2020 New Zealand Gateball Teams Championship from an Australian perspective

When Dennis Bulloch advertised that the N.Z. Gateball Championship was being held at Rose Gardens Croquet Club at Palmerston North 6-8th March, there were some very excited ex-Kiwi players in the Gateball community who were very keen to travel there to compete. As a result three teams were formed from the Queenslanders. One was called Aussie Gold which had players from Rockhampton, Caloundra and Eildon. Judy Tier from Canberra linked in with Southport and two teams were formed – Southport Red and Southport White. There were two players from Mt Gambier who joined with a player from Kew to compete in a composite team which included two local NZ players.

The Aussie Contingent

The draw for the competition was organised later than would have been desired because of the withdrawal of 4 teams from Indonesia. But the positive and very friendly atmosphere of all associated with Rose Gardens Croquet Club meant a ‘can do’ approach took over. Courts were set out for the practice day on the Friday, then early on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday afternoon Glenda Windust who is an International referee from the Caloundra Mallet Sports Club provided plenty of valuable insights into refereeing for those who were new to the game. Thank you Glenda.

On Saturday the sun shone brightly and the lawns changed speed quite quickly. All teams suffered from balls accidentally being sent off the court.  The young fellows from Rose Gardens CC were skilful with stroking the ball but they were to be shown some hard lessons in the tactics of the game. It was a very positive time for all of them.  By the end of the afternoon, Southport Red team was undefeated after 5 games and won the Championship.The beautiful new trophy of a globe on a wooden stand was presented to the team.

In second place was the Mt Gambier Team. The players did not know each other very well yet achieved good results. Below is the photograph of them with Dennis Bulloch (in red shirt) who organised the Championship.

Barbara Northcott
Queensland State Director

First New Zealand Open Gateball Championship.

Rose Gardens Croquet Club recently hosted the first New Zealand Open Gateball Championships on their lawns in the Esplanade. 

A third of the players in this tournament were from Rose Gardens and the balance from Australian clubs; Rockhampton (Qld), Southport (Qld) Canberra, Mount Gambier (SA), Kew (Vic), Caloundra (Qld) and Eildon (Qld). Some New Zealanders were guest players for Australian clubs and Croquet New Zealand President, Kathie Grant played for Southport as she is a member of that club.

The Mayor Grant Smith, having opened the tournament and run the first hoop, Saturday saw teams of five competing. Here, the tactics of the experienced Australian players told, with the eventual winners, Southport Red, being unbeaten in their five games. The Mount Gambier team were runners up. The better performing of the two Rose Gardens teams was Red Sparks, in fourth place with two wins. 

Sunday was occupied with Doubles play, and was notable for the play of the five participating Rose Gardens teenage members against their more experienced Australian opposition. Logan McKinnon and Jacob Mildenhall were unbeaten in section play, and in the final, lost a close game 16-12 to Philip Brown (Kew) and Leah O’Neill (Mount Gambier) to be runners up. Callum McKinnon and Bradley Forsyth, were second placed in their section and lost narrowly 16-12 to Kathie Grant and Barbara Northcott (Southport) in the playoff for third place.

At Rose Gardens, gateball is offered to members as a code additional to association and golf croquet, and a dozen members turned out for this tournament. We look for bigger numbers for this Tournament, next year, as interest in the game is being shown in other parts of New Zealand, and we would expect more overseas players to participate. 

Rex Oliver, Publicity Officer
Rose Gardens Croquet Club Inc

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Referee Committee 2020

Every year Gateball Australia is obliged to hold a Referee Committee meeting. Our 5 International Referees and each state’s coordinator participate. This year’s meeting meeting has concluded. This is a summary of our deliberations. Establishing a preferred position by exchange of emails is a challenging task and in our 2020 meeting we resolved some issues by voting through Survey Monkey.

This year the Committee’s major decisions were as follows:

