International flair added to contest

International flair added to contest

The clashing of steel balls, squeals of excitement or despair and the popping of corks echoed around the Coonawarra Park recently, with in excess of 230 people competing in the Coonawarra Vignerons Classic Clash pétanque tournament.

It was the 22nd annual triples tournament, which was played in ideal conditions over two days, and with the help of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association local sponsors, 61 teams vied for more than $6000 in cash and prizes.

The interstate rivalry between South Australia, Victoria and NSW was further enhanced this year with teams from Thailand and New Zealand competing, adding an international flair to the event.

The final of the event was a quick affair, with “Team Thailand”, who had shown great form all weekend, outclassing another of their compatriot teams 13-1.

The skills and accuracy of the game was certainly displayed in the match, with one of the winners already being a two-time world champion player.

The local team of Guy Detot, Brian Wegner and Andrew Jackman had a good weekend and were placed a very commendable 12th outright for the tournament.

“It was really beautiful to see so many people come to support the event, with many of our visitors already saying they will be back next year,” Coonawarra Petanque Club president Guy Detot said.

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