State Singles Championship

This year’s State Singles Championships were held in unseasonably warm conditions which proved quite taxing in the morning session, but an afternoon wind shift offered some relief later in the day.
The most notable thing about this year’s Open was the evenness of the competition. It was a strong and larger than average field, but a few players who have dominated proceedings in the past were absent this time around. The result was a day full of epic battles and close results. The stats tell the story…
Of the fifty games played in the morning session, half of them went to a score of 13|9 or higher. Across all games after lunch, this ratio was again exactly 50%. Historically, we would normally expect it to be more like 25-30%. Breaking it down further, about a quarter of all games had scores of 13|12 or 13|11 — three times the number of games less than 13|3.
Unfortunately, one consequence of so many close games was that the competition proceeded more slowly than expected. It made for a long day, with the final played under lights and finishing more than two hours later than other occasions where the same format has been used.
The new State Open Singles Champion is Lionel Pujol, who peaked at the right time and lasted the distance when others around him were flagging. In particular, his victory over Alexi Alexi in the final bucked the day’s trend towards close games.Continue reading

ESP Players excel at the Australian Nationals Easter Championships

Congratulations

Wendy Bensen Deb Rodda & Selina Dally runners up ladies Triples at the Australian Nationals Easter Championships in Melbourne. And double congratulations to Deb, runner up ladies doubles with Cathy Ayre. Go girls!

Well done from the SA Pétanque community

Wendy Bensen Deb Rodda & Selina Dally

Deb Rodda & Cathy Ayre

Interclub Results Round 4 – Adelaide Hills 25 February

It just wouldn’t be League at Stirling without some precipitation, no matter what time of year it’s scheduled. Fortunately, this year the misty rain was so light that it was easily ignored and soon cleared to make way for a lovely sunny and mild afternoon. The varying condition of the playing surface as the pistes dried throughout the day presented an extra challenge to players.

After three rounds dominated by Club d’Adelaide, Round 4 was Prospect’s time to shine. Emulating Adelaide’s efforts in Round 2, Prospect has now become the second club to have ever achieved a clean sweep of the gold, silver and bronze medals. Congratulations to Dave Ward, Lionel Pujol & Tory McBride, winners on the day, and to Brett Williams, Martin Verdonk & Richard Voskamp and Heike & John Whitehorn & Alan Matthews respectively.Continue reading

2017/18 SA State Triples Championship

This year’s State Triples Championship was held in fine and dry conditions, with the fierce February sun tempered by mild air temperatures.

In the preliminary rounds, reigning champions Dom and Rada Pierre (this time playing with Wayne Twigden) looked on track to repeat their heroics of the previous year. In fact, it took until the fourth round before any opponent managed to score a point against them! However, their run came to an end in an epic semi-final against the Adelaide Hills trio of Greg Anderson, Brian Tuckfield & Anthony Pietsch, in which the score was tied five times and the lead changed on each of the last three ends.

The other finalists were Selina Dally, Craig Stewart and Alexi Alexi, from the Eastern Suburbs club. This team, playing together for the first time, had reached the final with comfortable wins in all but one of their earlier games. The exception was one prelim round in which they had to claw their way back from a 0-6 deficit to win 8-7. That game was against the same team they were now facing in the final. But the result second time around was more decisive and the ESP team finished the day undefeated and holding the trophy. This is Alexi’s third State Triples title, the second for Craig and a first for Selina.Continue reading

Adelaide French Festival

As part of the Adelaide French Festival, volunteers from the South Australian Pétanque community we’re involved in “A French Weekend at Carrick Hill”. The setup by the Carrick Hill Trust around the pistes helped the volunteers to show off pétanque in the best light to the many visitors to the Festival.

Here are a few photos provided by the trust.

