2020/21 SA State Singles Championship – Novar Gardens 21 February

This year’s State Singles Championships were held in fine and mild conditions, continuing the remarkable trend of near-perfect weather for all our SAPL events so far this season.
The Women’s competition was hard-fought and closely contested, with only one player making it through the morning session undefeated. That was Melissa Scott, from Prospect.
Melissa continued to hold her nerve after lunch and went on to win her first state title. Her opponent in the final was Novar Gardens’ Miriam Peik, also recording her personal-best finish in a state championship. Well done to both of you.
This year’s result continues a trend of ‘sharing the love around’ in this event. Melissa is the fifth Women’s Singles Champion in five years. In fact, there have been eleven different winners from thirteen championships dating back to 2006.Continue reading

Cancellation of Dingo Cup at ESP on 22nd November

Message from Eastern Suburbs Pétanque

New SA Government COVID restrictions require all community sport fixtures to be temporarily cancelled (expected duration of two weeks).

The Dingo Cup has been cancelled.
What a shame for all of us.  Stay safe everyone, and hopefully we will see each other on the piste again soon.
cheers
Eastern Suburbs Pétanque

2020/21 SA State Doubles Championship – Prospect 25 October

This year’s State Doubles Championships were held at Prospect in fine and mild
conditions. For just the second time in five years, there was sufficient demand for a
separate Women’s competition and the turnout of ten teams for that event was great
to see.
At the end of the day, it was no surprise to see Deb Rodda & Selina Dally emerge as the
Women’s Champions. It doesn’t seem to matter whether there is a separate
competition or if the title is awarded to the best-placed female team in a combined
tournament, these two legends of the game (and reigning Open Triples champions)
have been keeping a firm grip on the Women’s Doubles title for some years now. It is
Deb’s fourth time in a row, while for Selina this makes six out of the past seven.


The only other team to get through the four qualifying rounds unscathed, Anna
O’Connor & Tory McBride, also continued through to the final and finished as
runners-up.
In the Open, there were a few upsets in the morning session, but the cream rose to the
top in the end. The new Champions are Alexi Alexi & Maurice Belz. That makes two in
a row for Maurice and it’s also the second for Alexi, although the latter had to wait for
eight years to replicate the feat. Alexi now has one State Singles trophy, two Doubles
trophies and three Triples trophies to his name.
After a steady start to the day, Alexi & Maurice made it to the final via an epic semi
against Lionel Pujol & Dominique Pierre (whose path to that point had not been quite
so straightforward). That game hung in the balance right until the end. In contrast,
the much-anticipated final against David Lefer & Lionel Chazal was all over in half an
hour and rather one-sided.

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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.