The annual Newcastle “Marcel Linares” Open Doubles was held over the Saturday and Sunday of the June long weekend. The club had initially 37 teams unfortunately this was reduced to 35 teams due to cancelled flights from WA. Players came from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand.
The Linares family was well represented again with Eric, Daniel, Pascal and their friends; they seem to enjoy this annual pilgrimage to the city!
The tournament was generously supported by Obut and their representative Pascal Burgos with six sets of boules donated as prizes. Most of the entry fees were applied as prize money and distributed down to the various divisions including a generous cash prize for best ladies team of Ariadne Ernest and Cathy Ayre.
Six rounds were played on Saturday (50 mins +1 end to 13 points). This time limit provided ample time for good solid games with most reaching the 13 points before time expired. Although the weather was overcast (not quite miserable yet!) on Saturday no time was lost due to the weather.
An early start on Sunday for pools for the top 16 and the remaining 19. We also played in the pools of another type, weather on the Sunday was atrocious with torrential rain, sheets of water on the ground and plenty of stoppages. The Melbournians took to the conditions like “ducks to water’’> Credit to everyone for playing on to get a result. A special thanks is made to our Tournament Director Lorraine Brock and Umpire Delys Brady for maintaining the flow of the competition.
Sunday afternoon the cream came to the top with Jean Francois Veysseire and Nicolas Demunck crowned as the new champions with their win over Frederic Vencatasamy and Jessen Soomary and the team of Tim Stevenson and Harold Dercy coming third.
A tip for clubs…This year our club had the Kotara Scout group provide the food which helped the Scouts to raise funds to help them attend the 2019 World Jamboree in the USA. By having the Scouts for our catering our club members were able to play or assist in other ways in the running of the competition. It made life a lot easier for our members and we helped a very worthwhile cause.
This competition continues to grow and feedback has been very positive despite the weather, to quote one…“must admit that I had not lived in such an atmosphere and such conviviality in the petanque world for decades, and I think that everyone was really happy about it.”
This competition will be on again next year and hopefully will continue to grow in popularity.
Newcastle Petanque Club
The event got some local TV coverage. Check out this link