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Once again we honour the players who were really massive with their boules on the piste.
Those who featured during 2016 have been moved to the 2015-16 gallery here.
Although overcast, Sunday 5th February, was a very warm, humid day with just a short, teasing shower at one point, insufficient to concern the players. Heavy rain was forecast for later in the day and came just as the clearing up was finishing in the evening. Huey up there, smiles on us again; just the same calamitous downpour happened at the same juncture after a tournament we hosted in 2016, turning our pistes into a very large sea of water. The Gods are on our side!
Thirty five teams played in the tournament, some all men, some all women, some a combination of both genders. Fierce competition, played with much goodwill and friendliness. A fine day’s petanque. Thank you to all our visitors for patronising our tournament.
Congratulations to the Winners, Patrick Dufresne (Caulfield Club) and Frederic Vencatasamy (Weird Entertainers’ Club).
Click here for full results and here for the photos.
by Sandra Brown
Usually a report on a tournament hosted by CPCI begins with a summary of play. Not this time! The standout was the way the tournament was hosted by our Club and the exceptional hours of volunteering offered by our members. They are the Champions! For this to occur whenever assistance is requested shows a splendid spirit is alive in our Club community. We always like to spruce up our gardens and pistes before welcoming visitors to our Club and, on this occasion, offered delights on sale for lunch, sandwiches, quiche and salad, as well as fresh scones, baked on the premises on the day, served with jam and cream. Pretty impressive.
| Guy Mercier
|| John-Paul Ernst
|| Peter Barker
| Charles Hepenstall
|| Ron Jenkins
|| Marion Mc Donald
| Myriam Parsons
|| Terry Barter
|| Sandra Brown
| Trish Ritman
|| Heinz Bansagi
|| Ben & Zac Nicholson
Setting up tables indoors, checking bathrooms were clean and ready for use and setting up kitchen area ready for service by:
| Sue Jenkins
|| Terry Barter
|| John-Paul Ernst
| Keven Diggins
|| Ron Jenkins
Working tirelessly in the kitchen prepping, serving food and drinks, keeping up with the endless supply of iced drinking water as well as washing up all those glasses and dishes by:
| Sue Jenkins
|| Terry Barter
|| Helen Dubberley
| Mary Diggins
|| Beverley Grigg
|| Sue Gray
| Marianne Harris
|| Keven Diggens
Peter Barker (not being able to attend earlier, came especially in the afternoon to help, then stayed on to the very end).
John-Paul Ernst in his inimitable manner handled all the scoring and draws for each round, with the assistance of lieutenants Sue Jenkins and Keven Diggens. David Shaw from Hanging Rock Club acted very capably as Umpire.
Plus those members who may have been inadvertently overlooked. We are very aware that many of you simply see a job that needs doing and unseen, without any fuss, you just do what needs to be done.
We are justifiably proud of our Club and venue and just as proud of the effort and generosity of our membership.
Now to the tournament!
The pistes and surrounds looked magnificent and were set up ready for tournament play by:
Thanks go to all who contributed before, during and after the tournament. Below is a “listicle” acknowledging all your efforts. It was a great success thanks to every one of you.
Clearing up at the end of the day putting equipment away, cleaning and vacuuming etc. by:
| Ron Jenkins
|| Antoine Buffet
|| Sue Jenkins
| Terry Barter
|| Peter Barker
CPCI Committee Responds to Global Warming
Confirmation by the Bureau of Meteorology that 2016 was a record-breaking year of scorching heat and driving rain on Australia’s East Coast means that, climate-wise, many of us have “shifted a few hundred kilometres north,” a weather expert said.
“Australia’s climate in 2016 was certainly consistent with long term trends over the last century which have seen Australia warm to the same degree as the rest of the world and all the indications are that these warming trends will continue into the future.” The past four years have all been in the top six hottest years recorded in Australia.
In a timely response, your CPCI Committee has addressed the need for more shelter out on our pistes. After successfully securing a significant Federal Government grant through our local MP, Josh Frydenberg, all options for the structure were investigated.
The design is to be a timber structure featuring dramatic rows of rafters supporting Suntuf polycarbonate roof sheeting, which offers 80% protection from sun and ultra violet rays. To preserve the panorama across the pistes from the clubhouse and to reduce visual bulk, the shelter will be open sided, yet due to its size it will offer substantial protection from both sun and rain.
A known builder has been appointed and construction is expected to be completed by March. The Grant rules require the Club to contribute funds and/or practical assistance to the project so, to keep our costs as low as possible, we will be asking Club members to lend a hand in a few working bees during construction. However the heavy work will be done by the builder’s young lads!
