Perfect spring weather, some serious petanque and plenty of bonhomie were the rewards for a large turnout of competitors in Round 2. As usual, the Gawler club went all out to make it an excellent day, serving breakfast as well as lunch to the hungry petanquers.
Taking home the gold medals on this occasion were the Club d’Adelaide trio of Louis Oltarczy, Wayne Twigden & Alain Rousse, carrying on the excellent form they displayed last season. They got there via a thrilling one-point win in the fourth game against the internationally acclaimed girls from ESP, Deb Rodda, Selina Dally & Wendy Bensen, who went on to claim the silver.
In terms of the premiership contest, the points were shared between all seven clubs in attendance. At the top of the table, ESP and Adelaide moved further ahead of the rest of the field, but by the same amount. Thus, the former maintain the 27 point lead they took from Round 1.
The three clubs that were tied for third place after Round 1 have now been separated, following the same pecking order that has become somewhat familiar over recent seasons — Prospect hold third and are still within striking distance of the leaders, Adelaide Hills slot into their usual spot in fourth, and Gawler drop back to the pack in the fight for fifth. Novar Gardens, the biggest movers in this round, are now at the head of that pack. With a team finishing in fourth place, the Supernovars have shown that their heroics in the final round of last season were a sign of things to come and not just a flash in the pan.
Thanks to those who participated, and to the many helpers, who all made it such a successful day.
Gold Medallists – Louis Oltarczy, Alain Rousse & Wayne Twigden
Silver Medallists – Selina Dally, Wendy Bensen & Deb Rodda
Bronze Medalists – John Whitehorn, Heike Whitehorn & Allan Sanderson