Update on Gateball in Western Australia

A four week Introduction to Gateball is at its midpoint in WA.  Eight players turned up for week 1, fifteen players for week 2.

After play at Victoria Park Croquet Club in Week 1, the group was invited to move the Week 2 play to Forrest Park Croquet Club – headquarters of Croquet West. Forrest Park sent out a flyer to all WA croquet clubs inviting participation and that invitation explains the extra starters.

Regular play will now be Sunday mornings for the next two weeks,  and already players have decided to continue after the introductory course, alternating weekly between clubs with the aim of setting up a three-way inter-club competition (the two Parks and E. Fremantle), as more players are gathered.

Several email enquiries this week suggest  that even more new players will turn up over the next two Sundays.

An organisation of independent schools has organised a day, in October for sports groups to introduce their sport to  high school students. Gateball will be there.

Croquet West runs an inter-generation  GC tournament in October. Croquet players  partner with younger generation to expose the sport. Gateball has been invited to participate.

Wednesday evening play at East Fremantle will begin again in September.

More information can be found on the Croquet West Website

Murray Loane

Redcliffe Gateball Club

Players at Redcliffe Gateball Club on Saturday 14 th July were definitely in agreement – it was the coldest day this winter!

An early start and late finish saw the event over in one day. 8 teams participated. Dianna celebrated her birthday by playing gateball and sharing a delicious cake.

Blue Macs were the overall winners on the day with Bits and Pieces coming in second and Redcliffe Roses finishing in third spot. Blue Macs donated their first prize money to the team that Redcliffe Gateball is sending to Brazil. The Brazil team members were extremely grateful for the generosity shown by the Blue Macs representing McIlwraith Croquet Club.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make it an enjoyable and successful day.

Jennifer Morris, Redcliffe Gateball Club

The winners – Blue Macs

 

 

Preparing to spark

Dianna celebrates

Gateball Puzzle #7

Thanks to Philip Brown from the Kew Croquet Club who submitted this puzzle based on a real situation in the 2018 Victorian Gateball Championship.

Readers should leave a reply in the comments.

Gateball Puzzle #6: The Better Part of Valour

The score is 8-6, Ball 1 is to play.  What should Ball 1 do in this scenario? Why?  Note that the Gate-touch of Ball 7 through Gate 3 onto Ball 9 is available.

Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:

Gateball puzzle #1
Gateball puzzle #2 – difficult
Gateball puzzle #3
Gateball puzzle #4
Gateball puzzle #5
Gateball puzzle #6

Gateball puzzle #1 also included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle.

Southport’s Annual Mallet Sports on the Broadwater

The northern end of the Gold Coast was very busy on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July. Southport held its annual Gateball Teams Event and the Gateball Doubles event on the first two days of the annual Mallet Sports on the Broadwater. There was also a huge event with a record number of entries- the Gold Coast Marathon. Just close by to where  the Gateball players were playing there were  hordes of runners and that was followed by a huge backlog of traffic waiting to get access to the roads.

With eight teams competing on Saturday, it was a busy time for players, officials and caterers. Everything ran very smoothly and the sun shone brightly. Most importantly there were many new players participating. The members of Deception Bay Gateball Club were competing at Southport in just their second tournament and were given a warm welcome. Many of the games were very close with three requiring a count back to achieve a result. The final games on Sunday morning decided the placings.

In first place was the Southport Stripes Team- one of  the three teams that represented Southport. Whilst it did welcome Bruce McAlister and Lynne Farry into its team, four of the members were Southport players- Keith McLeod, Gaye Pitman, Eunice Frater and Brian Mullins. The presentations were made by Patrick Hare from the company that sponsors the Tournament –  “Vision Michael Hare Eye Care and Optometrist”.

Winning team- Southport Stripes

Redcliffe received second prize from Patrick Hare assisted by John Turner

Deception Bay Gateball Team received 3rd prize

The top three teams- L-R is Redcliffe in second place, Southport Stripes in first place and Deception Bay in 3rd place

There were ten teams that entered in the Gateball Doubles Competition. Two blocks of five pairs played off for a place in the Finals. Block A was won by Lee Wentworth and Gaye Pitman and in second place in that Block was Julia Tai and Ethan Chiltern (13 years old). Block B was won by Glenda Windust and Robyn Brown. Coming second in Block B was  Peter Sweet and Bruce McAlister.  The Final was won by Lee and Gaye. Second place went to Glenda and Robyn and in third place was Peter and Bruce. Lee Wentworth has his name on that Trophy four times!

Finalists of the MSOB Gateball Doubles. L-R Glenda and Robyn from Caloundra, Gaye and Lee from Southport, Bruce from Ipswich and Peter from Southport.

Gaye Pitman and Lee Wentworth with Club President, John Turner.

Second place went to Robyn Brown and Glenda Windust from Caloundra MSC

Third place getters were Peter Sweet and Bruce McAlister

Newcastle Gateball Fun Weekend

Question: How much fun can you have on a Fun Weekend?

Answer: Lots

 

Newcastle held its annual gateball carnival Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July. It was a hectic and very enjoyable weekend with many players entering into the spirit of the ‘bring your beanie’ challenge.

 

Day 1 was the inaugural ‘pairs’ comp. Five pairs entered with some very close games played. Undefeated with 4 wins were Judy S (Newcastle) & Helen C (Toronto), closely followed by Alan G & Lynne T (both from Newcastle) with 3 wins.

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Day 2 began with a short referee talk on hand/arm signals presented by Judy & Kerrie. This was aimed at those wishing to become referees and also a reminder to already qualified referees.

 

This was followed by the team event when teams played a straight round robin. Seven teams took part from Canberra, Jamberoo, Lithgow, Newcastle Hornets, Newcastle Sabres, Sydney Epstars and Toronto. At the end of the day two teams had 5 wins each. Congratulations to Jamberoo the winners and Newcastle Sabres the runners-up.

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The Saturday night social dinner was enjoyed by over 20 people and the beanie theme continued with with a beanie trivia quiz which certainly taxed everyone’s minds.

 

Day 3 was a very relaxed and friendly rotating doubles comp which gave all the players a chance to mix and meet new people. All doubles games were self-refereed with no problems arising throughout the day, thanks to everyone’s cooperation. Each of the 24 participants played 6 games with a different partner for each game.

 

Three players had 5 wins each. First place went to John B (EDSACC) and 2nd to Robyn H (Lithgow). Margaret G (Newcastle) came 3rd. This year the encouragement prize was awarded to Ruth B (Strathfield).

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Full results can be seen on the Gateball Scores website

Participating teams were:

Canberra (Judy T, Adrienne F, Tony H, Peter D, Julie T & Nancy S)
Jamberoo (Manuel G, Glenda G, Graham S, Gai B & Evan B)
Lithgow (+ friends) (Maggie W, Wendy C, Robyn H, Leila M, John B & Ross I)
Newcastle Hornets (Alan G, Margaret G, Philippa R, Lynne T & Jan T)
Newcastle Sabres (Kerrie S, John S, Judy S, Brenda W & Peter W)
Sydney Epstars (Greg D, Richard T, Ken P, Ruth B & Sandra T)
Toronto (Helen C, Allan G, Rose G, Robyn I & Ruth M)

 

Manuel with the Best Beanie

Manuel with the Best Beanie

Thank you to all participants and helpers. And extra special thanks from the competitors to all the Newcastle Club members for organising yet another very successful event.