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.

Jamberoo Super 3s

The sun shone and the faces beamed over another splendid weekend of gateball at Jamberoo Croquet Club.

In its 6th year our Triples competition remains a very popular and highly contested event on the NSW gateball calendar.

10 teams entered allowing a complete round robin format to be played.

Adding to the mix this year were 2 players from Nowra CC, Margaret Sawers & Marie McLean, entering in their first ever gateball event. Nowra will definitely be a team not to be taken lightly if these ladies are any indication of their potential.

Team MGs from Jamberoo, consisting of Manuel Gutierrez, Glenda Gutierrez & Graham Shephard, again proved that they were the team to beat. They managed 8 wins and 69 net points.

The runners up were team Hunter Gatherers, a composite team from Toronto and Newcastle National Park with Helen Chalmers, Ruth Mulvaney & Judy Squelch. They ended the competition with 6 wins and 26 net points.

Referee coordinator Manuel Gutierrez presented 2 very informative sessions. The first being a clarification of the updated procedural changes of the game and the second being on some misunderstanding of gaining the right to continuous strokes.

Presentations by Director of Gateball Australia John Park were made to Helen Chalmers on attaining her Level 2 referee accreditation, Manuel Gutierrez on attaining his Level 1 referee accreditation and to both Manuel & Glenda Gutierrez on attaining their Level 1 Foundation Coach accreditation.

A great weekend of gateball, friendship and acknowledgement.

Glenda Gutierrez – Jamberoo Croquet Club

Southport Croquet Club’s Gateball Triples Competition

On Sunday 28th April Southport Croquet Club hosted its annual Gateball Triples Competition. This competition began in 2012 when Southport CC initiated the first ever Triples Competition in Australia. Growing in popularity, this version of Gateball enables more strokes being played by players who may be playing two numbered balls in the correct sequence eg. 1 and 7 or 2 and 6; 3 and 9 or 4 and 10. One person will play #5 and the opponent will play #6.

Triples Competitors

There were very close games and plenty of excitement right up until the final ball was played. One example was Margaret Fitzgerald’s final ball that passed successfully through gate 2 and was stroked across court to touch a ball close to gate 3. She then sparked that off the court and touched another ball closer to gate 3 and sparked it off. On a winning streak, she scored a Gate & Touch on Gate 3 and ended up using her two turns to gain an agari to win the game on a countback. That was a play to remember!

The winning team was called “The Wrong Team” with the team members being Ethan Chilton, his mother Julia Tai, and Jim Northcott who is an octagenarion. A three generational team indeed! The presentations were made by David Housden who is the President of Southport Croquet Club. Second place went to “The Invincibles” comprising a husband and wife duo- Lee and Amanda Wentworth- and Gaye Pitman. A team from Broadbeach Croquet Club came third.

“The Wrong Team” L-R Jim Northcott, Julia Tai and Ethan Chilton with David Housden
“The Invincibles” Lee and Amanda Wentworth with Gaye Pitman and David Housden

The beautiful, autumn weather at the Gold Coast combined with the excellent food was conducive to the very active atmosphere on the day. There was a player from Bribie Island and one from New Zealand along with several others for whom this was their first ever Triples competition or their first ever Gateball competition. Visitors and potential players also came along to watch the games. Thanks to all the members of Southport CC for their very good planning and preparation of courts.

South Australia holds its second state doubles competition.

At the SACA headquarters at Hutt Road, Adelaide, 8 pairs contested the SA President’s trophy. Clear winners by Sunday lunchtime were the pairing of Leah O’Neill from Mt Gambier and Philip Brown from Kew, Victoria. The pair had been undefeated throughout the competition. Leah’s accuracy as an experienced AC player who has played for state teams paired well with Philip’s skills and sound strategic understanding of Gateball. Runners up were John and Penny Park from Lithgow, NSW.

Players from Hyde Park, Woodville and Mt Gambier constituted the South Australian contingent at the competition. Both Woodville and Hyde Park hold weekly playing sessions and pairs from both clubs played skillfully and achieved some good wins. Mt Gambier have recently become re-enthused and return home intending to encourage others to play more Gateball.


Hyde park players face off in an early round

Unfortunately, on Sunday, one of the Hyde Park pairings had to withdraw from the competition because of sickness. Rather than using the recently posted Gateball Australia default forfeit procedure, it was decided to delete all previous games by this pair from the scoring records.


Woodville’s Geoff and Trish contemplate their next game

On both afternoons some short courses were conducted. On Saturday afternoon 4 existing coaches of other codes of mallet sports completed the Gateball endorsement. Another group were introduced to draft level 2 coaching materials for gateball and tried their hand at the draft level 2 skills card which is available to all on this website. On Sunday a rather tired group were briefed on how to become a referee. They were left with self help materials which the state’s only existing referee, Geoff Crook, will hopefully be able to use to support and encourage others in becoming referees.

Graeme Thomas made a great job of organising the competition and his efforts were appreciated by all. Graeme recently resigned from his position on the ACA board, where, as well as being the Hon. Sec., he has been a committed and effective advocate for Gateball over the past few years. He was thanked by the National Coordinator for his efforts and a small presentation was made.