Gateball in Geneva

The Swiss classic teams event was held at the CERN croquet club over the weekend 6-7 July 2019, with practice on the Friday.

Five teams competed, with 2 from Japan, 1 Swiss team and 2 composite teams.  We played with Bernard from Belgium and Priska from Germany.  It was also great to see our son Peter back on the gateball field and even better to hear that he enjoyed the tournament.

A double round robin was to be held, but this morphed into two single round robin tournaments with the winners of each to play off.  It will be of little surprise to you, dear reader, that the two Japanese teams dominated proceedings, with the team from Tokyo winning both round robin events.

Overall we had three wins, but the highlight was the second game against Tokyo. 

The score was 8-9 going into the final turn, and if ever there was a lesson against changing your mind as captain, this was it.  Our ball 7 touched 3 in front of gate 2 and my first instinct was to bombard ball 8 sitting tight to the line near gate 2. Instead, we sparked 3 through gate 2 and followed with 7.  An excellent slide by Priska off ball 9 allowed gate 3 to be made and the pole was narrowly missed.  The score was now 11-9, with only 8 to play.  Unfortunately, ball 8 made gates 2 and 3 and also agari, so we lost by 2 points.

The tournament was played in a very friendly spirit, with fantastic catering and was great fun. Thanks to Dave Underhill and the Swiss team for organising such a fantastic event.

Geoff Crook
Woodville Croquet Club

Newcastle Fun Gateball Carnival 2019

The one slight shower of rain on the Saturday afternoon did not put a dampener on the great weather for the recent Fun Gateball Carnival held in Newcastle from Friday 29th June to Sunday 30th June. 

It was a “Fun” Carnival because we did not stick to all the formalities before and after the game, we needed to keep to a tight timetable.  Only six pairs entered for the Doubles competition on the Friday afternoon so there was a single block, giving each pair five games.  With only five minutes between games it was a tight programme but with great co-operation from the players we finished before dark only five minutes behind schedule.  The winners were Judith Squelch and Margaret Gray from Newcastle with runners-up Ruth Mulvaney and Allan Graham from Toronto.

On the Saturday there were only four entries for the Teams event so again we had only a single block with each team playing each other team twice to give six games for each team.  The winning team was Epstars with Newcastle the runner-up.

Sunday was a “Rotating Doubles” competition where nobody played with the same partner twice.  Of the sixteen entrants there were some novice players and so the otherwise random draw was seeded to ensure these players did not play together but had the benefit of playing with more experienced partners.  Again, each player was allocated six games.  Points were awarded for wins and net hoops to each player and at the end of the day the winner with most points was Greg Deakin from Epstars.  Second place went to Judith Squelch from Newcastle, followed by Marion Davies from Toronto.

It was a very busy weekend but thanks to the ready co-operation of the players and all the helpers it appeared everyone had a good time.  Special thanks to our sponsors Aveo, to John Park for acting as Tournament Referee and to all the others who helped to make it a very enjoyable weekend.

Alan Gray
Newcastle National Park Croquet Club

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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.

Jamberoo Super 3s

The sun shone and the faces beamed over another splendid weekend of gateball at Jamberoo Croquet Club.

In its 6th year our Triples competition remains a very popular and highly contested event on the NSW gateball calendar.

10 teams entered allowing a complete round robin format to be played.

Adding to the mix this year were 2 players from Nowra CC, Margaret Sawers & Marie McLean, entering in their first ever gateball event. Nowra will definitely be a team not to be taken lightly if these ladies are any indication of their potential.

Team MGs from Jamberoo, consisting of Manuel Gutierrez, Glenda Gutierrez & Graham Shephard, again proved that they were the team to beat. They managed 8 wins and 69 net points.

The runners up were team Hunter Gatherers, a composite team from Toronto and Newcastle National Park with Helen Chalmers, Ruth Mulvaney & Judy Squelch. They ended the competition with 6 wins and 26 net points.

Referee coordinator Manuel Gutierrez presented 2 very informative sessions. The first being a clarification of the updated procedural changes of the game and the second being on some misunderstanding of gaining the right to continuous strokes.

Presentations by Director of Gateball Australia John Park were made to Helen Chalmers on attaining her Level 2 referee accreditation, Manuel Gutierrez on attaining his Level 1 referee accreditation and to both Manuel & Glenda Gutierrez on attaining their Level 1 Foundation Coach accreditation.

A great weekend of gateball, friendship and acknowledgement.

Glenda Gutierrez – Jamberoo Croquet Club

NSW Gateball Championships Head North in 2019

Taree Croquet Club on the Mid North Coast of NSW will host the NSW Championships for 2019. Taree CC has 3 croquet lawns, with a member base of 50 plus and currently do not play gateball. Along with the opportunity of hosting this event, Taree is hoping to enter a team and maybe add another code to their club.

6 experienced gateball players from Toronto, Newcastle National Park, Epping, Lithgow and Jamberoo headed to Taree on a very hot day to present a coaching and basic refereeing workshop. Taree CC was well prepared with one gateball court already marked.

Attendees came from Taree, Port Macquarie and Forster clubs, all very experienced croquet players eager to learn about gateball. Lots of laughs and some very unique stances developed as the drills session kicked in.

Sparking, as always was proving to be a challenge, but by the day’s end most had mastered the technique.

Several games were played with modified rules to ensure continued flow and interest in the game. During play some of the complex rules that govern our code were explained to our newest players.

Gateball will now continue to be played at Taree as the club has been able to borrow CNSW equipment through NSW Gateball Director Mary Dunn.

A brief meeting was also held with dedicated members to discuss the intricacies of gateball tournaments. This will see that this year’s Championship is one not to be missed.

So put September 20-22 in your diary, come for a few extra days and explore the Taree region as well.

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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