THREE PLAYERS WITH A PERFECT SCORE in the February Saturday Competition

We had 25 competitors, making a prize pool of $50, for today’s February Saturday Competition. In wonderful weather, Peter (a very welcome visitor), Ha and Kevin managed a perfect score in both of their games and it came to a count back to decide the winner. Peter had 11 points scored against him, Ha 10 points and Kevin had 9 points against, so it was Kevin who had to carry home the sizeable kitty. For Kevin, it was his first game since he played in the November Saturday Competition – makes you wonder about “practice makes perfect”?? Peter had a deja vous experience as he also lost out on the prize after a count back in January. Well done to all competitors. Our next Saturday Competition will be on 19 March, so it’s a case of getting your vote in for the State Elections early enough to be at the Club to register for the competition by 2.55 pm.

Thanks are given to Yvonne who provided the food last Wednesday evening – tuna mornay, either plain or curried, with either white or brown rice and followed by a delicious dessert. Not only did Yvonne do all of the preparation, serving and cleaning up, but she insists on donating all of the ingredients. A mighty job, Yvonne.

The winner – Kevin
Ha, Kevin and Peter – all scored full points for both games

2022 COMMITTEE CUP – A great day was had by all!

Twenty five teams took up the challenge of this year’s doubles Committee Cup at Prospect Petanque Club. Three timed games were played before lunch, with players divided into Principale, Consolante and Convivial for the post lunch finals.

The players to make the grade to participate in the Principale finals were Selina and Craig, Alain and Jean Paul, Peter and Haejung, Deb and Anna, Rada and Domenic, Ray and Lionel, Jean-Luc and Van and Gavin. The team taking home the beautifully inscribed wine glasses, medals and wine were Alain and Jean Paul, from Adelaide Club after an excellent final against Van and Gavin.

The semi-finalists in the Consolante group were Melissa and Janet, Roland and Iliano, Peter and Sue and Bruce and David, with Bruce and David taking the Final from Melissa and Janet.

The semi-finalists in the Convivial group were Miriam and Kathy, Richard and Dee, Judith and Sandy and Jean and Kenny, with Jean and Kenny being the victors in this group.

The prize for the highest achieving women’s team went to Deb and Anna and the best performing couple were Peter and Haejung.

Thank you to all players for joining in the day, and to Club members who assisted with the set up, organisation and running of the competition and packing up and who looked after the bar and food. It couldn’t happen without you.

SPRING MELEE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Summer Melee kicked off this evening, with more than 30 participants and a delicious meal of a choice of a variety of Kransky sausages, with a vegetable medley in a hot dog roll. Thanks Allan for this and the ice cream for dessert.

The winners of the Spring competition were announced and first up was Megan, who came third, followed by Carol, second and Van took out the first prize. Well done.

Carol, Megan, Van and Allan

COMMITTEE CUP at CLUB DE PETANQUE D’ADELAIDE – 16 January

Prospect had three teams in Adelaide’s Committee Cup, with Gavin and Melissa qualifying for the Principal competition after lunch. They played their semi-final against Garry and Selina of Novar Gardens and went down 13 v 8 in a very hard fought game. The Final was to be contested by Garry and Selina and Jean Luc and Ryan, also of Novar Gardens.

The afternoon’s competition was impacted by a large tree crashing down in the nearby Tree Climb and, by some miracle, no one was injured. There were at least three small children who had to be retrieved from the platform which surrounded the tree, in very close proximity to where the break occurred. The tree could have ‘kicked back’, or broken in a different place, or fallen to the ground (none of which occurred) and there would certainly have been a very different outcome.

Well done to Club De Petanque D’Adelaide for a wonderful, well organised and hospitable day.

2022 SATURDAY COMPETITION OFF TO A FLYING START

We had 20 competitors in this month’s Saturday Competition, including 2 visitors who have very recently arrived from Sydney – Peter and Hae Jung. Peter tied with Michael after two games to both have a score of 26, but Michael took home the kitty of $40 as he only had 7 points scored against him, while Peter’s opponents scored 12 points. Michael now has a handicap of 1 point for the rest of this calendar year, or until he wins again this year to add to his handicap.

It was good to see such a good opening to the Saturday Competition, during these times of uncertainty caused by Covid and we had wonderful weather. A cool breeze to be enjoyed, once you got out of the sun.

The next Saturday Competition will be held on 19 February.

