News In The World Of Pétanque
December 2013 By Sue Gray
Among our membership are those for whom the annual pilgrimage is a tradition,
with Barbi and Baard Solnordal being the original pilgrims in 1998. Mary and
Keven Diggens and Trish Ritman, together with her late Husband, Hein, soon
joined them. Others have followed.
Ken Field expressed gratitude for the ongoing patronage of Camberwellians.
A Fruitful Venture at the 19th Avoca Triples
By Sandra Brown
he chance of friendly competition in the bucolic surrounds of Avoca was
sufficient to entice fifteen of our members to make the journey last
weekend, 16th and 17th November, 2013, for the annual staging of the Avoca
A weekend away in a Victorian
country town, such as Avoca, is
something to relish. This is wine
country with many vineyards offering
cellar door sales and wine tastings.
Accommodation is available in the
town and also in nearby hamlets,
such as Moonambel and
Amphitheatre. Travel to the action
on the piste is via small country
roads with their retained roadside
vegetation which makes for a very
The spending of our discretionary
funds is a welcome boost to the
2013 saw the 19th staging of this
popular event by the Pyrenees
Petanque Club; the inaugural event
was held in 1994.
30 teams (90 players) registered on
Saturday for the event, with players
from as far away as Newcastle and
Adelaide, and an additional 5 teams
(15 players) entered on Sunday for
the Social Competition.
105 registrations all up, from ten
affiliated clubs and two non-
affiliated clubs, together with some
The folk at Avoca put on an excellent tournament which attracts many good
players offering keen competition.
Camberwell ladies, Barbi, Mary and Sandra, were very excited with their 3rd in
the Principale, Antoine, Nicole and Trish were 2nd in the Consolante, and Gloria
Wales was a member of the team (that included Pierette Mayor & Danielle
Bommarito) which came 2nd in the Social.
The official results can be found here and photographs here.
CPC Saturday Social Petanque By Trish Ritman
e had a successful and fun gathering at
CPC on Saturday 7 December for the first
A Merry 2013 Christmas Party for CPC
By Chris Butler
he feedback from members on the second Christmas party held on Friday,
6 December 2013 at the refurbished Lynden Park Recreational Facility was
again very positive. Fifty-Six members and their partners experienced a very
of the series of monthly Social Petanque
Being the morning after our Christmas Party
some eighteen members enjoyed a festive
lunch of leftovers before taking to the piste.
Many commented that Saturday was easier to
attend as Friday night after work involved
lengthy battles with traffic. Rob Head, a past
member of the Committee, was amongst this
group, coming to play again after an absence
some years. (Interesting he has not lost any of
his skills with the boules!)
Games proceeded in beautiful sunshine with
John Cook and Rob Joy marshalling the players
to keep things moving. Players keenly noted
the date of the next Saturday Social in their
new diaries, Saturday 4th January 2014.
of the series of monthly Social Petanque
Saturdays include 1st February, 1st March
and 15th April 2014.
We set the tables out as
per last year’s plan with
the red and green
tablecloths with holly,
Christmas balls and tinsel
down the center of the
tables. Trish and Nicole
look after the
decorating, making the
tables look very
Volunteers provided the
starters and although we
had cut back on last
year, we still had more
than could be consumed.
Club members were very
generous in preparing
more than was asked for
hence, we had a great
deal over, which made
for a great lunch the
next day for those who
fronted up to play the
first of the Saturday
Social Petanque days.
Members and guests filled up on various entrees, as they were so good. A
particular favorite was Narelle’s hot bacon and mushroom dip. The main course
comprised of roast beef, stuffed chicken roll, salmon and crusty bread along
with a variety of tasty salads.
I would also like to thank everyone who participated, be it by cooking,
decorating, purchasing of supplies and generally lending a hand during the
evening. Willing hands just appeared which meant that the workload did not
fall on just a very small group.
To download or read the recipe for Narelle's Hot Bacon and Mushroom
Desert included “plunger coffee”, a large
fruit platter, Christmas cake, mince
tarts, chocolates and a very good
selection of chesses.
During the evening the Club President,
Richard Tarlinton gave a short speech in
which both John Ross and John-Paul
Ernst received recognition for their hard
work throughout the year.
It is now just over 2 years since we moved into
Lynden Park and I think it is safe to say we
have settled in well. 2013 has been a busy year
with CPC hosting the National Triples
Championships in April and the Victorian State
Doubles Championships in September as well as
our usual tournaments and inter club
challenges. All these events mean quite a bit of
work for our members. The Committee thanks
Rob Joy for the great job he has done in rallying
the list of volunteers and allocating tasks, his
work has lighten the Committee's load
considerably and of course many thanks to all
volunteers who have regularly answered the
2014 is shaping up as another busy year,
starting off with Club Singles Matches being
played on the 1st Friday and Saturday of
January, February, March and April. Also we
plan to run a set of training skills on the last
Friday of the month in January, February and
March, these sessions will run concurrently with
normal Friday play. We have the 'Camberwell
Classic Mixed Doubles Tournament' on 2nd of
February, I have sent an expression of interest
to PFA for CPC to host International Doubles
Championship at the end of March. On 12th &
13th April we have a fun road trip to Avoca
planned; our task is to bring the Trusty Tape
Trophy back to Camberwell. The Committee is
also planning an Open Day on 4th of May, after
which I think we should rest on our laurels for a
With the festive season upon us and the year
fast drawing to a close, I wish to thank the
Committee for its continued commitment and
work in keeping CPC ticking along so well.
P.S. - As Lynden Park Facility has been
hired out on Boxing Day, we have planned,
in lieu of Boxing Day to play on Friday, 27th
December. Come along around 12:00
midday for a bit of lunch, bring your
Christmas leftovers to share. Play will start
at 1:00 pm.
ur Christmas Party was a great success,
with 56 people enjoying the festive cheer.
Chris wishes to pass on her grateful thanks to
all who helped with food, setting up,
decorating, and cleaning up afterwards. Thank
you, you all do CPC proud.
The nibbles were fantastic
the tables looked beautiful
and the food was delicious.
Our thanks go to Chris Butler
for her hard work and
organisational skills; she did a
wonderful job bringing it
Victorian tournament for 2014.
The PFA International Australian Doubles Open
is to be held on the 1st & 2nd of March 2014
at CPC's club facilities at Lynden Park,
Camberwell. The notices has been issued and
the registration form emailed to all eligible
You will find the registration form here and the
accommodation/transport information details
All the members of CPC will be happy to
welcome you in March 2014.
Camberwell Petanque Club
to Host PFA International
Australian Doubles Open
by John-Paul Ernst
t seems that CPC is going to start the new
year with a boule by hosting the first big
here is a brand new place for the players
of Victoria to go to for State related
New Website for Petanque Victoria by John-Paul Ernst
The old website, originally constructed by Bill
Claiborne, has been replaced by a new one at
www.petanquevictoria.com.au or go here.
An interesting feature is the calendar where
there is the option to have a flyer linked for
download. A red file icon indicates that a flyer
is available. However on other pages, a blue
file icon will produce a document.
• Updated Page Tabs
• New & Updated Documents
• Updated PFA Calender
• New Mixed Images for 2014
• A Boules Lyonnaise Video
• 2014 IADO Registration Form