rockhampton MSC and Gracemere CC on 20th and 21st August. Lynda Davis, the QLD Coaching Director, travelled to Rockhampton to conduct the course and was assisted by Jim and Barbara Northcott who are accredited Trainers of Foundation Coaching Courses. Five Gateball players attended and successfully passed the Course. Congratulations to all of them on their enthusiasm and commitment to ensure that the players they coach receive the best training possible.

The new coaches are from Gracemere- Peter Kajewski; from Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club- Lynne Farry and Mary Dunn; and from Deception Bay Gateball Club- Ros Crowe and Keith Chur-Hansen.

At the Gracemere Croquet Courts the newly qualified coaches are featured. L-R. Peter Kajewski and his wife (Gracemere), Jim Northcott, Keith Chur-Hansen, Barbara Northcott, Ros Crowe and Mary Dunn. (Lynne Farry was absent from the photo)

Lynne Farry from Rockhampton MSC with her Coaching Accreditation Certificate

Mary Dunn from Rockhampton MSC being presented with her Certificate by QLD Coaching Director, Lynda Davis.

Keith Chur-Hansen and Ros Crowe from Deception Bay Gateball Club display their Coaching Certificates.

For more information in your State, look for Coaching on this website.

A Presentation to Bruce McAlister

At the QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championship held in Rockhampton 18-20th August, 2018 a surprise presentation was made to Bruce McAlister. Bruce began his role as Director of QLD Gateball in 2004 and continued until the end of 2017. In the 13 years as Director, Gateball has expended greatly throughout QLD. His enthusiasm, energy, dedication and attention to detail has been a big asset to his role. As a result, QLD has more Referees than any other State and he is one of four International Referees in QLD. The number of clubs and players has also increased.

Bruce McAlister with his portrait.

The presentation was a painting/ portrait done by the very talented artist, Frances Wregg, from McIlwraith Croquet Club. As you can see it is a wonderful likeness that will be cherished always by Bruce and his family. Clubs in QLD assisted in the purchase of the frame to this creative work done by Frances who is a very keen Gateball player. Thank you very much, Frances.

Frances Wregg, the Artist, with Bruce McAlister.

Bruce played in the World Gateball Championship in Shanghai in 2010 and officiated as an International Referee at the 2014 in Niigata in Japan. Being a strong advocate for Gateball as being one of the four codes played under the title of “Croquet”, he plays all four codes to a very high standard. Now Bruce can continue playing his sport free from the demands of being the Director of QLD Gateball. Thank you from all of us, Bruce!

Don Close, QLD President, Bruce McAlister and Frances Wregg

Organising State Championships  and helping to organise the Australian Championships in the State, Bruce is always at the helm to ensure all flows smoothly. With the support of his wife, Fiona, he has given a great deal of his time to the sport. It was his wife’s parents Bill and Lola Whyte- who introduced him to the sport at Ipswich Croquet Club back in 2002. The trophy for the best Team at the QLD State Team Championship is dedicated to Lola Whyte. The best Doubles team was donated by Bruce.

The Lola Whyte Trophy for the team that wins the QLD State Gateball Championship


QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championship.

Rockhampton Mallet Sport Club was the venue for the QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championship from Saturday August 18th to Monday 20th August, 2018. This was an appropriate venue for hosting the new format in that Rockhampton has been a club with a long history of competing in Gateball Tournaments. Six teams entered the Teams Championship while 14 entries were received for the Doubles Championship. Team games were interspersed with games involving Doubles combinations. In addition, many players were being assessed for their practical refereeing skills by Margaret Barnard, the QLD Director of Gateball Refereeing.

The six teams were Rockhampton, Capricorn Coast, Toowoomba, Multi Macs, Southport White and Southport Red. The games were played in good spirit with fine sportsmanship demonstrated. The final game was very exciting. The Multi Macs team had not lost a game and were up against Southport Red who had lost their first game against Capricorn Coast.  With a close score throughout the game, Southport prevailed. However, the Multi Macs won the State Championship on a countback over the five games they played because of a higher score of “Net Gates”.

Multi Macs were the winners of the CAQ State Gateball Teams Championship.

The President of Queensland, Mr Don Close, presented the Lola Whyte Trophy  and the medallions to the Multi Macs Team. It consisted of L-R: Barry Barnard, Bruce McAlister, Frances Wregg, Alan Beeson and Philip Rowlands.

Southport Red were placed second. L-R. Barbara Northcott. John Chen, Lee Wentworth, Peter Sweet, Ethan Chilton and Jim Northcott

There was a very good group of players who willingly assisted in the administrative aspect of Doubles- scoring recording and timing- since they were just playing in the Teams event. What is very heartening is that there was an audience for the Doubles Final rather than just a few players watching. The local couple, Cheryl and Steve Kele from Rockhampton defeated last year’s winners, Bruce McAlister from Ipswich and Peter Sweet from Southport by one gate.

Steve and Cheryl Kele won the State Doubles Championship and holding the Bruce McAlister Shield which was presented by the President, Don Close.

Don Close presented second place medallions to Bruce McAlister and Peter Sweet

Preparing for the match between Multi Macs and Southport Red teams were the referees Keith Chur-Hansen, Ros Crowe and Jill Gwynne