Our third annual gateball tournament took place on February 24th/25th. Lithgow Mayor, Stephen Lesslie, opened the tournament with the traditional shot through our 'ceremonial gate'.
Two years ago, as a thunderstorm raged around them, the Lithgow players were pondering suitable names for their team. Lightning was a natural choice and, as the number of players grew, teams Thunder and Storm joined the list.So it is fitting that this year's competition should have gone out with a bang. Forecast storms circled around the town throughout Sunday but all games were completed – until the final was due to start!
It had been a great tournament until then. Seven teams took part; one each from Canberra and Newcastle, two from Epstars and three from Lithgow. We played a round robin on the Saturday With not enough time to play a second round robin we played a modified seeded double elimination knockout on Sunday
The round robin was very even, one team on 4 wins, 5 teams on 3 wins and one on 2 wins. The knockout provided some interesting games and finally the two finalists were decided – Canberra and Lithgow Lightning. But as we prepared for the final, thunder and lightning descended and a discussion took place between the two teams who agreed that the last game should be abandoned and a draw declared.Pictured here are the members of the two winning teams, Canberra and Lithgow Lightning.
The Lithgow Mercury gave us fantastic coverage of the event, as you can see here.