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.

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.


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.


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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Scores from the Caloundra Gateball Tournament [Teams & Doubles] are recorded on the Gateballscores website and you can view these and other results here.

It would be appreciated when clubs hold a gateball competition that the Gateballscores website is utilised. In this way gateball players from anywhere in the world can view the results.

By using Gateballscores it alleviates the creating, setting up and producing a scorecard grid result sheet, thus allowing people to save time and effort.

Our appreciation goes to Tim Murphy for setting up this valuable utility for gateball players to use.


Bruce McAlister
Gateball Director, Queensland


Indoor Gateballs Available for Loan

indoor gateballsGateball Australia now has a set of indoor gateballs available for clubs to borrow to promote the game.

Clubs interested in using the balls should contact  Bruce McAllister, Qld State Director, or the National Director on info@gateball.com.au. The balls are currently being held in Qld where a set of indoor gates is also available for loan.

It is hoped that clubs will borrow the balls for periods of several weeks and make bookings at local sports halls. If these sessions were held in the evenings they could represent an opportunity to promote the game with potential players who are not available at other times.

Clubs who wish to borrow the balls are asked to have thought about how they will use them to grow our game. At the end of the loan period it would be great if a post could be made to this website describing the experience. Whoever borrows them would also be responsible for returning them to an agreed person. Clubs that loan the balls are, of course, responsible for the safe return of all the balls in a reasonable condition.

The game is not quite the same because the balls have a tendency to spiral to the right or left  at the end of their course. Players in the Blue Mountains decided to play on a smaller court as long sparks were harder. However, the balls have been great on cold wet mountain days and will give us a back-up when gateballers lose the current lawn. Keith McLeod has played indoor games in Hong Kong, while the Southport club have used them to support  the programs they run with school students.

Feedback about the use of the balls and comments on their use would be very welcome.

2015 Australian Gateball Championship – Photo Competition

A unique feature of the 2015 Australian Gateball Championship was Australia’s first gateball photo competition. The Australian gateball community strongly supported the event with 85 entries received. The top thirty photos were displayed during the weekend with peoples votes deciding the winner.

The winning photo was Is that a proposal on Gateball Court by Glenda Gutierrez who won a $100 voucher from VideoPro. Small Boy and a Big Hoop finished second while Brass Monkey Weather in Blackheath placed third. A big thank you to Frances Wregg for organising the competition.

The finalists are published below (in no particular order) as well as some commendations that didn’t make the final 30. Click on the photos to view a larger version and you can discuss your favourite in the comments below.


No 2 in the Middle
No 2 in the Middle
Mallet in the Sky
Mallet in the Sky
Technique Pays Off
Technique pays off
Nailed it!
Nailed it!
Start of the Day
Start of the day
Hmm let me think about this
Hmm! Let me think about this!
Three Countries Six Fingers
Three countries Six  fingers
All Seasons
All Seasons
The International Game of Friendship
© Joshua McGhie - Jam Theater Photography
A New Breed of Gateballers
A New Breed of Gateballers
Sparking (2)
Nearly Done
Is that a proposal on the gateball court?
Is that a proposal on Gateball Court
Playing under the Bridge at Nagoya
Playing under the bridge at Nagoya
Is it a flamingo?
WGC Shanghai
WGC Shanghai
Line me up please
(C) Joshua McGhie - Jam Theater Photography
Brass Monkey Weather in Blackheath
Colin exchanges his mallet for a shovel
Macau Asian Games 2012
Lee at the World Champs Japan 2014
Lee at World Champs Japan 2014.
A Perfect Day
A perfect day
As Straight as a Die
As straight as a die
Come Rain Come Shine
Come rain come shine
Exhausting Eildon 2 August 2015
Eye on the Ball
Eye on the ball
Where are the Red Ones
Where are the red ones
Small Boy and a Big Hoop
Small boy and a big Hoop
The Winning Shot
The winning shot!

Honourable Mentions

Newcastle Flamingoes
They're a Weird Mob
Team Volley
says it all
Newcastle 2013 PPenguins Wild TurkeysLanguage no barrier it's been a long morning!