CLUB VACCINATION POLICY

All persons entering the Prospect Petanque Club premises, including outside areas, are required to be fully vaccinated. ie, ATAGI, defines fully vaccinated as to have received two doses of any TGA approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine Thanks

DECEMBER SATURDAY COMPETITION

For the first time this year we had a player win the Saturday Competition for a second time. Melissa won both of her games, as did Marilyn, and they both had a one handicap to be deducted. This took them back to 25 to join Stan, who also had a score of 25. The winner was decided by count back, with Melissa only having 3 points scored against her, while Stan conceded 9 points and Marilyn conceded 11 points. Congratulations to Melissa, who took home the prize kitty.

The LAURIE ANDERSON CUP was also decided on Saturday, with Marilyn getting her name on the trophy. The Laurie Anderson Cup was awarded to the player with the most points, excluding handicaps, over the entire year’s competition. Before Saturday’s games, Marilyn had 166 points and Robert had 165. When teams were drawn, Marilyn and Robert were in opposing teams, with Marilyn and her partner winning the game. Marilyn ended with a final score of 192 and Robert had a score of 170. Well done and congratulations, Marilyn.

Members (we had 18 in Saturday’s competition) in attendance were keen for the competition to continue in 2022, so it is ‘game on’ on Saturday 15 January. Register by 2.55 pm for a 3.00 pm, for 2 x 45 minute doubles games, teams drawn from the bucket. $2/player entry, with the winner taking home the prize pool. All handicaps from 2021 will be scrapped with everyone starting afresh in 2022.

December’s winner – Melissa

CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2021 – Another wonderful celebration at Prospect Petanque Club

More than 60 members gathered for Christmas Lunch today, spread between inside the Club and the verandah to be within Covid-19 limitations. We were all treated to a complimentary drink at the bar to get the event rolling before we enjoyed the wonderful hot meal that the Committee had organised. We had pork, turkey, ham, roast potatoes, carrots and pumpkin, and a special turkey and pea dish, with every condiment imaginable (crackling, gravy, cranberry and apple sauce to name a few.)

Dessert was home made plum pudding, with custard and/or ice cream and/or pavlova topped with cream and seasonal fruit. Before dessert was served, we had a rousing rendition of an Aussie Twelve Days of Christmas with koalas and kangaroos being gifted rather than the more traditional partridge and pear tree. It all made for a great atmosphere and good cheer. To finish off the meal, a cheese platter was available.

Many thanks to those who contributed in setting up the clubrooms, preparing and serving the food and clearing up afterwards.

SECOND WIND ENSEMBLE at Prospect Petanque Club

The Second Wind Ensemble chose to have their end of year function at our Clubrooms and what a wonderful afternoon of music it was. The Ensemble was established to give mature people with the will to take up the study of an instrument later in life the opportunity to join in with a group and benefit from the support of other musicians.

The entire group presented a 45 minute program and, after a short break, broke into groups to present the different groups’ choice of music – all making for a very enjoyable program.

The club grounds proved to be a great setting for their function, with the opportunity to use the facilities and try playing petanque, followed by a sausage sizzle.

2021 CHRISTMAS MELEE – WHAT A FEAST IT WAS!!

The 2021 Christmas Melee had an Australiana/Christmas theme and members came suitably dressed; we even had Sheila Be Right with her purple hair with us.

Members could have thought they had gone to the top restaurant in Australia, rather than Prospect Petanque Club, as they enjoyed the fabulous, flavoursome, varied and plentiful food provided by Wendy, ably assisted by Alan, for last evening’s Christmas Melee Dinner. There were five different Hor d’oeuvres, all delicious and delivered by Alan to keep us all Covid safe. His head must have been spinning as he went round and round the clubrooms so many times to get it all to us.

Main course was Baked Ham, Chicken and Pistachio Terrine and Vegetable Terrine and accompanied by delicious and wonderful sauces and salads. As if that wasn’t all, dessert comprised Boiled Orange, Blood Lime and Macadamia Cake with Chocolate Gelato or Raspberry, Cinnamon Myrtle Gelato – all home made by Wendy. Delicately decorated Christmas biscuits were also available, individually wrapped, if you could possibly fit another thing in. Or you could take a biscuit or two home with you.

Many thanks and congratulations to Wendy for her wonderful menu and to Alan, and to Grant who assisted with preparations during the day.

During all of this eating, two games of Petanque were played and we will hear the winner of the Spring competition at our next Melee.

The evening concluded with some performances from Club members. The Big Bash Bush Band delivered My Old Man’s a Dustman, accompanied by an Eski drum, a Lager phone, washboard and an Irish Bodhran drum, followed by a reading from John Clarke – A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool, and The Christmas Carolers trio with their humorous take on a classic.

A great night to get the Christmas spirit happening in our beautifully decorated Clubrooms and it certainly assisted to lighten some heavy hearts, having just learned of the sudden passing of Committee Member, Anna Phillips. Vale Anna.