Kew Croquet Gives Gateball a Go

On the recent Australia Day holiday Monday Kew Croquet Club held a “Give Gateball a Go” day. The aim was to spread our game to other members of the croquet club and to complete beginners as well.  
 
We had a wonderful day weather-wise and 30 people came to try a sport that very few had every played before.  
 
We had a few from Kew Croquet Club, but also visitors from two clubs (hopefully) interested in taking up the game: Ivanhoe Park and Yarrawonga.  Special kudos to the Yarrawonga members who’d driven a long way to get there.
 
We used a relatively standard approach of having some drills and learning the basic skills first before having a couple of competitive games.  Having learnt from previous experience the emphasis was on teaching croquet players to hit the ball gently and teaching the newcomers to hit it straight….  
 
We also incorporated some drills that might seem more advanced, like deliberately hitting the left side or the right side of the ball.  But this was taken to well by the guests and seemed to give a better feel for the game very early on.  A game learned in Canberra called “International Box” was a big hit.  
 
Philip Brown
Kew Croquet Club
 

New Zealand

 

Dennis Bulloch from the Rose Garden Croquet Club at Palmerston North in New Zealand has recently been in touch with Gateball Australia about a Gateball Tournament which will be held next year in New Zealand. The event has been posted on the WGU website . Dennis has played Gateball at Ripon in England, along with Gateball Australia’s long-standing friend and mentor, Keiichi Imagawa. He also played in Germany and wishes to hold a competition at his Croquet Club in Palmerston North. He has already made great strides, with 25 people playing Gateball at his Club!

Dennis tells us “Our gateball players are able to play three set times per week  (Wednesday and Sunday at 1.00 PM and Thursday at 5.00 PM which provides competition for workers and those still at school) and some go the club to play Gateball of their own accord. We have excellent quality lawns which are quite fast and the sets of Gateball gear are in good condition.  Our gateball sticks vary from ancient but serviceable to modernish but worn.  Something to invest in in the near future!   I’m in the process of organizing a Gymkhana based on gateball for our players. Will let you know how I get on! They seem enthusiastic about the idea.”

A fortuitous link with New Zealand has also been forged through the Southport Croquet Club. The new President of Croquet New Zealand is Kathie Grant. Many Queensland players met her because she is a member of Southport Croquet Club and played in the Mallet Sports Competition this year. Southport players are keen to participate in the NZ event and, for some, this is  because they are closely connected to NZ by birth or through family members.

Previous attempts have been made to establish Gateball in New Zealand. Keiichi Imagawa recently reminded us that he visited Takapuna, New Zealand with Jun Nogami to promote Gateball in 2000 when he was the Director General of the World Gateball Union. Shortly after some NZ teams played at the Australian Gateball Championship in the early 2000s

Our next contact with NZ  is recorded  two posts on our website: https://gateball.com.au/wordpress/?p=2304 and https://gateball.com.au/wordpress/?p=4167

Since that time we have not heard any more and the link to the NZ GB website no longer functions.

Dennis’ recent contact and Kathie’s interest will hopefully see the game on a sound footing in NZ.

Gateball Showcased at Nowra CC

Players from Nowra Croquet Club have shown an interest in gateball and for the past several weeks have been travelling to Jamberoo Croquet Club weekly to learn the complexities of the game. As interest has grown, Jamberoo decided to head south and open up the code to more of the members at Nowra.

6 experienced players from Jamberoo and Lithgow, joined quite a few interested Nowra players on the court as well as several spectators. A fun afternoon was had by all.

After a few short skill sessions with sparking, as always, proving a bit tricky, we played several games. Games started with no penalties for fouls or outballs. As the afternoon wore on most rules were applied and sparking fouls were minimal.

Nowra members remained very positive throughout the afternoon and are keen to adopt this code to their club. Making this possible is the ability to borrow gear from CNSW through Director of NSW Gateball Mary Dunn at nswgateball@gmail.com

Glenda and Manuel Gutierrez
Jamberoo Croquet Club

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Update on Gateball in Western Australia

A four week Introduction to Gateball is at its midpoint in WA.  Eight players turned up for week 1, fifteen players for week 2.

After play at Victoria Park Croquet Club in Week 1, the group was invited to move the Week 2 play to Forrest Park Croquet Club – headquarters of Croquet West. Forrest Park sent out a flyer to all WA croquet clubs inviting participation and that invitation explains the extra starters.

Regular play will now be Sunday mornings for the next two weeks,  and already players have decided to continue after the introductory course, alternating weekly between clubs with the aim of setting up a three-way inter-club competition (the two Parks and E. Fremantle), as more players are gathered.

Several email enquiries this week suggest  that even more new players will turn up over the next two Sundays.

An organisation of independent schools has organised a day, in October for sports groups to introduce their sport to  high school students. Gateball will be there.

Croquet West runs an inter-generation  GC tournament in October. Croquet players  partner with younger generation to expose the sport. Gateball has been invited to participate.

Wednesday evening play at East Fremantle will begin again in September.

More information can be found on the Croquet West Website

Murray Loane

2017 Australian Gateball Championship – Blocks

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The 24 teams competing in the Australian Gateball Championship have been drawn into three blocks as listed below.

The random draw was held with the following parameters:

  • Two international teams in each block
  • Three NSW teams in each block
  • Two or three QLD teams in each block
  • The two Chinese, Newcastle, Canberra and Southport teams were drawn in separate blocks.
Red block
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Toronto Torpedos
LIthgow Lightning
Jamberoo
Southport Red
Ipswich Snoopys
Woodville
Jasmine, Indonesia
Unicorn Club, Korea
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Yellow block
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Canberra Sparkers
Newcastle Sabres
EDSACC
Southport White
Redcliffe Roses
Blue Macs
Internationals
ShuangShuang Le
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Blue block
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Canberra Mavericks
Epstars
Newcastle Hornets
Broadbeach
Toowoomba
Kew
Zheng Bang, Jianxi
Paraguay
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