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Newsletter August 2017

President's report

 
In our June newsletter I mentioned that we had completed the process of establishing the PFA Development Fund, in association with the Australian Sports Foundation, as a vehicle to assist in raising funds for the development of petanque.

Our first fund-raising effort with the fund is the HELP GET OUR JUNIORS TO CHINA campaign.  We are looking to raise $10,000 to cover the travel costs of our 4 junior players Bronson Romani, Logan Romani, Zac Diep Nicholson and Khrishika Ramjuttun who are representing Australia in the Junior World Championships in  Kaihua, Zhejiang Province, China in November. We really need all your help with this, otherwise the cost of getting these great young players to the championship falls on their parents.

In this edition of the newsletter you will see a link to the PFA development fund donation web site, any donations you make will be gratefully received but it is not just petanque players like you that we want to canvas in this campaign.

 
This flyer will also be posted on Facebook at Facebook.com/PetanqueAustralia.  Please share it and spread the word with your community of friends, business contacts and any other potential sponsors, it doesn’t matter how big or small the donation is, they will all help to get these guys to China.
 

Thanks for your help.   Joe Corcoran President

PFA Portal News


Almost all PFA-affiliated Clubs have now completed their renewal processes through the PFA Portal.  This was the first year that the Portal was used for this exercise and, although there were a number of issues identified, it has generally been a much more-proficient exercise than the past largely manual process.

Nevertheless we will improve the Portal's functionality during the second stage of development so that by next year Clubs will find it a very simple process to renew their affiliation and player licences.

Any Clubs or Players who haven't renewed by August 12th will lose their current status.
Sponsor a new Club!

All round Australia we see groups of people playing social petanque.  If you see these people, have a word to them and suggest they might like to form a Club and join the PFA.

As a special incentive, the PFA will be giving all new clubs affiliated in 2017/18 a free year's membership!  In addition, if that Club is sponsored by an existing Club, that club will also get a free year's affiliation fee next year! 

Competition


Thanks for all those that replied to last month's competition.  The winner was Anne Webb of Bayside Boules PC.  The copy of the book is on its way to her.

This month's competition; How many licenced Petanque players are there in Australia? (to the nearest hundred!) Winner receives one free Casual licence for their Club for this year valued at $30. Send entries to Admin email address at foot of Newsletter.
Player profile: Christine Caseris

I have been into sport from a young age (having a father as a Judo Teacher and Master) and was very competitive at a French National level in Cross Country and Athletics.

Petanque was not a sport I would have ever thought of playing, thinking it was not physical enough, but after contemplating my five children playing Petanque for years, I was bored to be on the side of the pitch and decided to give it a go.

I realised very quickly that Petanque is addictive, the more you play the game, the more you want to master it.  Now, I can spend a day focussing on a boule and a cochonet, abstracting myself fully from my professional duties, as CEO of companies.

Who would have thought that metal boules could have an impact on my mind!  I increase my circle of friends, trying not to be too aggressive against my opponents when they try to intimidate me with a carreau. I don’t need my vitamin D supplement, spending some Sundays out in the sun and it is probably one of the sports you can play either with males or females, making me adept in mastering my attitude according who my team mates are. But the greatest of all is that I can play a sport with my children. Who says Petanque is boring!

You do not need to be retired to play Petanque and you can still have a very busy professional and family life. For my part, Petanque is a complement to my busy lifestyle. My only regret is that I haven’t achieved the level of my favourite players: Suchaud, Lacroix and Rocher. But who knows may be in 20 years!!

Is your Club using the PFA-endorsed SPORT tournament software? 


The advantage of the SPORT software, used in conjunction with the licenced players database from the PFA Portal, is that any club or organiser can run an event and immediately know if the players are PFA registered players or not (Licence cards not needed!). Overseas entries can be added very easily as well
  
Info available: Player’s name, State, club, licence number available at once (From PFA Portal) 
The software gives you a number of playing formats that you can choose for the number of participants: Single, double, triple in straight knock out, Groups, Round robin, Poules, Swiss system or Out of the Hat.
  
More info on use of SPORT software is available on the PFA website under “Documents”
 
Material required: a laptop and a small printer. Cost of licence after PFA discount around $90. Already 25 clubs are using it. For more details contact the Sports Director Andre Deramond.
Need a Grant?

Most Petanque Clubs are in need of some improvements or support.  The good news is that the PFA has appointed Colin Buckley to assist clubs in making applications.  You can contact Colin through grants@petanqueaustralia.org.au
Two programs that are open at the moment the Federal Govt's Stronger Communities Programme www.business.gov.au/scp
and the Holden Home Ground Advantage.

Know the Rules

Clarification


Some members have queried the content of our July newsletter regarding the FIPJP recommendation on the sale of alcohol during a competition, which appeared under the “Rules” heading. This item should have appeared separately under the heading” News from the FIPJP” or something similar, as it does not refer to the rules of the sport.

To clarify the PFA position on the matter, it is a recommendation from the FIPJP which the PFA Board acknowledges and is similar to the policy PFA has applied in its recent events.
  • Trans-Tasman series in Adelaide early this year
  • Easter carnival Melbourne
The PFA local rule is clear

Alcohol:
  • No alcohol can be brought onto the piste or consumed during a game.
  • Umpires must apply the rules as set up by PFA but in no case are they to be involved in the general running of the club.
I am sure all of us will agree that the recommendation is plain good sense if we want to display a good image of our Sport as requested by the FIPJP, along with smoking, excessive alcohol consumption is more of a turn off for some, particularly families with younger players and doesn’t help clubs trying to increase their membership.
 

Measuring


The measuring of a point is the responsibility of the player who last played (or by one of their team mates).  The player must use proper measuring instruments which each team must have.  Mark boules and jack before measuring.  Definitely no tapping or screwing of boule if it needs to be removed for measuring purposes.
 
The Umpire has the right to refuse to measure for points if players haven’t measured.  If they can’t reach a decision they then call the Umpire. Umpire is obliged to measure for 2nd and 3rd if requested.  Umpire’s decision is final and should not be queried.
Andre Deramond
PFA Sports Director

That's it for this month.

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