In 2017, the Queensland Championships occupy their usual position in mid-August and are to be held at MacIlwraith Croquet Club just to the west of the city centre and close to Auchenflower Station. The New South Wales Championships in mid-November have now been relocated from Wagga Wagga to Young Croquet Club. Anyone wishing to attend this event should book accommodation now as this is a very busy time for tourists during the famous cherry season.
The 2017 Victorian State Championships coincided with the Rockhampton club competition but Gateball Australia hopes this clash can be avoided in 2018. The Victorian Coordinator is investigating whether it is possible to move the VCA event to a weekend avoiding the Queensland Labour Day long weekend. Other states and clubs are asked to check details of this event before organising club events.
The Australian Gateball Championships and State Championships are our primary focus for attracting overseas teams.
In late 2016, dates of our Nationals, State Championships and a general invitation to check our website for club events were sent to the WGU who circulated this information to the international gateball community. Contact with overseas gateball organisations and clubs should be through the National Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Because we have had some direct indication from China about interest in attending some of our other events, a specific invitation was translated into Chinese and sent to the Chinese Gateball Association. It should also be noted that it has been agreed with the CGA that invitations to and applications to visit Australia from China need to be coordinated through the Chinese Secretary General and Gateball Australia’s National Coordinator. Previous contacts from China had been rather chaotic and had led to clubs and coordinators having multiple, confusing and time wasting contacts with agents acting on behalf of Chinese teams.
For our State Championships to be able to attract players from interstate and overseas, Gateball Australia requests that:
- State Championship dates and venues are organised well before clubs start to organise their own events. Flyers should be posted on the website early in the year and sent to the National Coordinator for circulation overseas.
- In principle, clubs in any state should not hold events when other states are holding their state championships. Where problems are foreseen, negotiation should occur.
- All clubs should post notices of their events on gateball.com.au so that details are available both in Australia and overseas.
If you have any questions, please contact the National Coordinator at email@example.com