2009 ... 36 Doubles teams took part in this bi-annual event over the Waitangi weekend, following on from the Marc Choveaux Triples in which the final was an all Caversham affair with Phillip and Sarah Lyall, and Kelsey Bradshaw taking out the title.
The first day of the doubles tournament was composed of 6 games in a Random Draw which resulted in good progress from Christchurch Club teams. Chris Taylor and Keith Dixon didn't quite have the success they were looking for on day one, but completed day two undefeated to take the Consolation section. Chris has also qualified for the Assessment Camp from which the New Zealand Open Womens Team will be selected ... best wishes Chris !
Diane Findlay playing with her trusty Caversham partner Warren McConnell took out the Plate final after a close battle with Karen Stephen and Mavis Thompson from Timaru.
The top eight teams from day one competed in the Trophy section on day two. Two pools of four playing three games each to determine the top two teams in each pool to compete in the semi-finals. The Bunces from Alexandra were eliminated as a result of Andrew Findlay and Les Clearwater beating them and having a better points differential, however they themselves were then beaten by Tina and John Targett while Pat and Reed Jamieson beat New Zealand youth representatives Kelsey Bradshaw and Sarah Lyall to set up an all Christchurch final.
The final may not have produced a 'classic' for the overheated, overtired spectators but it certainly produced plenty of pressure for the players. A match played in good humour and good sportsmanship, the Targetts eventually prevailed to achieve their first outright tournament win ... and pleasant reflection on the long road back home.
The New Zealand Seniors team to compete against Australia was announced today and Christchurch Petanque Club players Diane and Andrew Findlay and Malcolm Pfahlert will once again represent their country. Congratulations to each of you ! They are photographed above with National Seniors Coach Murray Porter.
Marilyn Bunce from the Alexandra Club has also been named. Well done the South Island ! Here's hoping this will encourage others to register their interest for 2010.
The competition this year involved a new format which reflected the reluctance of club players to commit to the previous format of 6 Saturday afternoons spread over a 10 week period. Singles were dropped from the competition as the majority of players preferred to play doubles and triples. It had been hoped to run a two or three tier competition to enable players to compete against others of similar ability, but there were insufficient entries to make this practical.
The Preliminary Round was played at the Papanui Club with two pools of three teams. Christchurch Red, Christchurch White, Ascot Sea Eagles and Papanui were the top two qualifiers and qualified to plate in the Trophy Section the following week. The Ascot Swans in their first ever competition outside of their club qualified for the Plate Section along with Christchurch Blue. The games were all played with a strong sense of competition but with plenty of good humour.
Congratulations to the Christchurch Red team who were all conquering in the Final Round of the Trophy Section, winning all their games. Christchurch White were the runners up, with Papanui and the Ascot Sea Eagles being placed third and fourth respectively.
The Plate Section all featured four teams with Christchurch Green and Woolston joining the competition for the Final Round. Christchurch Blue dominated this section, with Christchurch Green a little way behind them. Woolston and the Ascot Swans placed third and fourth respectively with just a couple of points between them.
Competitions always involve a fair degree of hanging around since a 13-0 game might take only 30 minutes (or less), but a tight 13-12 game involving many ends of 1 point being scored, can take up to 2 hours. It has been suggested that next year the event should involve 'timed games' (now approved by the international Petanque federation) … this is where games might be up to a maximum of 40 minutes and when the 'hooter' goes, teams complete there current end and play one other. This will need to be discussed by the clubs at the next Canterbury Petanque Group meeting. It would certainly make timetabling easy and also ensure that players remain 'engaged' throughout the day. A timed Interclub Tournament with the same format as this year would be over by about 2.30pm.
Caro Bonzon presents the Interclub Trophy to Red Team Captain Billie Sepsy
This tournament was unfortunately played in awful conditions. The weather was very poor and led to difficult ground conditions with the terrain breaking up with puddles of water and intermittent rain showers. The championship was won by the team that coped best with the conditions and which played consistently well throughout the weekend ... Neil Satherley, Steve Thwaites and Craig Mckenzie.
Their pointing was accurate, as was their shooting and their effective use of a mix of plombe techniques proved too good for Jared and the Jamiesons in what turned out to be a rather one sided final.
