2021-2022 InterClub Competition Round 4 – Prospect Petanque Club – 29th May 2022

The penultimate SAPL Interclub round was held at Prospect with 29 teams in attendance. The weather was surprisingly pleasant – cool but fine with plenty of nice sunshine. After some ominous forecasts in the days leading up, we were fortunate that the approaching big storm waited until the evening before it hit.

The championship race has been very tight up to this point, with five clubs all jostling for the top positions. On this occasion, it was Eastern Suburbs who seized the initiative. With three teams finishing in the top six, the club has pulled away from the chasing pack and opened up a commanding lead at the top of the table. While not impossible, it would take something special from another club to catch them from here, with one round to go.Continue reading

2021-2022 InterClub Competition Round 3 – Eastern Suburbs Petanque Club – 27th March 2022

Round 3 was held at Eastern Suburbs, belatedly because of two COVID-related cancellations in the season so far. (Under normal circumstances, this would have been Round 5). The conditions were fine and sunny. The maximum temperature was only just over 30˚ but it felt quite hot in the sun, especially after such a mild summer.
The Interclub Championship is still well and truly up for grabs, with two rounds to go (under a revised schedule). However, there is one title that is already all but decided. The title of ‘most competitive season in the history of the competition’ must surely go to 2021/22. We’ve had some close finishes before, but this season so far has been extraordinary…
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SAPL POLICY – FORFEIT POLICY

SAPL FORFEIT POLICY (Approved 19 March, 2022)

This policy applies to all tournaments run by the SAPL. Its purpose is to stipulate the score awarded to teams that win or lose a game by forfeit.

It applies to any instance where a team leaves a tournament prematurely or is unable to play, after the competition has started.

It applies irrespective of whether the team’s absence is due to tardiness, illness, disciplinary action or any other reason.Continue reading

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