A Gateball Galah called Kevin

Sometimes the NSW State Gateball Championships isn’t just about the games that are played and the people who attend.

Whilst a gateballer was putting some rubbish in the bin, a baby galah (soon to be known as Kevin) who was too young to fly was discovered. He must have been blown out of the tree in the strong winds the night before. Kevin was asked a number of times where his mother and father were but he was not willing to answer. His mother must have told him not to talk to strangers.

galah1Animal DOCs (WIRES) was contacted and they advised that Kevin be placed in a box away from humans to encourage his parents to come and find him. Kevin was more than willing to hop in the box and be placed in the shade. He even had a snooze.

Kevin’s mum and dad soon made an appearance. Both mum and dad took it in turns feeding Kevin to help build up his strength and also giving him some cuddles. Throughout the day gateballers from all over continued to check on his wellbeing. Kevin was even kind enough to pose for photos for the visiting Japanese team.

At 2:00 pm DOCS called back to check on Kevin’s progress. As he had not yet flown away they advised that they would need to come and collect him and put him in a foster home. When Kevin was told this news he decided to hop out of the box and try and make a run for it. Unfortunately for him his tiny legs couldn’t carry him fast enough and he was placed back in the box. DOCS was booked in to come and collect Kevin at 5:00 pm.

galah3Both Kevin’s mum and dad took it in turns jumping on the box with Kevin jumping onto the ground, climbing onto the rock and then flying up into the tree. This ‘education session’ continued for around two hours. About 4:00 pm it appeared as though mum and dad had given up on Kevin, they just sat high in a tree watching him.

At 4:28 pm, as two gateballers went to check on Kevin, there was a rustle in the box and then Kevin flew! He only flew about 4 metres but this was more than enough. Mum and Dad then swooped down towards Kevin, who took off and the three of them flew off into the distance. DOCS was contacted and advised that Kevin had decided that he could fly. DOCS said this was a wonderful end to the story.

galah2Kevin and his parents came back the next day, some might say it was their way of thanking us for looking after their son.

The story of Kevin has resulted in the introduction of The “Kevin” Award at Jamberoo Croquet Club. This award is presented to the gateball player who, like Kevin, is patient and has risen to higher levels.

Aimee Gutierrez


2015 NSW Championships

2015 Team winner Kew (2)

Team winners: Kew ­ Kerry Seipolt, Trish Watts, Neil & Maxine Maclachlan and Phillip Brown

The 2015 NSW Gateball Championships were held at Jamberoo Croquet Club from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 November. This year’s championships broke the 2013 records for the most teams entered­ (12), most matches played ­(114) and equalled the record for the most competitors (66).The previous records were 11 and 113. The record for the most number of pairs still stands for 2013 at 22 (18 this year).

Friday was the Doubles Championship with 3 blocks of 6 competing in round robins. The semi­finals were played with the winner of the most games in each block plus the best placed runner-­up overall. Glen Whitehead and Tony Hall, with 5 wins and 37 nett points competed against the highest ranked runners-­up, Gareth & David Hughes who had 4 wins and 42 nett points. With 5 wins and 32 nett points, Kerry Seipolt & Phillip Brown competed against Yukiko Takahashi & Akemi Moro with 4 wins and 33 nett points. The final was then played by Glen & Tony and Yukiko & Akemi. 17-11 was the final score. Congratulations to the winners Yukiko Takahashi & Akemi Moro.

The Team Championship was played over the Saturday and Sunday. All 12 teams played each other in a round robin. The top 4 placings were not clear until the final 2 games were played. Japan and Kew, Victoria who were vying for 1st and 2nd places and South East Queensland Cougars and Canberra Mavericks were to be 3rd or 4th. SEQ Cougars defeated Canberra Mavericks 19 to 12.

Japan had 10 wins going in to their final game and Kew had 9. Japan had 75 nett points to Kew’s 65 nett points so Kew needed a win of more than 5 points to be the outright winner.

With the final result of 21 to 9 congratulations go to Kew (Phillip Brown, Kerry Seipolt, Trish Watts,Maxine Maclachlan & Neil Maclachlan) for winning the 2015 Team Championship event.

2015 Team Runner-up Japan (2)

Team Runners ­up: Japan

Results can be found here

Thank you to Jamberoo Croquet Club for being a wonderful host club. Many, many thanks to all. You made our job so much easier. A huge “thank you” to Glenda for co­ordinating the Jamberoo helpers as well as the fun social night on Saturday.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves over the three days.

Don’t forget ­ 2016 NSW Gateball Championships ­ Newcastle ­ 2nd to 4th December 2016

Kerrie & Judy, Co-­chairs NSW Gateball