Triple Treating at Lynden Park by Sandra Brown

Camberwell Petanque Club welcomed a talented field of players to our Lynden Park pistes on Sunday, 25th October, as we hosted the 2015 Men’s and Women’s Victorian Triples Championships.

The tournament was held under the
auspices of Victorian Petanque Clubs 
Inc. and their Officers attended to all
aspects of the day’s play, Peter Wells
undertaking all the scoring and draws
for each round.

Camberwellians staffed the kitchen
and the BBQ on the day. Thanks to
Chris Butler, Irene Scott and Sue Miller-
Randle, plus John Ross, David Garnham and John Whelen respectively. Thanks also to all who gave a hand in piste preparation.
Archives - September 2015
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Secretary's Report
September 2015
by Sue Gray

Petanque is on the rise
in Victoria

The Game of Petanque is being enjoyed by more and more people in Victoria with now 22 PFA affiliated petanque clubs scattered throughout the state. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of clubs play for the fun and the social aspect of the sport. We at CPC have a good mix of the strictly social player and the more serious competitive player happy to play in tournaments.

One of the advantages with petanque is, it’s totally up to the individual player as to the level of participation one wishes to have. Mind you theory has it, the more you play and practice the more your game will improve, however the most important thing is to enjoy playing the game.
Spring is finally in the air.

Winter this year has been particularly long and cold, even so it's been pleasing to see our Saturday socials games being generally well attended by a very hardy, hearty band of petanquers. For those of you who like to play in tournaments, with the coming of spring, the Victorian Calendar offers you plenty of choices.

Saturday Social Play

Please note this year Saturday Social games will continue through to 5th December. Daylight saving begins on 4th October, but we will not be changing over to Friday Twilight games until 11th Dec.

Plenty of activity set for CPC in October as we have an Open Triples Tournament on Sunday 4th October plus we are hosting the Victorian Championships Triples on Sunday 23rd October.

New Shades to be in place before Summer.

The old shades at the southern end of the pistes are soon to be replaced by a newer and more practical structure, all in good time for the hotter months to come.

John-Paul stands down from the committee.

At our AGM held in early August, sadly we farewelled John-Paul Ernst from the committee, he has been an incredibly hard working committee member and an inspiration to us all. J-P will still be around doing what he does best and will also continue as our website manager. I personally wish to thank J-P for all he has done for this club, without him our club would not be the great club that it is today.
Welcome Keven Diggens to CPCI Committee.

Keven is a welcome
addition to the committee,
his nomination was well
received, especially by
Alma Claiborne as Keven
plans to take over as
Treasurer in early 2016,
finally freeing her from
the role she undertook
on a temporary basis.

These changes in the structure of the committee are the most noteworthy things to happen, in what was otherwise a fairly uneventful AGM. Our committee members are all hard working hands-on people and as a result Camberwell Petanque Club is in good shape.
Pétanque relaunches campaign to get Olympic recognition from the Guardian UK

Kim Wilsher in Paris - 29 July 2015.

Sport’s world confederation throws a boule into the Olympic rings, hoping to be included in 2024 summer games, which Paris is bidding to host.

Now, pétanque are relaunchng the campaign
to have the game recognised as an Olympic
sport and included in the 2024 summer games,
which Paris is bidding to host.

Claude Azéma, president of the Confédération
Mondiale des Sports de Boules
that is leading
the latest Olympic bid, told the Guardian: “We are reasonably optimistic. For a new sport to be included, another one either has to go or the number of teams taking part in an existing sport has to be reduced.

“It’s not about excluding any sports, it’s about being inclusive. We just want some, like masculine football that has a World Cup, to field fewer teams and make room for us.

Azéma said the sport had an estimated 30 million players worldwide, of whom about 1 million belong to one of the 272 national federations that exist in 162 countries.

In the organisation’s pamphlet, Azéma writes: “The sport promotes the gathering of men and women regardless of their age, origin, roots, religion or social and professional background. It is a socially unifying and health-promoting leisure sport that deserves to be given Olympic status.”

Full story on the Guardian website.   More at the CMSB website.

Back (Left) Thuy, Sandra, Adeline, Julie, Jean-Francois, #, Lindsay, Alison.
Front (Left) Sasha, Clifford, Peter, Stephane. (#) Name withheld by request.
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful.
by Sandra Brown

Our Club’s Annual Doubles Championship for 2015 was held on Sunday, 23rd August.