The Papanui Club combination of Val Parleton, Tony Wilkinson and Lester Herron beat Robert Cumming and the Targetts to win the Plate section, while the Bowl was won by another Papanui Club team ... Janet Wilkinson, Irene Herron and John McKay. Beaten finalists in the Bowl were Keith Dixon, Les Clearwater and Chris Taylor.
A well attended tournament hosted splendidly by the Ascot Club. It threw up many surprising results which only added to the festival type atmosphere. The final was contested by two Christchurch Club teams ... Pat and Reed Jamieson playing with Jared Handford eventually overcoming the partnership of Margaret and David Scottorn and Mark Richardson who were playing together for the first time.
Several teams from the Christchurch Club ventured north to compete in this tournament in Wellington. Competition was intense and no South Island teams qualified for the Trophy section. Jared Handford playing with two other members of the New Zealand Youth Squad qualified for the Plate, the 'boys' and Malcom and the Findlays qualified for the Bowl, and the rest were consigned to the Bowl Consolation.
Jared's team went on to compete in the Plate Final against the New Zealand men's number one combination ... a fine effort. Neil, Steve and Craig dominated the Bowl section which they won in convincing fashion. But despite having lots of representation in the Bowl Consolation, none of the South Island teams made the final. Nevertheless it was a very enjoyable trip and a bit of a learning curve for the newer triples combinations. The idea of forming a Competition Development Squad to better prepare ourselves to compete on the national stage has been mooted.
Canterbury Red Team Wellington Team
Senior players from Southern Region, Wellington and Canterbury played in the inaugural Interprovincial Seniors Tri Star Tournament over the weekend of April 8th and 9th 2009.
Master Organiser John Targett had obtained an attractive wooden plaque trophy, plus a selection of 'winner's' badges so the trophy could be presented to the winning team at the end of the competition with the winner's name already attached.
Another unique feature of this tournament was the presence of team coaches. Dirk Winnie (Wellington), Warren McConnell (Southern Region), John Targett (Canterbury Red) and Mark Richardson (Canterbury Black). Coaches could be invited by players to offer advice, make suggestions regarding tactics and provide motivation, encouragement and support. One coach even provided ham sandwiches to wilting players overdue for a lunch break !
The weekend's competition started with Doubles and the first casualty was the timeframe for the Tournament format. Almost all the games were much longer than expected with some teams taking over 6 hours to play three doubles games. With Provincial pride at stake, every boule was important and played with thought and great care. For some of the less experienced players, this was a new experience and involved a steep learning curve.
Canterbury Red started well and took the lead after the Doubles, however the Southern Region team dug deep and showed their true calibre and were the most successful team overall in the Singles even though off course substitutes were permitted. This did not prevent the onset of gloomy playing conditions and a decision to play only two Singles matches had to be made.
Day 2 started with the last round of the Singles followed by three Triples matches. The first round of the Triples produced some exciting results. Canterbury Red 1 developed a 'speed wobble' and were defeated by excellent pointing by a determined Southern Region team. The final round saw all the teams very close but a comeback from 10-4 down by a tenacious Canterbury Red 1 against Wellington 1 created the buffer for a Canterbury Red overall victory.
Wellington was second by a small margin from third placed Southern Region who were pleased with their results given their lack of competitive play and the inexperience of some of both the Wellington and Southern Region players. The Canterbury Black team surprised everyone (including themselves) with their improved play and rose to the challenge of strong competitive play and their triples victory over Canterbury Red 2 was their highlight. Now they have had a taste of competitive team petanque ... they want more !
Final results were:
Canterbury Red 37, Wellington 30, Southern Region 29, Canterbury Black 12.
Canterbury Black Team Southern Region Team
SWINE FLU ALERT ... KIWIS BRING HOME THE BACON !
The 2009 Trans Tasman challenge was held at the France Petanque Club terrain at the Jets Sports Club , Tempe, Sydney on 2/3 May 2009. The 'leaving on a Jet Plane' refrain often came to mind as the terrain was very close to the takeoff flight path for Sydney International airport and the sight and sounds of the climbing flights was a constant reminder that we are part of a global world.
