At Cairnlea and CQ, Classy Cougars,Canberra and CalMac win on May Day weekend

Two competitions were held on May Day weekend: the Victorian State Championships at Cairnlea and Rockhampton’s annual teams and doubles event.

In Victoria, Geoff Crook from South Australia reported that he took part of a fact finding tour on how to play and run a Gateball tournament. He jumped in at the deep end by playing with the Kookaburras – a team comprising players from Lithgow and Newcastle in NSW.

The Cougars snatched the title. Heather Fraser from Terang joined the team and was obviously delighted to share the win with the Queenslanders.

A doubles competition was held on the next day with the Canberra pairs showing their class in an all Canberra final. After a very entertaining and close see-saw game, Bryan Johnson and Gilon Smith beat Glen Whitehead and Hilary White 14 points to 11.

“I learnt a great deal about Gateball, was encouraged by the friendly people playing and the relaxed atmosphere around the games – I even refereed a couple of games. The doubles final was a great game to watch for the neutral observer,” concluded Geoff after a busy weekend.

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In the Rockhampton Gateball Tournament, a composite team also carried off the teams event. John and Beryl Holmes played with three Caloundra players to form the CalMac team. Bruce Mcallister joined the team as the sixth player. The CalMacs won the team competition so the handsome shield will reside at Caloundra for the first six months, then seek space in the McIlwraith clubhouse until next May.

Beryl followed up her weekend of gateball by attending her OAM investiture

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