Update on Gateball in Western Australia

A four week Introduction to Gateball is at its midpoint in WA.  Eight players turned up for week 1, fifteen players for week 2.

After play at Victoria Park Croquet Club in Week 1, the group was invited to move the Week 2 play to Forrest Park Croquet Club – headquarters of Croquet West. Forrest Park sent out a flyer to all WA croquet clubs inviting participation and that invitation explains the extra starters.

Regular play will now be Sunday mornings for the next two weeks,  and already players have decided to continue after the introductory course, alternating weekly between clubs with the aim of setting up a three-way inter-club competition (the two Parks and E. Fremantle), as more players are gathered.

Several email enquiries this week suggest  that even more new players will turn up over the next two Sundays.

An organisation of independent schools has organised a day, in October for sports groups to introduce their sport to  high school students. Gateball will be there.

Croquet West runs an inter-generation  GC tournament in October. Croquet players  partner with younger generation to expose the sport. Gateball has been invited to participate.

Wednesday evening play at East Fremantle will begin again in September.

More information can be found on the Croquet West Website

Murray Loane

2017 Australian Gateball Championship – Blocks

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The 24 teams competing in the Australian Gateball Championship have been drawn into three blocks as listed below.

The random draw was held with the following parameters:

  • Two international teams in each block
  • Three NSW teams in each block
  • Two or three QLD teams in each block
  • The two Chinese, Newcastle, Canberra and Southport teams were drawn in separate blocks.
Red block
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Toronto Torpedos
LIthgow Lightning
Jamberoo
Southport Red
Ipswich Snoopys
Woodville
Jasmine, Indonesia
Unicorn Club, Korea
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Yellow block
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Canberra Sparkers
Newcastle Sabres
EDSACC
Southport White
Redcliffe Roses
Blue Macs
Internationals
ShuangShuang Le
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Blue block
 .
Canberra Mavericks
Epstars
Newcastle Hornets
Broadbeach
Toowoomba
Kew
Zheng Bang, Jianxi
Paraguay
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2017 Australian Gateball Championship – Team List

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Entries have closed for the 2017 Australian Gateball Championship.

154 players have nominated in the 24 teams listed below.Teams will be allocated into 3 blocks with the blocks to be announced on http://gateball.com.au/ at 8pm AEST on Thursday 14 September.

International Teams
Zheng Bang, Jianxi, China
ShuangShuang Le, China
Unicorn Club, Korea
Jasmine, Indonesia
Paraguay
Internationals

New South Wales
EDSACC
Newcastle Sabres
Newcastle Hornets
Toronto Torpedos
Lithgow Lightning
Epstars
Jamberoo
Canberra Mavericks
Canberra Sparkers

Queensland
Southport Red
Southport White
Broadbeach
Ipswich Snoopys
Redcliffe Roses
Toowoomba
Blue Macs

Victoria
Kew

South Australia
Woodville

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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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.