The Kiwi team met for a practice session on Friday. One side of the terrain was bare, uneven, fast and difficult and the other side was equally difficult but much different in nature being rough with large stones and several bisecting channels. As the Open and Senior teams were to alternate between both surfaces we played trial games and honed our team combinations. Most felt we handled the adjustment quite well and come Saturday we were ready for 'the test'.
Saturday dawned fine and sunny and as the teams marched onto the terrain for the opening ceremony, flag raising and anthems – kiwi pride was very evident. The first round was single sex doubles followed by one mixed doubles and a mixed triples. At the end of Day 1 the Kiwis were slightly ahead even allowing for the fact it was nearly dark by the time the final end was played !
Day 2 was again warm and sunny and found the Kiwis determined to hold onto their lead. Play continued with the second mixed triples . The seniors lead narrowed and we needed to win 3 of the 4 single sex triples for the test. Fittingly, these were very competitive and some excellent pointing and shooting brought both the Kiwi teams through.
At last it was time to relax , share a social drink with our Anzac mates and savour the moment. Some savoured more than most and the Kiwi shirts were in great demand. The formal presentation followed to the great jubilation of the Kiwis who for the first time ever, had defeated Australia on their home terrain.
The kiwi 'warriors' then challenged the Australians to come to Auckland in 2010.
Congratulations to Chris and Keith
The Club Mixed Doubles Tournament was played in very good conditions and everyone had a pleasant and enjoyable day. Chris Taylor and Keith Dixon were deserved winners of the competition, beating Les Clearwater and Jinny Shipley in the final.
The beaten semi-finalists were Diane & Andrew Findlay, and Pat Mason & Malcolm Pfahlert. The Plate was won by Pat and Reed Jamieson who beat Tina and John Targett in the final. Semi finalists in the Plate were Joy Missevich & David Scottorn and Jan Cleland & Mark Richardson.
The Bowl was won by Yvonne Mackenzie & Brian Westerbrook who beat Margaret & Bill McKenzie in the final. Semi finalists were Pat O'Shea & Ron Hann and Glenna Sutherland & John Hindle.
Consolation winners were Jeanette & Guy Brittan with Jill Ockenden & John Yellowlees the runners up.
Lester Heron was the Match Umpire.
Steve Thwaites is the 2009 champion after beating Jared Handford in a very close final confrontation. Craig McKenzie and Neil Satherley were the semifinalists.
The Champion Consolation was won by John Targett who beat Andrew Findlay. The Plate was won by Chris Taylor who beat Robert Cumming. The Plate Consolation was won by John Yellowlees who defeated John Hindle, and the Bowl Consolation was won by Keith Dixon who beat David Scottorn.
Christchurch Club dominates the September tournament in Oamaru
John Targett took out the title for 2009 after beating Malcolm Pfahlert in the all Christchurch Club final ... John's first major title win. In reaching the final John and Malcolm defeated two Caversham Club players, Neville Frost and Philip Lyall.
Keith Dixon defeated Chris Taylor ( ouch ) in the Plate Final after they beat
Tina Targett and Andrew Findlay in the semifinals.
Dixon and Targett lose tight doubles final
Keith Dixon and John Targett fought their way through to the final of the South island Doubles, beating hot favourites Jared Handford and Chris Priestley in the semi final only to lose to Karen Stephen and Warren McConnell from Caversham. Another notable result by Christchurch Club members was that of Chris Taylor and Tina Targett who finished day 1 unbeaten.
The Christchurch Club hosted this years event and it was a fitting opening of the new competition arena at the Hagley Park facility. The new terrain is much more challenging than the main terrain and demands a wider repertoire of skills ... both plombe and shooting ball to ball are absolute requirements. It is hoped that this terrain will enable our players to become more competitive on the national stage.
Georgio and Andre from the Vikings Club in Auckland were the pre tournament favourites, and lived up to their billing by beating the Wellington combination of Michael Rocks and Nick Jeguousse. Christchurch club members Craig McKenzie & Steve Thwaites finished joint fifth while John Yellowless & Tony Wilkinson were finalists in the Plate.