Gateball, which originated in Japan, is a very different, much faster mallet sport, played between two teams of five players.
The court is smaller and is set with three gates (hoops) and a goal pole (centre peg).
A game has a time limit of thirty minutes, unless one team earlier scores the maximum of 25 points. After thirty minutes the team that has scored the most gates wins.
In Gateball, when you strike another ball you can put your foot on your own ball and "spark" the other ball to an advantageous position (if it is one of your team balls) or off the court (for opponent balls).
Back-to-back titles for Kew at Victorian Gateball Championships
A windswept but undaunted Victorian Gateball Championships were held over 29-31 March at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
For the second consecutive year Kew prevailed as the Teams Champion, though the final standings were very close this year. Kew won four games of six, as did Canberra. However Kew prevailed with a much higher net hoops score of +32 compared to the second-placed Canberra who had +10.
Gateball trophy comes home
A small but committed field competed in the Victorian Gateball Championships at the Victorian Croquet Centre over the weekend of 27-29 April.
As well as the Victorian teams, we had competitors from Canberra and, for the first time as a standalone team, the Woodville team from South Australia.
Vic gateballers win in NSW
The NSW Gateball Championships were held in Young, NSW, over the weekend of 17-19 November.
Victoria was represented by five players from Kew and one from Essendon. The team was Philip Brown (capt), Maxine Maclachlan, Trish Watts, Gilon Smith, Kerry Seipolt and Elaine Coverdale.
Victorian Gateball on for young and old
The Victorian Gateball Championships were held over the weekend of 29-30 April at the Victorian Croquet Centre at Cairnlea.
The weather co-operated with mainly clear skies and moderate temperatures.
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