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.
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.
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.