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Newsletter June 2019

President's Report

Here we are in June already and it has only just started to rain in Perth and this is the first decent rain we have had this year. It is late but the farmers in the wheatbelt are really glad to see it.

We have the PWA State singles on this weekend which I am playing in for a change, so let’s hope it clears up for Sunday.

Petanque has been a bit quiet this month which has been good after the last two months and it has given me the chance work with all the new Board members and agree on who would take on each of the different roles.

This month is the time for renewal of your licences and for club affiliation fees and it would be appreciated if you could pay your license fees as early as possible. This will help your club secretary or treasurer to do a single bulk renewal, it makes life so much easier for them and for PFA if they don’t have to do a second payment for a final few members who forgot to pay their fees until July.

That’s all from me for now, I’m off to play petanque
Joe Corcoran
PFA Board Positions

During the May board meeting the roles of each of the Board members was agreed on:
Joe Corcoran, will continue as President
Leo Prior, to continue as Secretary.
Helen Bayet will take on the role of Treasurer.
Andre Deramond will continue as Sport Director
Rosemary Wall will become Director responsible for relations with State Leagues and Clubs.
Jonathan Giddings to take the role of director responsible for Government and Corporate relationships.
Gerrard Finette will become Communications Director

We now have a Board of Directors all committed to their roles which will enable PFA to build on the success of the last few years

Report World championship Almeria Spain 2019
We must congratulate our players Catherine Ayre, Lynn Dufresne, Vickram Ramjuttun and Patrick Dufresne who represented Australia at the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles World Championships in Almeria – Spain from 2 to 5 May 2019 for performing to the best of their ability. Contrary to the Mens, Womens and Junior World Championships the host country doesn’t supply free accommodation for the players, 
Each of our players had to pay for all expenses (flight, hotel, etc.), PFA only providing the uniforms as per our existing policy.  (More photos below) 

Results are available on the web site, as a country our results are the same year after year. We are ranked between 25 to 35 out of 48 participating countries, this has been our position for a long time.

I am repeating myself but there is no chance of improving our ranking without a change of attitude and approach to the way we are playing the sport of Petanque in Australia.

To be successful you must have players able to shoot around 80 to 90% of boules.  If not, it is like playing football without having a player able to score goals. You can’t win, impossible. Our playing standard is improving as seen during our Easter Carnival, but other countries have done better in developing players so we need to turn to our coaches around the country to embark in shooting workshops.

PFA will propose a new revised National shooting competition with incentive for players to participate.
Andre Deramond
PFA Sport Director
Andre Bellerose

It is with profound regret that I have to advise the passing of Andre Bellerose on the 2nd of June after a long battle with cancer.

Andre was an important part of the petanque community in Perth for many years, he was a champion player who represented Western Australia on many occasions.  He was a gentleman and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.  Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Joe Corcoran
President PFA.

News from New South Wales

At the time of writing this, the annual Newcastle “Marcel Linares“ Open Doubles is just a few days away. With 34 entries the competition continues to be very popular with players from within Australia and overseas. (Update:  Final results for this tournament are now available at the facebook page of Petanque Players Australia.)

This year there are players from Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and most of the States. The tournament will again be under the direction of Lorraine Brock (President Petanque, NZ) which is an excellent example of our relationship with our friends across the ditch.  The prize pool of over $4,000 and the social aspects of the competition continue to attract highly skilled players and those with more social expectations.

Obut Petanque have generously sponsored the tournament again with 6 sets of boules for which the club organisers are very grateful as it adds significant value to the prize pool. Hopefully the weather will be “friendlier” this year compared to last year. Results will be available on the my site in a few days.

NSW has a newly appointed State Coach with Sue Begley. Sue is well qualified for the position and has burst onto the scene with several planned coaching sessions and the implementation of a coaching program. We wish Sue well in her new role.

NSW will be strongly represented at this year's Interstate Challenge with the Open team already determined and the Over 60’s to be playing off in a few weeks in an elimination competition to decide who represents the state. We are hopeful both teams can do NSW proud in the finals later in the year in Adelaide.

NSW has its first PFA Board member in many years with the election of Rosemary Wall. Rosemary has been playing petanque for many years and with her petanque and club administration experience she will be a fine advocate for petanque and for NSW. She will add another perspective as a member of the PFA board.

Joint replacement seems to be popular at the moment and is certainly common in petanque circles or are we just getting older! The State League Secretary, Gary Hosie, is currently recovering from his recent hip replacement and no doubt we’ll see him back in action in a few months. Best wishes to Gary for a successful and speedy recovery.

Thanks to Grant Threadgate for the News from NSW

That's it for this month.

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