Brisbane North Region Doubles Championship

On Sunday 20th June the Brisbane North Region (BNR) Gateball Doubles was held. The event was organized by Fran Buckle and hosted by the Moreton Bay Gateball Club. Although this club uses former bowling club greens, recent rain meant that they were not as fast as they could have been. Six teams were entered with players coming from all Clubs in the BNR region that play gateball.

It was a round robin format and all games were refereed. The weather was kind, with the tournament running smoothly and ably monitored by Bruce McAlister as Tournament Referee. The host club provided a gourmet morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea which was enjoyed by all.

The event winners were Alan Beeson and Chris Kele from McIlwraith with the runners-up being Emma Mauceri  (Moreton Bay) and Sep Hines (Pine Rivers).

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Mallet Sports in SA

Mallet sports in SA – A different view

Ricochet & Gateball played at Hutt Road ( HQ for, SA Croquet, on the Queen’s Birthday Holiday

The Queen’s birthday public holiday Monday provided an opportunity for 35 intrepid croquet players to try a new mallet sport – Gateball or Ricochet …. or both.  [Ed: Members not from SA may not realise that these two sports are not regularly played in SA.]

The groups were almost evenly split across codes with 17 people trying Gateball and 18 giving Ricochet a go.  There were slightly more in the morning perhaps wanting to get in before the bad weather arrived.  The bad weather didn’t arrive, fortunately. 

After an initial introduction to the rules, everyone was invited to play a game (or in the case of Gateball 4 games!) [Ricochet is similar to AC in game duration while Gateball games stop after 30 minutes.]

Ricochet players were expertly coached by Eileen Ferguson and Jim Grindrod, with Gateball being overseen by Geoff Crook and Barry Haydon on one court and Peter Martyniuk and Peter Woodward on the second court.

All participants were enthusiastic and despite the threat of rain, all sessions were conducted without wet weather gear, and everyone reported enjoying the fun sessions and all claimed they had learnt something during the session.

A big thank you to Karen Magee for organizing the event and to each of the coaches who gave their time to introduce Ricochet and Gateball to new players.

If you missed out, wish to know more about these intriguing games, or are visiting SA then you can play Ricochet at Brighton on Monday mornings or Aldinga on Saturdays at 1.30pm.  Gateball is played at Hyde Park on Wednesday afternoons, Woodville on Tuesday nights & Mount Gambier on Mondays.  Coaching can be provided if required. Please contact the clubs directly. 

Written by Karen Magee / Geoff Crook / Barry Haydon

( Postscript: Gateball has been growing in SA since  2016 

After Covid postponed their State Championships twice in 2020, they would welcome visitors for their 5th event from the 27th to 28th November 2021.

Maybe, one day, we can play an Australian Gateball Championships in Adelaide?)

Australian Gateball Championships, 17th to 19th September

Entries  for the Australian Gateball Championships, 17th to 19th September  2021,  are invited from Australian and any overseas teams that can visit Australia. The deadline for entry is in mid August, straight after the Queensland State Championships on the 17th August. Entering team information before this deadline will assist with administration for the event.

As well as the regular Teams Championship, an Inaugral Open Doubles Championship will also be held. Teams that enter the main teams event may nominate one pair for the doubles. If more than one pair wish to nominate, the club team submitting the entry should hold a play off to determine which pair will be nominated. Wildcard entries may also be proposed and additional pairs may be included in the event. Teams and doubles pairs need to include either a referee or referee in training.     The  entry form and detailed conditions of entry for the doubles  and teams event are found in the  Event Information posted on the ACA website. Payment by credit card is required once all information has been submitted.

Emergency Contact information. Team captains need to collect this information for their team and keep it with them at the event. The entry form also asks players with First Aid qualifications to be listed

Games will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s program will also include an opening ceremony, BBQ, practise sessions, friendly team games and coaching/refereeing workshops. 

Future International Representation. Players also need to note that anyone interested in representing Australia in 2022/3  at World Gateball Union, Asian Gateball Union or Asia Pacific GU events should indicate their interest on their entry forms. Final selections will be made when Australia is asked to nominate teams. The Captains of the 3 best performing clubs will be core members of the GA Selection Committee and will select from nominating players to build a team in a club’s name. The committee is obliged to produce the strongest teams possible to represent Australia. Check ACA Selection Committee Terms of Reference and  ACA Selection Policy for details. 

Anyone wishing to join a composite team to participate in the event should email info@gateball.com.au if they have not been able to build a team from their own contacts 

For those concerned about any Covid related interuptions, please note that a backup date has been organised for the 8th – 10th April 2022 should the Championships need to be postponed. 

Accommodation is available at the northern end of the Gold Coast near Runaway Bay where the Gold Coast Performance Centre is located. Most are closer to Labrador and Southport but are not within walking distance. 
 
