Once again gateballers from across Southern Australia gathered in Terang for the customary first weekend in November as part of the Southwest Games. We had four teams and seven pairs competing. As well as two Terang teams, players from Kew and Essendon in Melbourne, Mt Gambier in South Australia and Woodville from Adelaide were all present.
Victoria has been experiencing unusual weather of late, with warm sunny days interspersed with rain creating almost perfect growing conditions for grass. The courts at Terang were slower than most had been used to and started the morning with a heavy dew. But as Friday’s overnight thunderstorms gave way to a (mostly!) clear and pleasant Saturday the four teams competed in a double round-robin. The Westerners from South Australia were far too strong, winning all six of their games and taking out the championship. Congratulations to them on a well-deserved victory.
In the Pairs on Sunday, Terang used a randomised pairing procedure, matching more experienced players with newer ones. This gave many pairings a fighting chance. The winners were Philip Brown of Kew and Aileen Bell of Terang who snuck home with five wins. There were three pairs who all finished on four wins. Placing second on net hoops was the only triple team, Geoff Crook, Trish Fazakerley and David Pryor.
The tournament in Terang may only be small – but it has easily the best viewing platform in Australian gateball. The courts are cut into the side of the hill below the main road, with a playground and viewing platform above them. No need for Spidercam here!
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Heather Fraser and all from Terang, who once again hosted a lovely, friendly, superbly-catered and inviting tournament.
Kew Croquet Club