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April 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the Petanque Federation Australia Newsletter

This monthly newsletter is an initiative of the PFA and is being sent to all affiliated Leagues, Clubs and Players licenced by the PFA.  Affiliated Clubs and Licenced Players have a direct connection with the PFA.  We hope that, through a regular Newsletter to you, you will become more familiar with the management and practice of the great sport of Pétanque in Australia.

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Message from the President

The Annual General Meeting of the Association is approaching fast.  It's to be held on Good Friday (April 14th) at the Caulfield Petanque Club in Melbourne.  For full details consult the PFA website at this page.

Our thanks go to Board member and Treasurer Robin Anderson who won't be re-nominating for the Board  Andre Deramond is the other retiring Board member. Andre is renominating. 

The PFA Ltd is a Company who's members are the affiliated clubs (of which there are 50 across the country) and State Leagues (currently 5 in number).  (There is also a category for Life Members of which there are 2).  Only Clubs get a vote.  For a Club to be affiliated to the PFA it must be a legal entity and have at least six Licenced Players.  Players must be members of a club to be licenced by the PFA.

Joe Corcoran Snr, Subiaco Club

The PFA members Portal

The PFA Members Portal is an online database (not available to the general public) that will make the licencing and other procedural activities of the Association, Leagues, Clubs and Licenced Players more efficient.  It has been developed over the past few months and is now available to all Clubs.  For more details go to this page on the PFA website.

All clubs will now be required to lodge all renewals, affiliations, requests for transfer or new licences through the Portal, so Clubs are advised to get familiar with it ASAP.  Most clubs have had their log on details sent to them by now and some have accessed it to update data but there are still a lot of clubs that need to do so. 

If you have any questions about the Portal you can talk to Jeff Langdon, PFA Communications Director on 0411 552 862 or use the email address at the bottom of this email.

Affiliated with the FIPJP. What does that mean?

The Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et jou Provincal (FIPJP) is the international peak body for petanque.  Australia is in the Oceania Confederation, one of five regional Federations across the globe.  The PFA is the FIPJP-recognised officiating body for Australia.  For more on the FIPJP click here.

Easter Carnival coming up

This year's Easter Carnival (the National Championships) is to be held at the Caulfield PC over the Easter period.  For full details check this page at the PFA website. Already there are many teams registered in each of the various categories of competition.  If you are interested check out the Website as registrations close soon.

Check out some of the preparations for the Festival at the Caulfield PC's Facebook page.

The Trans Tasman

Every Year the Trans Tasman competition is held between Australia and New Zealand.  This year it was held at the Eastern Suburbs PC in Adelaide on March 19/20.  Both competitions (Open and Over 60s) were very tightly contested with Australia taking out the Open and New Zealand coming from behind to take the Over 60s in a nail bighter.

The full results, photos and statement from the PFA President can be found here.

Andre Deramond

Know the Rules!

Petanque is a sport with very detailed Rules. The PFA's Director of Sport Andre Deramond will look at a particular rule each month.  The full list of rules are available on the Documents page of the PFA website.

The Rules were changed in January 2017 by the FIPJP and adopted by the PFA at the same time.  The Rules will only be modified every 4 years from now on.  This month ...

Players position on the piste

After the toss the team who has won the jack has control of the piste
  • Opponents must be standing at least 2m diagonally behind the circle and/or 2m behind the jack diagonally
  • Opponents must avoid being in the line of sight of the player in the circle
  • Marking of the jack can only be done by the player or team about to play

PFA Umpire Director's report

Leo Prior is the PFA's Administrative Director of Umpires.  The list of Current Umpires across the country can be found at this page on the PFA's Website.

It is pleasing to note that all Probationary Umpires have successfully completed their probation and are now fully fledged umpires. PFA now has 43 umpires. Most of the active umpires in Victoria and South Australia are submitting their match reports as requested. I have updated the Umpire part of the Portal. Two umpires from Victoria, at the request of their State Director have been reinstated. Congratulations to T Dando and R Anderson who recently received National Umpire Qualification.

That's it for this month.

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