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

 

 

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.

Canberra: 14th Tavender Trophy

The 14th Annual Tavender Trophy was held at the Canberra Croquet Club on a cool, fine Sunday 17th March. With 14 entrants, the draw was a creative arrangement of 2 blocks with one team playing a 4th game. The draw is a random pairing of a player with captaincy experience and a newer player. Four new players attended three coaching lessons held in February.
In a very competitive final, the winning pair of Tony and Catherine won over Adrienne Fazekas and Craig Oxley. In accepting the trophy, Catherine thanked Tony for being ‘a calm Captain who cleaned up her mistakes.’
Comment: (JP) The Tavender trophy is a great example of how an intra club comp can promote Gateball within a club. Canberra’s longevity playing gateball has much to do with the foresightedness of those who established this as a regular event. It is a tribute to those who have continued the tradition. It is also great that the event is able to honour one of Gateball’s early advocates, Peter Tavender.
Judy and the Canberra team are also be be commended on the pre-event coaching program that new players to the game undertook over a several weeks before participating in the event. Judy shared details of this program on Gateball Australia’s email Coaching Network. Contact your club’s level 1 GB coach for further information

CNSW’s First Club Competition of 2019

The Lithgow competition this year was the last on the old lawns. The grant to upgrade the facilities will see future events have the use of 3 gateball courts. The Lithgow/Blue Mountains competition is the longest running open CNSW Club Gateball Competition and 2020 will hopefully be a celebratory 10th!

The 2019 competition was played in  cooler weather than previous year at Lithgow but clashed with popular croquet competitions. Held shortly before Canberra’s Tavender Trophy and close to the Victorian State Championships, the number of participants was reduced.

Given the smaller numbers, Lithgow needed to be innovative with the format of the competition.

A round robin between four teams takes three rounds and referees are not possible. The club decided to include only a single round robin for the 4 teams on Sunday. Teams winning one of these games won two points per game.

For the rest of the comp each team split in two halves: A and B. Players were permanently assigned to a half – no switching mid comp

As a result there were 8 half teams. Each half team played all the other half teams, except the other half of their own team. As a result, each half team played 6 games. In contrast to the full team games, the winner of a half team game won one point towards their team total. This format ensured games were refereed.

After all the half team games had been played, Torpedoes and Epstars had both compiled 7 points while Lightning were close on 6. Torpedos pair, Judy and Ruth from the Torpedos had played outstandingly well to win all their half team games.

Both the Torpedoes and Lightning won their first two full team games leaving them on 11 and 10 points respectively. With two points up for grabs in the final round the game between the Torpedos and Lightning was essentially a final. Somewhat of an anticlimax, the last game did not produce the standard of play that both teams had been able to demonstrate previously. Lightning won the game and event after number 9, Robyn clinched the win with an agari in the last 5 minutes to secure a 2 point win.

Thunder and Epstars had not won a game in the team round robin and tussled in the final game which Thunder won on countback.

While results are posted on gateball scores as usual, this table tabulates the combined result for the full team and half team blocks

Half Team A wins Half Team     B wins Total points for half team games Total points for full team games (2 pts per win) Overall Points
Lightning 5 1 6 6 12
Thunder 3 1 4 2 6
Epstars 4 3 7 0 7
Torpedos 6 1 7 4 11

 

 

Competitors were delighted with a visit from previous club president, Cindy, partner Steve and youngsters Beth (now known as Eliza)  and Paul. Lithgow still claims to be the only club at which its President gave birth while in office! Beat that!

A short refereeing workshop was held before play on Saturday. The intricacies of ‘Start Stroking’ were discussed. A few misconceptions were clarified. The diagram and wording on pages 69 to 74 of the 2015 rulebook  were the most useful reference. Referee reaccreditation cards for 2019 werealso distributed. Robyn Hayes of Lithgow and Helen Chalmers of the Torpedos also completed their referee assessment. Thanks to you both for taking on the challenge.