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.
Sandra, Tina & Lisa.
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.
Robert, Gloria, Sandra, Peter, Terry, Howard & Sue.
Umpires were Danny Green, Terry Dando and David Shaw who controlled the matches very well. Andre Deramond was the Principal Tournament Director
across the whole four days, with Joe Corcoran, PFA President, acting as Tournament Director on Saturday and Sunday. Joe Corcoran 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
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.
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.
Welcome and G’day Nicole, you’re a Real Aussie now!
Nicole Buffet has been granted
Australian Citizenship at a
Ceremony where she declared her
allegiance to Australia by embracing
the Australia Citizenship Pledge.
From this time forward
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people
whose democratic beliefs I share,
whose rights and liberties I respect, and
whose laws I will uphold and obey.
During the Ceremony which was performed at the Wyndham Civic Centre, on Saturday, 27th May, 2017, two hundred new Australian Citizens were inducted.
In order to fulfil the requirement of permanent continuous residency in Australia, Nicole started the process last year by foregoing her annual trip back to her homeland, where she likes to enjoy some time during the Summer, she was then eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship. After applying, she was given Practice Questions to study leading up to her Test. The Citizenship Test consists of 20 questions drawn at random from a pool of questions. She was elated to achieve a 100% Pass on her Test.
Her Husband, Antoine, has had his Australian Citizenship since March 2015.
Since 4 April, 2002, there are no restrictions (under Australian law) on Australians holding the citizenship of another country. So, Nicole now has Dual Citizenship in Australia and France, which preserves all her Rights and Privileges in her homeland, France, as well as endowing her with those of her adopted country, Australia.
We all welcome her as a Citizen into our country and wish her much contentment and happiness. - Sandra Brown
Shiver me timbers! What a great night it was. The inaugural Pacific Pirates' Ball, held at the St. Kilda Sports Club on 1st July 2017 was a very happy event. A group within the Petanque Community, who call themselves The Pacific Pirates, a merry bunch lead by Jean Francois Veyssiere aim to raise money for charity, selecting a particular charity each year. Last year it was Breast Cancer and we wrote of their endeavours, this year they have chosen Motor Neurone Disease. They run an annual event plus a Petanque tournament, the total proceeds from which are directed to charity.
The funds raised from the Ball, almost $3,000, will support people living with motor neurone disease and fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of the disease. A gentleman from the Motor Neurone Disease Association spoke about the disease. MND is a progressive, terminal neurological disease which can strike anyone. In Australia two people a day are diagnosed with it and two people die from it. There is no known cure nor any effective treatment for MND.
The theme of the Ball was to dress as a pirate. Many went "all out" with their costumes and they looked absolutely amazing. The venue was transformed into a Pirate's Den with tea lights around the perimeter providing low lighting, jewels and booty spilling out of treasure chests, pirates' Jolly Roger flags aplenty, occasional skeletons propped up here and there, and a photo booth where your photograph was taken on arrival. Eric Leconte provided music and vocals for dancing.
There was a great vibe all evening, much laughter about costumes and the wearers of outrageous "get ups". It was a night to remember.
For photos click on the skull.
The Petanque tournament to support charity will be held on 10th December 2017 at the Weird Entertainers' Petanque Club. The funds from this event will be directed to Breast Cancer Think Pink Foundation. Details of this event will be advertised later in the year. Please support this tournament to further boost the almost $3,000 raised at the Ball. - Sandra Brown