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

Complex or what?

Australian gateballers may remember John Swabey who played at the 2017 Australian Gateball Championships with the “Internationals” team. John was visiting us from Germany and is one of the movers and shakers in the European Gateball League. John kindly sent us the following article. His rules summary is certainly recommended for new players.

Complex or what?

Across Europe in the Gateball League, we don’t have many players competent as yet to rule even on relatively simple issues such as when a ball is out.

The 2015 WGU rules of Gateball run to 42 pages, plus another 27 pages of “terminology”. In addition, there are 60 pages of “Guide for Referees”, much of which it is also important for the player to be aware of.

On top of all that, the WGU found it important to publish a 207 page Q&A booklet, sub-titled “The rules made clear” (sic). Such a convenient reference document!

What we needed, I decided, is a summary (yet another, you may say?) of practical answers to the frequently occurring situations, in an easily accessible, weather-proof format. Hey presto: my summary in just 18 laminated A5 pages, including diagrams, set in a font size (Arial 12) that even my aged eyes can easily manage to read at a glance.

I started with a German language version for the 4 clubs across Germany, but also distributed the summary in English across the additional 5+ clubs in the rest of the Gateball League (in Belgium, France and Switzerland) and to an Italian club and to the UK national centre in Ripon. The pagination is the same, for ease of discussion when different cultures clash on court.

Reference is also made to the WGU rule in question, to facilitate use of these practical answers for setting our first ever exams for would-be referees in Europe, planned for later this year. Any Australian referees travelling to Europe before October would be welcome to adjudicate exams and of course any player is welcome to sign up for one or more of our tournaments (see below).

John Swabey

http://johnswabey.wixsite.com/gateball-league/2018-tournaments

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Lee’s trip to Singapore

lee in singaporeLee 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 info@gateball.com.au 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 2017

Australian Championships 2017 - LogoEntries for the Australian Gateball Championships need to be completed as soon as possible.

International teams and players should email info@gateball.com.au 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.