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.

2014 World Gateball Championship – Wrap

The 11th World Gateball Championship was held in Niigata, Japan from 26-28 September, 2014. Australia was represented by 20 players competing in three teams out of the 700 players in 90 teams from around the world. The Australian players were joined by three referees who were invited to officiate at a World Championship, a first for Australian referees. Articles leading up to the tournament and live coverage was presented on this site. This post summarises the tournament and includes a number of new photos.

Venue

The tournament was hosted at Niigata City Athletic Stadium. The Stadium was situated in a large parkland and conference area not far from the riverfront. The Stadium boasted a large playing area with 12 courts set up for play, a large amount of stadium seating and room outside for registration and equipment stalls.
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Australian teams were impressed with the manicured lawns which had long grass but ran smooth and ran true allowing for a high standard of play.
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Each team was allocated a tent and volunteer for the tournament for storing equipment and for resting between matches.

Opening Ceremony
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Entertainment at the opening ceremony included a short film on the history of gateball, Taiko drumming and a handover of the trophy from reigning champions Fujian. Participants were welcomed by World Gateball Union President Ms Ono and the athletes oath was read by a young Japanese player from the TKE squad.

Lighting of flame and march
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Before matches on the Saturday morning the competition was opened with the end of the flame relay and the lighting of the cauldron. Other entertainment included the athletes march, Japanese dancing and VIPs hitting through a large ceremonial gate including Australian National Director of Gateball Gilon Smith.
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Crowds
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Big crowds were in attendance on Saturday with Canberra playing on one of the show courts in front of a crowd of around 2,000. Crowds diminished over the weekend as local sides from Niigata got knocked out of the tournament with the final played in front of around 800 spectators.

The Tournament

700 players from twenty countries and regions competed in 90 teams. Disappointingly, out of the 96 teams nominated some teams from Indonesia, India and Taiwan were unable to attend leaving a hole in some blocks. Fortunately this did not impact the Australian teams. 111 referees officiated the tournament and there was a large army of officials, volunteers and translators.  

Australian Results
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The Australian squad achieved its best ever result at a World Championship by winning five of their nine games. Saturday saw each Australian team play two games with a third on the Sunday. All Australian teams lost their first match before improving throughout the tournament. Unfortunately no Australian teams were able to win their block and therefore did not advance to the knockout phase. Southport came close, finishing second to Uruguay in their block. Individual team results were:

Southport
Uruguay 16 – Southport 9
Southport 12 – Thailand 5
Southport 13 – Team Europe 9
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Best match vs Thailand. Southport controlled this match from start to finish with all players executing better than Thailand to pull off a comfortable victory.

Canberra
Garuda Sulteng (Indonesia) 12 – Canberra 8
Canberra 13 – Canada 10
Canberra 12 – Taipei Taichung 9
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Best match vs Taipei Taichung. Canberra played white and took control early in the match against a strong side. Some long tight touches to the line and a gate touch were required late to cement victory. This was a good win against a strong side that advanced to the knockout phase.

Tamborine Mountain Raptors
GMF (Indonesia) 12 – Tamborine Mountain Raptors 7
Tsuyama Gateball Family (Japan) 18 – Tamborine Mountain Raptors 8
Tamborine Mountain Raptors 17 – China Macao2 10
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Best match vs China Macao2. Tamborine Mountain Raptors started very aggressively which put them behind early however some long shots from David and a 10m gate and touch by Barrie allowed the Raptors to storm home recording the highest individual score of any Australian team.

Overall Results

Results from the round robin stage can be viewed here. Results from the knockout round can be viewed here. The knockout phase saw a greater spread of teams than the last world championships with teams from Japan (7), China (3), Brazil (3), Chinese Taipei (3), Korea (2), Macao (1) and Uruguay (1) all qualifying for the knockout phase. Chinese teams, although small in number, rose to prominence in the knockout round taking two of the top four positions.

The ultimate victor was Shanxi Linfen of China defeating Joshokiryu of Japan 12-8. Shanxi Linfen were the superior team with Joshokiryu looking tired after a long string of consecutive knockout matches. Shanxi Linfen dominated most of the match consistently “hunting down” Joshokiryu players. A long shot by Joshokiryu did turn the match but it was too little too late and the Chinese side were comfortable and well deserving victors.

Shanxi Linfen was the first all male team to win the tournament since Greenpia Tomonokai were victors in 2002.
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Referees

111 referees adjudicated at the event. Keith McLeod, Bruce McAlister and Margaret Barnard were Australia’s first ever referee team.  Keith McLeod was also nominated as a vice chairmen of referees for the tournament.
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The Aussies refereed four games in the round robin series and were delighted and proud to be chosen to referee one of the games in the final series.
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The Australians received positive feedback on their performance from World Gateball Union Officials including the Chairman of Referees as well from players participating at the World Gateball Championship.

Media/Live Stream

Australian teams were popular with Japanese media including TV, website and newspapers.
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The following knockout matches were streamed live on USTREAM and can still be viewed at the links below.
Opening dinner
Round of 16 – Sejong (Korea) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Quarterfinal – Shanghai Gaodong (China) vs Sata King (Japan)
Semi-final – Shanghai Gaodong (China) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Semi-final – Shanxi Linfen (China) vs Hsinchu County (Taiwan)
Final – Shanxi Linfen (China) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Awards Ceremony

Other Videos have been updated to youtube including the Southport vs Team Europe match and other matches here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

Shopping
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There were twelve stalls out the front of the stadium that sold gateball equipment and local souvenirs and produce. A number of Australian players took advantage purchasing new mallets and other gateball accessories.

Popular

Chris Wentworth from Southport was particularly popular with the media and other teams. Chris was the 3rd youngest player in the tournament at 13 years old (the youngest was an 11 year old from Indonesia). Chris played well and contributed strongly to Southport’s two wins.
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David Hughes from the Tamborine Mountain Raptors was also popular as the second youngest Australian and another teenager in the tournament.

New Rules

The 45th Board of Directors Meeting was held in Niigata Japan on September 26th, 2014 and discussed reviewing the official gateball rules.
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Proposed updates to the official gateball rules were approved as submitted by the World Gateball Union. The updates to the rules are available at: http://gateball.or.jp/jguweb/wgu/14-10WGUruleeng.pdf

The rules updates are generally minor however changes to the rules for gate 1 and sparking fouls will have an impact on some matches. The new rules come into effect from 1 April 2015.

2018 World Gateball Championship

The 12th World Gateball Championship will be held in 2018. Several bids were received and the final decision will be made by the chairperson and be subsequently announced.

Gateball Australia Website

This website recorded a record number of hits in the lead-up to and during the tournament. In the two weeks leading up to and during the tournament the site recorded 3,702 hits including a record 595 hits on the final day of the tournament. You can re-live the 11 day countdown and updates during the tournament below.
11 days to go – Review of 2010 Gateball World Championship
10 days to go – Venue Preview/Road to Niigata
9 days to go –  Canberra Team Profile
8 days to go –  What is a Winning Score in Japan?
7 days to go –  Tamborine Mountain Raptors Team Profile
6 days to go –  Message from the Prime Minister
5 days to go –  Southport Team Profile
4 days to go –  Tournament Information
3 days to go –  Australian Referees/Tournament Weather Forecast
2 days to go –  Draw/Travel Log
1 day to go –  Canberra’s Lead-up in Japan
Friday – practice day
Saturday – competition commences
Sunday – a champion team is crowned

Australia’s participation in the 2014 World Gateball Championship has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation.
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