Play Virtual Gateball

At the launch of the Australian Croquet Academy this week,  mallets sports simulations also featured. At this point in time, the Gateball and Golf Croquet games are playable but creator Gareth Denyer wants feedback to enable him to perfect the games. He already has a list of improvements generated through his previous consultation with a couple of GB players. Gareth stresses that we are at a stage where we have product that is good enough for people to experiment with but it is very early in the development process There is a very high chance that he will  be able to act on good suggestions in a timely manner

He also tells us he knew virtually nothing about Gateball a couple of weeks ago. This makes his progress outstanding. Thanks are extended to Gareth and the ACA for including this development in conjunction with the launch of the  Australian Croquet Academy

To get started, check Gareth’s introductory Picture Based GuidePower Point and Youtube presentations. Then try the simulation.

The picture at the top of the screen shows some aspects of the simulation. You will notice that there is both a 2D and 3D view of the court. An information panel shows up and when a touch is made, the smaller touch screen clarifies what has happened. Gareth explains that the platform he has used for this “gets the physics right.”  During the Croquet Academy presentation, he demonstrated a bombard which showed that the stroker’s ball had to be hit a bit harder and how carefully the lining up has to be done. Those annoying bombards, where the sparked ball stops dead because it has been hit too straight, with be faithfully reproduced by the simulation! We can all learn from this game, as well as have a lot of fun with it, especially during lockdown!!!

Gareth also recommends trying out some set pieces like bombards, pushoutsgates and touches and slides . This will test out the simulation. Do remember to send him any thoughts you have 

The central aspect of the Croquet Academy presentation was also to show aspects of the online coaching platform. Manuals, videos, log books, booking forms and certificates will all be available through this medium. A brief introduction to the Croquet Academy is available on Facebook, while a lengthier video can be found on the ACA website  More details will be forthcoming.

Southport Croquet Club’s Annual MSOB Gateball Teams and Doubles Competition

It was really wonderful to be able to welcome back to Southport CC the Gateball players from QLD to compete in our annual Mallet Sports on the Broadwater. Since 2007 this event has been held late in June during the first weekend of the school holidays. Understandably, it was not held in 2020 because of the Covid pandemic. So with 10 Gateball teams attending followed by 14 Gateball Doubles teams, it was a welcome return to this popular competition at the Gold Coast.

Preparations were made to cope with the weather forecast of heavy rain that was predicted for the Saturday. That rainfall was not heavy and it did not halt any of the games, thankfully. The marquees that were brought in and erected by our committed club members were indeed useful. By the end of Saturday every team had enjoyed a win in at least one game. Since there were some players in many of the teams that were new to Gateball Competitions, it is always promising for them if the team achieves some wins.

Gateball group receives information from CAQ Director of Gateball Refereeing- Margaret Barnard

By lunchtime on Sunday there was one team on top of the ladder. Congratulations to Toowoomba for securing 1st place. Second place was taken by Caloundra. In 3rd place was McIlwraith. The presentations were made by Jonathon McCorriston who is one of the partners of the Company that sponsors the Gateball Teams Competition – Vision Michael Hare Eyecare Plus.

The team from Toowoomba receives the Gateball Teams Shield,  their medals and prize money from Jonathon McCorriston

The Caloundra Team came second.

After lunch on Sunday the Gateball Doubles competition began and di not conclude until mid afternoon on Monday. There were two blocks of 7 teams. It was very good to have supporters stay to assist in the scoring for the games. After the Round Robin was completed  there were the Finals. The top team of Block A,  Macroc (Steve and Chris Kele), played the top team from Block B, JillSan (Jill  Gwynne and Sandra Reynolds) to determine 1st and 2nd place.

The second placed  team in Block A, The Blues ( Julia Tai and Kerry Lamerton), played the second placed team in Block B, L&E ( Lee Wentworth and Ethan Chilton). The winning pair was L&E who claimed 3rd prize. Making the presentation was Lesley Shepherd from Select World Travel and Cruises who is a Club Sponsor.

The Gateball Doubles Finalists with Lesley Shepherd- a Club Sponsor

Macroc won the Gateball Doubles Final. Here Chris and Steve Kele display the Shield along with Lesley Shepherd. 

In 2nd place was Jill Gwynne and Sandra Reynolds.

