2021/2022 SA State Triples Championship – Eastern Suburbs Petanque Club – 28 & 29 August 2021

2021/2022 SA State Triples Championship

The 2021/22 State Triples Championship was the first SAPL event for the season, after the July Interclub round was cancelled due to a COVID outbreak. This year, the event was run over two days, something which hadn’t been tried since the early days of the competition nearly twenty years ago. Sixteen teams took part.Continue reading

Interclub Competition Round 3 Adelaide Hills Pétanque Club – 31 Jan, 2021

After the unfortunate cancellation of our November round due to a brief COVID-19 outbreak, we have at least struck it very lucky with the weather this season. For this round, we had mild temperatures to offset the mid-summer sun and a gentle breeze kept everyone comfortable –about as good as it gets in January. On the previous Sunday, we would have encountered temperatures over 40C and a massive smoke plume from the large bushfire raging within a few kilometres of the Stirling venue.
The competition itself was very tight. Only 4 teams won all three of their prelim games and only 5 won both of the afternoon games. Just one team managed to do both and that was the winning combination of Alexi Alexi, Craig Stewart & Maurice Belz, from Eastern Suburbs.
Last season, 2019/20, was notable as the first time in ten years that Alexi didn’t win at least one Interclub gold medal, but he’s more than made up for it this season. This makes it three wins in a row for Alexi and Maurice – a remarkable feat not seen since 2013. On that occasion, it was also a team featuring Alexi, playing with George Lainas and Arwed Turon. (Prior to that, the only others to achieve it were the awesome world-class trio of Suki, Ken and Raja, also from ESP, who many will remember.) The big question now, as we are only half-way through the season, is “how far can they take this?” History beckons.Continue reading

2020/21 SA State Doubles Championship – Prospect 25 October

This year’s State Doubles Championships were held at Prospect in fine and mild
conditions. For just the second time in five years, there was sufficient demand for a
separate Women’s competition and the turnout of ten teams for that event was great
to see.
At the end of the day, it was no surprise to see Deb Rodda & Selina Dally emerge as the
Women’s Champions. It doesn’t seem to matter whether there is a separate
competition or if the title is awarded to the best-placed female team in a combined
tournament, these two legends of the game (and reigning Open Triples champions)
have been keeping a firm grip on the Women’s Doubles title for some years now. It is
Deb’s fourth time in a row, while for Selina this makes six out of the past seven.


The only other team to get through the four qualifying rounds unscathed, Anna
O’Connor & Tory McBride, also continued through to the final and finished as
runners-up.
In the Open, there were a few upsets in the morning session, but the cream rose to the
top in the end. The new Champions are Alexi Alexi & Maurice Belz. That makes two in
a row for Maurice and it’s also the second for Alexi, although the latter had to wait for
eight years to replicate the feat. Alexi now has one State Singles trophy, two Doubles
trophies and three Triples trophies to his name.
After a steady start to the day, Alexi & Maurice made it to the final via an epic semi
against Lionel Pujol & Dominique Pierre (whose path to that point had not been quite
so straightforward). That game hung in the balance right until the end. In contrast,
the much-anticipated final against David Lefer & Lionel Chazal was all over in half an
hour and rather one-sided.

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2020/21 SA State Triples Championship – ESP 30 August

Last season’s winner was COVID-19 but, fortunately, the 2020/21 State Triples Championship was able to go ahead as planned – 14 months after the 2018/19 event. It was very well supported, with 69 players in attendance. In just a couple of years, the number of entrants for this competition has nearly doubled, with many participating this year for the first time. The conditions were cool but mostly fine and the competitive spirit was excellent.
The random draw added some spice to the morning session as a number of the early favourites were drawn to play each other in the preliminaries, in the ‘pool of death’. Only the strongest survived while others did not make the cut. Hence, it was not just the usual suspects making up the final eight. Some of the newcomers also took their opportunity to shine. However, as is so often the case, experience won out in the end.
The new champions are Deb Rodda, Selina Dally & Wendy Bensen. Their exploits are already legendary – they hold numerous records and all three have performed with distinction representing Australia on the world stage. This latest win is also historic as they are the first all-female team to win a South Australian Open championship in any format. Selina becomes the first female player with two Open Triples titles to her name. Deb and Wendy add an Open crown to accompany the Women’s Triples trophies they won in the last two years that a separate women’s event was run (before being discontinued in 2008).
The runners-up were Jean-Luc Gonnet, Bruce Lucas & Jonathan Giddings. These three are rapidly establishing themselves as a new heavyweight combination on the local pétanque scene. Having already seen off the defending champions in the quarter-final, they earned their place in the decider by virtue of a commendable return bout against the formidable trio of Alexi, Dave Lefer & Maurice Belz in the semis. (It’s uncanny how often you get two different winners when the same teams play each other twice within a tournament.)
The Consolante winners were another experienced all-female team, Rada Pierre, Jenny Key & Tina Stockley, so it was definitely a day for the girls. It looks like SA will have some strong contenders in the women’s competitions when the Easter Nationals finally come to Adelaide.
To conclude, one more team that also needs a mention was from the Adelaide Hills club, comprising Neil Maslin, Robin Austin & Rob Mawson. In their first state championship, these three had the misfortune to face a preliminary draw against three daunting teams that, between them, did not contain a single player without international experience as Australian representatives! Lesser men might have been a bit demoralised by lunchtime, but these guys took the attitude that “if it doesn’t kill you it just makes you stronger”. They performed creditably in all three of those games and then went on to win the Conviviale in the afternoon, fighting all the way to the end. One would have to say that their bottle of wine was well-earned.
Congratulations to all the winners. Thanks to those who made the day possible, especially the volunteers from host club ESP and the umpire, Terry Hall.

Results

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