The annual Gateball Teams and Doubles Competition was held at Toowoomba 1st-3rd October. It is always a wonderful experience playing at Toowoomba’s courts. Situated close to Queen’s Park, most of the competitors spent several hours before or after the competition to admire the gorgeous floral displays that are featured in their city’s Spring Flower Festival.
Six teams played the Teams competition on the Saturday. The thunderstorms circled around the clubhouse late in the afternoon but by then the last round was under way. With very good food on offer for the afternoon tea, we adjourned to the Clubhouse to finish off the food and watch the presentation. Mr Burstow, whose family business of Burstow’s Funeral Care are the sponsors of the Gateball Competitions, made the presentations to the winning team which was Southport Red Team and to the second placed team- Toowoomba Royals which included two players from Eildon ( Christine and Robert Roose).
The Gateball Doubles Competition began on Sunday with very cold, wet weather hampering the players. All of the Doubles teams persevered and managed to complete the games organised into 2 Blocks. The semifinal and finals were on Monday. Congratulations to the local pair- Sandra Reynolds and Toni Sheedy- who won the Final.
Second place went to a Doubles pair from Caloundra- Howard Williams and Kath Hayes.