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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AGC: Capricornians and Pine Rivers

Our first two entrants for this years Australian Gateball Championships were the Capricorns and Pine Rivers. Read their stories below. Other teams entering the AGC are invited to send similar stories.

Capricornians

The Capricornians entering this year’s AGC is a mixed team comprising two players from each of the three CQ clubs, Capricorn Coast [Robyn Lyon, Kathleen Hayes], Gracemere [Peter Kajewski, RoseAnne Mathewsen] and Rockhampton [Steve and Cheryl Kele].

We have only been playing Gateball at Capricorn Coast for just under two years. Greg Featherstone has been an able and willing coach. So far, the  Capricorn Coast team has competed at the Rockhampton Gateball Challenge in 2018 and 2019 and the State Championships  in Rockhamptonton in 2018. We travelled south to play at Caloundra in 2018 and won five games there. This year we competed at McIlwraith for the first time. 

We average about eight players each club play day on Wednesday mornings from 8-10am.

The team which competed at McIlwraith 2019. L to R Kath Hayes, Lyn Christiansen, Greg Featherstone, Lyn Hanlon and Robyn Lyon.

Pine Rivers

In early March this year some gateball enthusiasts, welcomed by Secretary Carolyn Ribone and President Sep Hines, joined the happy membership at Pine Rivers Croquet Club in the north of Brisbane. With some equipment loaned from the ACA (through John Park) and CAQ ( via Barbara Northcott) we held some demonstration games in early March. Sep was clever enough to make some additional equipment and we were blessed to have a dedicated gateball green marked out by the wonderful volunteer greenkeepers.

After only a few games some of the members were hooked on gateball and by the end of March, Pine Rivers entered their first gateball competition at McIlwraith. Max and Judy Stringer had previously never played in a gateball tournament but learned quickly and played exceptionally well. Their experience in Ricochet made their transition look easy! Thrilled with a few wins and a wonderful day out, the news spilled over to other members of how much fun gateball is.

In early June, Pine Rivers competed at the Ipswich tournament, winning 5 out of 8 matches under the captaining of Emma Mauceri and Warren Dowse. This time, Robert Roose and Sep Hines joined the competition team for the first time. Again, it was easy to see how their ricochet skills transferred to gateball. An impressive 4th place at this event encouraged the team to enter more competitions.

Pine Rivers team at Ipswich Tournament – Robert Roose, Judy Stringer, Emma Mauceri, Max Stringer, Warren Dowse, Sep Hines, Keith Chur-Hansen and Grayce Dowse.

On the 15th June at the Brisbane North Regional Doubles Gateball tournament, Max and Robert placed 2nd and Judy and Sep placed 3rd. A fantastic result given the amount of time they have all been playing.

Max Stringer and Robert Roose – 2nd Place in the Brisbane North Region Gateball Doubles Event

Robert Roose, Sep Hines, Max Stringer and Judy Stringer at the Brisbane North Region Gateball Doubles Event

We have just started planning for our adventure to the Australian Gateball Championship to be held in Victoria in November this year and look forward to meeting more gateball enthusiasts from around the globe.

We are all looking forward to playing and learning more together as a team and encouraging more people to come and play gateball with us.

 

 

Ipswich Gateball Challenge

On the 1st & 2nd June Ipswich Gateball Club held our annual competition.  

Ipswich was in second place

We had a very successful event and once again had a maximum of 10 teams competing.   This enabled us to have two full days of team competition.  Our grounds are very fast as we play at the local North Ipswich Bowls Club.  This always proves to be a challenge for a lot of our players especially if it is their first experience with a bowls club surface.  

We are a small club and it was a pleasure to welcome  so many teams and have the club house filled with happy gateballers.  We thank them all for their support.

The winning team this year was Redcliffe Roses with 7 wins out of 9 and we congratulate them on a fine effort.  Coming in second place was our own Ipswich Team again with 7 wins.  Our patron Cheryl  Bromage presented the awards to both teams.  All teams achieved at least one win each.

We usually try to do things a little differently in Ipswich and attempt to make our events all inclusive and this proves to be a successful formula.  Each year we give an encouragement award or mystery prize.  This is our way of saying thank you to the many teams competing, because without them we wouldn’t be able to hold such a successful event.  This year we had five young players across the teams.  Most of these young people have not been playing long, so we decided to divide our encouragement award between them.  We hope that they will continue to enjoy the game as they become more proficient.

Our thanks as always must go to our volunteers who do such a magnificent  job of catering for us over the two days.  We also thank all teams for competing and helping to make the competition the success that  it was.

Redcliffe Roses was in First place

 

 

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.