Ipswich Gateball Challenge

For two days 3-4th June many Gateball players converged to the the premises of Ipswich Gateball Club at North Ipswich Bowls Club to compete in their Ipswich Gateball Challenge. It lived up to its name of a “Challenge” because so many of the teams, used to playing on grass, encountered difficulty in tempering their strokes to cope with the short, quick surface of the bowls courts. It made everyone aware of the reverse difficulty when Ipswich players visit croquet clubs where grass is the normal surface,

The weather was perfect which made up for last year’s deluge and the disruption it caused. Ipswich Gateball Club were very well organised with all the games proceeding on schedule, plenty of space for eating and socialising in the clubhouse, wonderful food and  gift bags with lovely souvenirs provided by the local Ipswich Council. The whole event was excellent and a real credit to all of the members of the Gateball Club, their supporters and the family members who assisted.

Ten teams attended which would be a record number for this event. Rockhampton players  were marvellous in attending since they endured a twelve hour journey on 2 trains to get to the venue. Toowoomba also travelled to make it to the competition. Other teams included a mixed team from Eildon, Ipswich and Bribie Island; one team each from McIlwraith, Broadbeach and Ipswich plus two teams from Southport and Redcliffe.

A group photo of the ten teams

A group photo of the ten teams. Look also at the the lovely banner “Play Gateball”.

By the end of day 1,  several teams had won all of their games so day 2 was the crunch time to sort out the positions. Good sportsmanship prevailed and there was a lot of encouragement and support for those who are relatively new to the game. After all the teams had played their nine games, just one team- Southport Red- was undefeated. Normally this team does not play well on the surface but put in a super effort to try to control their strokes. It was good for them to have a new member, Roy Huang, from Taiwan, who is very tactical and skilful when playing Gateball. The other members were (L_R ) Peter Sweet, Bruce McAlister, Barbara Northcott, Gaye Pitman and Jim Northcott. Unfortunately the Wentworth family members were not available for that weekend.

Southport Red team display the Perpetual Trophy upon which their name will be written for the first time.

Southport Red team display the Perpetual Trophy upon which their name will be written for the first time.

Second place went to the Ipswich Team with 8 wins. As last year’s winners, they were favourites for the event since it is on their home surface.

Ipswich players were placed second.

Ipswich players were placed second.

Plenty of exciting games happened with wins on count backs occurring and some last minute grasps of the point scoring opportunities. Below are several photos of the participants.

A line up of players with Keith McLeod at the centre of the group.

A line up of players with Keith McLeod at the centre of the group.

Roy strokes the ball through gate 1

Roy strokes the ball through gate 1

Refereeing the game, Frances Wregg closely watches the game.

Refereeing the game, Frances Wregg closely watches the game.

Action on the courts.

Action on the courts.


State Championships 2017 and onwards

calendarGateball Australia’s premier events are the National and State Championships. After the Nationals, State Championships should be our most attended and prestigious events.

In 2017, the Queensland Championships occupy their usual position in mid-August and are to be held at MacIlwraith Croquet Club just to the west of the city centre and close to Auchenflower Station. The New South Wales Championships in mid-November have now been relocated from Wagga Wagga to Young Croquet Club. Anyone wishing to attend this event should book accommodation now as this is a very busy time for tourists during the famous cherry season.

The 2017 Victorian State Championships coincided with the Rockhampton club competition but Gateball Australia hopes this clash can be avoided in 2018. The Victorian Coordinator is investigating whether it is possible to move the VCA event to a weekend avoiding the Queensland Labour Day long weekend. Other states and clubs are asked to check details of this event before organising club events.

The Australian Gateball Championships and State Championships are our primary focus for attracting overseas teams.

In late 2016, dates of our Nationals, State Championships and a general invitation to check our website for club events were sent to the WGU who circulated this information to the international gateball community. Contact with overseas gateball organisations and clubs should be through the National Coordinator at info@gateball.com.au

Because we have had some direct indication from China about interest in attending some of our other events, a specific invitation was translated into Chinese and sent to the Chinese Gateball Association. It should also be noted that it has been agreed with the CGA that invitations to and applications to visit Australia from China need to be coordinated through the Chinese Secretary General and Gateball Australia’s National Coordinator. Previous contacts from China had been rather chaotic and had led to clubs and coordinators having multiple, confusing and time wasting contacts with agents acting on behalf of Chinese teams.

For our State Championships to be able to attract players from interstate and overseas, Gateball Australia requests that:

  • State Championship dates and venues are organised well before clubs start to organise their own events. Flyers should be posted on the website early in the year and sent to the National Coordinator for circulation overseas.
  • In principle, clubs in any state should not hold events when other states are holding their state championships. Where problems are foreseen, negotiation should occur.
  • All clubs should post notices of their events on gateball.com.au so that details are available both in Australia and overseas.

If you have any questions, please contact the National Coordinator at info@gateball.com.au

Elsternwick Gateball Singles Cup

The first Elsternwick Gateball Singles Invitational Cup was held last Sunday the 28th of May at the Elsternwick Croquet Club.

Despite the weather the competition was fierce between the competitors. The tournament was a single round robin between 6 Victorian players (Philip Brown, Chas Quinn, Gilon Smith, Tim Stagg, Anthony Dask and Sue Leitinger). With some top quality games and tight finishes it was exciting till the end. Anthony Dask won the cup with 4 wins (+21). Philip Brown was the runner up with 3 wins (+19).

A big thanks to the Elsternwick Croquet Club and all those who assisted in the running of the event. Results can be found on Gateball Scores.

Anthony Dask

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Jamberoo Super 3s

The Jamberoo annual triples event has been run and won and what an amazing weekend it was. With the sun shining on our lawns with freshly sprayed black lines it was picture perfect.

33 players from across NSW and ACT made up nine teams and a round robin format was used. Experience levels ranged from international players to a very first competition player. In what turned out to be a very competitive event, placings weren’t decided until literally the last minute of play.

There was plenty of congestion at the top of the leader board with four teams on five wins.

Lithgow Lightning captained by John Park won with 28.1 net points and Vikings captained by Kerrie Sutherland were runners up with 24.8 net points.

As an added bonus, two rounds of mixed teams were slotted in, with team Magpies taking first place on two wins.

Two new initiatives have been implemented within the NSW gateball community, one being refereeing tutorials and the other group discussions about gateballl related topics.

Friday saw the third refereeing tutorial given by Manuel Gutierrez from Jamberoo CC. This events topic was ‘ball touch fouls’. A practical demonstration was followed by plenty of Q and A. These tutorials are aimed at refreshing and increasing all referees’ and players’ knowledge.

Saturday saw the group discussion which covered topics including NSW State Championship planning, tournament placements for 2018 and the necessity of equipment inspections.

Glenda Gutierrez

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Gateball Puzzle #3

Thanks to Bernard Thys from Belgium who submitted gateball puzzle #3 which poses the question of how red should address their slow start.

Readers should leave a reply in the comments.

Gateball Puzzle #3:
5 to play. 5 is ready to pass through gate 1.
The score is 0-2 with 28:30 remaining in the match.
What should 5 do on it’s turn?



Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:
Gateball puzzle #1
Gateball puzzle #2 - difficult

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