2019/20 SAPL Mixed Doubles Championship – ESP

This year’s SAPL Mixed Doubles Championship was played in ideal fine and mild conditions. Twenty-four teams participated ‒ the biggest turnout we’ve seen in the four years that this event has been running. While very competitive, the atmosphere was also quite convivial and sociable, as it usually tends to be with a mixed doubles format.
At the end of the day, there were only two undefeated teams left to fight it out in the final. The defending title-holders, Wendy Bensen & Alexi Alexi, had seen off allcomers to this pont in resounding fashion, but on this occasion had to settle for the runners-up trophy. They were no match for the new undisputed champions,

Selina Dally & Maurice Belz – Mixed Doubles Champ

Wendy Bensen & Alexi Alexi – Runners Up

In taking this title for the second time, Selina can add “first multiple winner in Mixed Doubles” to her already impressive list of SAPL records. As for Maurice, already the reigning State Champion in Singles and Open Doubles, this is another box ticked. It caps off a remarkable twelve month period which has also included four Interclub appearances yielding three gold medals and a silver. Maurice’s arrival in Adelaide has possibly set the bar higher for the rest of us than it’s ever been before.
A special mention must also go to Evie Beresford, the youngest player in the field by a considerable margin. Teamed with coach Tim Whelan, Evie showed that she has already become a very accomplished pétanque player in a short space of time, holding her own against others that have been playing since since before she was born. Evie & Tim not only made it all the way to the the semi-finals, their score of eight points against Selina & Maurice in that game was the best that any team could manage on the day.
Thanks to all who participated and to all the helpers from the Eastern Suburbs club who ensured everything ran smoothly.

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Australian Masters Games AMG17 Day 3. Mixed Doubles Competition

The third event in petanque’s 17th Australian Masters Games calendar was run at Novar GardensPetanque Club (NGPC) in the afternoon of Tuesday 8th October. 30 Mixed Double teams were hostedin the beautiful grounds of NGPC with afternoon tea and a social gathering after play which resulted in smiles all-round.

The South Australian Petanque League wishes to thank NGPC, players, umpires, the tournament director, PFA and the many crews of NGPC volunteers who contributed to this event being a successful, enjoyable day.

Mixed Doubles Petanque Competition winners.

Mixed Doubles 30-54

Gold: Adele Smith and Graham Smith

Mixed Doubles 55+

Gold: Victoria O’Connor and Michael Castles
Silver: Jean Lambert and Barry Lambert
Bronze: Heike Whitehorn and John Whitehorn

Congratulations to all.

The Mixed Doubles Winners

Results Petanque 17AMG Mixed Doubles.

 

 

 

 

Australian Masters Games AMG17 Day 2. Doubles Competition

The second event in petanque’s 17th Australian Masters Games calendar was run at Novar GardensPetanque Club (NGPC) on Monday 7th October.

18 Men’s Double teams and 14 Women’s Double teams were hosted in the beautiful grounds of NGPC with players commenting on how well they had enjoyed the day.

The South Australian Petanque League wishes to thank NGPC, players, umpires, the tournament director, PFA and the many crews of NGPC volunteers who contributed to this event being a successful, enjoyable day.

Congratulations to the Male Doubles and Female Doubles Petanque Competition winners.

Results

Male 30-54

Gold: Sebastian Rosenberg and Graham Smith

Male 55+

Gold: David Beer and Art Vernon
Silver: Jonathan Giddings and Kenny May
Bronze: Malcolm Bedson and Brian Tuckfield

Female 55+

Gold: Roslyn Allen and June Hunter
Silver: Kerrie Maddern and Andrea Bowles
Bronze: Jean May and Susan Matthews

The Doubles Winners

Results Petanque 17AMG Male Doubles Female Doubles.

 

 

 

 

Australian Masters Games AMG17 Day 1. Singles Competition

The first event in petanque’s 17th Australian Masters Games calendar was run at Eastern Suburbs Petanque on Saturday 5th October.

ESP hosted to perfection with players commenting on how well they had been looked after. The South Australian Petanque League wishes to thank ESP, players, umpires, tournament director, PFA and the ESP volunteers who contributed to this event being a successful, enjoyable day.Congratulations to the Singles Competition winners.

Results

Female 55+

Gold: Joy Field
Silver: June Hunter
Bronze: Susan Krieg

Male 30-54

Gold: Jonathan Giddings

Male 55+

Gold: Ken Field
Silver: Brian Tuckfield
Bronze: Allan Sanderson
Singles Medal WinnersBrian, Allan, Susan, June, Joy, Ken and Jonathan

Results Petanque 17AMG Singles

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony was held on Saturday Night, and the Pétanque group was led in by our wonderful Sports Convenor, Naz Saunders.

 

 

Interclub Competition Round 2 NOVAR Gdns – 22 September 2019

The renaissance of SA pétanque continued in Round 2 with a population explosion. Undeterred by the threat of showers (which fortunately stayed away for the most part), a staggering turn-out of 87 players took to the pistes at Novar Gardens. That’s 15 more than in Round 1, which in turn had the most we’d seen for over a decade.