Gateball Coaching

Gateball Coaches have now been trained in 4 states in SE Australia.

There are 3 levels of coaches for Gateball:

A Level 1 coach is trained to work alongside beginners to develop the basic routines for stroking, sparking and sliding, to work with a captain and develop the ability to stroke, spark and slide with increasing accuracy and to a variety of lengths.

At Level 2,  a coach is working with players who are aiming to become consistent in a series of plays as part of a team aiming to compete effectively in interclub competition. 

At level 3, a coach also needs to be a referee and  has the skills to work with others to develop  a player’s strategic understanding and ability to call a game as a captain. Teams aiming to do well in higher level competition and to participate overseas should work with a Level 3 coach. 

Unlike our refereeing processes that are managed internally by Gateball Australia, coaching is managed in each state by a State Coordinator of Coaching. Arrangements in each State are to be found through the links below:

In Queensland, the latest count of coaches trained is shown on the CAQ website . There are 11 Level 2 coaches and 6 Level 1 coaches

In CNSW 8 Level 2 coaches and 6 Level 1 coaches are listed on the Gateball Coaches page.

Croquet Victoria has a dedicated coaching page which lists both its processes and the State’s 1 Level 1 and 2 Level 2 coaches.

In SA 4 Level 1 Coaches have been trained and are listed on the State’s Coaching page.

One of our Qld coaches is a part time member of a Tasmanian club, so we could claim there is half a coach there! It is hoped that a visit to WA will train some Level 1 coaches 

Congratulations to 3 Rockhampton Coaches

Two coaches from Rockhampton were provided training by Lynda Davis, Jim and Barbara Northcott to be re certified as Level 1 and Level 2 Gateball Coaches. They are Lynne Farry and Mary Jones.

Level 2 Coaches- Mary Jones and Lynne Farry

Another member of the Club- Cheryl Kele- received training and is now a Level 1 Gateball Coach. Congratulations to all three members of Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club on achieving these qualifications. Their volunteer work within the Club will be of great benefit to all members or prospective members.

L-R Mary Jones, Cheryl Kele and Lynne Farry

Rockhampton Gateball Teams and Doubles Tournament, 15-17th May

It was really heartening to the Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club to have 9 teams attending their annual Gateball Teams Tournament 15th-17th May. Two teams represented the local Club- Rocky White and Rocky Blue. Two teams from Capricorn Coast played in the event. Southport Croquet Club also had two teams playing but one team was a composite with two Bribie Island players included in the  S’Port Bribie team. The 3 other teams were from Moreton Bay, Pine Rivers and  a composite team that included players from Caloundra and Eildon Clubs- named ‘Caldons’.

Members of 9 teams gathered in Rockhampton

Everything ran smoothly with the courts very carefully marked out.The weather was very good as is to be expected at that time of the year. The team competition was organised on a Round Robin Basis. By midday on Sunday the results were calculated. Three teams each won 6 games- Rocky Blue, Rocky White and Caldons. The final positions were decided by the Net Points Difference. Congratulations to Rocky Blue for winning the Tournament! In 2nd place was Caldons and 3rd place was Rocky White.

Rocky Blue won the Rockhampton Gateball Team Championships. The Club’s President, Linda MacPherson, presented the Trophy.

In 2nd place was the team comprising of players from Caloundra and Eildon Clubs. Wearing colourful shirts, the Caldons team set high sartorial standards.

The local Club was in fine form obviously after the results of the Teams Tournament was revealed. The Gateball Doubles Competition involved 7 teams in Block A and 7 teams in Block B. Many of the Doubles were locals. But once again the Final was won by a local pair- Robyn Lyons and John  Dargel. Congratulation to this pair named the ‘Rocky Rebels’. It was an exciting game. They defeated the team called ‘Strangers’ which consisted of 2 players who had never played together previously. They were Robert Roose from Eildon and Peter Kajewski from Gracemere.

Rocky Rebels team ( Robyn Lyons and John Dargel) with Cheryl Kele, the Tournament Manager

In 2nd place was the Strangers team. Robert Roose from Eildon Club and Peter Kajewski from Gracemere Club

Congratulations to Rockhampton Mallet Sports Club for hosting such a successful Tournament after 12 months of no competition in the Region. Their teams were very successful as were their Doubles pairs.