2017/18 SAPL Mixed Doubles Championship
at: Club de Petanque d’Adelaide 24 Sept, 2017
Mixed Doubles Champions: Selina Dally & Nick Armstrong
Runners-Up: Deb Rodda & Lionel Chazal
Semi-Finalists: Llianne Healey & Quentin Jones
Semi-Finalists: Annie Hambour & Dominique Pierre
Consolante Winners: Melissa Scott & Gavin Scott
Consolante Runners-Up: Rada Pierre & Antonio Stojsic
Conviviale Winners: Janet Jenkin & Michael Frodyma
Conviviale Runners-Up: Heike Whitehorn & John Whitehorn
This year’s SAPL Mixed Doubles Championship was well-attended, attracting a strong field of 22 teams. The conditions were windy, but mostly fine and dry.
The new champions in this format are Selina Dally & Nick Armstrong. Their draw in the morning session was far from easy, but Selina & Nick got through undefeated and they went on to finish the day the same way they started — with a hard-fought win over runners-up, Deb Rodda & Lionel Chazal.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before Nick, one of the most promising young players on the scene, would take home his first state title. This breakthrough achievement was well-deserved, and having come tantalisingly close in previous Open Doubles and Open Triples championships would only have added to the sweetness of the moment.
As for Selina, she is an unstoppable force at the moment. When this event was held for the first time last year, Dominique Pierre became the first player in SAPL history to concurrently hold three state titles. With victories in Ladies Singles and Ladies Doubles already under her belt this year, Selina is now the first female player to do so. Of course, Dom went on to achieve ‘absolute legend’ status by also winning the Triples and making it a complete set. Can Selina do the same? We’ll find out in February.