On Sunday 11th April, Southport Croquet Club hosted their annual Gateball Triples Competition. Begun in 2012, the game of triples has gained quite a deal of interest and popularity. Several players were new to playing in a Gateball Triples competition and coped very well in this very friendly atmosphere. Placed in two Blocks there were 12 teams competing at this event. It makes for a colourful sight when the players in their chosen colours are spread around the 4 courts.
Most of the competitors were within a 1 and a half hour hour trip apart from Lynda Davis who came from Bribie Island. It was a long journey for Cheryl and Steve Kele to come from Rockhampton but they made the trip a day or so earlier so they could form a team with their son, Chris, from McIlwraith CC in Brisbane.
The placings in Block A was down to the final game. The Sweeties ( Dianne and Peter Sweet and Margaret Fitzgerald) were hoping to win to progress to the Final but lost to the Eildon Tartan team. So, the composite Broadbeach team comprising Margaret and Barrie Barnard from Broadbeach and Kathie Grant from Southport were placed on the top of Block A. Block B was won by the Bright Sparks team which contained 4 players from Southport- Donna and Robert Nicholson, Jim and Barbara Northcott.
The Final was a good game to the Broadbeach team which won 19-8. Congratulations must go to the Broadbeach Team for a very controlled game.
Thank you to all the competitors for their obvious pleasure at being able to play Gateball considering the many countries that cannot do this yet and for ensuring that everyone had a wonderful autumn day of Triples Gateball at Southport Croquet Club.