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.
Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz
Rada Pierre, Alain Rousse & Dom Pierre,
Tory McBride, Ray Drummond & Lionel Pujol
Another big points haul puts ESP in a formidable position already at this early stage of the
season. Also faring well in Round 2 was Club d’Adelaide, with three teams in the top six. The
resultant points were enough to lift them into second on the ladder, with a bit of a buffer ahead
of Adelaide Hills.
The other big mover was FAB. After a disappointing Round 1, the four FAB teams this time all
finished in the top half, with good points for 5th and 7. They are now tied with Novar Gardens in
fifth position, just three points behind Prospect.
Thanks to the Adelaide club for hosting – you did a great job and the new awnings look fantastic.