Interclub Competition Round 1 Novar Gardens. – 26 July 2020

The new Interclub season started much the same as the last one finished. Not only was the venue the same, but once again we had remarkably nice weather, a huge turnout (99 players – another new record), great competition and a very convivial atmosphere, despite the COVID-Safe requirements.
Once again, this was helped along by the innovative and popular new timing regulation arrangement, which maximises playing time and minimises waiting time, while providing the relaxed ambience of untimed games without the frustrating delays and late finishes that often come with an untimed format. We thank PFA for allowing this arrangement to continue despite opposition from certain quarters.
On the premiership table, after one round, things also look a lot like they did at the end of last season. The top three clubs have all taken up where they left off, the same two clubs are closely vying for fourth position and the battle for sixth is once again very tight.
In terms of the individual honours, on the other hand, the day’s results were more in keeping with previous seasons rather than the last. The winners, ESP’s Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz, had a relatively lean time of it last season — by their own lofty standards — picking up just one gold medal between them (compared to eight the year before). The silver medallists, Deb Rodda, Selina Dally & Wendy Bensen, also emulated a feat they achieved twice in the 2018/19 season. In the bronze medal position was the Adelaide Hills trio of Greg Anderson, Ross Coleman & Quentin Jones, their first appearance on the podium since 2017/18.
Finally, a big thank-you goes to the awesome Novar Gardens crew who once again kept things running like clockwork under difficult circumstances. Your friendly efficiency sets a standard the rest of us can aspire to. Well done.

Round 1 is also the time that individual awards are presented to the most successful players from the season just completed…
The ‘Best Player’ medal went to Selina Dally, who only played in four of the five rounds but never finished lower than 4th in any of them. Selina is a truly outstanding player and has been a consistent performer over many years. This award is thoroughly deserved.
For the second year in a row, the award for ‘Best Player of the Other Gender’ went to a man, this time Maurice Belz — another highly decorated player and out-and- out star. Maurice finished second overall (also from four rounds), trailing by a margin of just one point. Not too “lean” a season, then (only in terms of gold).Continue reading

Interclub Competition Round 5 Novar Gardens. – 28 June 2020

The fine and sunny weather was as good as it gets in the middle of winter, setting the scene perfectly for our return to organised pétanque after the shutdown. At times it had looked as if our season was over and we can count ourselves very fortunate to be in a position where we could squeeze in one more round to finish off the 2019/20 Interclub competition. On such a beautiful day, the COVID-Safe requirements did not dampen the mood at all.

With 28 triples teams, the attendance was only just shy of the record set in January, suggesting that the unexpected interruption has not taken the momentum out of our recent growth trend. A few of the regulars were not yet ready to emerge from their isolation bubbles, but this was offset by a very pleasing number of new players participating for the first time — representing five different clubs! (Not to mention the presence of some who would normally be sunning themselves in warmer climes at this time of year.) It would seem crowds of this magnitude are going to be our ‘new normal’.

On the day, it was Penny Lyons, Steve Hambour & Terry Hall from FAB who finished unbeaten and took the top honours. Congratulations to them. This notable achievement is the first time the gold medals have gone to a FAB team since 2009 (Erica, Craig & Anders) and it brought great joy to the growing FAB contingent. It came on the back of an epic fifth round tussle against ESP’s Arwed Turon, Nick Armstrong & Maurice Belz.

Gold medalists Penny Lyons, Steve Hambour & Terry Hall (FAB)
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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 3 CdPdA 25 November

Glorious spring weather, delicious food, some tight games, some thumpings and, most importantly, lots of fun. The third Interclub round had it all, and an excellent turn-out of twenty-three teams were at the Club d’Adelaide to make the most of it. Players were kept on their toes by subtle changes in the playing surface over the course of the day, as the moisture from some overnight rain dried out in the warm sun.

The major honours for the day went to the highly experienced trio of Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz. This was Maurice’s first appearance in the Interclub competition since relocating to Adelaide from NZ. By taking out the gold, undefeated, and demonstrating some awesome skills along the way, he certainly made his presence felt and sent a warning to the rest of the competition.

The silver medallists were Louis Oltarczy, Jean-Paul Bouyer & Tony Stojsic, who maintained the fine form they showed all last season. Through a quirk of the draw, this was one of the rare occasions where a second team gets through the day undefeated. Despite winning all three preliminary games, they only qualified third in their pool which denied them a shot at the gold, but they made the best of their situation after that.

The tournament structure we use for the Interclub has been designed to deal with anomalous situations such as we saw here, where most of the strongest contenders happen to find themselves grouped together on the same side of the draw. Players sometimes think it odd that the losers of the gold medal match in the fifth round are only awarded third place, rather than second as you would expect with most conventional formats. This set of circumstances provides a clear example of why the silver medal match is for the silver medal.Continue reading

Interclub Competition Round 6 Eastern Suburbs 24 June

Conditions were cool but fine for the final round of the 2017/18 season at ESP. The turnout was good for this time of year, when so many of our number head north to warmer climes.

In terms of the premiership table, this season has been somewhat lacking in drama. Indeed, apart from one switch between second and third, the top five positions established in Round 1did not change throughout the entire season. Coming into Round 6, the margins between each position were so wide that it would take something quite extraordinary for any of them to change. (Little did we know how close it would come.) The only spot still in close contention was sixth, with Port Noarlunga holding a three point advantage over Novar Gardens. Yet, even this small battle became anticlimactic when the sole PNP team was a late withdrawal due to injury, whereas NGP maximised their chances by fielding five teams.

But the SuperNovars did a bit more than just take sixth place in the championship. In a breakout performance for this fledgling club, Kenny May, Sue Lefevre & Toivo Kangur  defeated several strong opponents to put themselves in a position where they were assured of bringing home the club’s first League medals. They had to settle for bronze in the end, at the hands of Alexi Alexi, Wendy Bensen & Nick Armstrong, but it was an admirable performance nonetheless.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

The Bastille Cup _ Sunday – 16th July – Club de Pétanque D’Adelaide – Greenhill Road

Once again the Club de Pétanque D’Adelaide invites everyone to join them in celebrating Bastille Day.

It is a day of wonderful French food cooked by Alain, prizes for the best French costumes, good pastis to drink, and some great games of pétanque.

So join them for a competition of Doubles by Team, with games commencing at 10.30.

Please register by Thursday the 13th of July.

See details in the attached flyer.Bastille cup

 

Spicy Bites @ ESP July 9

Spicy Bites is when we celebrate all things Mahesh: it’s a doubles competition, register as a team or if you don’t have a partner let us know and we will put you together with someone.

There will be great prizes and an awesome lunch organised by Suki and his mother, Shireen.

Play starts at 10.30am. Cost is $15 per person for play and lunch.

Please confirm if you are playing by Wednesday 5 July, so we can get numbers for catering.

You can register by email to espetanque@outlook.com or Deb on 0418 832 600

Everyone is welcome to play.

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