14 NSW players participated in a Beginner Captains course at Strathfield CC led by John and Penny Park of Hazelbrook CC.
Geoff Crook from South Australia has sent us another conundrum from a recent game at Woodville. Please put your answers and comments in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below.
The last 3 minutes
After a gap of at least 12 months, Woodville hosted a Sunday afternoon of Gateball on 7 November 2021. The last game of the day was pretty unusual, with Red storming to a 15-1 lead after 12 minutes, and White’s solitary ball in play was an out-ball [Ball 6].
However, White fought back and the result was the position below – 5 points behind with a couple of minutes left.
Ball 10 is to play, and assume Ball 6 plays last.
Can White win? Please explain the sequence of play leading to your answer.
The last post had the scenario below together with a short video of what I did on the day, and posed the question “What happened next”
Thanks to everyone who commented.
I’ve always said if you can’t be good be lucky and I really rode my luck with this one.
The video below shows what happened – Ball 5 touched Ball 8 and bombarded Ball 4 on the line near gate 3. Ball 8 bounced off Ball 4 and knocked out Ball 2, with Ball 8 landing on the court near Ball 7 (which had been sparked to its position near gate 3 earlier in the turn!).
Geoff Crook has devised this sneaky scenario for your consideration. Let us have your answers in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box below. We’ll publish the answer in about a week’s time.
When I was a lad there was a long-running quiz show on TV called “A Question of Sport”. One of the rounds was the “What happened next” round where a video would be played and the contestants would guess, believe it or not, what happened next?
So, I thought I would expand on the scenario concept and ask not only what would you do as Red 5 in the scenario below, but also ask “What happened next” in the video which shows what I actually did………
Here’s what I did, and question 2 is “What happened next?”
Thanks to Philip Brown from the Kew Croquet Club who submitted this puzzle based on a real situation in the 2018 Victorian Gateball Championship.
Readers should leave a reply in the comments.
Gateball Puzzle #6: The Better Part of Valour
The score is 8-6, Ball 1 is to play. What should Ball 1 do in this scenario? Why? Note that the Gate-touch of Ball 7 through Gate 3 onto Ball 9 is available.
Previous gateball puzzles are available at the links below:
Gateball puzzle #1 also included information on the format of the puzzle and outlined how you can submit your own puzzle.