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.

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