  • GA will require teams entering the AGC to make every effort to include a referee or referee in training in their team.
  • Bruce McAllister will work at the presentation of the level 1 Exam in consultation with Gilon Smith, Geoff Crook and Philip Brown. After some discussion, the committee indicated that it wished to ensure that the assessment of field position and the rotating roles of Referee A and B needed to be included in both the written and practical assessment. The Committee re-iterated that operating as a pair of referees, where Referee A decides on the stroker’s play and Referee B decides on the movement of the ball, is such a crucial element in refereeing that it needs to be assessed in the written, practical and annual re-accreditation cards.
  • In some parts of the Gateball world, mainly China, laser pointers are used by captains to show players where to place  balls. The issues of extending their use has been raised at WGU meetings. Your Referee Committee decided that, although it was still opposed to their use, we would make efforts to discover exactly what is permissible in Australia. High powered pointers strong enough to make a mark on a lawn are currently not allowed in Australia.
  • A default forfeit procedure  for for GA was revised and is posted on our website. This process should be used if you do not devise your own process for your competitions. This topic produced some lively debate around what is fair to all concerned. 
  • There was some discussion about the referee re-accreditation process and  the format of the annual cards. The committee decided that if anyone wished to come up with an improved process, they were welcome to do the research and table improvements in advance of next year’s meeting. Re-accreditation cards, that all referees need to complete annually, are available on our website
  • A number of referees have been deemed to be inactive. See the official list of GA’s on the page “Officiating, Rules and Refereeing” which can be found under “About Gateball” on our website. Players lose their accreditation when they cease to be members of the ACA or because they have not completed the necessary online course or annual re-accreditation cards. The Committee agreed to a new process by which inactive referees can become re-accredited. Check the details on our website or discuss with your State Coordinator of Refereeing. The full updated document describing our accreditation and reaccreditation process for Gateball referees is available on our website 
  • An appeal for national consistency in calling player to start stroking was resolved by reference to the rule book and Q and A. At Start Stroking we should call “Player No 1” etc (p 92 Rules and Guide for Referees.) The Q&A book (eg p 29 & 30) indicates that during the game “Number 5” etc is appropriate.
  • A challenge for some people who may wish to become referees is obtaining the necessary training. A Referee Course Workbook has been drafted and Bruce McAllister is adding some additional material. However, usual practice is for trainee referees to have a mentor to help them through the process. The workbook may be more valuable for those remote from the wider Gateball community.
  • Gateball Australia armbands circulated to each state should now be available for use at all competitions – just contact your State Coordinator to ask to borrow them.

Documents related to refereeing can be found at any time  on the page  “Officiating, Rules and Refereeing” is nested  under “About Gateball” on our website.

Again, thanks to all those who continue to referee and those making the effort to become accredited.

NEWCASTLE TRIPLES GATEBALL CARNIVAL

Eight teams participated in the tournament with players from Newcastle, Toronto, Strathfield, Killara, Jamberoo, Lithgow and Canberra.

What a great event! Lynn’s thorough organisation and time keeping ensured a
smooth program and the many Newcastle volunteers delivered scoreboard and
kitchen duties with efficiency and humour. Oh, how I envy their luxurious clubhouse and expanse of lawns.

I thought that the standard of play and refereeing was a considerable improvement from the 2019 Nationals.

On Sunday afternoon all teams played two games to decide final positions. There were several hard fought close games. Toronto 1 were defeated by MIX (Members from Newcastle, Killara and Lithgow) 13 – 8 to decide 3rd and 4th positions. In the final CanJam (Manuel and Glenda from Jamberoo and Judy Tier from Canberra) were defeated by Lithgow 9 – 8 (John and Penny Park and Robyn Hayes.)

What a great way to kick off our 2020 gateball year.

Judy Tier
Coordinator NSW/ACT Gateball

And more from Lynne Thomas ….

Luckily we chose the weekend that didn’t include a heat wave or destructive storms and our courts were able to withstand large amounts of rain.

8 teams participated with players coming from Canberra, Jamberoo, Lithgow, Toronto, Sydney and Newcastle. 

Lithgow was the standout team of the carnival winning all their round robin matches but the competition for all the other places was very tight and not really decided until all matches had been played. Some teams were made up of seasoned players while others included novices as well as first time captains. 

After the round robin the teams were placed into 2 groups for playoffs according to their final positions.

Lithgow, CanJam (better known as the Jam Cans or Jam Tarts), MIX (Sydney/Lithgow/Newcastle) and Toronto 1 played off for the top spot while Toronto 2, Newcastle White, Epstars and Newcastle Triple Treats played off for the lower places.

After a very close fought, strategic match Lithgow defeated CanJam by one gate to be the overall winners. Congratulations to John and Penny Park and Robyn Hayes.

Thank you to all those who participated and refereed.

A big thank you to all our club members who pitched in in many ways to make this a successful carnival.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone here again next year.

Lynne Thomas
Newcastle Gateball

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World Masters Games, Kansai, 2021

In May 2021, the World Masters Games, held every four year, is planned for Kansai, Japan. With an expectation of more than 50,000 competitors involved in over 30 sports, it will be a hub of sporting ‘tragics’. Since Gateball is now included in the World Masters Games, all Gateball players would feel very much a part of the action.

Tokyo is hosting the Olympics this year so it is the turn of another part of Japan to demonstrate their organisational skills. The Kansai region is in the central area of the main island of Honshu. This huge region is full of heritage, beautiful scenery and very welcoming people. Gateball is being held in Kyoto which attracts so many tourists each year.

If there is interest in attending, please read the attachments. The entry fee is approx $325 at the present exchange rates. But this allows you to enter in 4 other sporting events!

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So create a team from your club, or form a composite team.  Contact your friends, the National Coordinator, John Park, or the State Coordinators. 

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But don’t forget there is the Australian Gateball Championships to be held at the Gold Coast 17-19th September 2021.