Gateball at Gold Coast Christmas Party

Because of some enthusiasm for learning about Gateball had occurred among other clubs in the Gold Coast Tweed Region, a demonstration game was scheduled after lunch at the Gold Coast Tweed Regional Christmas Party held at Burleigh Heads Palm Beach Croquet Club. Not many croquet players had even seen a full game or had even tried to swing a Gateball stick or to play a game. A full court was set up, equipment explained and scoreboard was in place.

Spectators observing while Jim Northcott gave a running commentary about the game

Keith McLeod and Jim Northcott

Jim Northcott, Assistant Director of Gateball in QLD  provided a commentary. Margaret Barnard, the Director of Gateball Refereeing, was the Referee. Players from Tamborine Mountain, Broadbeach and Southport Clubs were placed into two teams captained by Julia Vickers or by Keith McLeod. With so many years of experience by these players, it was a good game for the spectators. After the demonstration game these spectators were able to experience the game of Gateball for the first time.

As a result of this interest next year there will be a monthly afternoon Gateball sessions for anyone in the region who wishes to come along to learn or to continue playing games of Gateball. Many thanks to Robert Smillie from Coolangatta CC for offering that club as the venue. Barbara and Jim Northcott will be arranging the sessions.

Barbara and Jim Barbey from Tamborine Mt CC watch Beryl Phillips from Southport in action.

Julia Vickers sending a ball through Gate 1 watched by the Referee, Margaret Barnard.

Eunice Frater is sending a ball through Gate 2 while Trudy Cummins and Beryl Turner watch on.

Julia Vickers is checking on the time while Keith McLeod is explaining the next play to Robert Smillie.

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