Last game of the day decides placings at Redcliffe 

At the Redcliffe Gateball Teams Event on Saturday 15th July the first three placing were determined in the very last game of the day between Bramble Bay Dolphins & Broadbeach. Blue Macs won the event, Bramble Bay Dolphins came second while Broadbeach came third. $1000 prize money was shared between the three teams.

Maggie Harman was presented with an Australian flag at the team competition which was held at Bramble Bay Bowls Club. The weather was beautiful and everyone enjoyed the one day event.

Redcliffe Gateball Club has also celebrated receiving a state government grant of $16,000 to establish a club house which will be in place for next year’s event. They have also received a $5000 grant to improve their playing field after the cyclone in March.

Local politicians of all persuasions have supported the club and the event.

Team results can be found on Gateball Scores.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Mallet Sports on the Broadwater- Doubles Tournament

Eight teams entered the Doubles tournament so it was decided to set out 4 courts and play the games in two blocks. This was done to ensure the event concluded before darkness. Thanks to the referees who took charge of all the games- Keith McLeod, Julia Vickers, Paul Ekberg and Barbara Northcott- all of the matches were held quite quickly so that the crossover semifinals and finals were concluded by 4:30.

The first semifinal was between the team of Bruce McAlister and Trudy Cummins against the team of Lee and Christopher Wentworth. The Wentworth combination won and played in the Final. A new team of young Chris from Woodville and David Hughes played in the second semifinal against Claus Jeune and John Park. Experience paid off so that Claus and John were matched against Lee and Christopher Wentworth for first place. Both these finals  games were closely contested. Once again the Southport Croquet Club members, Lee and Chris Wentworth, won the MSOB Doubles for the third time in four years.

Lee and Christopher Wentworth holding the trophy for the third time.

Lee and Christopher Wentworth holding the trophy for the third time.

Claus Jeune and John Park were second.

Claus Jeune and John Park were second.

David and Chris with Kerry Lamerton- our catering convenor, from Southport - who presented the prize.

David and Chris with Kerry Lamerton- our catering convenor, from Southport – who presented the prize.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

This slideshow requires JavaScript.