2021-2022 InterClub Competition Round 1 – Club de Petanque d’Adelaide – 26th September 2021

After a COVID cancellation in July, the new Interclub season finally got underway in September. The weather was nigh on perfect – a far cry from the raging storms which hit on the day that Round 1 was originally scheduled. A large and eager crowd of 93 players took part, ten of whom were playing in this competition for the first time.Continue reading

SAPL InterClub 2021-2022 Round 1 – Photo Essay

The South Australian Petanque League commenced its 2021-2022 InterClub season after the InterCub Round, scheduled for 25th July 2021, was cancelled due to COVID restrictions. The tournament was hosted by the Club de Petanque d’Adelaide on Sunday 26th September 2021.
SAPL President Stan Wilson has created this photo essay. The Tournament Director’s report will follow.Continue reading

Cancellation of Dingo Cup at ESP on 22nd November

Message from Eastern Suburbs Pétanque

New SA Government COVID restrictions require all community sport fixtures to be temporarily cancelled (expected duration of two weeks).

The Dingo Cup has been cancelled.
What a shame for all of us.  Stay safe everyone, and hopefully we will see each other on the piste again soon.
cheers
Eastern Suburbs Pétanque

Interclub Competition Round 2 Club de Pétanque d’Adelaide – 27 September 2020

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.

Gold
Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz
Silver
Rada Pierre, Alain Rousse & Dom Pierre,
Bronze
Tory McBride, Ray Drummond & Lionel Pujol
The Competitors

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Interclub Competition Round 1 Novar Gardens. – 26 July 2020

The new Interclub season started much the same as the last one finished. Not only was the venue the same, but once again we had remarkably nice weather, a huge turnout (99 players – another new record), great competition and a very convivial atmosphere, despite the COVID-Safe requirements.
Once again, this was helped along by the innovative and popular new timing regulation arrangement, which maximises playing time and minimises waiting time, while providing the relaxed ambience of untimed games without the frustrating delays and late finishes that often come with an untimed format. We thank PFA for allowing this arrangement to continue despite opposition from certain quarters.
On the premiership table, after one round, things also look a lot like they did at the end of last season. The top three clubs have all taken up where they left off, the same two clubs are closely vying for fourth position and the battle for sixth is once again very tight.
In terms of the individual honours, on the other hand, the day’s results were more in keeping with previous seasons rather than the last. The winners, ESP’s Alexi Alexi, Arwed Turon & Maurice Belz, had a relatively lean time of it last season — by their own lofty standards — picking up just one gold medal between them (compared to eight the year before). The silver medallists, Deb Rodda, Selina Dally & Wendy Bensen, also emulated a feat they achieved twice in the 2018/19 season. In the bronze medal position was the Adelaide Hills trio of Greg Anderson, Ross Coleman & Quentin Jones, their first appearance on the podium since 2017/18.
Finally, a big thank-you goes to the awesome Novar Gardens crew who once again kept things running like clockwork under difficult circumstances. Your friendly efficiency sets a standard the rest of us can aspire to. Well done.

Round 1 is also the time that individual awards are presented to the most successful players from the season just completed…
The ‘Best Player’ medal went to Selina Dally, who only played in four of the five rounds but never finished lower than 4th in any of them. Selina is a truly outstanding player and has been a consistent performer over many years. This award is thoroughly deserved.
For the second year in a row, the award for ‘Best Player of the Other Gender’ went to a man, this time Maurice Belz — another highly decorated player and out-and- out star. Maurice finished second overall (also from four rounds), trailing by a margin of just one point. Not too “lean” a season, then (only in terms of gold).Continue reading