Gateball Scores


Gateball Scores has been released to the Australian and global gateball community today.

Gateball Scores allows tournament managers to provide instant results to gateball fans around the world. Gateball Scores provides a superior method for recording, archiving and sharing competition results and replaces manual spreadsheets and the subsequent posting of results on the internet. Gateball Scores is based on the globally popular Croquet Scores website with adjustments to support gateball tournaments.

The website is simple to use. A try site is available for testing, learning and demos. Help pages explain the website functionality.

A big thank you to Tim Murphy for the time and effort he has committed to developing the website. Users can support further development by using the donate button on the website.

Gateball Scores will debut at the Australian Gateball Championship in Wynnum, Queensland from 4-6 September. Please contact Glen Whitehead (Canberra) during the Australian Championship for information or advice on how to use the website.

2014 World Gateball Championship – Wrap

The 11th World Gateball Championship was held in Niigata, Japan from 26-28 September, 2014. Australia was represented by 20 players competing in three teams out of the 700 players in 90 teams from around the world. The Australian players were joined by three referees who were invited to officiate at a World Championship, a first for Australian referees. Articles leading up to the tournament and live coverage was presented on this site. This post summarises the tournament and includes a number of new photos.


The tournament was hosted at Niigata City Athletic Stadium. The Stadium was situated in a large parkland and conference area not far from the riverfront. The Stadium boasted a large playing area with 12 courts set up for play, a large amount of stadium seating and room outside for registration and equipment stalls.
Australian teams were impressed with the manicured lawns which had long grass but ran smooth and ran true allowing for a high standard of play.
Each team was allocated a tent and volunteer for the tournament for storing equipment and for resting between matches.

Opening Ceremony
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Entertainment at the opening ceremony included a short film on the history of gateball, Taiko drumming and a handover of the trophy from reigning champions Fujian. Participants were welcomed by World Gateball Union President Ms Ono and the athletes oath was read by a young Japanese player from the TKE squad.

Lighting of flame and march
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Before matches on the Saturday morning the competition was opened with the end of the flame relay and the lighting of the cauldron. Other entertainment included the athletes march, Japanese dancing and VIPs hitting through a large ceremonial gate including Australian National Director of Gateball Gilon Smith.

Big crowds were in attendance on Saturday with Canberra playing on one of the show courts in front of a crowd of around 2,000. Crowds diminished over the weekend as local sides from Niigata got knocked out of the tournament with the final played in front of around 800 spectators.

The Tournament

700 players from twenty countries and regions competed in 90 teams. Disappointingly, out of the 96 teams nominated some teams from Indonesia, India and Taiwan were unable to attend leaving a hole in some blocks. Fortunately this did not impact the Australian teams. 111 referees officiated the tournament and there was a large army of officials, volunteers and translators.  

Australian Results
The Australian squad achieved its best ever result at a World Championship by winning five of their nine games. Saturday saw each Australian team play two games with a third on the Sunday. All Australian teams lost their first match before improving throughout the tournament. Unfortunately no Australian teams were able to win their block and therefore did not advance to the knockout phase. Southport came close, finishing second to Uruguay in their block. Individual team results were:

Uruguay 16 – Southport 9
Southport 12 – Thailand 5
Southport 13 – Team Europe 9
Best match vs Thailand. Southport controlled this match from start to finish with all players executing better than Thailand to pull off a comfortable victory.

Garuda Sulteng (Indonesia) 12 – Canberra 8
Canberra 13 – Canada 10
Canberra 12 – Taipei Taichung 9
Best match vs Taipei Taichung. Canberra played white and took control early in the match against a strong side. Some long tight touches to the line and a gate touch were required late to cement victory. This was a good win against a strong side that advanced to the knockout phase.

Tamborine Mountain Raptors
GMF (Indonesia) 12 – Tamborine Mountain Raptors 7
Tsuyama Gateball Family (Japan) 18 – Tamborine Mountain Raptors 8
Tamborine Mountain Raptors 17 – China Macao2 10
Best match vs China Macao2. Tamborine Mountain Raptors started very aggressively which put them behind early however some long shots from David and a 10m gate and touch by Barrie allowed the Raptors to storm home recording the highest individual score of any Australian team.

Overall Results

Results from the round robin stage can be viewed here. Results from the knockout round can be viewed here. The knockout phase saw a greater spread of teams than the last world championships with teams from Japan (7), China (3), Brazil (3), Chinese Taipei (3), Korea (2), Macao (1) and Uruguay (1) all qualifying for the knockout phase. Chinese teams, although small in number, rose to prominence in the knockout round taking two of the top four positions.

The ultimate victor was Shanxi Linfen of China defeating Joshokiryu of Japan 12-8. Shanxi Linfen were the superior team with Joshokiryu looking tired after a long string of consecutive knockout matches. Shanxi Linfen dominated most of the match consistently “hunting down” Joshokiryu players. A long shot by Joshokiryu did turn the match but it was too little too late and the Chinese side were comfortable and well deserving victors.

Shanxi Linfen was the first all male team to win the tournament since Greenpia Tomonokai were victors in 2002.


