Interclub Competition Round 2 Club de Pétanque d’Adelaide – 27 September 2020

The SA Interclub competition has been leading a charmed life this season, when it comes to the
weather. For Round 2, we were very fortunate to strike the one window of fine and mild weather
in the middle of an extended wet spell. Things could have got awkward with so many players to
accommodate under COVID-Safe requirements, with limited shelter available. Instead, it turned
into another near-perfect day.
Participant numbers did not quite match the high reached in July, but the notable thing on this
occasion was that 19 of the 30 triples teams had also competed in the previous round with
exactly the same line-up. Team compositions have usually been more fluid in the past. (Less
people going away this year, perhaps?) Given also that it’s just a few years ago we were
struggling to even get 19 teams or more, this is undoubtedly a record.
As in Round 1, the day’s honours went to the Eastern Suburbs club. For the second time in a row,
the gold medals went to Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz and they can now go into
Round 3 gunning for a ‘threepeat’. It is eight years since anyone has achieved a threepeat. (The
last time it happened, there were some familiar names amongst the culprits – Alexi and Arwed,
at that time playing with George Lainas). The silver medallists were Rada Pierre, Alain Rousse &
Dominique Pierre, while Tory McBride, Ray Drummond & Lionel Pujol took the bronze.

Gold
Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz
Silver
Rada Pierre, Alain Rousse & Dom Pierre,
Bronze
Tory McBride, Ray Drummond & Lionel Pujol
The Competitors

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2020/21 SA State Triples Championship – ESP 30 August

Last season’s winner was COVID-19 but, fortunately, the 2020/21 State Triples Championship was able to go ahead as planned – 14 months after the 2018/19 event. It was very well supported, with 69 players in attendance. In just a couple of years, the number of entrants for this competition has nearly doubled, with many participating this year for the first time. The conditions were cool but mostly fine and the competitive spirit was excellent.
The random draw added some spice to the morning session as a number of the early favourites were drawn to play each other in the preliminaries, in the ‘pool of death’. Only the strongest survived while others did not make the cut. Hence, it was not just the usual suspects making up the final eight. Some of the newcomers also took their opportunity to shine. However, as is so often the case, experience won out in the end.
The new champions are Deb Rodda, Selina Dally & Wendy Bensen. Their exploits are already legendary – they hold numerous records and all three have performed with distinction representing Australia on the world stage. This latest win is also historic as they are the first all-female team to win a South Australian Open championship in any format. Selina becomes the first female player with two Open Triples titles to her name. Deb and Wendy add an Open crown to accompany the Women’s Triples trophies they won in the last two years that a separate women’s event was run (before being discontinued in 2008).
The runners-up were Jean-Luc Gonnet, Bruce Lucas & Jonathan Giddings. These three are rapidly establishing themselves as a new heavyweight combination on the local pétanque scene. Having already seen off the defending champions in the quarter-final, they earned their place in the decider by virtue of a commendable return bout against the formidable trio of Alexi, Dave Lefer & Maurice Belz in the semis. (It’s uncanny how often you get two different winners when the same teams play each other twice within a tournament.)
The Consolante winners were another experienced all-female team, Rada Pierre, Jenny Key & Tina Stockley, so it was definitely a day for the girls. It looks like SA will have some strong contenders in the women’s competitions when the Easter Nationals finally come to Adelaide.
To conclude, one more team that also needs a mention was from the Adelaide Hills club, comprising Neil Maslin, Robin Austin & Rob Mawson. In their first state championship, these three had the misfortune to face a preliminary draw against three daunting teams that, between them, did not contain a single player without international experience as Australian representatives! Lesser men might have been a bit demoralised by lunchtime, but these guys took the attitude that “if it doesn’t kill you it just makes you stronger”. They performed creditably in all three of those games and then went on to win the Conviviale in the afternoon, fighting all the way to the end. One would have to say that their bottle of wine was well-earned.
Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks to those who made the day possible, especially the volunteers from host club ESP and the umpire, Terry Hall.

Results

Detailed Results

South Australian State Triples Championship – 30 August at ESP

The State Triples is an open competition for male, female or mixed teams of all ages.

Entry fee $10 per player. (Pay by 9:15am on the day.)

Games start at 9.30am.

All entries to be received by Wednesday 26th August 2020

Enter by sending your team details to Anthony by email (anthony.pietsch@gmail.com) or TXT (0468 431 963). All entries will be acknowledged by return message. Resend if you don’t get one.

Lunch (cost of $8), a licenced Bar (No BYO) and tea/coffee will be available.

This tournament is open to licenced players only.

The playing format will remain flexible until final entry numbers are known.

Timed games in prelims (timed game rules) and untimed finals in the afternoon.

There will be a consolante for those who do not qualify for the finals.

If unable to attend after registering  for any reason (especially if you are feeling unwell) contact Tournament Director Anthony Pietsch ASAP.

The day will be run observing all COVID regulations, covering physical distancing, hand sanitizing, equipment handling and beverage/food service.

State Triples Flyer

2019/20 SAPL Singles Championships – Novar Gdns

This year’s SA State Singles Championships were held in ideal fine and mild conditions. A total of 45 players (another attendance record) took to the expansive Novar Gardens pistes to battle it out in the most demanding form of the game.
The Open attracted a very strong field and every win had to be earned. By lunch time, only 4 of the 32 players had managed to get through their preliminary games unscathed. However, morning form is not always a good predictor of afternoon form and it is the latter that matters most. On this occasion, three of those front-runners fell by the wayside in the qualifying rounds — quite spectactularly in some cases.
Ultimately, the cream rises to the top and it came down to a Final between two of the grand masters of SA pétanque. On one side was Lionel Pujol, the 2018 Champion and the only player to have gone all day undefeated. His opponent was Dominique Pierre, the 2016 Champion, whose one point victory in the semi-final against last year’s winner (Maurice Belz) was possibly the match of the day.
The Final was not the cliff-hanger that some may have hoped for. Dominique, the man who “hates singles”, once again reinforced his reputation as The Dominator. The other time Dom won the SA Singles it was a sign of things to come as he went on to claim concurrent State titles in Open Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Triples — a historic achievement that has never been matched. Is this victory another sign?

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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.

 

 

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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