Five different clubs were represented in the top five positions, but the winning team was the highly-credentialled and experienced trio of Selina Dally, Wendy Bensen & Maurice Belz, from ESP. No surprises there. However, also on the podium were some of the newer entrants to the field and potential stars of the future. In second place, and all taking home their first League medal, were Mike Read, Ashton Claridge & Mal Bedsonfrom the Adelaide Hills club. Bronze went to the Novar Gardens team of Jonathan Giddings, Bruce Lucas & Jean-Luc Gonnet, with Bruce also registering a personal best. Congratulations and well done to all.

Selina, Maurice, WendyMike, Ashton, MalBruce, Jonathan,
Jean-Luc

This was one of those rounds where the pattern of results did not fit what we would normally expect. In particular, we had a very unusual situation in Pool A where five of the fourteen teams won all three of their preliminary games, with only one of the others winning more than one. This created a few apparent anomalies in the final rankings, such as one team that won all five of their games but couldn’t climb up to a medal-winning position because their morning points tally was ‘only’ +19.

In terms of the championship, the lesson was that there’s safety in numbers. Despite the fact that each club can only claim the points from their two best-placed teams, it was the three clubs with five or more teams that picked up the biggest hauls ‒ Eastern Suburbs cemented their place at the top of the table, while Adelaide Hills and Novar Gardens were the big movers. The latter two have climbed up into third and fourth place, respectively, at the expense of FAB and Gawler, while Adelaide (2nd), Prospect (6th) and Port Noarlunga (8th) all maintained their first-round positions.

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Australian Masters Games – October 5-12

Well the games are almost here, the first competition, the Singles is at ESP on Saturday October 5. And that night at the Convention Centre the first night of Entertainment, Adelaide cover band Blackjack is on following the Opening Ceremony.

The Doubles competitions follows at Novar Gardens with the Doubles competition on the Monday 7th and Mixed Doubles are on Tuesday 8th in the afternoon followed by the Pétanque Social Function that evening.

Wednesday night has more entertainment, Immaculate Madonna

The Triples competitions is on at Prospect on the Thursday.

Friday Night there is more Entertainment, – The Ultimate Elvis Tribute with Mark Anthony

Saturday is the Closing Ceremony and more entertainment – Billy Joel Tribute Concert

For more details on the schedule of games go to the AMG Page. The schedule is downloadable here

2019/20 SA State Doubles Championship

at:  Prospect Pétanque Club                  25 August, 2019

This year’s State Doubles Championship was held at Prospect in fine and mild conditions. Twenty-five pairs took part, including male, female and mixed-gender teams, which was the best attendance at this event for at least ten years.

The competition was more even than some might have predicted, with lots of close games and plenty of upsets. By the end of the four preliminary games, only one team remained undefeated and that was a portent of what was to follow.

The stand-out team on the day was the pairing of a young gun and emerging star with an established grand master of the game — Nick Armstrong & Maurice Belz swept all before them and are the new state champions. Well done, messieurs! This is the second SA state title for each of these players. Nick’s winner’s trophy will sit next to one from the 2107/18 Mixed Doubles, while Maurice is now the reigning champion in both Doubles and Singles.

Maurice Belz & Nick Armstrong

Congratulations must also go to Sue & Peter Matthews, who performed strongly all day and finished as runners-up and ‘the best of the rest’. Sue & Peter were part of a large contingent of teams from the fledgling Novar Gardens club that, on the whole, accounted for themselves very well.

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Changes in SAPL Calendar

Due to an unforeseen clash with a large public event at Gawler on the 22nd of September, the venues for Rounds 2 and 3 of the Interclub competition have been swapped around…

Round 2 will be held at NOVAR GARDENS on Sept 22

Round 3 will be held at GAWLER on Nov 24.

Also, note

The Trebes Cup at FAB has been moved from Sept 8 to Sunday, Sept 29, to avoid a clash with the Interstate Challenge.

Petanque Calendar  Version b

Interclub Competition Round 1 ESP – 29 July 2019

In fine and mild conditions, the 2019/20 season got off to a roaring start with twenty‑four teams in attendance. This turn-out has not been matched since 2012 and the last time we’ve had more than that was in 2008. What makes it all the more remarkable is that this happened at a time of year when quite a number of regular players from various clubs are absent. Host clubs be warned — we might be in for some big crowds this year!

As is customary for the first round, the day began with the presentation of medals for the most outstanding players of the season just completed. Congratulations to Wendy Bensen for winning the Best Player award, and to Alexi Alexi (Best Male Player); Susan Krieg and Mark Reardon (Best New Players); and Tory McBride, Lionel Pujol & Dave Ward (Best Veterans). Wendy is the first woman to win the overall award, making it the first time the medal for ‘best player of the other gender’ has been for the ‘best male’.

At the end of the day, there was another set of medals to present. The gold ones went to the only undefeated team, the very experienced Adelaide trio, Jean-Paul Bouyer, Louis Oltarczy & Alain Rousse. They appear to have recaptured some of the form that saw them dominating the competition a couple of years ago.

Gold Team – Jean-Paul Bouyer, Alain Rousse & Louis Oltarczy

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