Kauai Gateball Club members recently returned from Maui where they participated in a friendly tournament.
The event held at the Kula Community Recreational Complex earlier this month, the Maui Gateball Club hosted the games at their own Gateball fields. Six teams — Maui A, B, C, Maui Mix, Kauai A and Kauai B — took to the fields for a full day of games.
“It was great. Really great,” said club president Ron Aceret. “Renewing all the friendships, and talking about certain games — how come this, how come that. And it was beautiful. Everybody was enjoying themselves.”
Kauai A team made it all the way up to the consolation bracket championship game. In a very close game, Maui Mix captured the title by virtue of having an agare, hitting the center pole after going through three gates, even though after time had expired with the score tied at 11 apiece.
Maui Mix’s team consisted of two Maui club members, two visiting Japanese nationals, and Kauai’s own Marilyn Yamaguchi. Kauai’s A team was captained by Aceret and included Kathy Aceret, Kaohu Cummings, Winnie Smith, and Johnny Lorenzo. Also participating were Kauai’s B team captained by Daniel Nishiguchi and included Gilroy Yorkman, Carolyn Cummings, Manny Lopez, and Barbara Antonio.
Prizes and omiyage donated by various club members and also by Mr. and Mrs. Koichi Endo of Japan were given to all of the participants. Members were also hosted at a dinner buffet at the Maui Beach Hotel. Plans for future tournaments were discussed, but nothing has been planned yet.
Kauai’s club practices Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. at Field D at the Hanapepe Baseball Complex.