2021/22 State Singles Championships

This year’s State Singles Championships were held in extremely comfortable weatherconditions. It was fine all day but cooler than one would normally expect in February. Ten players competed in the Women’s competition and thirty-four in the Open, making the total attendance figure just shy of the record set last year.

Both tournaments were very competitive. Of the 145 games played in total on the day, only 3 resulted in a score of zero, and no player in either division managed to get through the whole day without conceding at least one game (more orders for “I beat the Champion” Tshirts).Over the last year or so, the talent pool of SA petanque has been bolstered by the arrival of a number of new but experienced players. Several of these new faces featured prominently in the day’s proceedings...

In the Women’s competition it was Giselle Whiteaker, appearing in her first SA Singles, who put up the strongest showing during the preliminary and qualifying rounds. However, a couple of marathon efforts at the end may have taken their toll. In the final, it was the other standout qualifier, Melissa Scott, who finished with the upper hand. As the defending champion, Melissa’s victory makes her the first person in the history of the Women’s Singles competition to successfully defend her state title and win it twice in a row – a great achievement.Continue reading

News from Clare

Led by Kerry Lampard, a group of enthusiasts from Clare have been working for a number of years to try to establish a Pétanque piste in the area. I am pleased to report that at last they have succeeded and have installed some pistes in Melrose Park, Clare bordering White Hutt Road near to where the model engineers run their trains on the second and fourth weekend of each month and also close to the BMX track.

The official opening is planned for the near future. The group who ably supported SAPL at the recent Auburn French Fest have not yet formed a club, but I understand that this on the cards.

If you would like to throw a boule or two the area is open to the public and you will be most welcome to use the new pistes.

Well done for your efforts and welcome to the SA Pétanque Community.

Stan Wilson, President, South Australian Petanque League

2021-2022 InterClub Competition Round 2 – Gawler Petanque Club- 28th November 2021

Round 2 was held in fine and sunny conditions at the Gawler Petanque Club. The turnout was lower than we’ve had for a couple of years, but a field of 22 teams was still more than enough for a great atmosphere and a strong contest. The round was notable for the fact that no team was able to get through all five games without loss – something that hasn’t happened in this competition for four years.

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