111 referees adjudicated at the event. Keith McLeod, Bruce McAlister and Margaret Barnard were Australia’s first ever referee team.  Keith McLeod was also nominated as a vice chairmen of referees for the tournament.
The Aussies refereed four games in the round robin series and were delighted and proud to be chosen to referee one of the games in the final series.
The Australians received positive feedback on their performance from World Gateball Union Officials including the Chairman of Referees as well from players participating at the World Gateball Championship.

Media/Live Stream

Australian teams were popular with Japanese media including TV, website and newspapers.
The following knockout matches were streamed live on USTREAM and can still be viewed at the links below.
Opening dinner
Round of 16 – Sejong (Korea) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Quarterfinal – Shanghai Gaodong (China) vs Sata King (Japan)
Semi-final – Shanghai Gaodong (China) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Semi-final – Shanxi Linfen (China) vs Hsinchu County (Taiwan)
Final – Shanxi Linfen (China) vs Joshokiryu (Japan)
Awards Ceremony

Other Videos have been updated to youtube including the Southport vs Team Europe match and other matches here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

There were twelve stalls out the front of the stadium that sold gateball equipment and local souvenirs and produce. A number of Australian players took advantage purchasing new mallets and other gateball accessories.


Chris Wentworth from Southport was particularly popular with the media and other teams. Chris was the 3rd youngest player in the tournament at 13 years old (the youngest was an 11 year old from Indonesia). Chris played well and contributed strongly to Southport’s two wins.
David Hughes from the Tamborine Mountain Raptors was also popular as the second youngest Australian and another teenager in the tournament.

New Rules

The 45th Board of Directors Meeting was held in Niigata Japan on September 26th, 2014 and discussed reviewing the official gateball rules.
Proposed updates to the official gateball rules were approved as submitted by the World Gateball Union. The updates to the rules are available at:

The rules updates are generally minor however changes to the rules for gate 1 and sparking fouls will have an impact on some matches. The new rules come into effect from 1 April 2015.

2018 World Gateball Championship

The 12th World Gateball Championship will be held in 2018. Several bids were received and the final decision will be made by the chairperson and be subsequently announced.

Gateball Australia Website

This website recorded a record number of hits in the lead-up to and during the tournament. In the two weeks leading up to and during the tournament the site recorded 3,702 hits including a record 595 hits on the final day of the tournament. You can re-live the 11 day countdown and updates during the tournament below.
11 days to go – Review of 2010 Gateball World Championship
10 days to go – Venue Preview/Road to Niigata
9 days to go –  Canberra Team Profile
8 days to go –  What is a Winning Score in Japan?
7 days to go –  Tamborine Mountain Raptors Team Profile
6 days to go –  Message from the Prime Minister
5 days to go –  Southport Team Profile
4 days to go –  Tournament Information
3 days to go –  Australian Referees/Tournament Weather Forecast
2 days to go –  Draw/Travel Log
1 day to go –  Canberra’s Lead-up in Japan
Friday – practice day
Saturday – competition commences
Sunday – a champion team is crowned

Australia’s participation in the 2014 World Gateball Championship has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation.

Riverina Gateball Championship

Congratulations to all competitors who competed in the Riverina Gateball Championship on 5-6 April 2014. The competition included a record number of entries with 36 competitors.

Results can be viewed at croquetscores.

The Daily Advertiser and ABC local radio provided media coverage.

Photos of the prize winners are below.

Team Winners: Kew/Essendon


Team Runners-up: Tamborine Mountain Raptors



Triples Winners: Josh, Kerrie and Philip


Triples Runners-up: Kristina, Penny and Elaine


2014 Blue Mountains Gateball Competition

More than 50 gateballers from around Queensland, NSW and the ACT braved heavy rain and high winds to take part in the Blue Mountains 2014 Gateball Competition in February.

Over two days, teams from Tamborine Mountain Queensland, Canberra, Jamberoo, Epping/Eastwood/Killara, Young and two from both Newcastle and the Blue Mountains engaged in friendly battles to win the coveted Blue Mountains Gateball Trophy. Rain ponchos and plastic bags were the high fashion outfits of the weekend.

With no Duckworth-Lewis rules in Gateball, the teams kept on playing valiantly on increasingly waterlogged courts and rain stopped play for only a couple of games.

A brief break in the clouds allowed the Final to be played in a dry half hour and an exciting game saw the Canberra Young Turks emerging as winners with Tamborine Mountain Raptors very close runners up.

Tamborine Mountain Raptors also won the Minor Premiers Award and the Newcastle Kingfishers were Winners in the Second Pool.

Full scores are available on the Croquet Scores website.

Special mention must go to Reagh and Bev, the two players from Young who had first picked up a gateball mallet just 4 weeks ago. Joined with the Canberra players into the aptly named Canberra Young Turks, the Young players were thrilled to be part of the winning team. Bragging rights when they get home to Young no doubt!

You can read more about the competition in the Blue Mountains Gazette here.


This article was originally published on the Blue Mountains Croquet Club website and can be viewed here.

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Program Change for Gateball Segment on the “Totally Wild”

Because of the decision to move the “Totally Wild’ show from Channel 10 to Channel 1, the scheduled date and time of the gateball segment was changed. Channel 10 have apologised for the inconvenience and the lack of prior notification.

The time to watch for the gateball segment is 8:00a.m. on Monday, 18th November on Channel 11. Gateball will be featured on the 2nd story of the day and shown just before the first advertisement break.

No repeats will occur so to watch it online go to the link below