First Day of Competition at the WGC, Sao Paulo

A solid day for Australia on day one of the World Championship in Sao Paulo. Redcliffe and Kew recorded a win and a loss each.

Kew were in control against a Brazilian team in their first game and continued to win by 9 points. In their second game their Argentinian opposition cleared the court with a late gate and touch and levelled the scores. Although scores were tied, the Argentinians had put their final ball on the goal pole and won on the countback.

Despite a magnificent slide from the first corner by Paul, Redcliffe’s early game had seen them go down by only 1 point to a Brazilian team. Later in the day they came back to win a game by 7 points over a Paraguayan team. Check Redcliffe player Nikki ‘s facebook post for some pics and commentary.

The day ended with Kew and a diverse crowd watching Canberra go down in a close one. After initial dominance by the South American team, Canberra took the advantage when balls were put out and began to put on some points. In the final few minutes Argentina regained the upper hand and went on to win the game. Canberra have posted pics here

Canberra will be hoping for a win in their last round tomorrow. Redcliffe and Kew will be hoping for another win and for results to go their way to see if an Australian team can make it into the finals for the first time


Practice day in Sao Paulo at the WGC Champs

Canberra and Kew made their way through the streets of the Japanese quarter to catch the 8.30 buses for the 45 minute ride to the Gateball Stadium of Sao Paulo City, while Redcliffe made their own way by taxi.

All were anxious to try out the clay courts. As players practised their shots and sparks, it soon became clear that overnight rain had made the courts sticky.This prompted a later trip to the local cheap shop for some cloths. We decided that Bruce McAllister would have been well kitted up, had he been here with his dangling towel!

One conclusion about the ball’s course was that the last 10 to 15 cm could be somewhat random.

It was great to catch up with players we had met in previous competitions, both within Australia and overseas. Players  sported all the colours of the rainbow, although the Korean outfit of red and blue checked pants and bright yellow shirts stole the show.

Players returned to town by bus for about 1pm. Team reps then headed off for their meeting about tournament arrangements, while other met up with John, who had just emerged from the morning’s WGU meeting and lunch.

Dancers at the opening dinner


Aussie Teams prepare for the WGU Championships in Sao Paulo

Three Australian teams are putting together their final preparations for the WGU Championships which take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil from the 21st to 23rd September.

Some players have already arrived in South America. Others travel this week

The challenge for the three teams, Canberra, Kew and Redcliffe is to better the previous record of two wins in the pool games. No Australian team has yet progressed into the knockout round. That’s the challenge for 2018!

The new selection process has allowed clubs to choose other players to make up their numbers. Canberra invited Southport’s Jim and Barbara Northcott to join them to fill gaps they identified in their playing line up. The 6 Canberra players have been training hard by attending CNSW events and asking Jamberoo to join them for some games. Canberra did not want to miss the opportunity to promote the game. This press release hit the Canberra media

Kew’s Victorian core of Philip Brown, Gilon Smith and Elaine Coverdale have taken time off work to attend the event. They  selected Toowoomba’s Sandra and Paul Reynolds and Lithgow’s John Park to complete their team. Kew held their final practice last Sunday.  John Park has been practising in his back yard and on the Lithgow lawn. Paul and Sandra did a great job of getting some media coverage in their home town. As well as on their club lawn, Paul and Sandra tried their luck on a clay tennis court near Ipswich recently where they joined Redcliffe players who make up the Australian contingent.

  As well as a joint practice session at Ipswich, Redcliffe have had their regular Saturday sessions at Bramble Bay and have met at Deception Bay on Mondays. The team of Nikki, Paul, Ros, Jennifer and Geoff are this years only team based on a single club.

The ACA has provided uniforms and $250 per player towards the cost of travel. The 9 Queensland players have been supported with another $250 from their state. Thanks are due for this fantastic support

Five New Foundation Level Gateball Coaches

After the State Gateball Team and Doubles Championship that were held in Rockhampton, a Level 1, Foundation Level Coaching Course, was organised at Rockhampton MSC and Gracemere CC on 20th and 21st August. Lynda Davis, the QLD Coaching Director, travelled to Rockhampton to conduct the course and was assisted by Jim and Barbara Northcott who are accredited Trainers of Foundation Coaching Courses. Five Gateball players attended and successfully passed the Course. Congratulations to all of them on their enthusiasm and commitment to ensure that the players they coach receive the best training possible.

The new coaches are from Gracemere- Peter Kajewski; from Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club- Lynne Farry and Mary Dunn; and from Deception Bay Gateball Club- Ros Crowe and Keith Chur-Hansen.

At the Gracemere Croquet Courts the newly qualified coaches are featured. L-R. Peter Kajewski and his wife (Gracemere), Jim Northcott, Keith Chur-Hansen, Barbara Northcott, Ros Crowe and Mary Dunn. (Lynne Farry was absent from the photo)

Lynne Farry from Rockhampton MSC with her Coaching Accreditation Certificate

Mary Dunn from Rockhampton MSC being presented with her Certificate by QLD Coaching Director, Lynda Davis.

Keith Chur-Hansen and Ros Crowe from Deception Bay Gateball Club display their Coaching Certificates.

For more information in your State, look for Coaching on this website.

A Presentation to Bruce McAlister

At the QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championship held in Rockhampton 18-20th August, 2018 a surprise presentation was made to Bruce McAlister. Bruce began his role as Director of QLD Gateball in 2004 and continued until the end of 2017. In the 13 years as Director, Gateball has expended greatly throughout QLD. His enthusiasm, energy, dedication and attention to detail has been a big asset to his role. As a result, QLD has more Referees than any other State and he is one of four International Referees in QLD. The number of clubs and players has also increased.

Bruce McAlister with his portrait.

The presentation was a painting/ portrait done by the very talented artist, Frances Wregg, from McIlwraith Croquet Club. As you can see it is a wonderful likeness that will be cherished always by Bruce and his family. Clubs in QLD assisted in the purchase of the frame to this creative work done by Frances who is a very keen Gateball player. Thank you very much, Frances.

Frances Wregg, the Artist, with Bruce McAlister.

Bruce played in the World Gateball Championship in Shanghai in 2010 and officiated as an International Referee at the 2014 in Niigata in Japan. Being a strong advocate for Gateball as being one of the four codes played under the title of “Croquet”, he plays all four codes to a very high standard. Now Bruce can continue playing his sport free from the demands of being the Director of QLD Gateball. Thank you from all of us, Bruce!

Don Close, QLD President, Bruce McAlister and Frances Wregg

Organising State Championships  and helping to organise the Australian Championships in the State, Bruce is always at the helm to ensure all flows smoothly. With the support of his wife, Fiona, he has given a great deal of his time to the sport. It was his wife’s parents Bill and Lola Whyte- who introduced him to the sport at Ipswich Croquet Club back in 2002. The trophy for the best Team at the QLD State Team Championship is dedicated to Lola Whyte. The best Doubles team was donated by Bruce.

The Lola Whyte Trophy for the team that wins the QLD State Gateball Championship