Indoor Gateballs Available for Loan

indoor gateballsGateball Australia now has a set of indoor gateballs available for clubs to borrow to promote the game.

Clubs interested in using the balls should contact  Bruce McAllister, Qld State Director, or the National Director on The balls are currently being held in Qld where a set of indoor gates is also available for loan.

It is hoped that clubs will borrow the balls for periods of several weeks and make bookings at local sports halls. If these sessions were held in the evenings they could represent an opportunity to promote the game with potential players who are not available at other times.

Clubs who wish to borrow the balls are asked to have thought about how they will use them to grow our game. At the end of the loan period it would be great if a post could be made to this website describing the experience. Whoever borrows them would also be responsible for returning them to an agreed person. Clubs that loan the balls are, of course, responsible for the safe return of all the balls in a reasonable condition.

The game is not quite the same because the balls have a tendency to spiral to the right or left  at the end of their course. Players in the Blue Mountains decided to play on a smaller court as long sparks were harder. However, the balls have been great on cold wet mountain days and will give us a back-up when gateballers lose the current lawn. Keith McLeod has played indoor games in Hong Kong, while the Southport club have used them to support  the programs they run with school students.

Feedback about the use of the balls and comments on their use would be very welcome.

Toowoomba Gateball Tournament

DSCN2205_1The Toowoomba Croquet Club held its gateball tournament over the long weekend with seven teams competing and six pairs in the doubles. It was great weather and a very happy tournament.

In the teams event The Blue Macs from Auchenflower won out over Eildon and Southport in a closely fought battle and in the doubles Sandra Reynolds and Jan Wells came first with Joy Gardner and Jill Gwynne coming second. It was Jill’s first doubles tournament and we are very happy to say she comes from our club, as do Sandra and Joy. Jan Wells comes from the Ipswich Snoopys.

Our state member of parliament Trevor Watt presented the prizes for the teams and Bruce our gateball state representative presented the doubles.

We were very lucky to have the Freedom Rest Homes as our sponsor and they came and dressed up the hut with balloons and gave a talk while we ate lunch.

Jocelyn Sweeney
Publicity officer for Toowoomba Club