25th Birthday Competition at Prospect Petanque Club

The celebrations of Prospect Petanque Club’s 25th Birthday continued on Sunday 18 April with a Doubles competition. Seventeen teams competed in great weather and a friendly atmosphere. Three timed games were played before lunch to decide the competitors for the Principale, Consolante, Complementaire and Conviviale untimed games after lunch.

A feast fitting the occasion was prepared by Wendy Dewis and players enjoyed Arancini balls with a topping of pesto or truffle, followed by Roast Pork and 8 trimmings!! As if that wasn’t enough, delicious lemon tartlets followed for dessert. Many thanks to Wendy, ably assisted by her partner Alan, for this feast.

The day incorporated the traditional “Founder’s Cup” and Mike Mulvihill was remembered for his hard work in getting the Club established on what were the grounds of the Prospect Park Women’s Bowling Club. Mike was an avid wine collector and his widow, Valmai Nicoll (pictured at right), presented four bottles from his collection for presentation to the Winners and Runners Up of the Principale competition.

Congratulations to all competitors and especially to those who played in the Grand Finals:

Principale: Van Nguyen and Gavin Scott defeated Janet Jenkin and Michael Frodyma 13-2

Consolante: Ralph Foster and Jenny Key defeated David Jones and Marilyn Trebilcock 13-6

Complementaire: Dominique Pierre and Steve Hambour defeated Penny Lyons and Anthony Pietsch 13-4

Conviviale: Alan Matthews and Marty Verdonk defeated Roland Piek and Illiano Puccini 13-4

Now for the next 25 years!!!


Prospect Petanque Club celebrated their 25th Birthday today with a High Tea held in wonderful weather out in our wonderful surroundings. About 40 members, past and present, attended to see the Mayor of Prospect, David O’Loughlin, cut the cake and President, Allan Sanderson give a summary of the beginnings of the Club and the progress made over the years. A highlight of the Afternoon Tea were the petite biscuits that Wendy Dewey created with the Club logo imprinted on them.

Six lucky attendees won a commemorative bottle of red wine.

The celebrations will continue tomorrow, Sunday 18 April, with a Doubles competition with approximately 30 teams registered to compete.

FACCI visit to Prospect Petanque Club 8 April 2021

Prospect Petanque welcomed members of the SA Chapter of French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) yesterday, 8 April, 2021 when they joined us for a late afternoon of games, refreshment and socialising.

There was good competition between the players and good form was shown by our visitors and members.

Thank you to the members of FACCI who attended and to the many Club members who assisted with the preparation and running of this visit. We look forward to welcoming FACCI again.


Robert Parkinson took out the big prize for the Summers Melee, with Ross Williams second and Jan Parkinson third. Well done everyone.

Now for the Autumn Melee, which kicked off last evening in perfect weather. Thanks to Wendy and Allan who served up crumbed or grilled whiting, with a wrap and coleslaw, followed by homemade pancakes with a delicious choice of toppings and cream.


Prospect Petanque had representation in the singles, doubles and triples competitions at the National Petanque Championships 2021, held over the Easter weekend at Novar Gardens Club. Our most successful day was the final day when the Doubles finals were held and we had three teams that all made the finals series after the preliminary rounds. They were Melissa Scott and Janet Jenkin in the open Women’s Doubles,  Gavin Scott and Van Tie Nguyen in the Open Doubles, and Brett Williams and Allan Sanderson in the 60+ Open Doubles.

Our men’s teams had success in the Quarterfinals and progressed to the Semi-Finals. Our Women’s team went straight into the semi-final due to numbers in the women’s draw. Unfortunately, that’s where our progress stopped, and all teams lost their semi-final. Our men’s team received an equal third place medal, a creditable performance losing narrowly to the eventual winners.

Earlier in the Championships, Allan Sanderson played in the 60+ open Singles, and the open 60+ Triples with players from other clubs. In both of these events, Allan reached the Final series and was knocked out in the Quarter Finals.

Another notable Prospect performance was by David Jones. David nominated slightly late in the application process, and while he should have played in the 60+ Singles on the first day, his late nomination was accepted but he had to play in the Open Singles, the toughest draw of all. He didn’t win a game but scored creditably and gained some great experience by playing against some of the best players in Australia. Well done David.

Also, Umpire and player Brett Williams put in a sterling effort in the Umpire’s uniform over the 4 days of the tournament, plus he was a sound partner to Allan Sanderson in the Doubles. Well done Brett.


Melissa and Gavin Scott and Van Tai Nguyen took out yesterday’s fourth round of the Interclub Competition, to score the maximum 30 points for Prospect Petanque. We also gained 18 points for 5th position by Heike and John Whitehorn with Allan Sanderson.

This result moves Prospect up to third position on the premiership table. We had five teams competing and all played well. The scoring system only allows our first two places to be counted on the day. Anna Phillips, Kym Wilson and Richard Huntley just missed out when they won 3 of their 5 games.

Let’s do it again Prospect.

Gavan Melissa and Van


We had 16 competitors in the second Saturday Competition today, 20 March in beautiful weather. Marilyn won both of her games, 13-6 and with her combined score of 26 was awarded the prize money. She was the only player to achieve this score so there was no need for a count back to decide our winner. A close second, with 25, were Denise S, Ann, Marty and Jan. We now have two players, Marilyn and Alison, with a 1 handicap to be deducted from their overall score next time around.


Prospect had a very successful day at Chateau Dorrien last Sunday, 14 March, with winners in all sections of the competition. Melissa and Van were Runners Up in the Principale section after a tight match and were beaten at the post 11/13. The Consulant final was an all Prospect match, with Marty and David taking first prize from Michael and Janet. Also, Gavin and John were Runners Up in the Convivial.

It was a big day, with 26 teams competing, and our thanks go to Gawler Club for conducting the event and Chateau Dorrien for their hospitality and generosity. Our prize winners came home with some very good wines and lots of medals!


Mike, Valmai, Brett and Sue planting a tree (2004)

Congratulations to Brett Williams, whose Life Membership was unanimously conferred at the February Committee Meeting. Many thanks Brett for all of your contributions over the years. Brett joins our President, Allan Sanderson, on the Life Membership Roll and we look forward to many more years of your association with the Club.

PFA Rules 2021 – one of the changes

A recent change that has been made to the game rules relates to the position of the landed jack and it is outlined in Article 7 of the International Rules:

3) That the jack must be a minimum of 50 cm from any obstacle and from the end line of the lane, it must also be a minimum of 1.5 metres from another circle or jack in use. (note: no minimum distance is required from the “side” line that separates the lanes or the dead ball lines at the side of the lanes).