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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Fund raising for the Australian Junior World Pétanque Championship Team

The PFA has it’s first fund-raising effort in association with the Australian Sports Foundation is the HELP GET OUR JUNIORS TO CHINA campaign.

They are looking to raise $10,000 to cover the travel costs of their  4 junior players Bronson Romani, Logan Romani, Zac Diep Nicholson and Khrishika Ramjuttun who are representing Australia in the Junior World Championships in Kaihua, Zhejiang Province, China in November.

The PFA really needs all your help with this, otherwise the cost of getting these great young players to the championship falls on their parents.

The link to the PFA Development Fund is here.

Please share the attached flyer and spread the word with your community of friends, business contacts and any other potential sponsors, it doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is, they will all help to get these guys to China.

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

 

SA Doubles Championships 23rd July, 2017 @ ESP

The South Australian Doubles Championships will be held on Sunday   23rd July, 2017 at Eastern Suburbs Pétanque Club, 8 Northgate Street, Unley Park.

All entries to be received by Wednesday 19th July

Details on the attached Flyer for registering and the competition itself.

Note: This Tournament is open to PFA Licence holders only.

SA Doubles Flyer

SA Pétanque League Convocation to the 2017 Annual General Meeting

The SAPL Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 29 July at 10 am in the Club de Pétanque d’Adelaide club rooms.

We have a legal requirement to hold an Annual General Meeting. However, the AGM should not
be considered a chore. It gives us all the opportunity to gather together, review the successes and
problems of the past year and to get new people involved in the administration of the League. In
this way we will all ensure that the League continues to prosper and grow with the support of clubs
and players in its activities and governance. Your Club will have one vote at the AGM, however all
your club members are welcome to attend and participate, please encourage them to do so.

This year the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are up for re-election.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in  standing for one of these positions please let me
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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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SA State Interclub Competition Round 6 – ESP 25 June 2017

Overcast skies and a few patches of light misting rain were not enough to dampen the spirits of the 23 teams that took to the pistes for the final round of the 2016/17 season.

The large turnout was reminiscent of days gone by, when numbers like this were the norm, and it was due in large part to the arrival of the state’s newest petanque club — Novar Gardens. The ‘Supernovars’ came out in force, providing a welcome injection of life into the competition, and their enthusiasm was infectious. Finishing with two teams in point-scoring positions on their first outing, despite very limited experience in the game, suggests they may become a force to be reckoned with before too long. Their inclusion is most welcome and the rest of us look forward to playing a league round at a new venue, later in the upcoming season.

As for this year’s championship, a resounding victory to Eastern Suburbs came as no surprise, as they had built up a lead that was virtually unbeatable by the end. Nevertheless, they had good reason to celebrate breaking a five year drought and ending a long period of dominance by Club d’Adelaide, who finished second. To ice the cake, the ESP team of Sukrit, Raja and Garry took home the gold medals on the day.Continue reading

Prestige Trophy Cup – Prospect Pétanque Club July 2

A doubles by team competition at the Prospect Club will be held on the 2nd of July at 10.30am.

Prizes for  the best performed Ladies Team, best Mixed Doubles Team and an early notification.

Let Allan 0402 339 286 or Grant 0431 412 384 know if your coming and having lunch.

More details on the attached flyer. Prestige Cup 2017

Note: This is a sanctioned event.