World Masters Games, Kansai, 2021

In May 2021, the World Masters Games, held every four year, is planned for Kansai, Japan. With an expectation of more than 50,000 competitors involved in over 30 sports, it will be a hub of sporting ‘tragics’. Since Gateball is now included in the World Masters Games, all Gateball players would feel very much a part of the action.

Tokyo is hosting the Olympics this year so it is the turn of another part of Japan to demonstrate their organisational skills. The Kansai region is in the central area of the main island of Honshu. This huge region is full of heritage, beautiful scenery and very welcoming people. Gateball is being held in Kyoto which attracts so many tourists each year.

If there is interest in attending, please read the attachments. The entry fee is approx $325 at the present exchange rates. But this allows you to enter in 4 other sporting events!

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So create a team from your club, or form a composite team.  Contact your friends, the National Coordinator, John Park, or the State Coordinators. 

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But don’t forget there is the Australian Gateball Championships to be held at the Gold Coast 17-19th September 2021.

Capricornian Team Ready for the Australian Gateball Championship

At the recent Toowoomba Gateball Competition there were members of the Capricornian Team displaying their newly- designed uniform. It is dark blue with areas of pink shading. On the left side, a map of QLD has been embroidered as well as a Gateball stick showing where they live in Central QLD. On the right side is their name. The team looked very smart wearing the shirt with white shorts or trousers.

This team has been formed by two players each from the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast Mallet Sports Clubs and Gracemere Croquet Club. The team came third in the Toowoomba competition. More success is promised and they are fine tuning their tactics and teamwork.

In the photo from L-R. Steve Kele (Rockhampton MSC), Roseanne Mathewson (Gracemere CC), Cheryl Kele (Rockhampton MSC), Robyn Lyon (Capricorn Coast MSC), Peter Kajewski (Gracemere CC). Absent was Kathleen Hayes (Capricorn Coast MSC).

Toowoomba Gateball Tournament

The Toowoomba Gateball Tournament held from 5th- 7th November was a huge success despite the hot, dry weather and bushfires burning in the region.  A lot of water was poured onto the lawns in the last month to obtain an even coating of grass as we are going through the worst drought on record.

There were 9 teams teams competing- two each from Toowoomba and Southport, one each from Ipswich, Caloundra, Redcliffe, Capricornia and a composite team with players from Rockhampton, Tamborine Mountain and West Toowoomba. It was really good to welcome a new team called Capricornians which was formed by two players each from three Croquet Clubs in Central QLD- Gracemere, Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast. The team has been preparing specifically for the Australian Gateball Championships in Melbourne at the end of November. Wearing their special, attractive new uniforms, all of the players are uniting into a strong force. They came third in the competition.

The winners of the teams competition was Southport Red with Redcliffe Roses coming 2nd whilst 3rd place went to Capricornians.

Southport Red wins the Toowoomba Gateball Competition

Redcliffe Roses came 2nd

The doubles attracted 14 teams competing in two blocks. It was fitting that the Doubles Team that went through undefeated from Block A  (Cheryl and Steve Kele ) and Block B (Jan Wells and Sandra Reynolds) met in the final. It was a very close win 10-9 to Jan and Sandra. Likewise, it was a close finish in the tussle for 3rd and 4th place which involved a win by countback to Glenda and Robyn against Emma and Warren.

The winners of the Toowoomba Gateball Doubles were Jan Wells and Sandra Reynolds being presented their prize by Paul Reynolds, President of Toowoomba CC

Cheryl and Steve Kele came 2nd in the Gateball Doubles and also received their prize from Paul.

During the weekend there was a celebration of the 96th Birthday for popular Toowoomba player, Frank Harding. A birthday cake was supplied and he had to cut the cake and blow out the candles.

Happy 96th Birthday. Frank and his birthday cake.

That was not the only excitement for Frank. A reporter from the local TV station, WIN Toowoomba, interviewed him as well as Ethan Chilton aged 14. They represented the oldest and the youngest players at the Toowoomba Tournament. See the Gateball Australia Facebook Page for the wonderful TV segment.

Frank Harding, 96, and Ethan Chilton, 14, enjoy their Gateball.

I would like to thank everyone who made our tournament a success.

Group Photo


Sandra Reynolds

Ethan Chilton is awarded an ACA Scholarship

At the ACA Meeting last month Ethan Chilton, aged 14, was awarded one of the Scholarships that are available to Croquet Players. This Gateball Scholarship will be used for Ethan to attend the Australian Gateball Championships at Cairnlea  in Melbourne from 28th November- 1st December.

Ethan began playing Gateball two years ago at Southport Croquet Club along with his Mother. His Grandfather followed soon after. His extremely polite, co-operative and intelligent personality has endeared him to everyone he meets. Ethan loves to practise and challenges himself on improving his skills. He intends qualifying to become a Referee and already has proved a very capable Team Captain.

Ethan attends Varsity College at the Gold Coast. He does not restrict himself to playing in Gateball teams. Ethan has been very successful in recent Gateball Triples events and Doubles competitions; has won the RPM Golf Croquet Doubles Tournament; is very good at Ricochet and plays in Southport’s Pennant team. Another area of sporting interest for Ethan is table tennis and he has represented his school in Table Tennis Tournaments in which he reached second place in the local schools’ competition.

Congratulations Ethan on being awarded the ACA Gateball Scholarship.

Ethan Chilton, aged 14, at the QLD Gateball Championships, 2019

QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championships

From Saturday 17th August through to Monday 19th August the QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championships were held at Toombul Croquet Club. This was the first time for Toombul CC to host any Gateball Championship. It was a very successful competition because of the hospitality of the members of that club, the ability to have 4 courts available and marked out with white lines, plus the very mild, winter weather.

Nine teams arrived to play with some travelling great distances to compete – from Capricorn Coast in central Queensland to our southern visitors from Canberra and those from Toowoomba to the west of Brisbane. There were 16 pairs of Doubles Teams. The Opening Ceremony was conducted by the local MP, Leanne Linard, who is Patron of Toombul Croquet Club.

The team from Canberra had just one loss- to Southport White. So with 7 wins altogether, Canberra won the Lola Whyte Trophy by winning the QLD State Gateball Teams Championship! This was the 7th win by a team from Canberra since the Championships began in 2005. That is a fantastic achievement!  The presentation was made by Mrs Fiona McAlister who is the daughter of Lola Whyte for whom the Trophy is dedicated.

The team from Canberra, accompanied by two little supporters, accept the Lola Whyte Trophy.

In second place was Redcliffe Roses who scored 5 wins but had a better hoop net average than Sunny Coast which also scored 5 wins.

Second place went to Redcliffe Roses

The Gateball Doubles Championship required dividing the 16 teams into two blocks with 8 pairs in each. The winner of A Block was the Blue Macs Team. It was a very closely- fought Block with 3 teams each on 5 wins. But Philip Rowlands and Allan Beeson from McIlwraith Club had scored more gates than the the other two pairs. The winner of Block B was the husband and wife pair from Canberra- Kristina and Glen Whitehead.  The Grand Final was full of unexpected twists and turns. Scoring an ‘agari’  from a long distance enabled Philip and Allan to take the top spot at the 2019 QLD State Gateball Doubles Championship.

David Drake, the Treasurer of CAQ, attended the Presentation Ceremony as well as Bruce McAlister who donated the Trophy for the Winner of the QLD Gateball Doubles Championship.

Bruce McAlister, centre, presented the Trophy donated by him to Philip Rowlands and Allan Beeson from McIlwraith CC. 

David Drake, CAQ Treasurer, presented the Runner up medallions to Kristina and Glen Whitehead