2015 Australian Gateball Championship

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The Australian Gateball Championship were held from 4-6 September in sunny Wynnum, Brisbane. 17 teams were separated into two blocks before semi-finals and a final decided the champions.

Block A
Chongqing, China
Toowoomba, Qld
Canberra Sparkers, ACT
Southport, Qld
NSW Country
Broadbeach, Qld
Ipswich Snoopys, Qld
Eildon, Qld
Jiangsu Kunshan, China

Block B
Shandong Dongming, China
Southern Stars, Vic & SA
Taipans, Qld
Kiwis, NZ
Canberra Mavericks, ACT
Blue Macs, Qld
NSW Coast

Tournament results were updated at the newly developed https://gateballscores.com/.

Friday and Opening Ceremony
Joan Pease MP opened the tournament by scoring the ceremonial gate.

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International Team Profiles

Chongqing, China
Chongqing is a large city at the source of the Chongqing River. Gateball is very popular in this city and some players in this team coach school children. This year, they coached the team which became Chinese school champions.

Jiangsu Kunshan, China
The players from this team come from a prosperous area, where there are many world famous factories, such as Adidas and Nike. Gateball is very popular here and every town in the province has a specialist Gateball facility, whether for indoor or outdoor Gateball. International competitions are held here.

Shandong Dongming, China
The team from Shandong is known in China as a very strong team. The region they come from is a rural region, far from big cities, so the team has made a very long journey to come here. The team is made up of older players and is sponsored by their local government, who have a responsibility to encourage older people to remain healthy.

Kiwis, New Zealand
This team is made up of ‘enthusiastic amateurs’. What they lack in experience they make up for in good looks! They may well be the dark horse of the tournament, because they have the ‘never say die’ Kiwi attitude.

Australian and New Zealand Team Photos
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Sunday Photos and Update
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Semi-final 1 saw Chongqing (China) knocked out the final remaining Australian side, the Canberra Mavericks, in a tight match 12-9.
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Semi-final 2 saw Shandong Donming (China) defat Jiangsu Kunshan (China) 11-8, after taking the lead on their final turn.

The final was played in front of a crowd of 100 with Chongqing defeating Shandong Donming 10-7.
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Congratulations to all competitors and to the Wynnum Club for hosting a wonderful event.

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