By Barbara Northcott
With beautiful winter weather Southport celebrated the start of the MSOB with a competition for gateball teams followed by gateball doubles. So many of the team events were closely contested with teams locked in a draw that ultimately had to be decided on a count back. With flat smooth surfaces all the balls needed to be stroked accurately into the best positions. Sometimes just centimetres separated success from defeat in the whole game because of ball placement. It was so good to see an increase to five in the number of young players competing in the teams event.
The results were: 1st place – Tamborine Mountain; 2nd place – Southport; 3rd place – Ipswich.