2023-2024 InterClub Competition Round 5 – Club de Petanque d’Adelaide – 24th March 2024

A near-record turnout of 32 teams contested Round 5 at Club d’Adelaide in perfect weather conditions.

Taking out the day’s top honours were the familiar faces of Vincent Bulone, Ha Nguyen & Van Nguyen. This is their fourth win of the season and they become the first unchanged trio to achieve that feat. The silver medals went to Rada Pierre, Alain Rousse & Adrian Clements, from Adelaide, and ESP’s Dave Ward, Ray Drummond & Craig Stewart rounded out the top three.Continue reading


The South Australian Petanque League is inviting Expressions of Interest from players interested in representing SA at the 2024 Interstate Challenge to be held at the Bert Smith Community Centre at Nerang on the Gold Coast, on the 24th and 25th August 2024..

Attached are the details for the team selection and training process and an “Expression of Interest” form.

SAPL players who are interested in taking part should complete the form and return it to Adrian Clements by the 12th April 2024 (clementsadrian@hotmail.com).

Interstate Challenge EOI 2024 (PDF)

Interstate Challenge EOI 2024 (WORD)


Trans-Tasman 2024

Trans-Tasman Petanque 2024

Every year for the last 20 years there has been an International Petanque tournament where teams from New Zealand and Australia compete for the title of Trans-Tasman Champions. The event is held alternatively in NZ and Australia. The tournament has two divisions, Open and 60+.

Scores are decided on points awarded for wins. 3 for a Triples, 2 for a Doubles and 1 for Singles.

In 2024, the event was held at the Subiaco Petanque Club in Perth WA on the weekend of 16/17 March.

For only the fourth time in the 20 years the Australian team won both divisions. The Open score was AUS 94 NZ 50 and 60+ AUS 72 NZ 48.

There was a strong representation of SA players involved:

  • in the Open: Ha Nguyen, Haejung Jang, Selina Dally,Giselle Whiteaker, Van Nguyen and Jean-Luc Gonnet. Coach Adrian Clements.
  • in the 60+: Brian Tuckfield. Coaches Glenis Wilson and Kenny May.

SA 2023-2024 Precision Shooting Championship

SAPL conducted the State 2023-2024 Precision Shooting Championships on Saturday 17th February 2024 at the Adelaide Hills Petanque Club.

Supervising Umpire: Brett Williams

Assisting Umpires: Terry Hall, Mike Read, Roland Peik

Scorer: Anthony Pietsch

2023-2024 Champions:

  • OPEN MEN: Peter Masri
  • OPEN WOMEN: Selina Daly
  • 60+ MEN: N/A
  • 60+ WOMEN: Wendy Bensen

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2023-2024 InterClub Competition Round 4 – Adelaide Hills Petanque Club – 21st January 2024

The first Interclub round of 2024 was held at Stirling in very pleasant conditions. The skies were completely clear, apart from the local birdlife (and a few helicopters covering the nearby progress of the Tour Down Under cycling race), but the temperature was quite mild for January. Breaking the trend of Eastern Suburbs dominance that we have seen so far this season, it was Club d’Adelaide’s turn to shine on this occasion. Continue reading

2023-2024 InterClub Competition Round 3 – Novar Gardens Petanque Club – 26th November 2023

Round 3 was held at Novar Gardens in mild conditions. It was dry on the day, which was quite fortunate considering the significant rain events that occurred in the days before and after the event. Twenty-eight teams took part. Taking home the gold medals, once again, were Vincent Bulone, Alexi Alexi & Van Nguyen from Eastern Suburbs. Continue reading

2023/2024 SA State Doubles Championship – 29 October 2023

This year’s State Doubles Championships were held at the Prospect Pétanque Club in ideal conditions. The 62 players taking part were all rewarded with some perfect Adelaide spring weather.

In the Women’s competition, the two teams who went undefeated in the preliminary rounds both maintained their form after lunch and progressed to the final.

The result was a victory to Deb Rodda & Selina Dally. These two could be called the ‘golden girls’ of the annual SA State Doubles. This is the fourth time they have played it together as a team and they have won all four. Hard to top that! However, Selina has also won another four playing with other partners, for an awesome tally of eight championships in ten years. Similarly, Deb has another three titles to her name, with the first coming in 2007.

Congrats must also go to the runners up, Sandy Shaw & Tina Stockley. It was a well-deserved personal best result for Sandy in state level competition, whilst Tina, the 2003 champion in this event (and several times runner-up), showed she hasn’t lost her touch.

The Open competition was another where the tried and true rose to the fore. Five of the players competing in the semi-finals were players who already had more than one State Doubles gong in their trophy cabinet, including at least one from ten or more years ago in each case. Three of them progressed to the final. In the end, it came down to a contest pitting last year’s runners-up, Alexi Alexi & Van Nguyen, against one of the reigning champions, Raja Jamaleddine, teamed with another twice former champion, Arwed Turon. The latter pair have played together before and won the title in 2014.

The final was a tense and enthralling contest. Arwed & Raja got the early ascendancy, moving to a commanding 7-0 lead. But then, a dramatic mid-game momentum shift saw Alexi & Van gain control of the cochonnet and from there they never gave it up, for a 13-7 win.

The victory gives Alexi his third State Doubles title in four years and his fourth overall. But, in contrast to all those previous winners we’ve talked about, this was a championship which had so far eluded Van, leaving a glaring hole in his trophy collection. That has now been rectified, and he joins the elite group to have won SA state titles in Singles, Doubles and Triples – a group that also includes Alexi and Raja.

This result also elevates the victors to an even more elite level in the record books. Van is now the concurrent reigning state champion in three different formats – Triples, Mixed Doubles and Open Doubles. The only other player to have matched that previously (twice) is Selina (in Open Triples, Mixed Doubles and Women’s Doubles). Meanwhile, Alexi also becomes a triple reigning champion in Singles, Doubles and Triples. With the singles title being the most elusive, no one has ever achieved that feat before! The only thing that could possibly better it would be to add the Mixed Doubles to the list and make it a perfect four out of four. As it happens, the next state title to be contested is the Mixed Doubles, so we shall await that result with interest.

Congratulations to all the winners, including the consolation divisions. Thanks to Brett Williams and Roland Peik for taking on the umpiring duties and to the Prospect club for doing another excellent job of hosting the day.

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PETANQUE: Day 5 – Mixed Doubles

The fifth and final event in petanque’s 19th Australian Masters Games 2023 calendar was run at Prospect Petanque Club (PPC) on Friday 13th October 2023. 18 Mixed Double teams were hosted in the beautiful grounds of PPC with players commenting on how well they had enjoyed the day. The PPC organised the City of Prospect’s Lord Mayor Matt Larwood to award the medals which added pizzazz to proceedings.

The South Australian Petanque League wishes to thank PPC, players, umpires, the tournament director, PFA and the many crews of PPC volunteers who contributed to this event being a successful, enjoyable 2 days. The catering was superb.

This concludes petanque competition at these games.

Congratulations to the Mixed Doubles Petanque Competition winners.

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