Latvian Sports Federation (ALSP)
Management of the ALSP returns to Sydney after fifty
two years in Adelaide. At the ALSP Congress in December
2012 Gunars Berzzarins resigned as president of ALSP
and the Congress elected Dimi Pesudovs
from Sydney as the new President.
Dimis Pešudovs, ALSP President
Tel: 0409 042 908
NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) LATVIAN SPORT CLUB
President: Viktors Sīkais,
telephone: 0413 018 588
Committee of the NSW Latvian
- President Viktors Sīkais
- Deputy President Andris Andersons
- Treasurer Ināra Sīkais
- Secretary (currently vacant, due to passing of former
secretary Arnold Jumikis), and
- Committee members Jānis Grauds, Richards Puisēns
and Toms Veidners.
Sydney Novuss Club (SNK)
Puisēns, tel. 02 9481 8659, 0418 607 764; firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Edgars
Nemme, tel. 0409 127 778
Treasurer: Romāns Senkēvičš,
tel. 02 9681 6260; email@example.com
vacant, due to passing of former secretary Arnold
Central Coast Novuss Club (CKN)
CKN President: Andris
Ruņģis, tel. 02 4324 3776, 0407 269 988; firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Sydney Novuss Club...
2012 Australian Latvian Novuss Championships
The 2012 Australian Latvian Novuss Championships were held
5-6 january, 2013 in Adelaide at the Latvian House "Tālava".
NSW players brought home all trophies contested by 20 novuss
players from four clubs in Adelaide on 5 and 6 of January.
Richard Puisens won the singles competition, Selga Pesudovs
came first in the ladies singles competition and Richard Puisens
with Dimi Pesudovs won the doubles competition.
Trophies from left: Doubles, Singles,
Sudimte ASK 2 place in ladies singles., Selga Pesudovs CKN
1 place in ladies singles, Regina Berkis ASK 3 place in ladies
Standing: Richards Puisens SNK 1 place in
singles and 1 place in doubles, Alvils Valodze ASK 3 place
in doubles, Sigis Andersons MDVNK 2.place in singles and 2
place in doubles, Janis Brakovskis ASK 3.place in doubles,
Roberts Kārkliņš MDVNK 3 place in singles and 2 place in doubles,
Dimis Pesudovs CKN 1 place in doubles. Photo: Agris Ezeriņš.
2012 NSW Novuss Championships
The 2012 NSW Novus Championships were held on Saturday
30 June and Sunday 1 July at the Daugavas Vanagu
Club, Bankstown. Concurrent with the Championships the Aivars
Drezins memorial trophy was also contested.
There were 26 competitors in the singles competition divided
into four groups with three most successful players in each
group qualifying for the A-final, the next two for the B-final
and the rest for the C-final. At the end of the day the winner
was last years champion Roberts Karklins (MDVNK), the silver
medal was awarded to Guntis Kaufmanis (SNK) and bronze to
Janis Brakovskis (ASK) followed closely by Evalds Paeglis
(MDVNK), Richards Puisens (SNK) and Ivars Mirovics (MDVNK).
Ladies competition was won by Anita Misins (ASK) followed
by Selga Pesudovs (CKN) and her daughter Linda Pesudovs (CKN)
In the doubles competition there were 14 pairs and each pair
played every other pair. The winners were Roberts Karklins
(MDVNK) with Sigis Andersons (MDVNK) followed by Richards
Puisens (SNK) with Beren Delforce (SNK) and Arnis Karklins
(SNK) with Janis Veiss (SNK).
In the Aivars Drezins memorial trophy competition two players
represented each club playing two sets against each player
in the competition. Roberts Karklins (MDVNK) retained the
trophy he won last year followed by Peteris Dancis (ASK) and
Dimi Pesudovs (CKN).
