Linemarking is a time consuming necessity for gateball and at Jamberoo CC gateballers wanted to make it a simpler and quicker process. An old linemarker designed for using small pressure pack cans was found in our equipment shed. It was destined for the dump. A rescue mission was put into place by Manuel Gutierrez. Manuel likes to fiddle. And so he began, firstly modifying the machine and then adding an electric spray gun. The result MG #1
Now to make the lines straight and run parallel to the white croquet lines an acquisition of a conveyer belt was made (free via Gumtree)
Now the process goes like this. (For a printable version of the instructions, click here)
Roll out the conveyor belt
Run marker along belt whilst spraying
Remove the belt and reveal perfectly straight lines with great coverage
Add the final touches
by Manuel and Glenda Gutierrez
Clubs interested in using the balls should contact Bruce McAllister, Qld State Director, or the National Director on email@example.com. 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.
The 2015 rules are now available electronically. So you can download to your phones, Kindles, tablets or whatever.
Some more hard copies of rule books have also arrived and will be available through State Directors. Some will also be available at the Nationals at Wynnum.
Col Griffin, a member of the Jindalee Men’s Shed had heard about gateball. He thought it was a game that could be added to the range of activities available to men’s shed members. Two members of the shed came last week to look at and learn the game from gateball’s long standing enthusiasts at the McIlwraith club. They trialed their shed-made sticks – pvc conduit handles fixed to pvc pipe heads filled with concrete and then stopped/fitted with timber plugs.
The appeal of Gateball for them was firstly, as a team game that would involve ten plus members; secondly, the court size could be fitted on space available to them; thirdly, it appeared to be a low intensity outdoor activity, and fourthly, they thought they could make their own sticks.
Queensland State Director, Bruce McAllister, took a break from the mountain of work he’s tackling at the moment and made a special trip to meet with them and hand out information sheets and a video on how to play the game. McIlwaith loaned them a set of balls and string lines to mark out a court.
On Tuesday, those two returned with another eight men to experience the game. One of the eight was actually from the Oxley Bowls Club and interested in seeing if gateball could work on one of their lawns no longer needed for bowls.
The Maccas concluded that they all enjoyed the afternoon which consisted of learning some basic skills and then playing two games with bibs – everyone came on, whether through gate 1 or not!
Philip Rowland hopes to get over to their shed one day (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday) next week to further their skill.
The link to the Jindalee Men’s Shed website carries an interesting video on making gateball mallets and another entitled ‘Gateball for Mugs’ which is a newcomer’s take on the game!