2016 Asian Gateball Championship


Here are some photos from John Park. The team lineup for the final,  a shootout in the knockout rounds and Nam, Australia’s very popular translator.img_20161023_155622 img_20161023_131738 img_20161023_142129


Correction: Kangaroos d Kan Onji Japan 17 – 11.

With two wins and one loss the Kangaroos only miss out on the knockout round on for and against. A fantastic showing against strong teams from Korea, China and Japan. Well done team.

In the knockout rounds China continued their dominance of international gateball with Shandong defeating Chun Jiangxi 9-8 in the final. Chinese teams filled six of the top eight positions overall. The knockout results are below:

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Good results by the Kangaroos in their first two matches:
Kangaroos d. Fuyang China 10 – 7
Daejeon Korea d. Kangaroos 15 – 11

One game to come against the currently undefeated Kan-Onji (Japan). The Kangaroos need a big win (by 10) to progress to the knockout phase.
Full results are available at: http://gateball.or.jp/

Some pictures from the practice day and opening ceremony are below courtesy of the Japanese Gateball Union.

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Good luck to Jim and Barbara Northcott (QLD), Gilon Smith, Bryan Johnson (ACT) and John Park (NSW) who will be representing Australia at the Asian Gateball Championship in Namwon, South Korea from 21-23 October.14732220_1141066439275598_5493714809670863295_n img_0220
The Kangaroos have drawn a tough block in the 96 team competition with international powerhouses Daejeon (South Korea), Kan-Onji (Japan) and Fuyang (China) in Block 6A.
The opening ceremony on Friday and knockout rounds on Sunday will be broadcast online on YouTube (recommended) or Ustream (not recommended) as per the times and links below. The YouTube channels include a useful countdown to start time. Note times are Japanese local times.

●Friday,October 21th
Opening Ceremony 17:30~18:50
YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDXpagcmirc Ustream:http://tinyurl.com/nraeq2s

●Sunday,October 23th
1nd Round on Championship Tournament  12:30-13:00
2nd Round on Championship Tournament  13:15-13:45
3rd Round on Championship Tournament   14:00-14:30
Semi-Final                  14:45-15:15
Final                    15:30-16:00

Results are expected to be published progressively published at: http://gateball.or.jp/


Toowoomba Gateball Tournament

Over the long weekend at the start of October, seven teams competed in the Toowoomba Gateball Tournament. Sharing the limelight with the wonderful Carnival of Flowers, Toowoomba’s Gateball Tournament was a great success. Battling cool winds on Saturday, everyone was pleased when Sunday brought sunny warm weather. But, come Monday morning heavy showers fell and made playing the games quite a challenge. But, being the enthusiasts we are, all the games went ahead including semifinals and finals. There were two blocks of 6 pairs in the Doubles Tournament.


The opening ball through the first gate was successfully completed by Cr. Geoff McDonald who spoke very highly of the work done by the Toowoomba Croquet Club. The President, Paul Reynolds, was pleased with the effort given by all of the club members to make the event a success.

The winning team was Ipswich Gateball Team named Snoopys. The presentation was made by Cr. Geoff McDonald. Second was the Toowoomba Blue team.

The winning Doubles was Elaine and Bruan Rubock from Wynnum. Second place went to Joy and Jill from Toowoomba. The presentation was made by Doug Freeman.

One highlight of the weekend was the opportunity to celebrate the 93rd birthday with popular Toowoomba player, Frank Harding. He is a regular and valuable team member who travels all over the State to play in his Toowoomba team.