National petanque events held in Dunedin

Auckland's Allan Fletcher in action during a national tournament in Dunedin yesterday.PHOTO...
Auckland's Allan Fletcher in action during a national tournament in Dunedin yesterday.PHOTO GREGOR RICHARDSON
Some of the country's best petanque players have been on show in the city this weekend.

Dunedin City Petanque hosted the national women's triples on Friday, and the open triples, shooting competition and pointing competition have been on during the past three days.

It is the premier event on the Petanque New Zealand calendar and this is the first time in its 26-year history that it has been held south of Christchurch.

Dunedin City Petanque was formed six years ago in order to attract such events, Petanque New Zealand tournament manager Stefany Frost said.

The women's triples attracted 42 participants from 15 clubs. The final was a southern derby, with a combined team of Stefany Frost (Dunedin City), Marilyn Bunce (Alexandra) and Pat O'Shea (Christchurch) taking first from Marion Harrison, Jan Guilford (Ashburton) and Mavis Thompson (Timaru).

The shooting competition for men was won by Adelys Taraunu (Panmure Pioneers) for the second year running.

His wife, Lani Taraunu, won the women's shooting title in her first attempt.

The men's pointing competition was won by defending champion Richard Browne (Ashburton) and the women's title was claimed by Harrison, who was runner-up last year.

The open triples competition was won by defending champions Jared Handford, Stephane Montel (Christchurch) and Andre Noel (Kennedy Park).

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