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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.
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.
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. - Chris
View the pics of the event here
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.
Camberwell performs well at The Big Dance
The 2017 Australian Petanque Championships were hosted by the Caulfield Petanque Club in what was billed as a "Festival of Petanque" over the Easter period, featuring Singles on Thursday, Doubles on Good Friday, Triples’ Qualifying on Saturday and Triples’ Finals on Sunday. Congratulations to the Caulfield Club for successfully running the big event.
Camberwell members came away with quite a haul of medals. Sandra Brown teamed with Tina Genovese (Weird Club) and Lisa Deramond (Caulfield Club) to win the Women’s Open Triples, so we have an Australian Champion at our Club. The win was notable especially for the team over whom they won in the Final, three women in their 30’s and known collectively in the Petanque community as “The Serial Killers”. The “SK” leapt out to a 5 nil lead but showing plenty of ticker, Sandra’s team gradually caught and slowly overhauled the “SK” to win 13/10. A memorable win and, in all aspects of the phrase, a win for the ages.
Caulfield Club streamed the Opening Ceremony and Finals Live on their Facebook page, in a first for petanque in Australia Sandra watched the Triples’ Final a few days after the match on Facebook. In the tense phases in the middle of the game she thought, “Mon Dieu, they are going to beat us”, but “Non” to her relief her team WON AGAIN!
Robert Baxter won the Complementaire division of the Men’s Over 60 Singles, after not playing petanque for two years. Well done Robert.
Here we must draw attention to
the huge input of our Clubman,
John Paul Ernst, who did all the
scoring and draws, both for
teams and piste allocation. He
did this across the four days for
all the events, and divisions of
events, with the assistance of
Stephanie Browne from the NZ
Petanque Federation, who was
actually there to observe his handling of the task using the SPORT software distributed by PFA.
Robert, Gloria, Sandra, Peter, Terry, Howard & Sue.
Sandra, Tina & Lisa.
Sue Gray teamed with Victoria O’Connor and Pam Mezups (both from the Boule Artists, N.S.W.) to achieve second place in the Women’s Over 60’s Triples. Well done Sue.
Gloria Wales and Terry Barter were 3rd in the Complementaire division of the Women’s Over 60’s Doubles. Well done Gloria and Terry.
Howard Brown, Baard Solnordal and Peter Barker were First in the Complementaire division of the Men’s Over 60’s Triples. Well done fellas.
For full results, click to view Singles or Doubles or Triples.
On the Friday he was handling a total of twelve
separate Doubles’ Competitions which did not finish
until 9.50 pm that night. John Paul made a mammoth
contribution to the running of the tournament. He's
the "best in the business" and is rightfully sought
after for the big events and very generous in
accepting such a heavy workload.
Umpires were Danny Green, Terry Dando and David
Shaw who controlled the matches very well.
Joe Corcoran, PFA President, acted as Tournament
Director on Saturday and Sunday. He and Terry
Dando did all the presentations of Medals and
Trophies at the close of play on Sunday evening.
There was a great carnival atmosphere with players
mingling and having fun (players came from WA,
NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, NZ and Mauritius).
Best Australian players were present and all
competitions were of a high standard. - Sandra