Korea’s Unicorn Club wins the Australian Gateball Championships

IMG_0380-1The 2017 Australian Gateball Championships were held at EDSACC in Bateau Bay from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October. In all, 22 teams participated. Originally, we had hoped to host 24, but last minute visa issues meant teams from Indonesia and China were unable to make it.

Despite wet weather on Saturday and Sunday, we had a glorious weekend of gateball, with Team Unicorn from Korea beating Zheng Bang, Jianxi from China in the finals. Australian teams reaching the final stage included Epstars, Ipswich Snoopies and Redcliffe Roses.

EDSACC were wonderful hosts and New South Wales players worked together to ensure that the organisation was seamless.

Some individual highlights emailed to info@gateball.com.au included:

“We enjoyed the entire weekend. Everyone was very friendly, both on and off the courts. It was great to meet the overseas teams and watching their skilled play was very enlightening. The 3 day format was a definite bonus as it allowed for plenty of meet, greet and convivial practice before the competition itself.”

“Our team has thoroughly enjoyed their first tournament and being such a big one as well. Overall the whole experience for them was fantastic and they are looking forward to the next comp. I personally enjoyed the strategy sessions and the rest of the team learned the correct way to do the rest of the court work correctly.”

“Passing the ref’s assessment but not the terror of reffing the actual game! Also Keith’s review of my first game – very balanced and useful.The euphoric feeling halfway through playing the Koreans and thinking we might win! My 13 year old son, having had to be dragged to the tournament, begging to go to another tournament as soon as possible! Meeting up with old and new friends”

“It was a privilege to compete in a competition with overseas teams and observe their skills and strategies. This fact alone will benefit Gateball Australia and all the competitors immensely.”

“- being the best Australian team – never imagined in our wildest dreams that it would happen
– the support of the other clubs and friendships you make that just pick up from comp to comp.
– the venue was lovely, a club to be proud of and Bateau Bay was lovely. We got to see dolphins and whales where we stayed everyday – so fantastic.
…some pics on our Facebook page @redcliffegateball.com”

“Being shown how to do jump touches and super slides by the Korean team with their fancy mallets. We should ask them for a demonstration of their supersticks if they return to defend their title in 2019!”

The winning Koreans had to rush off at the end of the competition as there had been a change in the arrangements for their shuttle – they apologised for their hasty departure and sent us this message: “Im jay who is Korean team. First im really sorry for making hurry up and uncomfortable. Next time i will do my best so we can enjoy the event. Really we feel happy and thank you. More than 100% when you come to Korea, we can do everything for Australian team! And everyone is so nice and kind. We are so lucky guy cause of you! thank you so much. All of things and everyone. Please be safe and have a lovely day♡”

Finally, Ian McKinnon of EDSACC managed video the final – so follow these links if you want to see it again

Part 1
Part 2
Closing Ceremony

And here is how Channel 9 covered the event

Thanks to those who have given feedback by email – please give us some of your individual highlights as comments below.

At the end of the competition, CNSW Chair Nerida Taylor handed the ceremonial gate to Philip Brown, the VCA Coordinator of Gateball as the 2019 Australian Championships are to be held at Cairnlea. Philip announced that the competition will be held from Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December.

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New Perpetual Trophy for the Australian Gateball Championships

gateball prizes 2Arthur 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.

gateball prizes 1Having developed the momentum, Arthur has then produced some mini-mallets to be given to all our visiting players.

Great job Arthur. What an artist!

Queensland Gateball Doubles Championship

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.

Peter, Jennifer and Bruce

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

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.

Doubles at Eildon #1Doubles at Eildon #2

2017 Australian Gateball Championship – Blocks

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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.
Red block
Toronto Torpedos
LIthgow Lightning
Southport Red
Ipswich Snoopys
Jasmine, Indonesia
Unicorn Club, Korea
Yellow block
Canberra Sparkers
Newcastle Sabres
Southport White
Redcliffe Roses
Blue Macs
ShuangShuang Le
Blue block
Canberra Mavericks
Newcastle Hornets
Zheng Bang, Jianxi