WHERE DID PETANQUE ORIGINATE?

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.

What do you think???

COACHING CONTINUES

Shooting was continued in today’s Coaching when Stan and Glenis set up challenges for us hoping to improve our form. The first challenge was to see how many shots it took to get seven boules out of the triangle, over long and short distances. We then moved to shooting one boule from a circle, without interfering with a second boule and lastly we aimed to shoot the cochinet out of the circle. A great session, Stan and Glenis, and we thank you.

OKTOBERFEST QUIZ NIGHT – Won by Denise Mc’s team

We had five tables of competitors for our 2021 Quiz Night, calling themselves Horse with No Name, Brainiacs, Secret 7, Google Less, and Universally Challenged. Teams worked their way through five rounds of ten questions covering Proverbs/Sayings (all teams scored 10/10!!!), Geography, Arts, Sports and finishing with a Mixed Bag. Also thrown in by Quizmaster, Jan, was a set of Wordwheels and Scrambled Words where teams could win bonus points for being the fastest and most accurate to submit completed answer sheets. Supper time was not a time to slacken off as teams had 25 business logos to identify.

The Secret 7 team on table 3 were the overall winners, scoring 59.5 points and Brainiacs (Table 2) and Google Less (Table 4) tied for second place. There were only 3 points difference in the scores of the winners and the fifth team, so well done to all.

Special thanks to our President, Allan, and Vice President, Brett, for their help on the bar and with dishes and at one stage they had to step in to adjudicate some results. Thanks also to those who helped to distribute supper.

Thank you also to our attendees for being so willing to participate and add to the evening.

FOUNDING MEMBER, SUE WILLIAMS, REMEMBERED

We recently lost one of our Founding Members, Sue Williams, and remembered her, with love and thanks for her contribution over the past 25 years, on Saturday 25 September.

Sue, with her husband Brett, gave outstanding service right up to the last month of her life. We are indebted to her as a quality player and manager in South Australian and National Petanque teams, club photographer, and fundraiser in the club’s early days. She will be fondly remembered for giving so much of herself to our club and will remain forever in our hearts and memories.

LAURIE IS 90!!!

A wonderful crowd today for Laurie Anderson’s celebration for his 90th birthday. Laurie was born on 31/7/1931 and the recent lockdown meant his celebrations had to be postponed until today. His family and Club friends gathered to celebrate and Laurie was presented with a medal for being “Our Saturday Hero”.

Laurie was born in Bo’ness Scotland (20mins from Edinburgh) and arrived in Australia in January, 1971. His daughter Liz and son John attended the celebrations and his son Bill joined in during the speeches by phone.

We all wish Laurie many happy, healthy years to come.

JOHN IS OUR AUGUST WINNER IN THE SATURDAY COMPETITION

We had wonderful sunshine and a great crowd for this month’s Saturday Competition with 28 players competing, making a very healthy prize pool. Four players scored 13 in both of their games – Alison, Richard H, John and Van. Alison and Van each have a one point handicap, having won a previous competition, so it was then a count back between Richard H and John. John took the booty home, having only 3 points scored against him while Richard H had 18.

The September Saturday Competition will be held on 18 September. 3.00 pm kick off, with registrations by 2.55 pm, please.

Many members took the opportunity to get some coaching tips from Gavin, Glenis and Stan prior to the Competition. Glenis and Stan focused on Pointing skills and will look at Shooting next session which will be held on 4 September. Due to the State Triples Competition coaching will not be held next Saturday, 28 August.

OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WAS HELD THIS EVENING – with a Raffle to raise funds for THE LONGEST TABLE

We had a good attendance at the AGM, with reports presented and Office Bearers and Committee Members elected. Members were treated to a complimentary hamburger, cooked by Marty and Michael, followed by a scrummy dessert of Waffles, Caramelised Banana and Ice Cream, thanks to Sophie.

During the evening Wendy sold raffle tickets to raise funds for Cancer Research as part of The Longest Table initiative. Wendy supplied three hampers for prizes – Wine, Food and Mystery. The Wine hamper was won by James, Gavin won the Food hamper and Yvonne the Mystery hamper. We are all waiting to see Yvonne on Saturday to find out what was in her hamper.

Wendy’s daughter, Karen, is hoping to raise $5000 and you can help her do this at https://www.thelongesttable.com.au/table/a-little-bit-fancy-degustation/

A GREAT PLACE TO CELEBRATE

Wyatt, a very happy two year old, and his family and friends, had a wonderful time when they used Prospect Petanque Clubrooms to celebrate his 2nd birthday recently. It had a Construction theme as Wyatt loves trucks and his guests were able to “demolish” a building (made of cardboard boxes decorated as a brick wall) with the basketball that was hanging from the pergola roof. Lots of time was also spent bulldozing the sand with the many dump trucks and dozers. If the children tired of the construction activities, they went next door to the playground.

The guests wore colourful hi vis vests and hard hats and the decorations all followed the construction theme.

Prospect Petanque members assisted with the bar service and heating of the afternoon tea.

Great to see our Clubrooms so much enjoyed.

25th BIRTHDAY HIGH TEA AT PROSPECT PETANQUE CLUB

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.