Prospect Petanque Club congratulates our members, Ha and Van Nguyen, on their excellent performance in last weekend’s Interstate Challenge at Mt Martha, Vic. They competed in the Open Competition and their team won 19 of the 21 games played, achieving 49 game points, 16 points ahead of the second placed team, Victoria.

A wonderful achievement for the team and for South Australian Petanque.

The South Australian Team – Winners!!!


We congratulate our Prospect members who came home winners in this weekend’s National Championships, held at Novar Gardens Club.

Van Nguyen and Gavin Scott, of Prospect, were joined by Harold of NSW and took out the Men’s Open Triples Championship, while Melissa Scott (Prospect), with two interstate players, was second in the Women’s Open Triples Championship.

A great weekend of petanque and friendship, and we thank Novar Gardens for hosting the competition and everyone who contributed to the preparation, running and pack up – a BIG job well done.


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.

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).