There are lodges attached to the Sports Centre. Gateball Australia has a temporary hold on this accomodation. They usually cater for school groups or sports groups. Rooms with two bunk beds per room are located on two levels of the Lodge as well as two en-suite twin rooms. There is a classroom / meeting room / kitchen in the Lodge. Email info@gateball.com.au as soon as possible if you are interested. At the time of writing we do not have enough interest to secure the booking.
 
The closest, private  accommodation to the Centre is the Runaway Bay Motor Inn. which is about a 20 minute walk from the Sports Centre. There are many places that are overlooking the Broadwater in the suburb of Labrador. 
 
Food. Lunch boxes for will be available and distributed early in the day.  Contents can be consumed for morning and afternoon breaks as well as lunchtime. While there are café facilities on the site, queueing at times of peak demand will be an issue. A barbeque will be held early on Friday so that local players have time to drive home. A venue for an evening meal on the Saturday can be booked if there is enough interest from those staying on the Coast. When details are finalised, teams will be asked to complete a proforma and make payment for their food orders. 

Balls for sale! 8 sets of new balls with three numbers will be used. They will be offered for sale after the event. The sale of these balls will be handled by Gateball Solutions. Please email gateballsolutions@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing a set. If more clubs nominate to buy these balls than there are sets to sell, names will be drawn at random.

Please post any general questions below or email info@gateball.com.au if they are more specific.

 

 

 

2021 NSW Gateball Championships

What a great location for a tournament. Lake Macquarie is a magnificent backdrop to the Toronto Croquet Club who were the 2021 hosts for the NSW State Championships.

The 4 GB courts were all but swallowed up in the vast cricket oval. Perhaps a venue to be considered for an Australian Championships or at their new 2023 Glendale location?

GB players are prepared for all weathers and our gear was well tested on Friday for Day 1 of the Doubles. The cold wet day did not detract from the standard of play with a high level of skills and strategy resulting in some extremely close scores.

It was wonderful to see 4 pairs of Doubles representing South Australia, the ACT, and Queensland competing for the trophy. In an incredibly tight fought game the ACT pairing of Glen and Kristina Whitehead beat Geoff Crook (Woodville) and Barry Jennings (Hyde Park) 8 cb – 8 and the 2 Queensland teams finished 10 – 9.

In a nail biting finish Glen and Kristina pulled out a 12 – 11 score to beat Bruce McAlister and Peter Sweet.

On a warm and sunny Saturday Pam Durie, founder of the Toronto CC, opened the Tournament and awarded the trophy and badges to the Doubles winners.

Eight teams entered the Teams Championship. Many high scoring matches resulted in a finals contest between Canberra Mavericks on 6 wins/34 net hoops and Canberra Sparkers on 5 wins/25 net hoops. The Mavericks showed considerable skill and determination in their 17 – 6 win. In third place was the Queensland team from Southport, Rockhampton and Ipswich with 4 wins/17 net hoops.

Winners in the teams Championship, the Canberra Mavericks

A very relaxed ‘line-up’ of Canberra Sparkers players after receiving their badges as Runners Up for the teams event.

The Sydney EPSTARS, made up of players from 4 Sydney clubs, improved their performance throughout the tournament and Strathfield benefitted from the strategy of Geoff Crook from the SA Woodville CC.

It was such a pleasure to hold this event at such a happy and welcoming CC where so many volunteers contributed to a smooth and efficient tournament.

All scores for this tournament can be seen in Gateball Scores at this link:

Judy Tier
Coordinator – NSW Gateball

Victorian State Gateball Championship

The Victorian state gateball championships were a great tournament this year despite not being able to hold the tournament the year prior due to the pandemic. Teams contesting for the title of Vic state champions were Essendon, Kew, Hazelbrook/Strathfield and Albury/Yarrawonga.

The weather was on our side after a little drizzle during the first game of the round robin. In true Melbourne fashion though we went from wet weather clothing to shorts and polo shirts within 20 min as the sun came out. The games were all played to an extremely high standard and were wonderful to spectate.  A huge thanks to all those who assisted as referees during the event.

The teams event came down to an all-Victorian final of Kew vs Essendon. Kew managed to come out on top after a hard fought final and retain their state title for another year, making this the third year in a row that they have won the championship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pairs event was similarly an exciting affair to spectate with all pairs competing to an extremely high standard. The final came down to Philip and Clare from Vic and Penny and John from NSW who had a very exciting match indeed. The match was action packed until the end and is available to watch at your leisure here

The event was a huge success with the championship being held in a local Melbourne club for the first time in some years. Many thanks to the Elsternwick Croquet Club for hosting the event and for arranging lunch for the competitors on both days.

Anthony Dask
Assistant Director of Gateball Victoria
President Elsternwick Croquet Club Victoria 

 

 

 

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