Arthur Graham, of Newcastle National Park Croquet Club, has crafted a magnificent new trophy for the Australian Gateball Championships.
Arthur offered to do this late last year and when the product was displayed it was just too magnificent to give away. Arthur set to work and produced two small replicas which the lucky winning teams are able to keep.
Having developed the momentum, Arthur has then produced some mini-mallets to be given to all our visiting players.
Great job Arthur. What an artist!
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
2nd place Blue Macs
View of the clubhouse
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!
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.
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Please note that although Herman Bekker’s name appears in the program he is unable to attend but still wishes to be considered for selection for the WGU Championships taking place in Brazil in 2018.
Eildon hosted the 2017 QLD Gateball Doubles Championship on Saturday 16th September. The weather was very good and the courts were carefully set out. While the number of competitors was not as many as would be expected, it was pleasing to see that players like Sandra Reynolds from as far away as Toowoomba were prepared to travel for the event.
The one pair out of six that was undefeated was comprised of Peter Sweet from Southport and Bruce McAlister from Ipswich. Congratulations Peter and Bruce on a most successful series of games.
Jennifer Morris presented Peter and Bruce with their medal and trophy.
In second place was Jim and Barbara Northcott from Southport Croquet Club who lost the one game to Peter and Bruce.
Jim and Barbara Northcott with Bruce McAlister who presented their medallions.
The members at Eildon prepared very good refreshments and it was a very good atmosphere on the day. The two photos below show players in action.
The 24 teams competing in the Australian Gateball Championship have been drawn into three blocks as listed below.
The random draw was held with the following parameters:
- Two international teams in each block
- Three NSW teams in each block
- Two or three QLD teams in each block
- The two Chinese, Newcastle, Canberra and Southport teams were drawn in separate blocks.
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