From Saturday 17th August through to Monday 19th August the QLD State Gateball Teams and Doubles Championships were held at Toombul Croquet Club. This was the first time for Toombul CC to host any Gateball Championship. It was a very successful competition because of the hospitality of the members of that club, the ability to have 4 courts available and marked out with white lines, plus the very mild, winter weather.
Nine teams arrived to play with some travelling great distances to compete – from Capricorn Coast in central Queensland to our southern visitors from Canberra and those from Toowoomba to the west of Brisbane. There were 16 pairs of Doubles Teams. The Opening Ceremony was conducted by the local MP, Leanne Linard, who is Patron of Toombul Croquet Club.
The team from Canberra had just one loss- to Southport White. So with 7 wins altogether, Canberra won the Lola Whyte Trophy by winning the QLD State Gateball Teams Championship! This was the 7th win by a team from Canberra since the Championships began in 2005. That is a fantastic achievement! The presentation was made by Mrs Fiona McAlister who is the daughter of Lola Whyte for whom the Trophy is dedicated.
The team from Canberra, accompanied by two little supporters, accept the Lola Whyte Trophy.
In second place was Redcliffe Roses who scored 5 wins but had a better hoop net average than Sunny Coast which also scored 5 wins.
Second place went to Redcliffe Roses
The Gateball Doubles Championship required dividing the 16 teams into two blocks with 8 pairs in each. The winner of A Block was the Blue Macs Team. It was a very closely- fought Block with 3 teams each on 5 wins. But Philip Rowlands and Allan Beeson from McIlwraith Club had scored more gates than the the other two pairs. The winner of Block B was the husband and wife pair from Canberra- Kristina and Glen Whitehead. The Grand Final was full of unexpected twists and turns. Scoring an ‘agari’ from a long distance enabled Philip and Allan to take the top spot at the 2019 QLD State Gateball Doubles Championship.
David Drake, the Treasurer of CAQ, attended the Presentation Ceremony as well as Bruce McAlister who donated the Trophy for the Winner of the QLD Gateball Doubles Championship.
Bruce McAlister, centre, presented the Trophy donated by him to Philip Rowlands and Allan Beeson from McIlwraith CC.
David Drake, CAQ Treasurer, presented the Runner up medallions to Kristina and Glen Whitehead
At the recent State Gateball Teams Championship the QLD Director of Gateball Refereeing, Margaret Barnard, assessed three players for their practical application of refereeing. The three players passed the testing procedure over a day and a half. Margaret presented to the players their Level 2 Referee badges. Congratulations to Lyn Christiansen and Kath Hayes from Capricorn Coast CC and to Margaret Dickenson from Toowoomba CC.
L-R: Lyn Christiansen, Kath Hayes,Margaret Barnard and Margaret Dickenson
The Swiss classic teams event was held at the CERN croquet club over the weekend 6-7 July 2019, with practice on the Friday.
Five teams competed, with 2 from Japan, 1 Swiss team and 2 composite teams. We played with Bernard from Belgium and Priska from Germany. It was also great to see our son Peter back on the gateball field and even better to hear that he enjoyed the tournament.
A double round robin was to be held, but this morphed into two single round robin tournaments with the winners of each to play off. It will be of little surprise to you, dear reader, that the two Japanese teams dominated proceedings, with the team from Tokyo winning both round robin events.
Overall we had three wins, but the highlight was the second game against Tokyo.
The score was 8-9 going into the final turn, and if ever there was a lesson against changing your mind as captain, this was it. Our ball 7 touched 3 in front of gate 2 and my first instinct was to bombard ball 8 sitting tight to the line near gate 2. Instead, we sparked 3 through gate 2 and followed with 7. An excellent slide by Priska off ball 9 allowed gate 3 to be made and the pole was narrowly missed. The score was now 11-9, with only 8 to play. Unfortunately, ball 8 made gates 2 and 3 and also agari, so we lost by 2 points.
The tournament was played in a very friendly spirit, with fantastic catering and was great fun. Thanks to Dave Underhill and the Swiss team for organising such a fantastic event.
Woodville Croquet Club
At Southport’s Mallet Sports on the Broadwater on Saturday 29th June, two Gateball players were supervised for their Theory Examination for their Level 2 Referee Qualifications by Margaret Barnard, QLD Director of Gateball Refereeing. Congratulations go to Margaret Dickensen from Toowoomba Croquet Club and Brian Mullins from Southport Croquet Club on successfully passing the theory exam. Their Practical Examination will be conducted throughout the QLD State Gateball Teams Championship to be held at Toombul Croquet Club 17th-18th August
Just a reminder to all Referees to complete their form for Reaccreditation and give it to Margaret.
There were ten pairs of gateball players who enjoyed a lovely afternoon playing in the Gateball Doubles Tournament. With two Block of 5 pairs, it was quite a busy time with playing a game followed by umpiring a game etc. Block A was won by Gaye Pitman playing with Lee Wentworth- both from Southport. Second place went to the Caloundra player Pat Burton and Sandra Reynolds from Toowoomba. Block B winners were Julia Tai and Ethan Chilton from Southport. In second place was Barrie Barnard from Broadbeach who partnered Peter Sweet from Southport.
In a very exciting Final, the dynamic mother and son combination of Julia and Ethan won on a countback against Gaye and Lee. Third place went to Peter and Barrie. A long standing Club Sponsor, Lesley Shepherd, Manager /Owner of Select World Travel and Cruises, made the presentations.
Lesley Shepherd with the winning pair of Ethan Chilton and Julia Tai
Second place went to Gaye Pitman and Lee Wentworth.
Third placed was Barrie Barnard and Peter Sweet with Lesley Shepherd