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

Redcliffe Gateball Club

Players at Redcliffe Gateball Club on Saturday 14 th July were definitely in agreement – it was the coldest day this winter!

An early start and late finish saw the event over in one day. 8 teams participated. Dianna celebrated her birthday by playing gateball and sharing a delicious cake.

Blue Macs were the overall winners on the day with Bits and Pieces coming in second and Redcliffe Roses finishing in third spot. Blue Macs donated their first prize money to the team that Redcliffe Gateball is sending to Brazil. The Brazil team members were extremely grateful for the generosity shown by the Blue Macs representing McIlwraith Croquet Club.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make it an enjoyable and successful day.

Jennifer Morris, Redcliffe Gateball Club

The winners – Blue Macs

 

 

Preparing to spark

Dianna celebrates

Newcastle Gateball Fun Weekend

Question: How much fun can you have on a Fun Weekend?

Answer: Lots

 

Newcastle held its annual gateball carnival Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. It was a hectic and very enjoyable weekend with many players entering into the spirit of the ‘bring your beanie’ challenge.

 

Day 1 was the inaugural ‘pairs’ comp. Five pairs entered with some very close games played. Undefeated with 4 wins were Judy S (Newcastle) & Helen C (Toronto), closely followed by Alan G & Lynne T (both from Newcastle) with 3 wins.

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Day 2 began with a short referee talk on hand/arm signals presented by Judy & Kerrie. This was aimed at those wishing to become referees and also a reminder to already qualified referees.

 

This was followed by the team event when teams played a straight round robin. Seven teams took part from Canberra, Jamberoo, Lithgow, Newcastle Hornets, Newcastle Sabres, Sydney Epstars and Toronto. At the end of the day two teams had 5 wins each. Congratulations to Jamberoo the winners and Newcastle Sabres the runners-up.

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The Saturday night social dinner was enjoyed by over 20 people and the beanie theme continued with with a beanie trivia quiz which certainly taxed everyone’s minds.

 

Day 3 was a very relaxed and friendly rotating doubles comp which gave all the players a chance to mix and meet new people. All doubles games were self-refereed with no problems arising throughout the day, thanks to everyone’s cooperation. Each of the 24 participants played 6 games with a different partner for each game.

 

Three players had 5 wins each. First place went to John B (EDSACC) and 2nd to Robyn H (Lithgow). Margaret G (Newcastle) came 3rd. This year the encouragement prize was awarded to Ruth B (Strathfield).

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Full results can be seen on the Gateball Scores website

Participating teams were:

Canberra (Judy T, Adrienne F, Tony H, Peter D, Julie T & Nancy S)
Jamberoo (Manuel G, Glenda G, Graham S, Gai B & Evan B)
Lithgow (+ friends) (Maggie W, Wendy C, Robyn H, Leila M, John B & Ross I)
Newcastle Hornets (Alan G, Margaret G, Philippa R, Lynne T & Jan T)
Newcastle Sabres (Kerrie S, John S, Judy S, Brenda W & Peter W)
Sydney Epstars (Greg D, Richard T, Ken P, Ruth B & Sandra T)
Toronto (Helen C, Allan G, Rose G, Robyn I & Ruth M)

 

Manuel with the Best Beanie

Manuel with the Best Beanie

Thank you to all participants and helpers. And extra special thanks from the competitors to all the Newcastle Club members for organising yet another very successful event.

 

Jamberoo Super 3s Triples 2018

15 teams 48 players travelled from far and wide, WA, SA, ACT and NSW, to compete at Jamberoo in their annual Super 3s event.

This many teams called for some creative planning and so an incomplete round robin was put in place. This was a non-bibbed event which also gave teams the opportunity to have one substitution each. This benefited those who are inexperienced and also the more senior or less agile members of the gateball community.

Some very close and highly competitive games were played out. The winners were not decided until the last round.

1st place went to Jamberoo MGs with Manuel Gutierrez, Glenda Gutierrez, Graham Shephard & Gerry Hassett. 10 wins and 81 net points.

2nd place went to Lithgow Lightning with John Park, Penny Park & Murray Loane (who travelled from WA to compete). 10 wins and 59 net points.

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Another well-presented refereeing talk was given by Manuel on common ball touch fouls, further increasing and refreshing our understanding of the complex rules.

Special mention must go to our SA Gateballers, Geoff Crook, Trish Fazackerley, Chris Crook, Peter Crook, Ben Tarling & Ann Hassall, who arrived in Jamberoo at midnight Friday and were on the lawns at 8am Saturday ready to play. Chris and Peter then did the honours of hitting through the ceremonial gate. Come Sunday at the conclusion of play they headed back to Sydney for a flight back to SA.

And what did the young players think about the comp?

The weekend was a great adventure with intriguing, unpredictable games.  We met awesome people and the cakes were delicious! (Chris, aged 10)

An interesting experience – what seems a simple game quickly turns into a game of chess.  I loved the feeling after a good shot.  Everyone was nice and were good sports.  It was a great environment, great place with great people. (Peter, aged 14)

Christ and Peter, making the first ever double pass through the ceremonial gate

Chris and Peter, making the first ever double pass through the ceremonial gate

Jamberoo Triples – Reflections from a Newcomer

The full report of the Jamberoo Triples Competition is still being finalised but one player had such a good time she couldn’t wait to comment. Ruth Bridger from Strathfield had this to say.

As a newcomer to gateball competitions, I certainly enjoy seeing so many clubs come together in friendly rivalry. It was a special delight to see and play against the inter-generational team (the Crook family from SA). I wish I had them all in one picture. From the eldest to the youngest of the clan, they were a pleasure to play against.

Geoff and Chris Cook with Peter Freer from Canberra

Geoff and Chris Cook with Peter Freer from the Canberra Mavericks

It was quite something to play gateball at Jamberoo, as it is such a beautiful location, with so many GB lawns prepared beautifully, but the lawns were fast and many borders challenged our skill set! Visitors had all the amenities they needed, and players were well looked after by Jamberoo’s large team of volunteers.

Thanks to all involved, I had a wonderful experience, and hope to return next year. I also thank all those who taught me so much during the weekend.

Ruth Bridger