Twenty-nine gateballers from around NSW and Victoria attended the 2015 Riverina Gateball Championship at the Wagga Wagga Croquet Club.
Persistent but gentle rain welcomed players for the teams event on Saturday. Blue Mountains and Canberra were the clear standouts in the block both going through to the final with only one loss. Canberra controlled the final and finished strongly with some peg outs to win 17-9. The Canberra team included new gateballers Judy Tier and Adrienne Fazekas who both played very well in their competition debuts. Wagga defeated Victoria 13-9 in the play-off for third place.
Players enjoyed better playing conditions on the Sunday for the triples competition. Teams were randomly drawn which made for interesting combinations of players.
The partial block was very competitive with all teams winning and losing matches. The top three teams were tied on three wins and one loss with just a two net point difference between 1st and 3rd place. Philip Brown (Kew), Kristina Whitehead (Canberra) and Bev McCoy (Young) finished on top with the best for and against.
On Saturday players enjoyed an evening of dinner, drinks, table tennis and trivia at the Charles Sturt University – thanks to the wonderful hospitality of the Wiltshire family. The success of the weekend tournament was largely due to expert organisation by Josh, Jenny and David.
Tjanna Lai and Jim Nicholls took full advantage of the reduced numbers playing in the 2nd Annual Gateball Club Championship. With Josh Willscher away and defending champion Will Antill sleeping in, Tjanna’s experience and Jim’s accurate hitting proved to be too good a combination against regular association players Ruth Wilson & Robyn Willis and Peter & Wendy Lloyd.
The format was a double round robin with each pair playing the other pairs twice. As wel as Tjanna winning 3 out of 4 games she refereed the remaining 2 games. Thanks Tjanna, and congratulations to you and Jim.
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→
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 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.