Redcliffe team has success at international gateball tournament

Redcliffe Roses placed second in the New Zealand International Teams Gateball Championships. Pictured are Jennifer and Geoff Morris, Niki Hotmer, Nikki Stuart and Curt Hotmer. Photo: contributed
Redcliffe Roses placed second in the New Zealand International Teams Gateball Championships. Pictured are Jennifer and Geoff Morris, Niki Hotmer, Nikki Stuart and Curt Hotmer. Photo: contributed

REDCLIFFE Roses placed second in the New Zealand International Teams Gateball Championships recently.

Curt Hotmer and Geoff Morris from the Redcliffe Roses placed third in the doubles competition which had 15 entries.

Originating from Japan, gateball is a modern spin on mini golf, with a hint of strategic snooker.

The first New Zealand International Gateball Tournament was held in Takapuna, Auckland on February 18-19.

Seven teams participated from Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Morris said, "We had two teams from Australia participating. Newcastle/Bribie (NSW/Qld) and Redcliffe Roses (Qld).

"The tournament was all go from start to finish. Players showed off their talents as they touched, slid and sparked their balls to victory,” he said.

Director of Gateball New Zealand Sherrill Dennerly said they were overjoyed at the success of the tournament.

"The weekend was a great success and was great exposure for the growth of gateball in New Zealand.

"We are really appreciative of the mentoring we have received from our Aussie neighbours as well as the enormous support we have received from The World Gateball Union.”

Gateball is played locally at Bramble Bay Bowls Club on Saturday afternoons.

For more information contact Geoff Morris on 0400525250 or email

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