First Competition of the Year This Saturday 6th - Summer Night Petanque in the 'Pool' (@ Liverpool)
We are hosting our first competition of the year at the Prestons Piste on Saturday late afternoon into the night. We invite all petanque players to come and enjoy some great games with plenty of prizes. Prestons is in Liverpool and that can be a good 4/5 degrees hotter than our usual venues which are in the main close to the ocean or harbour. It also lacks shade and this can make for a dangerous situation, particularly for older players. And this weekend is going to be hot.
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What it does have though is big, bloody lights. I haven't seen them in action but I am assured they are more than adequate. We have decided to run a form-your-own team doubles night competition and I am hoping for a sizeable number of participants from the local area as well as 'travellers'. We are still feeling our way with this venue so for the present we propose that people bring their own dinner. Save money and eat what you want.
Please register your team by Friday 9:00 pm. Place: Blamfield Oval (sometimes 'Park')- Elizabeth Drive, Ashcroft (entry from Maxwells Avenue).
Time: 4:30 for a 5:00 start.
Training - Sunday 7th and Saturday 13th
A number of people have requested training and we are keen to oblige but obviously need people to participate. The offer will not go on indefinitely so please make the effort to attend. Sorry, it may mean crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (really, it's just a road.) but we will do Mosman soon. If participation is good, we will run more. I need people to register by the Friday before the weekend of the training so I can make plans. Cost: $2.00 donation to the training and representative player fund. Here are the proposed sessions.
Sunday the 7th - Under the Arches at Jubilee Park, Glebe
We're excited about this venue as it has plenty of shade and shelter from the sun and rain. Public transport is brilliant as it is only a 5-minute walk from Jubilee Park light rail station and buses to lower Annandale. For parking you enter from the Crescent and find a spot in Chapman Road, then look for the arches. You can't miss it.
We first discovered this place some years ago but chose not to use it as a venue as it failed to meet the stringent regulations of 'official' petanque. A mistake methinks; it's tops. There's BBQs nearby with undercover tables and chairs. Brilliant.
This will be an afternoon of casual games and training games for those entering competitions in the following weeks. (It's a late enough start for anyone playing in Prestons the night before to have a sleep in and back up for more petanque.)
Place: Jubilee Park, Chapman Road, Glebe (or could be Annandale)
Time: 2:00 (after training, see above)
Cost: Free for Boules Artistes members, $2.00 for non-members
Ballast Point Park on Saturday the 13th
This is a fun triples competition for members of the Boules Artistes and Alliance Francaise. Teams will be picked out-of-the-hat and the most important thing is that AF members enjoy the afternoon. There will be nibbles and AF members receive samples of Ricard to help them have a good time.
Place: Ballast Point Park, Corner of Ballast Point Road and Wharf Road, Ballast Point (near Birchgrove).
Time: 3:30 (after training, see above) until approx. 7:30.
This session will take place before the 'Twilight Boules by the Harbour', starting at 2:30.
Randwick Boulodrome on Saturday the 20th - Summer Doubles
You've formed your team for the Masters and now its time to test yourselves. Come to the Summer Doubles at the shady Randwick Boulodrome and pit skills and wits with NSW's top guns. 6 rounds of Swiss with the final round locked in for placings. In the last round, every game will be playing for a prize. This a great opportunity for social players have a crack at the big guns and get among the prizes. Over 50% of teams will win something. BYO drinks or buy from the South Coogee Bowling Club next door
Place: Randwick Boulodrome, Moverly Road, South Coogee
Time: 10:30 for a 11:00 start (Don't be late.)
Cost: $15.00 (including a light lunch)
Saturday the 27th and Sunday 28th - Wollongong Masters Doubles
This is a licenced competition. Details below.
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Sunday the 28th - Boules at the Billi - Doubles
We will host a Doubles Competition with teams selected out-of-the-hat. Always good fun and decent prizes too.
Place: Right next to Milsons Point Station on Alfred Street, Milsons Point.
Check-in: 1:30 pm for a 2:00 pm start (Please don't be late.)
Finish: Around 5:30
Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Regular Midweek Petanque
Midweek petanque is social and casual. The number of people varies but it has been on the rise. If you are free why not come along?
Cost: BA and petanque club members free, non-members $2.00
Wednesday and Friday - 1:30 at the Randwick Boulodrome, Latham Park, Moverley Road. South Coogee.
Thursday - 2:00 at the Billi Piste, Corner of Burton and Alfred Street, Milsons Point. Contact Rex if you need boules or if in doubt due to weather (Rex - 0401 831 445)