15 teams 48 players travelled from far and wide, WA, SA, ACT and NSW, to compete at Jamberoo in their annual Super 3s event.
This many teams called for some creative planning and so an incomplete round robin was put in place. This was a non-bibbed event which also gave teams the opportunity to have one substitution each. This benefited those who are inexperienced and also the more senior or less agile members of the gateball community.
Some very close and highly competitive games were played out. The winners were not decided until the last round.
1st place went to Jamberoo MGs with Manuel Gutierrez, Glenda Gutierrez, Graham Shephard & Gerry Hassett. 10 wins and 81 net points.
2nd place went to Lithgow Lightning with John Park, Penny Park & Murray Loane (who travelled from WA to compete). 10 wins and 59 net points.
Another well-presented refereeing talk was given by Manuel on common ball touch fouls, further increasing and refreshing our understanding of the complex rules.
Special mention must go to our SA Gateballers, Geoff Crook, Trish Fazackerley, Chris Crook, Peter Crook, Ben Tarling & Ann Hassall, who arrived in Jamberoo at midnight Friday and were on the lawns at 8am Saturday ready to play. Chris and Peter then did the honours of hitting through the ceremonial gate. Come Sunday at the conclusion of play they headed back to Sydney for a flight back to SA.
And what did the young players think about the comp?
The weekend was a great adventure with intriguing, unpredictable games. We met awesome people and the cakes were delicious! (Chris, aged 10)
An interesting experience – what seems a simple game quickly turns into a game of chess. I loved the feeling after a good shot. Everyone was nice and were good sports. It was a great environment, great place with great people. (Peter, aged 14)