The Committee hosted an Afternoon Tea today to celebrate and recognise Van Nguyen’s and Melissa Scott’s success in last weekend’s State Singles Competition. Van took out the State Open Singles Competition and Melissa made it a back-to-back victory in the State Women’s Singles Competition, the first time that anyone has done this in SAPL Women’s competitions.
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
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.
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.
For the third year in succession, Free the Bears gathered at Prospect Petanque for a fundraiser and a night of fun. Two games were played, with supper between them and much laughter and cheer rang through the pistes. There were even prizes for the first and second most successful teams.
The Free the Bears Fund (FBF) is an Australian charitable wildlife-protection organisation. It was started by Mary Hutton, after she watched a documentary in 1993 on bears kept in small cages for bile farming. Free the Bears provides lifelong care to over 240 rescued sun bears and moon bears in their sanctuaries in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Fundraising during the evening ranged from a raffle, pick the lucky number and the sale of donated prizes.
Stan and Glenis focussed on accurate placement of boules today, setting four different tasks for participants to complete, all of them quite taxing as the shots were quite long. We moved between the tasks, with Stan and Glen and Gavin offering hints along the way. “Get it high”, “Keep your arm straight”, “That was across your body” and “Good shot” were frequent calls. Games continued on the other pistes while coaching was done.
The next formalised coaching session will be after our Saturday Competition on 20 November and Gavin, Stan and Glenis are available at other times when they are at the Club.
Just about a full house at the Club today for a Melbourne Cup Lunch. Many thanks to Janet, Michael and Marty for looking after the lunch orders and to Carol for doing the sweeps and our unique “Prospect Cup”. The “Prospect Cup” was a little different this year with the six horses being auctioned before the race and the owner/trainer of the winning horse took the auction funds – a whopping $104.
Gavin concentrated on assisting players to get height into their throws during today’s coaching session, while giving feedback as members sent their boules over their choice of height in an attempt to get into the circle. Both experienced and relatively new players benefitted from this exercise. Many thanks, Gavin. Gavin will continue to offer assistance to players when he is at the Club and it is requested by members.
Glenis and Stan are pleased to offer coaching courses on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm on the 1st Saturday and after the Saturday Competition until 5.00 pm on the 3rd Saturday of the month. These fixed coaching events do not preclude casual coaching as and when necessary.
Join in the fun and see how your game can be improved. The pistes are still available for games for those not participating in the coaching.
Van and Gavin were the overall victors in Club de Petanque D’Adelaide’s Sabella Cup on Sunday 10 October. Congratulations to them and to all other winners in the various divisions and thanks to the Club de Petanque D’Adelaide for hosting the event.
Laurie Anderson, a long time member who recently celebrated his 90th birthday at the Club, brought along an article from the National COTA News, December 2000 of which he is the author. In that article Laurie wrote:
Petanque, generally regarded as being as French as the Eiffel Tower, may in fact have evolved from an Egyptian ball game. Archaeologists involved in a recent dig in Egypt discovered evidence in the sarcophagus of a prince who lived several centuries before Christ, of a game that resembled Petanque.
It is generally accepted that the modern version of the game originated in the South of France, in a village called Ciotat near Marseilles in the early 1900s.
Ernest Pitiot is credited with having adapted the throwing action of an earlier form of the game to suit a disabled friend who was finding it difficult to play.