Our venue at Lynden Park was picture postcard perfect for pitchers of the pétanque puck (boule). In addition, the players came in numbers, emerging from their winter cocoons to immerse themselves in a beautiful day, which heralded the arrival of spring, still officially nine days away.

An early start in crisp morning air turned into a day bathed in sunshine. After a particularly cold winter, it felt for-all-the-world like a pagan fertility festival celebrating the Rites of Spring.

We hosted twenty-five teams with many fine players providing spirited com-petition. We thank those players from other clubs who supported our event by participating; they came from St. Kilda, Caulfield, Weird, Longbeach, Gisborne and St. Andrews Beach clubs.

Prizes were awarded to the top six in ranking. Congratulations to those teams pictured below. See the complete results here.

Peter Barker acted as Tournament Director and Andre Deramond from Caulfield was the Umpire.

The smell of barbequed sausages and onions drifted over the pistes towards lunchtime, thanks to chefs Karen Riley, John Ross and Charles Hepenstall.

We thank all of these good people for their contribution.

Camberwell's best ranked were team "Thuy and Me", Thuy Nguyen and Sandra Brown, who came Fourth, losing only one game 13/11.

Alma Claiborne managed treasurer’s duties and the kitchen. She was assisted in the kitchen by Helen Dubberley.

Local hero, JP, as usual attended to many things in preparation for the tournament and managed the scoring throughout the event. [He wishes to thank Antoine & Nicole B., Thuy N., Peter B., Sandra & Howard B., John W. and others for their assistance.]

Thanks to all who readily pitched in with little direction and then helped to pack up at the end of the day.

Our Club President however, gave up her spot on a team to serve behind the counter. A sacrifice probably lost on many. Terry was heard to mutter -
‘It’s a real bugger, you know’. The resident Scottish laird (Ronnie) rolled up to “do the snags” in his very chef-like manner. 

Sylvio Grancourt was referee for the day and made a point of laying down the law on the use of foul language before the formalities began. By sessions’ end, Sylvio was grinning “ear to ear” because he had ‘really enjoyed the day’.
October is Open Triples for CPCI by JP

October is a busy month at CPCI for all kinds of reasons, and what a way to start by having 20 team compete at the Open Triples on October 4.

The later than usual starting time of 10:00 am meant that the outer suburban and regional teams of Pyrenees, Smythesdale, Nagambie and Longbeach were able to participate. All of us at Camberwell continue to appreciate their enthusiasm for the game!

Although we locals did not have to make such an arduous journey, it was still a challenge to arrive early to set the venue in order.

With the majority coming to have fun and enjoy the efforts of fellow players, a few arrived to win the day or at least to settle a score to two. In using the fBHM system, mindless ambition is futile. A high level of consistency in performance is what will make a winning team.

The announcement of the results came as a surprise. The fifth and final round knocked a good number of teams about, thus altering perceived realities. There was great news for the first place team of Roy, David and Dave from Smythesdale. The best that Camberwell players could do was fourth and sixth places.

The Club President awarded prizes to the top six teams and Harry Cameron, CPC
s youngest member, who teamed up with Grandparents Sandra and Howard Brown.

The full results are here along with and the pictures here for your perusal.

In addition to the prizes for those teams that would find themselves in the top five, there was the possibility to win other prizes. A raffle ticket came with each player’s registration and then there was the opportunity to donate to the Junior Petanque Team heading to Bangkok later in the year. Three raffle books worth had gone at $5 for six tickets.
Gisborne, when it’s hot . . . otherwise it’s wet!
by JP

Once again, Camberwell packed up its
old kit bag and headed to Gisborne for Mt.Macedon’s annual Open Triples Compétition.

Of the sixty-nine, players that fronted up for a five-round battle, seventeen players and two supporters were Camberwell, with some of the remainder being from as far off as Longbeach and Bendigo.

Never the less, the day progressed as usual, the clinking of boules along with the downing of the wonderful sandwiches and cakes provided by the local members.

Lunchtime was a quiet affair as all were focused on the three varieties of sausages available from the bbq.

