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. Continue reading Inaugrual Riverina Gateball Championship – 2012
As part of the 2012 Australian Day Awards ceremony, life member Nola Scott was inducted into Wagga Wagga Sporting Hall of Fame as a Local Legend.
Nola joined the Wagga Wagga Croquet club in 1984.
Nola was a self taught player, learning the game through books. She qualified as a Level 1 Coach in 1988 and was qualified until 2010 when she allowed her qualification to lapse as her husband was ill and couldn’t dedicate the time required. Although, no longer formally qualified, she is still coaching in a limited capacity at the moment. During her time as a coach at Wagga Wagga she has trained the majority of the Club’s Association players, including Jim Nicholls who is a current member of the NSW State Association Team and Marga Podnicks who has represented South Australia at both Association and Golf Croquet. Nola was also involved in introducing croquet to a number of adult groups and the Schools Croquet Program ran by CNSW.
In 1998 Nola became the first qualified referee in Wagga Wagga.
Nola has served on the committee for no less than 24 years of the 28 years she has been a member. Her commitment and enthusiasm to members, the club, and to the sport in general has been instrumental in building a thriving club of approximately 70+ today.
Nola is also known for getting the last word in, however on this occasion she was speechless, a phenomenon her daughter has never witnessed before.
Club member Jim Nicholls has been nominated to represent Australia in the 2012 World Championships in May 2012.
The championships, held every 2-3 years, will be hosted by Australia in Jim’s hometown of Adelaide.
Jim will have a full programme leading into the World’s with state represention in the NSW State team in Perth in March.
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This inaugural gateball championship was extremely successful with all participants thoroughly enjoying the day. The competition was played as doubles, with each pairing having an experienced gateball player and a novice.
With 6 pairs in total, a round robin was played between 2 groups of 3 pairs, with the top 2 pairs from each group advancing to the finals knockout with the bottom 2 pairs playing off for the wooden spoon.
Winners were Will Antill and Peter Lloyd who defeated Jacob Buette and Margaret Priest.
The Wagga Wagga Croquet Club was established in 1909 and is situated near the entrance of Robertson Oval in Fitzhardinge Street, Wagga Wagga.
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The club has a membership of approximately 70 players who play Association Croquet, Golf Croquet and more recently has introduced Gateball.
With 2 full size courts,and a small practice court, and an active schools program, the club sees plenty of action.
The Wagga Wagga Croquet Club has continued its fantastic work promoting gateball, with a
demonstration at the farmers market earlier this month.
Organised by Jim Nicholls, the event was
run by young members of the club who attend the Riverina Anglican College. The demonstration has
already resulted in another school approaching the club to discuss playing gateball. Congratulations
to all involved!
Of course the best art about croquet and gateball is you are never too young to start.
Congratulations to Peter Lloyd who won this Championship, with Nola Scott the runner up. Nola had the best break of 12. B Grade winner was Ruth Wilson with Johanna Siebels who had the best break of 9 the Runner Up. Congratulations to all players.
A very successful Golf Croquet Competition was held on Wednesday, 26th October.
The winners were Eileen Zurbo and Jan Barton who played very well in all their games. Close runners up were Peter Lloyd and Fay Mowbray.
Thanks go to Wendy Halford and Nola McRae for organising this Carnival.
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