Canberra: 14th Tavender Trophy

The 14th Annual Tavender Trophy was held at the Canberra Croquet Club on a cool, fine Sunday 17th March. With 14 entrants, the draw was a creative arrangement of 2 blocks with one team playing a 4th game. The draw is a random pairing of a player with captaincy experience and a newer player. Four new players attended three coaching lessons held in February.
In a very competitive final, the winning pair of Tony and Catherine won over Adrienne Fazekas and Craig Oxley. In accepting the trophy, Catherine thanked Tony for being ‘a calm Captain who cleaned up her mistakes.’
Comment: (JP) The Tavender trophy is a great example of how an intra club comp can promote Gateball within a club. Canberra’s longevity playing gateball has much to do with the foresightedness of those who established this as a regular event. It is a tribute to those who have continued the tradition. It is also great that the event is able to honour one of Gateball’s early advocates, Peter Tavender.
Judy and the Canberra team are also be be commended on the pre-event coaching program that new players to the game undertook over a several weeks before participating in the event. Judy shared details of this program on Gateball Australia’s email Coaching Network. Contact your club’s level 1 GB coach for further information

CNSW’s First Club Competition of 2019

The Lithgow competition this year was the last on the old lawns. The grant to upgrade the facilities will see future events have the use of 3 gateball courts. The Lithgow/Blue Mountains competition is the longest running open CNSW Club Gateball Competition and 2020 will hopefully be a celebratory 10th!

The 2019 competition was played in  cooler weather than previous year at Lithgow but clashed with popular croquet competitions. Held shortly before Canberra’s Tavender Trophy and close to the Victorian State Championships, the number of participants was reduced.

Given the smaller numbers, Lithgow needed to be innovative with the format of the competition.

A round robin between four teams takes three rounds and referees are not possible. The club decided to include only a single round robin for the 4 teams on Sunday. Teams winning one of these games won two points per game.

For the rest of the comp each team split in two halves: A and B. Players were permanently assigned to a half – no switching mid comp

As a result there were 8 half teams. Each half team played all the other half teams, except the other half of their own team. As a result, each half team played 6 games. In contrast to the full team games, the winner of a half team game won one point towards their team total. This format ensured games were refereed.

After all the half team games had been played, Torpedoes and Epstars had both compiled 7 points while Lightning were close on 6. Torpedos pair, Judy and Ruth from the Torpedos had played outstandingly well to win all their half team games.

Both the Torpedoes and Lightning won their first two full team games leaving them on 11 and 10 points respectively. With two points up for grabs in the final round the game between the Torpedos and Lightning was essentially a final. Somewhat of an anticlimax, the last game did not produce the standard of play that both teams had been able to demonstrate previously. Lightning won the game and event after number 9, Robyn clinched the win with an agari in the last 5 minutes to secure a 2 point win.

Thunder and Epstars had not won a game in the team round robin and tussled in the final game which Thunder won on countback.

While results are posted on gateball scores as usual, this table tabulates the combined result for the full team and half team blocks

Half Team A wins Half Team     B wins Total points for half team games Total points for full team games (2 pts per win) Overall Points
Lightning 5 1 6 6 12
Thunder 3 1 4 2 6
Epstars 4 3 7 0 7
Torpedos 6 1 7 4 11

 

 

Competitors were delighted with a visit from previous club president, Cindy, partner Steve and youngsters Beth (now known as Eliza)  and Paul. Lithgow still claims to be the only club at which its President gave birth while in office! Beat that!

A short refereeing workshop was held before play on Saturday. The intricacies of ‘Start Stroking’ were discussed. A few misconceptions were clarified. The diagram and wording on pages 69 to 74 of the 2015 rulebook  were the most useful reference. Referee reaccreditation cards for 2019 werealso distributed. Robyn Hayes of Lithgow and Helen Chalmers of the Torpedos also completed their referee assessment. Thanks to you both for taking on the challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

NSW Gateball Championships Head North in 2019

Taree Croquet Club on the Mid North Coast of NSW will host the NSW Championships for 2019. Taree CC has 3 croquet lawns, with a member base of 50 plus and currently do not play gateball. Along with the opportunity of hosting this event, Taree is hoping to enter a team and maybe add another code to their club.

6 experienced gateball players from Toronto, Newcastle National Park, Epping, Lithgow and Jamberoo headed to Taree on a very hot day to present a coaching and basic refereeing workshop. Taree CC was well prepared with one gateball court already marked.

Attendees came from Taree, Port Macquarie and Forster clubs, all very experienced croquet players eager to learn about gateball. Lots of laughs and some very unique stances developed as the drills session kicked in.

Sparking, as always was proving to be a challenge, but by the day’s end most had mastered the technique.

Several games were played with modified rules to ensure continued flow and interest in the game. During play some of the complex rules that govern our code were explained to our newest players.

Gateball will now continue to be played at Taree as the club has been able to borrow CNSW equipment through NSW Gateball Director Mary Dunn.

A brief meeting was also held with dedicated members to discuss the intricacies of gateball tournaments. This will see that this year’s Championship is one not to be missed.

So put September 20-22 in your diary, come for a few extra days and explore the Taree region as well.

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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On the Hunt for New Referees

As is always the case in NSW we struggle for accredited referees in gateball. Sometimes draws have to be altered to accommodate the small number. With this is mind we have run another refereeing workshop, this time at Toronto Croquet Club.

On an extremely hot day with temps in the high 30s and with a great attendance from both Toronto and Newcastle National Park we offered a structured workshop for Level 2 potential referees.

The workshop consisted of hand signals practice, common fouls, duties of referees and officials, and what we could consider one of the most important aspects of refereeing, the correct positioning of referee A and B during play.

A rather lengthy and complex Q & A time showed that these players were extremely knowledgeable about our rather convoluted rules.

At the conclusion of the session, Helen Chalmers of Toronto CC sat her Level 2 theory exam and is poised to do her practical assessment at Lithgow’s gateball competition in March. Helen passed her theory exam quite easily and is now well on her way to being added to our referee numbers in NSW.

Manuel and Glenda Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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Gateball Showcased at Nowra CC

Players from Nowra Croquet Club have shown an interest in gateball and for the past several weeks have been travelling to Jamberoo Croquet Club weekly to learn the complexities of the game. As interest has grown, Jamberoo decided to head south and open up the code to more of the members at Nowra.

6 experienced players from Jamberoo and Lithgow, joined quite a few interested Nowra players on the court as well as several spectators. A fun afternoon was had by all.

After a few short skill sessions with sparking, as always, proving a bit tricky, we played several games. Games started with no penalties for fouls or outballs. As the afternoon wore on most rules were applied and sparking fouls were minimal.

Nowra members remained very positive throughout the afternoon and are keen to adopt this code to their club. Making this possible is the ability to borrow gear from CNSW through Director of NSW Gateball Mary Dunn at nswgateball@gmail.com

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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