5 Adelaide Croquet Clubs gave Gateball and visitors John and Penny Park a warm welcome from the 5th to the 8th January in typical South Australian New Year weather.
The week started with a 6pm session at the Hyde Park Club. 8am and 6pm sessions were scheduled at Holdfast Bay, Woodville and North Adelaide clubs to avoid the heat of the afternoons.
The program was well coordinated by Hyde Park’s Barry Haydon and a story in the Adelaide Advertiser drove attendance ever higher. http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/messenger/sport/gateball-croquets-t20-to-be-played-at-5-adelaide-clubs/news-story/bae85cc7764fbbd299b31ec0cb7afb1f
By the final session on Friday, approximately 40 people arrived at Brighton Croquet Club to participate. A number of these were people new to mallet sports, who were happy to play any code they were presented with. The local club arranged a Golf Croquet session for these people. 30 people were introduced to Gateball on 3 courts by John, Penny and Barry.
Local ABC attended some sessions and a report headed the sports news on ABC SA’s 7pm News. A report was also posted on the ABC News Website.
A proposed mini competition was to be held on Sunday at SACA HQ, but South Australia’s hot weather policy halts play when temperatures of 38 degrees are forecast. It is hoped this can be rescheduled to 8am on Monday at Hyde Park CC.
We are seeking a local volunteer to take responsibility for promoting Gateball in SA. A set of ACA gear for short term loan will also be left with a local club.
Visits from interstate Gateballers would be a great support. So, if you are planning to visit Adelaide on holiday, or to see family or friends and have time to call in and assist at a club starting to play GB, email firstname.lastname@example.org for contact details.