June Long Weekend Gateball Promotion in Adelaide

Adelaide Trip 9th – 11th June

From the 9th to the 11th of June, I visited Adelaide in South Australia in an attempt to teach, promote, and generate interest in the game of gateball. Across the three days when I was in South Australia, 3 different croquet clubs were visited, Woodville, Hyde Park and North Adelaide. Over the three days, approximately 30 – 40 people gave gateball a try, many of whom were croquet players, including Australia’s current No. 1 golf croquet player, Greg Fletcher. The players’ ages ranged from as low as 9, to people in their 70s.

Immediately, those who tried gateball noticed there were many different skills involved when comparing it to croquet; the main one being sparking. Although at first most people found the game a challenge, by the end of the sessions all seemed to have gained a much more thorough understanding of the game. For those who had previously played and had an understanding of the game, there were also strategic elements and teachings which were incorporated into the introductory sessions.

Overall, the entire weekend went smoothly and was very enjoyable for myself, as well as those who were new to the game, with many expressing interest in playing again. I would like to thank Geoff, Trish, Peter, and Chris, who were my hosts and welcomed me with open arms, and also John Park for allowing me to travel to South Australia on behalf of Gateball Australia in an attempt to develop and increase the interest of gateball in their great state.

For those interested in playing gateball in South Australia, please contact Geoff and Trish at trishfaz@hotmail.com

David Hughes

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2016 Asian Gateball Championship

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.img_20161023_155622 img_20161023_131738 img_20161023_142129

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:
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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.

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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.14732220_1141066439275598_5493714809670863295_n img_0220
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.
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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.

●Friday,October 21th
Opening Ceremony 17:30~18:50
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDXpagcmirc Ustream:http://tinyurl.com/nraeq2s

●Sunday,October 23th
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
Semi-Final                  14:45-15:15
Final                    15:30-16:00
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhkMtvKeecY
Ustream:http://tinyurl.com/nraeq2s

Results are expected to be published progressively published at: http://gateball.or.jp/

 

125 South Australians Give Gateball a Go

5 Adelaide Croquet Clubs gave Gateball and visitors John and Penny Park a warm welcome from the 5th to the 8th January in typical South Australian New Year weather.

The week started with a 6pm session at the Hyde Park Club. 8am and 6pm sessions were scheduled at Holdfast Bay, Woodville and North Adelaide clubs to avoid the heat of the afternoons.

The program was well coordinated by Hyde Park’s Barry Haydon and a story in the Adelaide Advertiser drove attendance ever higher. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/sport/gateball-croquets-t20-to-be-played-at-5-adelaide-clubs/news-story/bae85cc7764fbbd299b31ec0cb7afb1f

By the final session on Friday, approximately 40 people arrived at Brighton Croquet Club to participate. A number of these were people new to mallet sports, who were happy to play any code they were presented with. The local club arranged a Golf Croquet session for these people. 30 people were introduced to Gateball on 3 courts by John, Penny and Barry.

Local ABC attended some sessions and a report headed the sports news on ABC SA’s 7pm News. A report was also posted on the ABC News Website.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-09/gate-ball/7078818?section=sport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-09/gateball-nasty-tactics-attracts-millions-of-players/7074884

A proposed mini competition was to be held on Sunday at SACA HQ, but South Australia’s hot weather policy halts play when temperatures of 38 degrees are forecast. It is hoped this can be rescheduled to 8am on Monday at Hyde Park CC.

We are seeking a local volunteer to take responsibility for promoting Gateball in SA. A set of ACA gear for short term loan will also be left with a local club.

Visits from interstate Gateballers would be a great support.  So, if you are planning to visit Adelaide on holiday, or to see family or friends and have time to call in and assist at a club starting to play GB, email info@gateball.com.au for contact details.

Gateball TV

The Japanese Gateball Union has launched Gateball TV http://gateball.tv/. Gateball TV is a new portal for viewing gateball matches online.

Gateball TV provides a step-up in the number of matches available to view online and is a useful resource for comparing tactics, techniques and overseas playing conditions. Video from all 119 matches in the featured competition are currently available. It is expected the site will continue to be updated for future competitions, The website is in Japanese but is easy to navigate as outlined below.

Guide to Gateball TV

Home page
The home page includes (1) a link to videos of the 119 tournament matches and (2) a summary video of the featured tournament.

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Competition matches
After clicking on the link to the tournament matches users can navigate through and view individual games. To watch a match click on the button (D) below the score. Matches are divided into first round blocks (A), second round blocks (B) and the knockout rounds (C) which determined the tournament winner.

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Of interest to Australian readers will be that more Japanese players are transitioning to the between the legs, croquet style, which was first introduced to gateball by Australian players and has been adopted with great success by other countries including the current world champions from China.

Gateball Scores

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Gateball Scores has been released to the Australian and global gateball community today. https://gateballscores.com/

Gateball Scores allows tournament managers to provide instant results to gateball fans around the world. Gateball Scores provides a superior method for recording, archiving and sharing competition results and replaces manual spreadsheets and the subsequent posting of results on the internet. Gateball Scores is based on the globally popular Croquet Scores website with adjustments to support gateball tournaments.

The website is simple to use. A try site is available for testing, learning and demos.  https://try.gateballscores.com/. Help pages explain the website functionality.

A big thank you to Tim Murphy for the time and effort he has committed to developing the website. Users can support further development by using the donate button on the website.

Gateball Scores will debut at the Australian Gateball Championship in Wynnum, Queensland from 4-6 September. Please contact Glen Whitehead (Canberra) during the Australian Championship for information or advice on how to use the website.