A 1/10th scale model has been made to give members an early glimpse of what the final shelter will look like. This is now in the far back corner of the clubhouse and will remain on display until construction is completed. Treated pine is the most practical and cost effective timber to use which starts as a warm yellowish colour but eventually will fade to a grey as it weathers. This is virtually maintenance free and will avoid initial painting costs and the need for costly upkeep in the years ahead. The current timber seating will be re-used.
Your Committee is excited about this major project which will further add to, what we like to think is, Melbourne’s premier petanque
By Sandra Brown
On Sunday, 25th February, 2017, our Club members travelled to Gisborne to defend the Jolly Roger trophy and flag which we held after beating Mt. Macedon Petanque Club in the 2016 annual club challenge on our pistes at Lynden Park.
Although still officially Summer the wind was very cold and biting all morning, with the temperature hovering around 11C. The sun emerged later and warmed us up a little. Alas, not enough because we were not "on fire" and Mt. Macedon posted a handsome win.
Hostilities will be conducted on our home pistes when next we meet and we hope to put on a better showing.
We thank the Mt. Macedon Petanque Club for their warm hospitality and the great lunch they turned on. Always a pleasure to visit them.
Prizes were awarded to Best Man and Lady on the day for both Clubs. Sue Gray was our Best Lady and John Cook our Best Man (although it was announced as Ben Nicholson - another Academy Award moment).
Click here for the pictures. ⛔
Then let's not forget the many willing hands that once again whisked away the dirty plates, glasses etc., washed and cleaned up after us all. Without you, the evening would not be so enjoyable for all of us. We are so lucky to have so many wonderful people within our membership who get involved without question so the workload is shared. A big thank you from the Committee.
What a Great Night. by Chris Butler
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves, I am sure your guests did!
As always many, many thanks to everyone that participated in putting together the evening. Special thanks go to Karen and John who manned the BBQ from 4 o'clock onwards. Do you all realise that John and Karen cooked 60 pieces of chicken, fried the onions and cooked 80 half Kransy sausages. That is one hell of a job. You two are amazing and I hope you are putting your feet up today.
For the food we also have to thank both the Sue's, Sue Gray and Sue Jenkins, and Helen Dubberley. Helen your suggestion to including Kransky's was a real hit.
Avoca was hot, hot, hot! by Sandra Brown
The weekend of Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 March 2017 found a group of Camberwellians in Avoca for the Pyrenees Club's Annual Doubles' Tournament. The Weather Bureau's predicted high temper-atures resulted in both days soaring into the mid 30C's. Clad in their lightest summer wear, though covered heavily in lashings of sunscreen, our tenacious bunch battled on.
Please don't forget that although this was intended to be the last Friday play for the summer, that we are playing on both Friday and Saturday next weekend. A number of Boroondara Council employees were going to join us last night, but due to other commitments were unable. They can join us next Friday (07/04/2017) and so we will play until the light fails and then dine on take away as usual - the menu will be decided by the Monkey. Kevin and Peter have received a great deal of assistance from Council in getting the grant through, all the permissions for the shelter and possibly some ongoing work, so it would be great if as many people as possible could be at the Club to thank them and of course to show them the game of Petanque. ⛔
On Sunday a Melee Doubles’ competition was held for all comers. In essence, players register individually for the competition of 5 rounds of play and for Round 1 you are allocated a random partner. Together you play a Doubles’ game against another couple who have been drawn in the same way and team scores are recorded at the end of the round. Round 2 is a repeat of round 1 - (a new random partner against another randomly put together team). Round 3, 4 and 5 are the same.
The main event, The Doubles, was played on Saturday. In the Men’s Doubles’ Nicole and Antoine Buffet grabbed fifth place, with John Whelen partnered by Rod Neilson of the Avoca Club in 8th place, and Ben Nicholson and his son, Zac, in 13th place. Congratulations
to Jean Claude Defroux and
Martial Leconte who won the
event. In the Women’s
Doubles’ Gloria Wales and
Terry Barter were fourth and
Trish Ritman and Chris Butler
came in at ninth.
Congratulations to June Hunter
and Rhonda Shears who won
the Women’s event.
At the end of 5 rounds the individual scores, - wins/losses + delta score of all players are ranked in the usual way from best to worst. Jane Scheggia of the Avoca Club won this event on Sunday narrowly (on delta score) from Antoine and Nicole Buffet in 2nd and 3rd place with Trish in 4th place. Our other Camberwellians were a little further back in the field.
Click here for full results.