Petanque — 25 February 2014

Gawler Petanque

A full complement of members from the Gawler Petanque Club turned out for a great day of competition on Sunday, February 16, on what will eventually be the club’s new pistes.

Results: Les Roud/Luke Randall d John Gejas/Lilian Elles; Stan Wilson/Alan Collinson d Glenis Head/Pam Moreland; Rob Mitchell/Ben Saunders d Helen Martin/John Rex; Iris Stephenson/Ingrid MacKinnon d John Ingram/David MacKinnon; John Ingram/Les Roud d Stan Wilson/Helen Martin 13-3; John Gejas/Pam Moreland d Lilian Elles/Alan Collinson 13-11; David and Ingrid MacKinnon d Ben Saunders/Glenis Head 13-6; Rob Mitchell/John Rex d Luke Randall/Iris Stephenson 13-0; John Rex/Stan Wilson/Alan Collinson d John Ingram/Les Roud/Rob Mitchell 13-12; Luke Randall/Ben Saunders d Helen Martin/Lilian Elles/John Gejas 13-0; Glenis Head/David MacKinnon d Pam Moreland/Ingrid MacKinnon 13-6.

Gawler Petanque Club meets on Sundays at Hallam Drive (be there by 1.15pm to get in the first draw; play starts at 1.30pm) except the first Sunday in the month (or if the forecast temperature is for 35c or more, when they meet at 9am). For more information please contact Stan or Glenis on 0488910294 or e-mail

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Great Petanque Weekend

The Coonawarra Park was the venue for 18th annual “Coonawarra Vignerons Classic Clash” petanque tournament, held over the weekend of February 8-9, which was hailed a huge success by the almost 200 players who entered the event, and provided some fierce interstate rivalry between South Australian, Victorian and NSW teams over the duration of the competition.

This event run is one of the smallest in South Australia, but is becoming recognised as one of the biggest and best tournaments in Australia. With the help of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association and other local sponsors, teams vied for over $6000 in cash and prizes, and championship honours.

Saturday was an extremely hot day, with the organisers calling a halt to play early in the afternoon for a couple of hours, until the cool change came through. On Sunday, in ideal conditions, the final rounds of the tournament were dominated by the Adelaide clubs.

Gawler Petanque Club was represented by Stan Wilson and Glenis Head. At the end of the first rounds played on Saturday, Glenis and her team members from Newcastle Petanque Club, were placed 12th out of the 60 teams, and on Sunday were winners of the ladies competition. Stan and his team members, one from Sydney and another from Coonawarra, were placed third in the convivial competition.

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