Weather-wise, the morning started as being fresh, then warm followed by a short sharp bucketing! Some of the pistes were reduced in size by half whilst others developed lakes of different sizes or disappeared altogether.
By the end of the day, Guy
Mericer and Gloria Wales had
found themselves (and their
respective team members)
wet and in the top five. Sadly, the rest of us were also wet and spread all over the result sheet like sheep, as is evidenced here. The pictures are found here for your pleasure.

A good day for ducks and those not too concerned about the final results.
If like me you had not
succumbed to purchasing
a new street directory
since 2011, then map 60
reference F4 still showed
that the Burwood District
Ladies Bowling Club
are at
Lynden Park. So finally,
after purchasing the 2016 edition of Melway and checking out the latest updates, I was pleasently surprised to find that map 60/F4 had identified 64A Through Road as the Lynden Park Recreation Facility.
Melway with us by JP

Google Maps identifies the location as the Camberwell Petanque Club, which in the strictest of terms it's not, as three other organisations also meet at the same address (BMWvic, V.C.C.A.vic and Boroondara Girl Guides).

Looking elsewhere amoung the pages of the new 2016 Melway, CPC appears in the Index of Clubs - “Others” on page 1198.
The CMSB launched the aggressive campaign at Sportel in Monaco Monday where its headquarters are also located. The early campaigning means that the sport may have to wait several years to learn its fate - the host city for the Games will not be elected until September 2017 then several months will pass before that city organizes a length selection process for interested sports.

New sports for the Tokyo 2020 Games are currently campaigning to confirm their spots on the program.  Baseball and softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing and surfing have been recommended by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee but they’ll have to wait for an IOC vote in Rio next summer to learn if they will be staged at the Games.

The CMSB is now active on Facebook and Twitter, and have launched a new Website at

The campaign video can be seen here by clicking on the link.
Getting serious about 2024

The Bowls Sports World Confederation (CMSB)  is campaigning on behalf of three disciplines - the French petanque, the Boule Lyonnaise and the Raffa, a version of the games popular in Italy, to be included in the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The CMSB has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1985 and under new IOC rules can bid for a spot on future Olympic programs if it is recommended by the organizing committee for those Games.

Though it won’t be decided for two years, Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome are under consideration to host the 2024 edition of the Olympic Games.

On the day, our most successful Camberwellians in the Men’s competition were Antoine Buffet and Christian Draschler, who teamed with Andre Deramond (Caulfield) to take 4th place, followed into 5th place by Howard Brown, Peter Mangan and Ben Nicholson.

In the Women’s event, our most successful was Nicole Buffet, who teamed with Pierette Mayor (Dove) and Danielle Bommarito (St. Kilda) to take 2nd place, followed into 3rd place by Sue Gray and Sandra Brown, who teamed with Di Yeomans (Caulfield).

Congratulations to all the medal recipients and, indeed, all those taking part in the tournament. A special thanks to the umpires, Danny Greene and Lindsay Kinghorn.

Click here for the photos and here for the results.
Who's our Most Popular Member?
by Sandra Brown

I thought it timely to write a little piece about one of our members. To my knowledge, he has never rated a mention on our website. This, despite being the epitome of a good member.

He's not the sort to trounce you when you step out onto the piste with high hopes, nor to gloat if that does occur. Neither have I ever seen him tipsy from imbibing too much French wine, nor has he been caught on the piste furtively puffing on heavily scented Gauloises.

Always the first to greet each
member upon their arrival, he
knows all the faces, but does
have some trouble putting a
name to them.  Mostly, you
don't hear a peep out of him
but, if he senses any intruders
entering our grounds, he can
let go a warning volley.
Any hound, seeking entry to
our venue masquerading as a
member, is speedily despatched "with a flea in his ear".

Never one to barge into the Clubhouse in front of others, he waits to receive an invitation and treats this welcome suspense of protocol for what it is, a very rare occasion.

On a very hot day, you have only to follow him to find all the best shady spots. He always cleans up after a barbecue, to the point of fastidiousness.

I have seen him, once or twice, make an ill-conceived dash onto the piste, only to receive a very stern warning. This is a tail between legs moment.

He is a most popular member. Everyone's friend. Brings a smile to all faces. In short, a Good Guy.

May Santa bring you a nice big bone and allow you to sit beneath the festive table.

Merry Christmas Rocky.
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