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

Winning team was Southport Red

Winning team was Southport Red

Blue Macs came 2nd

Blue Macs came second


Sparking a ball

Sparking a ball


Photos showing teams and referees in action

Photos showing teams and referees in action

Tavender Trophy 2017

On 19 March 2017 sixteen Canberra members participated in the club’s annual gateball competition. The Tavender Trophy is a high-low doubles event where one experienced gateballer in randomly drawn with a newer gateballer.

Five brave members had only started gateball lessons four weeks prior and were competing in their first tournament. Canberra ran two weeks of lessons for new players to introduce the skills and understanding needed to compete in the event.

Pairs were split into two blocks and the competition proceeded quickly to a superbly catered lunch by Margot Morris. One game included a rare double touch resulting in a touched ball coming to rest with the player’s ball (Article 16, clause 2, paragraph 3 of the rules) which kept the referees busy.

The block winners were Bryan Johnston and Peter Dale who were unbeaten in Block A and Alex Park and Janice Rudd who were unbeaten in Block B. Peter and Janice were both playing in their first competition. The final was close until Bryan hit a 15m touch from corner 1 to a ball in front of gate 2 to set up the 13-9 win. After the match Peter Tavender presented the trophy to the winners.

The Tavender Trophy is named after Peter in recognition of his role in supporting the introduction of gateball into Australia and to acknowledge Peter’s status as Canberra’s first gateballer when he represented Australia in the 1998 World Gateball Championship in Hawaii.

The Canberra Croquet Club hopes that the new players will continue to play gateball and compete in events outside the club.

Photos from the final:
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Winners: Bryan Johnson, Peter Tavender, Peter Dale

Finalists: Bryan Johnson, Peter Dale, Alex Park, Janice Reed

Representing Australia at the WGU Championships in Brazil 2018

16-10asiazen8-300x200In early December 2016, the ACA Board approved changes to the selection policy for gateball teams wishing to represent Australia. The selection event will continue to be the Australian Gateball Championships (AGC) preceding the WGU Championships.

On entry forms for the AGC individuals indicate if they wish to be considered for selection in club teams

Highly ranked teams at the AGC will be able to select players for their team from their own own club and other players who have indicated that they wish to be selected.

A link to this policy is yet to be posted on the ACA website, in the interim, a copy has been appended below:

Selection policy for the Australian squad at World and Asian Gateball Championships

Purpose of the selection policy

  1. The World Gateball Championship (WGC) is the premier worldwide gateball event held every four years. The Asian Gateball Championships (AsGC) is held in a cycle two years after the WGC. Both events are attended by 96 teams from World Gateball Union (WGU) members and associate member countries. As a member of the WGU, Australia is invited to participate in both competitions. WGU members are asked, prior to the events, to bid for the number of teams they wish to enter. Responses are then analysed by the WGU, and members are allocated their number of teams. Members that bid for up to five teams are generally allocated that number. Historically, Australia has fielded less than five teams. In 2010, five Australian teams participated.

  2. Unlike world championship events in other sports, such as cricket, where the best players from within each country are selected to form one team, the WGC and AsGC is more in the format of a club championship.

  3. More Australian gateball players may wish to participate than places are available for future events. Gateball Australia therefore needs to maintain a selection policy for future WGCs and AsGCs Following a consultation process, Gateball Australia has developed this selection policy. It resembles the method Japan uses to select its teams for WGCs.


  1. The Australian Gateball Championship (AGC) is Australia’s premier gateball event, held every two years. The AGC in the year before the respective WGC or AsGC will act as a selection trial for the corresponding AsGC or WGC.

  2. Australian clubs, and preformed composite teams are eligible to enter the AGC. When entering the tournament, Clubs will indicate on the team entry form that they wish to be considered for WGC or AsGC selection. For composite teams, the club with the greatest numbers of individuals who wish to play in the WGC or AsGC takes the lead and identifes on the entry form that the club wishes to coordinate a team for the WGC or AsGC. If a club is selected, and does not have a full team wishing to travel to the WGC or AsGC, it will be expected to select other players from a pool of individuals who have indicated that they wish to participate. This selection and negotiation process will take place during and immediately after the AGC.

  3. Individuals, from any team, will also be asked to indicate on the entry form for the AGC, if they wish to be considered for selection in their own or another club’s team.

  4. Should the WGU or AsGU call for a bid for team numbers prior to the close of nominations for the AGC, Australia would bid for a fixed number of 6 teams.

  5. Australia may bid for the maximum number of teams that can be formed from the number of players who nominate, should this be less than 6.

  6. Australia may not be allocated its full bid of teams to represent her. If this occurs, the final ranking of teams from the AGC will be used to determine the order that teams will be automatically selected to represent Australia. For example, if Australia is allocated five teams to represent her, the top five ranked Australians teams will be invited to represent her at the WGC or AsGC, with the first ranked team being given the first offer of selection and so on.

  7. The ranking of team success in the AGC will be: winner, runner up, semi finalist (if applicable), quarter finalist (if applicable), highest position in the group stage through to lowest position in the group stage, calculated according to tournament rules. If there are teams tied in any of these spots (for example two teams that both finish second in their respective group), highest winning percentage, then highest net point differential will be calculated. If it remains a tie, a coin toss will decide.

  8. Teams and individuals will be given a short period of time to commit fully to participating in the WGC or AsGC.

  9. The maximum number of Australian teams to be formed from individuals who have nominated for selection, will be determined by identifying how many teams of 5 or 6 can be formed from the nominees.

  10. As soon as possible after the AGC, selected teams will be expected to complete their teams by selecting from the individuals who have nominated. Clubs should select individual players according to demonstrated skills and proximity (to enable practice.) Players from the succesful club should also need to be in agreement that the individuals selected would be compatible with team dynamics.

  11. Any individual who cannot attend the AGC but who may wish to be considered for selection should request the National Coordinator, through their club’s gateball contact, to be excused from this requirement. An exemption will be granted on the grounds of ill health, family or work commitments.


  1. All players who are part of a nominated team will need to be an Australian resident affiliated with the Australian Croquet Association (ACA). As a minimum standard, players must be able to complete the ACA’s GB Basic Skills Card successfully.

  2. Should a nominated Club team be successful in being selected for the WGC or AsGC, it will be the Club that is selected. It will be up to the Club to determine the composition of the team for the WGC or AsGC, according to the guidance given above. Clubs need to be aware that their selections may need to be justified.

Should more than one team from the same Club be successful in being selected, the Club will have to fill those teams for the WGC. It will also be up to the Club to determine the composition of those teams.

  1. Notification of selections and any changes, including evidence that clause 13 has been complied with, will need to be provided to the National Gateball Director.

  2. International teams and players are eligible to participate in the AGC, but they would not be eligible for selection as an Australian team for the WGC or AsGC


19 Australia can also nominate teams of referees to participate in AsGC and the WGC. Referees who participate in the WGC or AsGC need to be certified as international referees, according to WGU and ACA processes. The experience gained assists in maintaining and developing standards of Australian refereeing. It is envisaged that, whenever possible, Australia will encourage one team of 3 or 4 referees to participate. The National Coordinator will appoint one of the International Referees to oversee the selection and training of this team of International Referees


20. The ACA Executive will endorse both the selection as properly constituted and selected Australian teams, assuming that the selections are made according to this procedure.


18 This selection procedure will be reviewed following the 2018 WGC.

John Park
National Gateball Coordinator
November 2016

Approved by the the ACA Board, 5th December, 2015


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.


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.