Tavender Trophy 2017

On 19 March 2017 sixteen Canberra members participated in the club’s annual gateball competition. The Tavender Trophy is a high-low doubles event where one experienced gateballer in randomly drawn with a newer gateballer.

Five brave members had only started gateball lessons four weeks prior and were competing in their first tournament. Canberra ran two weeks of lessons for new players to introduce the skills and understanding needed to compete in the event.

Pairs were split into two blocks and the competition proceeded quickly to a superbly catered lunch by Margot Morris. One game included a rare double touch resulting in a touched ball coming to rest with the player’s ball (Article 16, clause 2, paragraph 3 of the rules) which kept the referees busy.

The block winners were Bryan Johnston and Peter Dale who were unbeaten in Block A and Alex Park and Janice Rudd who were unbeaten in Block B. Peter and Janice were both playing in their first competition. The final was close until Bryan hit a 15m touch from corner 1 to a ball in front of gate 2 to set up the 13-9 win. After the match Peter Tavender presented the trophy to the winners.

The Tavender Trophy is named after Peter in recognition of his role in supporting the introduction of gateball into Australia and to acknowledge Peter’s status as Canberra’s first gateballer when he represented Australia in the 1998 World Gateball Championship in Hawaii.

The Canberra Croquet Club hopes that the new players will continue to play gateball and compete in events outside the club.

Photos from the final:
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Winners: Bryan Johnson, Peter Tavender, Peter Dale

Finalists: Bryan Johnson, Peter Dale, Alex Park, Janice Reed

Entries for the Australian Gateball Championships 2017

Australian Championships 2017 - LogoEntries for the Australian Gateball Championships need to be completed as soon as possible.

International teams and players should email info@gateball.com.au to ask for an entry form.

Australian teams can note that the event is advertised on the ACA website.There is a link to the entry process. Alternatively you can go directly to the link. Please scroll down the page if the gateball links are not visible.

A flyer containing event information can be viewed here.

Australian teams should note that this event is the forum for the selection of players and clubs to represent Australia at World Gateball Championships in 2018. The link to the new process is to be found on the ACA website here.