Lee Robertson, a member of Jamberoo Croquet Club, was keen to play gateball on a recent visit to Singapore. Lee was inspired by a story from Chris Thompson of Hurstville Croquet Club who played in Singapore in 2016. See Chris’s story here.
Lee’s trip was a great success. She contacted the Bedok group in Singapore and played with them on Friday and Saturday, 14th and 15th July. The artificial lawn at the Bedok Community Centre gateball court took a bit of getting used to but she was able to adjust to it soon enough to enjoy the games.
Lee stayed on to watch the one-day Bedok Gateball Competition on Sunday which included teams from Japan and China, as well several Singaporean teams. In the photo from the competition, the China team is in red, the Japan team in white and the rest are from different groups of gateballers around Singapore. The competition winner was the Tampines group from Singapore.
Lee’s contacts in Singapore, James & Sebastian, asked her to try to organise an Aussie team to play in their one-day tournament next year in July or August. They will need to know by March 2018 if anyone is interested in taking part.
If any Australian gateballers are visiting Singapore and are interested in playing, email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be put in touch with Chris and Lee who have developed contacts in the island state.
Entries for the Australian Gateball Championships need to be completed as soon as possible.
International teams and players should email email@example.com to ask for an entry form.
Australian teams can note that the event is advertised on the ACA website.There is a link to the entry process. Alternatively you can go directly to the link. Please scroll down the page if the gateball links are not visible.
A flyer containing event information can be viewed here.
Australian teams should note that this event is the forum for the selection of players and clubs to represent Australia at World Gateball Championships in 2018. The link to the new process is to be found on the ACA website here.
Gateball is off to a roaring start in New Zealand. The first New Zealand International Gateball Tournament was held in Takapuna, Auckland, in February. Seven teams, from Japan, Australia and New Zealand participated in the event.
The tournament was buzzing from start to finish. Youngsters were on fire showing off their talents, with Japanese experts critiquing players’ touching, sliding and sparking.
New Zealand’s premier Black Sparks team placed 4th overall in Saturday’s Teams event; a great result.
Sunday’s Doubles event was won by two Japanese teams, with an Australian team placing third.Director of Gateball New Zealand,
Sherrill Dennerly, was beaming with the result. “The weekend was a great success! It was great exposure for the growth of gateball in New Zealand.”
1st Place: Japan
2nd Place: Australia
3rd Place: Japan
4th Place: New Zealand
1st Place: Japan
2nd Place: Japan
3rd Place: Australia
4th Place: New Zealand
Full results can be viewed at Gateball Scores
All players are encouraged to try gateball. Gateball is played on Sundays in Takapuna, with a venue in Epsom opening later this year. No invitation is necessary to attend Sunday games.
For more information, contact:
Director, Gateball NZ
In 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teams and individuals will be given a short period of time to commit fully to participating in the WGC or AsGC.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Gateball Coordinator
Approved by the the ACA Board, 5th December, 2015
UPDATE 24 OCTOBER
Here are some photos from John Park. The team lineup for the final, a shootout in the knockout rounds and Nam, Australia’s very popular translator.
UPDATE 23 OCTOBER PM
Correction: Kangaroos d Kan Onji Japan 17 – 11.
With two wins and one loss the Kangaroos only miss out on the knockout round on for and against. A fantastic showing against strong teams from Korea, China and Japan. Well done team.
In the knockout rounds China continued their dominance of international gateball with Shandong defeating Chun Jiangxi 9-8 in the final. Chinese teams filled six of the top eight positions overall. The knockout results are below:
UPDATE 22 OCTOBER
Good results by the Kangaroos in their first two matches:
Kangaroos d. Fuyang China 10 – 7
Daejeon Korea d. Kangaroos 15 – 11
One game to come against the currently undefeated Kan-Onji (Japan). The Kangaroos need a big win (by 10) to progress to the knockout phase.
Full results are available at: http://gateball.or.jp/
Some pictures from the practice day and opening ceremony are below courtesy of the Japanese Gateball Union.
UPDATE 21 OCTOBER
Good luck to Jim and Barbara Northcott (QLD), Gilon Smith, Bryan Johnson (ACT) and John Park (NSW) who will be representing Australia at the Asian Gateball Championship in Namwon, South Korea from 21-23 October.
The Kangaroos have drawn a tough block in the 96 team competition with international powerhouses Daejeon (South Korea), Kan-Onji (Japan) and Fuyang (China) in Block 6A.
The opening ceremony on Friday and knockout rounds on Sunday will be broadcast online on YouTube (recommended) or Ustream (not recommended) as per the times and links below. The YouTube channels include a useful countdown to start time. Note times are Japanese local times.
Opening Ceremony 17:30～18:50
1nd Round on Championship Tournament 12:30-13:00
2nd Round on Championship Tournament 13:15-13:45
3rd Round on Championship Tournament 14:00-14:30
Results are expected to be published progressively published at: http://gateball.or.jp/