Australian Gateball Championships: Congratulations to the Capricorns and Pine Rivers.

Australian Gateball Championships: Congratulations Capricorns and Pine Rivers
Well done to these two clubs for submitting the first two entries for the Nov/Dec Australian Gateball Championships. Both teams are first time/new combination AGC entrants, although some of their members have participated before. Further posts with some background information about these two teams will follow shortly. Other entrants are also encouraged to send a short resume for posting when they submit their entries.
Australian entry forms were circulated to State Coordinators a few weeks ago, with a request that they be forwarded to clubs. Event information has also been sent and is available on this website on the Events tab
The Korean team which won our last AGC has booked flights and are returning to defend their title. They will also play games  in Sydney and the Blue Mountains before heading to Melbourne. Anyone in the Sydney area or passing through Sydney or Lithgow in the week before the Nationals is invited to join us. Please contact the National Coordinator for information. Provided we can pay for interpreters, this team has also agreed to provide some coaching for a small group of Australian players during the Friday session.
Japanese players who hosted Geoff Crook of SA and family last year have also told him they expect to attend.  Geoff and Trish are playing shortly in Geneva and we hope they will encourage a few European players to visit us in November, to escape the northern cold. 
A Hong Kong team has also been in touch to discuss details about the event. The Chinese Gateball Association has phoned and hope to send teams. An ongoing dialogue with Brazil is also under way.
Anyone else with overseas contacts who they to encourage should ask them to contact . The National Coordinator has a variety of entry forms that suit visa requirements for specific countries and has links with the appropriate government departments which will assist visa applicants. All entries will be received and handled by the National Coordinator.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at our flagship event. We need as many Australian teams as possible to participate, so our Gateball Australia event has a good reputation in the international community.  The event also helps us select teams for the 2020 Asian Gateball Championships in China.

AGC: Capricornians and Pine Rivers

Our first two entrants for this years Australian Gateball Championships were the Capricorns and Pine Rivers. Read their stories below. Other teams entering the AGC are invited to send similar stories.


The Capricornians entering this year’s AGC is a mixed team comprising two players from each of the three CQ clubs, Capricorn Coast [Robyn Lyon, Kathleen Hayes], Gracemere [Peter Kajewski, RoseAnne Mathewsen] and Rockhampton [Steve and Cheryl Kele].

We have only been playing Gateball at Capricorn Coast for just under two years. Greg Featherstone has been an able and willing coach. So far, the  Capricorn Coast team has competed at the Rockhampton Gateball Challenge in 2018 and 2019 and the State Championships  in Rockhamptonton in 2018. We travelled south to play at Caloundra in 2018 and won five games there. This year we competed at McIlwraith for the first time. 

We average about eight players each club play day on Wednesday mornings from 8-10am.

The team which competed at McIlwraith 2019. L to R Kath Hayes, Lyn Christiansen, Greg Featherstone, Lyn Hanlon and Robyn Lyon.

Pine Rivers

In early March this year some gateball enthusiasts, welcomed by Secretary Carolyn Ribone and President Sep Hines, joined the happy membership at Pine Rivers Croquet Club in the north of Brisbane. With some equipment loaned from the ACA (through John Park) and CAQ ( via Barbara Northcott) we held some demonstration games in early March. Sep was clever enough to make some additional equipment and we were blessed to have a dedicated gateball green marked out by the wonderful volunteer greenkeepers.

After only a few games some of the members were hooked on gateball and by the end of March, Pine Rivers entered their first gateball competition at McIlwraith. Max and Judy Stringer had previously never played in a gateball tournament but learned quickly and played exceptionally well. Their experience in Ricochet made their transition look easy! Thrilled with a few wins and a wonderful day out, the news spilled over to other members of how much fun gateball is.

