Interclub Competition Round 5 Gawler 29 April

Round 5 was held in ideal conditions. In the picturesque green surrounds of the Gawler Petanue Club, the weather was absolutely perfect — sunny and mild from start to finish. It’s just a shame there weren’t more players there to appreciate it.

Stars of the day were a local team comprising two seasoned veterans and a rookie: John Gejas, Glenis Head & Belinda Kopania.

Undefeated, they finished with a classic victory over this season’s dominant team, Messieurs Bouyer, Rousse & Oltarczy. The latter had to be content with third place on this occasion. Congratulations in particular to Belinda, taking home a gold medal in just her second outing, and to Glenis for her first Interclub gold. Well done also to Adrian Clements, Wayne Twigden & Ernie Palmer, in the silver medal position.Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Interclub Competition Rnd 1

Round 1     at  Prospect Pétanque Club       6 August, 2017

The 2017/18 Interclub season got off to a tempestuous start. Literally. In the face of an ominous weather forecast, 57 brave souls turned up in their wet-weather gear ready to battle it out for their respective club. The fact that there were no late withdrawals or no-shows is, in itself, testament to the dedication and fortitude of this group.

Overnight rain had left the playing surface soft but mostly still playable and, fortunately, it cleared in time for the start of play. The cold wind was cutting, but at least we were lucky enough to get through the three preliminary games with minimal precipitation. Then, at lunch time, the storm hit.

Some of the braver ones ventured out to start their afternoon games in heavy rain, while the more cautious bided their time indoors. (Bravo to the two NGP teams who actually managed to complete their fourth game.) However, reports began to come in of numerous lightning strikes over the Adelaide area. Therefore, the conditions were deemed to be unsafe and play was called to a halt.

As the pistes disappeared one by one under pools of water, and the rain, wind and lightning showed no signs af abating, it soon became obvious that proceedings were finished for the day. It was decided that three out of five games constitutes a quorum, so medals and championship points were awarded, based on the results from the prelims. The early finish left all the footy fans free to get home in time to watch the Showdown (although, after what transpired on that front, some of the Port supporters may have preferred to be out playing pétanque in a storm).

Thanks to the Prospect club for hosting under difficult circumstances.

P.S. Many of the newer players were asking whether this has happened before. Meanwhile, the older heads were reminiscing about THAT day up at Stirling. For the record, this is the first time that play has been abandoned after three games. On April 21st, 2013, at the Adelaide Hills club, the conditions may have been a bit worse…

“The morning was punctuated by several periods of thick fog, at times reducing visibility to about 20 or 30 metres. Those who played will remember these brief periods with fondness, as they were about the only times that the persistent rain and icy-cold winds were simultaneously absent.”

…but at least there was no lightning. On that occasion, 18 teams (of the 22 that had registered) soldiered on to the completion of the fourth game.

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2017/18 SA State Doubles Championships @ ESP

2017/18 SA State Doubles Championships

at:  Eastern Suburbs Pétanque Club                   23 July, 2017

This year’s State Doubles Championships were held at Eastern Suburbs in wintry conditions. Several periods of light but persistent rain kept players on their toes, as the characteristics of the playing surface changed throughout the day.

The Ladies competition culminated in a final between the two stand-out teams on the day. Rada Pierre and Shelley Li proved to be very worthy runners-up, but it was Deb Rodda and Selina Dally who took out the honours.

This must have been quite a relief for the latter pair after a very shaky start to the day, due mainly to having only one player in the opening game. However, Selina atoned for her indiscretion to retain the Doubles title she has held (with a variety of partners) since 2014. For Deb, the victory was a fitting way to celebrate ten years since her first win in this event.

In contrast, the Open competition was one where you needed to throw out the form guide and back some long-shots. Even Nostradamus could not have predicted how this one would pan out as, one by one, the favourites fell by the wayside. In the end, it was Richard Voskamp & Stan Wilson, together with Greg Anderson & Anthony Pietsch, who earned a place in the final.

The final was played under lights, in cold and wet conditions. It was not the most spectacular final we’ve seen, as the fatigue from a long and trying day started to take its toll. This may have helped the younger team of Greg & Anthony, as they grafted their way to a win. This is Anthony’s second state title and his first in Doubles. Greg, on the other hand, already had a complete set of Singles, Doubles and Triples trophies. He’s now made a start on acquiring a second set.

Results

Ladies Doubles Champions:    Deb Rodda & Selina Dally

Runners-Up:                              Rada Pierre & Shelley Li

Third Place:                               Llianne Healey & Glenis Head

Open Doubles Champions:      Greg Anderson & Anthony Pietsch

Runners-Up:                              Richard Voskamp & Stan Wilson

Semi-Finalists:                          Will Swart & Raymond Beaumont

                                                       Alexi Alexi & Wendy Bensen

Consolante Winners:                  Wayne Twigden & John Luttrell

Consolante Runners-Up:            Raja Jamaleddine & Sukrit Vaswani

Conviviale Winners:                  Mike Read & Brian Tuckfield

Conviviale Runners-Up:            Anna O’Connor & Ray Drummond

SAPL Doubles Championship Results

State Doubles 2017-18