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.

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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.

Mallet Sports on the Broadwater- Teams Event

MSOB was held over a typical QLD weekend in winter where the weather was perfect, the sun was shining and the winds were negligible. Seven teams participated- Ipswich, Beyond Blue Macs, Redcliffe Roses, Woodville in South Australia, Southport White, Southport Red and Broadwater. The Broadwater team was a composite one  which had Glenda Windust and Pat Burton from Caloundra, Bruce McAlister from Ipswich joining two new members from Southport- Julia Tai and John Cheng. The team that travelled the furthest was the young team from Woodville, captained by David Hughes from the Gold Coast.

A group photo of the competitors in the Teams event.

A group photo of the competitors in the Teams event.

The Patron of Southport Croquet Club and local Councillor, Dawn Crichlow OAM, officially welcomed the players and sent a ball through a make-shift gate created by Bruce McAlister QLD -Director of Gateball- and John Park -Australian Co-ordinator of Gateball. The schedule flowed smoothly, the lawns were in good condition and the catering supplied to the players was, once again, of a high quality. By 10:30 on Sunday morning the round robin format was concluded and the results were finalised.  In first place was the Southport Red team with 5 wins. This is the third time in four years that Southport has won this Teams competition. The newest member, Roy Huang from Taiwan, was a welcome asset to the team.  Second place went to Beyond Blue Macs, also with 5 wins but with 12 fewer net points. Third place was taken by Southport White. The presentations were made by Michael Hare, owner of the Sponsor -Vision MichaelHare EyeCare Plus.

Southport Red displaying the trophy with the sponsor, Michael Hare.

Southport Red displaying the trophy with the sponsor, Michael Hare.

Second place getters- Beyond Blue Macs

Second place getters- Beyond Blue Macs

Third place went to Southport White.

Third place went to Southport White.

Gateball Puzzle #4

Thanks to Philip Brown from the Kew Croquet Club who submitted gateball puzzle #4 based on a real situation from the NSW gateaball championships in 2015.

Readers should leave a reply in the comments.

Gateball Puzzle #4:
3 to play. The score is 3-6 with 25:00 remaining in the match.
What should 3 do on it’s turn?
Puzzle4

Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:

Gateball puzzle #1
Gateball puzzle #2 - difficult
Gateball puzzle #3

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

June Long Weekend Gateball Promotion in Adelaide

Adelaide Trip 9th – 11th June

From the 9th to the 11th of June, I visited Adelaide in South Australia in an attempt to teach, promote, and generate interest in the game of gateball. Across the three days when I was in South Australia, 3 different croquet clubs were visited, Woodville, Hyde Park and North Adelaide. Over the three days, approximately 30 – 40 people gave gateball a try, many of whom were croquet players, including Australia’s current No. 1 golf croquet player, Greg Fletcher. The players’ ages ranged from as low as 9, to people in their 70s.

Immediately, those who tried gateball noticed there were many different skills involved when comparing it to croquet; the main one being sparking. Although at first most people found the game a challenge, by the end of the sessions all seemed to have gained a much more thorough understanding of the game. For those who had previously played and had an understanding of the game, there were also strategic elements and teachings which were incorporated into the introductory sessions.

Overall, the entire weekend went smoothly and was very enjoyable for myself, as well as those who were new to the game, with many expressing interest in playing again. I would like to thank Geoff, Trish, Peter, and Chris, who were my hosts and welcomed me with open arms, and also John Park for allowing me to travel to South Australia on behalf of Gateball Australia in an attempt to develop and increase the interest of gateball in their great state.

For those interested in playing gateball in South Australia, please contact Geoff and Trish at trishfaz@hotmail.com

David Hughes

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