SA Interclub Comp – Round 3 – Gawler – 3 December

Round 3 came at a time of year when people have many other demands on their time (e.g., test cricket at Adelaide Oval), resulting in a rather disappointing turnout of just fifteen teams. The weather was variable, with players repeatedly exchanging sunglasses for raincoats. But, fortunately, by the end of the day, the former were required far more than the latter.
In terms of the competition, Club d’Adelaide were vulnerable here because they were only fielding one and two-thirds of a team. However, it’s all about quality, not quantity, and they still managed to score more championship points than any of the other clubs and increase their huge lead at the top of the table. In fact, the rewards reaped by all the clubs were fairly reflective of where they stood on the ladder already after the first two rounds. The only change is that Prospect gained a few points on ESP and have now caught up to be equal second.
Stars of the day were Louis Oltarczy, Jean-Paul Bouyer & Adrian Clements, three veterans of the game who have been consistent performers throughout the history of the competition. For Louis and J-P, this was their second gold medal and third top-two finish in the three rounds so far this season — a very impressive effort.
Also on the podium were a few newer players and potential stars of the future. In the second-placed team from Prospect, Melissa Scott collected her first league medal while her partner Gavin backed up his silver from Round 1 with another. In third, Ross Coleman from Adelaide Hills also picked up his first medal.
Thanks to the Gawler club for doing a great job of hosting and to all who participated.Continue reading

Petanque in the Park – Novar Gardens – October 22

Our newest Club, the Novar Gardens Petanque Club, warmly invites everyone to join them on October 22nd for their first ever SAPL (non sanctioned) calendar event ‘Petanque in the Park’.

The club is situated at 489 Anzac Highway, Novar Gardens.

The Time: 9.30am for a 10.00 start.

The format: Open gender Doubles – 5 games

The cost: $15 for  the games, a BBQ Lunch, Entertainment and Afternoon Tea.

Registration: By Thursday 19 October 6pm to info@novargardenspetanque.com.au

or for further information Toivo – 0419 998 581 or Jon – 0418 831 446.

 

 

Pétanque in the Park Flyer – 22 October 2017

Christos Cup at FAB

Christos Cup

Sunday 15th October 2017 at the FAB Piste, Rundle ParK

FAB’s Christos Cup is a legacy to undoubtedly  the club’s and Adelaide’s most colourful character
Christos Juhanson1943 ~ 2005

FOR DRAW & CATERING PURPOSES:
PLEASE register your Triples Team no later than Tuesday 10th October
Email: ahambour21@gmail.com or Mob: 0402 109 308
Registration fees will be collected at 10.00am on the day for a prompt 10.30am start
Game Fees: $3.00 for Members, $5.00 for Most Welcome Visitors
A chicken & salad lunch will be available for $10
For catering purposes – please let us know if you will be partaking in lunch when registering
Cash & wine prizes for winners
BYO DRINKS & PERSONALITY
DRESS UP IN HONOUR OF CHRISTOS IF YOU WISH
Please Bring Your Own Chairs & Tables.

Christos Cup 2017

SAPL Mixed Doubles Championsips

The SAPL Mixed Doubles competition was held at the Club de Petanque d’Adelaide​ on the 24 September.

This year’s SAPL Mixed Doubles Championship was well-attended, attracting a strong field of 22 teams. The conditions were windy, but mostly fine and dry.

The new champions in this format are Selina Dally & Nick Armstrong. Their draw in the morning session was far from easy, but Selina & Nick got through undefeated and they went on to finish the day the same way they started — with a hard-fought win over runners-up, Deb Rodda & Lionel Chazal.

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Nick, one of the most promising young players on the scene, would take home his first state title. This breakthrough achievement was well-deserved, and having come tantalisingly close in previous Open Doubles and Open Triples championships would only have added to the sweetness of the moment.

As for Selina, she is an unstoppable force at the moment. When this event was held for the first time last year, Dominique Pierre became the first player in SAPL history to concurrently hold three state titles. With victories in Ladies Singles and Ladies Doubles already under her belt this year, Selina is now the first female player to do so. Of course, Dom went on to achieve ‘absolute legend’ status by also winning the Triples and making it a complete set. Can Selina do the same? We’ll find out in February.Continue reading

South Australian Mixed Doubles Championship – 24th Sept

The South Australian Mixed Doubles Championship is to be held on Sunday 24th Sept, 2017, hosted by Club de Pétanque dÁdelaide.

Entry fee $10 per player.
Payment accepted on the day from 9.00am. Games start at 9.30am.

Enter by sending your team details to Anthony, by email anthony.pietsch@gmail.com or SMS 0468 431 963, by Wednesday 20/9/2017.

This Tournament is open to PFA Licence holders only.

Bar Licence applies (No BYO please). Lunch will be available.

The playing format will remain flexible until final entry numbers are known.
There will be a consolante for those who do not qualify for the finals.

If unable to attend after registering please contact Tournament Director Anthony Pietsch ASAP
anthony.pietsch@gmail.com or phone 0468 431 963 so appropriate alterations to the draw can be made.

SA Mixed Doubles Flyer