Rainfall and Windfall in Lithgow

Windfall: a large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly.

And that’s the exciting news the Lithgow Croquet Club received this week, learning that their grant application to extend and improve their lawns had been approved by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

MP Paul Toole arrived on a lovely sunny morning and spent time talking to croquet and gateball players. As he addressed the group and praised the work of all the members the skies blackened and, just as he produced the cheque for over $160,000, the heavens opened.

Undaunted by the storm, Paul Toole and Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson took to the field and showed their aptitude for mallet sports.

The improved lawns will allow more playing days and more competitions to be held. Work will start in the autumn when the worst of the summer heat is over. Sadly this will be too late for Lithgow’s 2019 Gateball Competition on March 9th/10th which will be played on the existing lawns – but just wait till 2020!!!

To read more from the Lithgow Mercury and watch a short video, click here

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

Complex or what?

Australian gateballers may remember John Swabey who played at the 2017 Australian Gateball Championships with the “Internationals” team. John was visiting us from Germany and is one of the movers and shakers in the European Gateball League. John kindly sent us the following article. His rules summary is certainly recommended for new players.

Complex or what?

Across Europe in the Gateball League, we don’t have many players competent as yet to rule even on relatively simple issues such as when a ball is out.

The 2015 WGU rules of Gateball run to 42 pages, plus another 27 pages of “terminology”. In addition, there are 60 pages of “Guide for Referees”, much of which it is also important for the player to be aware of.

On top of all that, the WGU found it important to publish a 207 page Q&A booklet, sub-titled “The rules made clear” (sic). Such a convenient reference document!

What we needed, I decided, is a summary (yet another, you may say?) of practical answers to the frequently occurring situations, in an easily accessible, weather-proof format. Hey presto: my summary in just 18 laminated A5 pages, including diagrams, set in a font size (Arial 12) that even my aged eyes can easily manage to read at a glance.

I started with a German language version for the 4 clubs across Germany, but also distributed the summary in English across the additional 5+ clubs in the rest of the Gateball League (in Belgium, France and Switzerland) and to an Italian club and to the UK national centre in Ripon. The pagination is the same, for ease of discussion when different cultures clash on court.

Reference is also made to the WGU rule in question, to facilitate use of these practical answers for setting our first ever exams for would-be referees in Europe, planned for later this year. Any Australian referees travelling to Europe before October would be welcome to adjudicate exams and of course any player is welcome to sign up for one or more of our tournaments (see below).

John Swabey

http://johnswabey.wixsite.com/gateball-league/2018-tournaments

Download (PDF, Unknown)

The Sydney Sunday Gateball Circuit

Several Sydney clubs have now established the Sydney Sunday Gateball Circuit. Players gather on a succession of Sunday mornings at Epping, Eastwood or Strathfield. Visitors are welcome.

Venues, timing and contacts for the circuit are:

Strathfield, first Sunday of the month
strathfieldcroquet@gmail.com
Eastwood, second Sunday of the month
gateball@eastwoodcroquetclub.org.au
Epping, fourth Sunday of the month
kenclarepoole@gmail.com

Anyone interested in playing should make contact by email to register their intention to play and to make sure that sessions will go ahead as scheduled.

Sessions commence at 9.15 and continue until about noon. Morning teas are described as “lovely” and anyone who has benefited from the hospitality of gateballers at these clubs will attest to their culinary magnificence. A retired chef at one of the clubs sets a standard that the others match!

strathfieldStrathfield has recently joined this circuit of venues and were delighted to find their first two sessions were well attended. In February, 23 players attended for the opening session. The March session attracted 14 players and last weekend at Eastwood numbers were up to 16.

Players have a rich background in the whole range of mallet sports and attract regular visitors from Toronto, Killara, Newcastle and Hazelbrook.

Players from these clubs have, for several years, played under the name Epstars – a composite of the founding clubs of the circuit Epping, Eastwood and Killara. Does the last s now represent Strathfield? The Epstars have had some success as a team. They were the third placed Australian team at the 2017 Australian Gateball Championships, have once won the NSW Gateball Championships and have had successes in NSW club competitions.

Gateball on the Capricorn Coast

John, Penny and Alex Park recently received a warm welcome from gateballers at the Capricorn Coast Mallet Sports Club, when they dropped in for a visit to the club in Yepoon.

Gateball is played every Wednesday morning from 8 o’clock by a small but enthusiastic group of players, led by Greg Featherstone, who has been driving in from Rocky to support gateball at the club.

If you happen to be visiting this beautiful part of the world, just contact the club on ccmsc@croquetqld.org or phone 07 4939 4959

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