The 2016 NSW Gateball Championships were played at Newcastle National Park Croquet Club from 1 to 4 December.
Two representatives from the World Gateball Union – Tomoe Takazawa and Kazumasa Nakamura and Tim Crakanthorp MP Newcastle officiated at the Doubles Opening Ceremony. Peter Coles Chair CNSW officiated at the opening of the Team Championship and the presentation.
The event received some great local publicity through NBN Newcastle
Friday was the Doubles with 3 blocks of 6 pairs competing.
Blue Block: winners with 4 wins (20 net pts) were Maxine Maclachlan & Trish Watts from Kew, Victoria; runners-up were Manuel & Glenda Gutierrez from Jamberoo, NSW with 3 wins (25 net pts)
White Block: winners with 5 wins (39 net pts) were John & Penny Park from Lithgow, NSW; runners-up were Takida Hidenori & Kideko Hiura from Japan with 4 wins (16 net pts)
Red Block: winners with 4 wins (36 net pts) were Glen Whitehead & Tony Hall from Canberra; runners-up were Terumi Higashi & Yoshiaki Kitaura from Japan with 4 wins (30 net pts)
Semi Final 1: John & Penny 12 were defeated by Terumi & Yoshiaki 13
Semi Final 2: Glen & Tony 18 won from Maxine & Trish 9Final: game was won on the last turn – Terumi & Yoshiaki 14 defeated Glen & Tony 12.
Saturday & Sunday was the Team Championship. 12 Teams competed – Japan, Epstars/Japan, Redcliffe Roses Qld, Kew Victoria, Canberra ACT, and from NSW – Lithgow, EDSACC, 2 from Jamberoo and 3 from the host club Newcastle. These 12 teams competed in a straight out round robin. All teams can be proud of themselves for not allowing any of their opposing teams to score 25 points.
The overall winner with 11 wins was Japan – congratulations! 2 teams had 9 wins with only 4 points separating them – Kew and Canberra – Kew placed 2nd. Well done to all teams on a fantastic weekend of friendship and competition.
And a special mention to Adrienne Fazekas – congratulations on passing the Level 2 Gateball Referee Exam
A big thank you to the host club Newcastle National Park Croquet Club – a fantastic effort and your help was appreciated by players and organisers.
Kerrie Sutherland & Judy Squelch