In early June, Pine Rivers competed at the Ipswich tournament, winning 5 out of 8 matches under the captaining of Emma Mauceri and Warren Dowse. This time, Robert Roose and Sep Hines joined the competition team for the first time. Again, it was easy to see how their ricochet skills transferred to gateball. An impressive 4th place at this event encouraged the team to enter more competitions.

Pine Rivers team at Ipswich Tournament – Robert Roose, Judy Stringer, Emma Mauceri, Max Stringer, Warren Dowse, Sep Hines, Keith Chur-Hansen and Grayce Dowse.

On the 15th June at the Brisbane North Regional Doubles Gateball tournament, Max and Robert placed 2nd and Judy and Sep placed 3rd. A fantastic result given the amount of time they have all been playing.

Max Stringer and Robert Roose – 2nd Place in the Brisbane North Region Gateball Doubles Event

Robert Roose, Sep Hines, Max Stringer and Judy Stringer at the Brisbane North Region Gateball Doubles Event

We have just started planning for our adventure to the Australian Gateball Championship to be held in Victoria in November this year and look forward to meeting more gateball enthusiasts from around the globe.

We are all looking forward to playing and learning more together as a team and encouraging more people to come and play gateball with us.



Ipswich Gateball Challenge

On the 1st & 2nd June Ipswich Gateball Club held our annual competition.  

Ipswich was in second place

We had a very successful event and once again had a maximum of 10 teams competing.   This enabled us to have two full days of team competition.  Our grounds are very fast as we play at the local North Ipswich Bowls Club.  This always proves to be a challenge for a lot of our players especially if it is their first experience with a bowls club surface.  

We are a small club and it was a pleasure to welcome  so many teams and have the club house filled with happy gateballers.  We thank them all for their support.

The winning team this year was Redcliffe Roses with 7 wins out of 9 and we congratulate them on a fine effort.  Coming in second place was our own Ipswich Team again with 7 wins.  Our patron Cheryl  Bromage presented the awards to both teams.  All teams achieved at least one win each.

We usually try to do things a little differently in Ipswich and attempt to make our events all inclusive and this proves to be a successful formula.  Each year we give an encouragement award or mystery prize.  This is our way of saying thank you to the many teams competing, because without them we wouldn’t be able to hold such a successful event.  This year we had five young players across the teams.  Most of these young people have not been playing long, so we decided to divide our encouragement award between them.  We hope that they will continue to enjoy the game as they become more proficient.

Our thanks as always must go to our volunteers who do such a magnificent  job of catering for us over the two days.  We also thank all teams for competing and helping to make the competition the success that  it was.

Redcliffe Roses was in First place



14 CNSW Gateballers Commit to Improvement

Players from Canberra, Lithgow, Strathfield, Epping, Toronto and Newcastle met at Strathfield for a workshop at which they looked at ways to improve their performance in competitive gateball.

The morning was spent looking at techniques that players could employ to increase the effectiveness of their practice and exploring strategic understandings necessary for higher level play

In the afternoon players used the more advanced skills card available as a download on this website under About Gateball: Tips, Strategy and Coaching . Pairs of players kept a record of where they were unable to complete a succession of skills. This enabled them to focus on areas they need to work at.

The day was supported through CNSW’s Players Pathway to Excellence Program (PPEP). Through this program players are provided with support to enable them to improve their skills and be more successful in competition.

Recognition of Referee Qualification

Despite having achieved her Level 2 Referee qualifications last year, circumstances have prevented Jill Gwynne from receiving her official recognition. Last weekend at Ipswich’s Gateball Challenge Tournament Margaret Barnard, QLD Director of Gateball Refereeing, presented Jill from Toowoomba Croquet Club with her badge. Congratulations Jill! Your effort to attain this Referee qualification is inspiring more people – not just from your club- to apply themselves to learning the rules of the game and then demonstrating their knowledge in refereeing Gateball games.

Margaret Barnard, QLD Director of Gateball Refereeing presenting Jill Gwynne from Toowoomba CC with her Level 2 Referee badge.