Rockhampton’s Gateball Teams and Doubles Competition


Our Annual Gateball Tournament was held on 30th April, 1st, 2nd May. A lovely weekend with Teams and Doubles events. The weather was great and  would really like to thank the teams who came such a long way :- Eildon White, Caloundra, Toowoomba, Southport, and Capricorn Coast a little closer to home. Southport had 2 Rocky players in their team, and Towoomba also had a Rocky player.

Southport went through the teams event undefeated. Congratulations.

The winning team contained two players from Rockhampton and four from Southport. L-R Coral, Donna, Margaret, Rob, Lynne and Eunice

Second place went to the local Rockhampton Team.

The Rockhampton Team L-R John, Cheryl, Chris, Steve, Margie and Robyn

 Doubles had 2 blocks (A) made up of (6) sets of Doubles and (B) block (7) sets of Doubles. The final was between ‘Kele Krew’, and ‘Red & Redder’, with Kele Krew taking the winners trophy. Congratulations to all, a great weekend.

The Winning Doubles team was Steve and Chris Kele from Rockhampton on the left and Philip Rowlands and David Buckle on the right of John Dargel, President of Rockhampton MSC

Lynne Farry

Southport’s Gateball Triples

For the tenth year Southport  held its annual Gateball Triples. It was the first place in Australia to introduce Triples Competitions. Having nine teams participate was very pleasing considering the travel needed to attend the Australian Gateball Championship which was held just three weeks ago in the same area. Two teams came from Eildon, and one each from Moreton Bay and  Rockhampton as well as five teams from the Southport itself.

Playing Triples requires a player to be very active and the Captain needs to think very quickly to make plans or to counter the movements of the balls played by the opposition. It is not as hectic though, compared to Gateball Doubles. As a result, Triples Competitions are becoming more popular because so many Gateball players are appreciating this variation in the game. Special bibs are required but nothing else that is different is required.

Playing Gateball Triples at Southport Croquet Club.

All three courts were busy during the morning. The cross over Semi-finals were played after lunch. In this arrangement the winners of both Blocks A and B played the runner of the other block. Whilst two teams from Southport made it to the Semi-finals, the Final was played between Moreton Bay and Rockhampton.

The line up at the Final. L-R From Moreton Bay -Warren Dowse, Kaelan Sweetman, Emma Mauceri, Christine Roose (Recorder) Margaret Barnard ( Chief Referee,) Julia Tai  (Assistant Referee), and The Special K team was Steve, Chris and Cheryl Kele

It was wonderful that the Special K team travelled from Rockhampton to play and it included Mum-Cheryl, Dad – Steve and their son- Chris who had to travel from Townsville. Last year at Southport’s MSOB Gateball Doubles Competition, Steve and Chris won the event. They have continued that ‘winning feeling’! Congratulations to the Special K team. For all of their games, these three were in great form and did not lose a match. It was a very enjoyable day of Gateball with only few showers to cool us down.

The Special K team comprised Cheryl, Steve and Chris Kele and were the Winners of the Triples.

Caloundra’s Masters and Apprentices Gateball Teams and Doubles Competition

 The Weather Gods were kind to Caloundra Mallets Sports Club, for their annual Sunshine Coast Masters and Apprentices Tournament on 13th to 15th November. After a week of rain, with nervous organisers studying the forecast each day, the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, and we enjoyed 3 days of fine, sunny weather.

It was a very full program, with 12 teams, totalling 70 players, converging on Caloundra from as far away as the Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Rockhampton. With 17 rounds to be played over the 4 courts, it was an early 8am start each day. Competition was close, with 3 teams finishing on 8 wins, so placings were decided by net hoops scored. Rockhampton successfully defended their 2020 win, with Bribie Island second and F6 from Moreton Bay third. 

Rockhampton, receiving 1st prize from Caloundra’s President, Sue Dixon

14 doubles teams stayed for the doubles event on Sunday afternoon and Monday. Because of numbers, this event was played in 2 blocks. Leaders of each block played second place in the other, for a place in the finals. Interestingly, it was the second place getters in each block who played off for 1st place, with the event going to Bruce McAlister from Ipswich and Peter Sweet from Southport. They also won in 2020. Second place went to Robert Nicholson and Kathie Grant from Southport. In the game played for 3rd place, Steve and Cheryl Kele from Rockhampton finished ahead of Robert Roose and Richard Bevan from Eildon. 

Doubles winners, Peter Sweet and Bruce McAlister 

We are so lucky to be able to get together for these days, and even though the competition can be intense at times, the fun and friendship enjoyed by all make up for the weary minds and bodies at the end of the events.

Written by Robyn Brown, Caloundra Mallet Sports Gateball Captain.

Toowoomba’s Gateball Tournament 2nd-4th October, 2021

With our Gateball Tournament only being 2 weeks after the State Titles
we were not sure what to expect and with the virus around we were
nervously watching the news to see if there was to be any lock downs
which could affect our tournament.

With 8 teams and 10 doubles entrants we were able to spread it over 3
days without any rush between games. Our lawns were not as good as we
hoped because when we had them done at in December last year a massive
storm came shortly after and washed all the top dressing away.

There were 3 teams that won 6 games but Toowoomba won on a count back.
Southport Red came second and Rockhampton third.

Toowoomba was placed 1st on the countback.

The Southport Red Team came 2nd.

The Newbies from Southport ( Donna and Robert Nicholson) won the Doubles Competition with Cheryl and Steve Kele from Rockhampton coming 2nd after a shoot out.

Donna and Robert Nicholson from Southport won the Gateball Doubles Competition

Frank Harding presented the prizes for the teams. He was 98 on the 2nd October and still an active member of our club. Even though he is unable to play. It was great to see everybody so relaxed.

Sandra Reynolds

Seven new Level 2 Referees for Gateball in QLD

It was a hectic time for the QLD Director of Gateball Referees, Margaret Barnard, at the recent State Gateball Championships held at Ipswich Croquet Club 17-19th September. Many players have been very keen to become qualified referees which augurs well for Gateball. There were 7 players who had passed the Level 2 Theory Examination which was held earlier in June at the annual MSOB Gateball Tournament at Southport Croquet Club. The next step for them was to be assessed on their practical knowledge of the rules by being observed refereeing Gateball games at the State Championships.

The successful candidate were presented with their badges by the CAQ Vice President, Pat Habner. Congratulations go to all seven of them from 3 Clubs. They are  Kathie Grant, Dianne and Peter Sweet from Southport, Chris Kele from McIlwraith, Fran Buckle, Christine Roose and Nancy Scamp from Eildon.  It is hoped that their success will inspire more players to take on the study and guidance needed to achieve the Level 2 Gateball Referee badge.

L-R Kathie Grant, Dianne and Peter Sweet from Southport, Chris Kele from McIlwraith, Fran Buckle, Christine Roose and Nancy Scamp from Eildon and Margaret Barnard

Gateball in QLD has received so much benefit from the dedicated work by Margaret Barnard who is an International Referee. She has been readily available to oversee the theory and practical exams in order to ensure the quality of referees remain high within the QLD State. Unfortunately, Margaret is standing down after 4 years of the demanding tasks she has had to carry out as State Gateball Director of Gateball Referees.

On behalf of all of the QLD Gateball players, I extend a sincere thank you, Margaret, for the tremendous work you have done for Gateball.