Garden City Gateball Teams Tournament, Toowoomba

Toowoomba Croquet Club held its annual Garden City Gateball Teams Tournament over the weekend of 30th September until 1st October. It had been an unusually dry and warmer winter so everyone experienced a very warm Saturday for the first day of the event. Nine teams were competing with two from Toowoomba and two from Southport. Rockhampton players made the long drive from home to compete and were warmly welcomed. Many of these teams were gaining the necessary practice required for the Australian Gateball Teams Championship that is being held two weeks later at Bateau Bay.

The President of Toowoomba Croquet Club, Paul Reynolds, welcomed everyone and  Cr.  McDonald opened the competition by successfully sending he ball through Gate 1. All of the games were completed as per schedule on day 1 and the standard of catering was very good. Sunday came along and what a change in the weather! Clouds formed and the welcome rain was heading Toowoomba’s way. But all went well for the completion of the games and the presentation of prizes and the drawing of the raffle prizes.

The results were very close and it was not until the final game that all placings were decided. Winning 6 games the Ipswich Snoopy team was in first place just as they did last year. Then, with 4 teams each winning 5 games, a count back was needed so Net Points were calculated. Second place went to Blue Macs, third place went to Southport Red, fourth place went to Redcliffe Roses and fifth place went to Southport White. All the teams planning to compete at the Nationals will have some fine tuning to do. Rain started falling as most people drove home.

1st place - Ipswich Snoopys

1st place – Ipswich Snoopys

2nd place Blue Macs

2nd place Blue Macs

 

View of the clubhouse

View of the clubhouse

Big crowd of players during the break in play

Big crowd of players during the break in play

The Doubles Tournament followed the Teams event on Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning a heavy fog descended over the area. Despite this and the difficult conditions the wet lawns, play continued.

Monday's weather- Fog!

Monday’s weather- Fog!

Hard to see the Grandstand through the fog

Hard to see the Grandstand through the fog

The Final of the Doubles tournament was between Block A winners Geoff and Kurt and Block B winners Sandra and Jan. Congratulations to  Sandra and Jan who won the Doubles. (Thanks to Dianne Sweet for the fog photos)

Referee is Bruce McAlister seen through the rain.

Referee is Bruce McAlister seen through the rain.

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