Last weekend Wagga Wagga Croquet Club played host to the first Riverina Gateball Championship. Three teams participated coming from Canberra, the Blue Mountains and Melbourne as well as a local team from The Riverina Anglican College in Wagga.
The tournament consisted of a team event held on Saturday and a doubles event held on Sunday. Saturday saw an excellent start to the event under clear skies and after some exciting games and an eventful final Canberra managed to come away with a solid win, defeating the Bilbies from Melbourne 13 to 6 and were presented with the inaugural shield for the event.
Sunday’s weather was less pleasant. On and off showers made morning games more challenging however play went undelayed and all players were still in high spirits. The final was hotly contested between two doubles teams from Canberra, with Alex Park and Gilon Smith defeating Glen and Kristina Whitehead 12 to 8.
The TRAC team (Joshua Willsher – Captain, Will Antill, Sebastian Holzapfel, Tjanna Lai and Alexander Salan) performed well against teams with many more years’ experience in the sport. The doubles team of Josh Willsher and Tjanna Lai did well in their doubles pool, coming second only to the eventual runners up.
All teams appreciated the country hospitality provided by members of the croquet club and café Cec-Me who catered for the entire event. Teams are looking forward to next years event and organisers are hopeful that more teams will be attracted and that the event will continue to grow.