SNK players at the NSW Novuss Championship:
from left: Arnolds Jumikis, Roms Senkēvičs, Edgars Nemme,
Dailons Palējs, Imants Graudiņš. Foto: Rūdis Nemme. Enlarge>>
Prize winners at the 2012 NSW Novuss
Championship. Seated: Linda Pešudovs (CKN) 3rd place ladies,
Anita Misiņa (ASK) 1st place ladies, Selga Pešudovs (CKN)
2nd place ladies. Standing: Beren Delforce (SNK) 2nd place
doubles, Richards Puisēns (SNK) 2nd place doubles, Jānis Brakovskis
(ASK) 3rd place singles, Roberts Kārkliņš (MDVNK) 1st place
singles, doubles and the Aivars Drezins memorial trophy, Sigis
Andersons (MDVNK) 1st place doubles, Jānis Veiss (SNK) 3rd
place doubles, Arnis Kārkliņš (SNK) 3rd place doubles. Enlarge>>
Youngest players with Novuss club president
Richard Puisēns. From left: Beren Delforce (SNK), Stuart Pešudovs
(CKN) Linda Pešudovs (CKN). Enlarge>>
Unusual Novuss Competition
On 11 May, 2012 at the Sydney Daugavas Vanagi
club, the Central Coast Novuss Group challenged its elder
brother, the Sydney Novuss Group to a competition along the
lines of Davis Cup tennis competition . Each team selected
four players two for singles and two for doubles. The singles
were played best of five sets and the doubles best of seven
sets. Like Australia’s leader, a lady was appointed to oversee
the competition, Selga Pesudovs from the Central Coast.
Central Coast singles representatives were Dimi Pesudovs
and Ojars Dancis and doubles Andris Rungis and Arturs Ernsteins.
Their opponents in singles were Edvins Kaufmanis and Richards
Puisens while in doubles Arnis Karklins and Edgars Nemme.
Twelve spectators watched the progress of the games at times
loudly supporting the Sydney players, but CKN players did
not have any supporters at the competition. SNK showed its
superior experience and easily disposed of its younger brother
4-1. Edvins Kaufmanis won both singles beating Pesudovs 3-1
and Dancis also 3-1 Puisens had a much tougher batle beating
Dancis 3-2, but loosing to Pesudovs 2-3. In the doubles CKN
started well, but once the SNK players got going they won
the match 4-1. CKN let some chances slip by through simple
Competitors from left: Ojars Dancis,
Arturs Ernšteins, Andris Ruņģis, Dimis Pešudovs all CKN, Edvīns
Kaufmanis, Edgars Nemme, Arnis Kārkliņš, Richards Puisēns
all SNK. Bigger>>
Ojārs Dancis prepared and donated a
trophy which was presented to the winning captain Richards
Puisens by Selga Pesudovs at the end of the competition. Competitors
and spectators were highly enthusiastic about the competition
and decided to hold a similar competition in three months
2012 Victorian Novuss Championships
The championships were held on 31 of March and 1 April at
the Latvian Retirement Village in Melbourne. There were 33
participants in the singles competition and 30 in the doubles
competition. Twelve players traveled from NSW to take part,
7 from Sydney and 5 from the Central Coast. The large number
of participants from NSW did not achieve the results expected
and departed with only four trophies from the available fifteen.
One interesting feature was that three generations of the
Pesudovs family participated in the competition.
Janis Brakovskis from Adelaide ASK club became the 2012 Victorian
Novuss champion with a score of 15 points and 25 sets followed
by Roberts Karklins and Evalds Paeglis sharing second and
third place with 12 points and 21 sets. NSW players did not
achieve brilliant results: 6th place Edvins Kaufmanis 9/20.
7th place Richards Puisens 8/16, 8th place Dimis Pesudovs
7/16, 10th place Rudi Nemme 3/10, 12th place Guntis Kaufmanis,
15th place Selga Pesudovs, 17th place Andris Rungis, 19th
place Arnolds Jumikis, 21st place Edgars Nemme, 25th place
Linda Pesudovs, 26th place Stuart Pesudovs.
Ladies singles was won by Dzidra Cekulina from Melbourne
with 10 points and 20 sets in second place was Selga Pesudovs
from CKN with 10 points and 16 sets followed by Ausma Puce
from Ballarat Venta, Regina Berkis from ASK, Linda Pesudovs
from CKN, and Irena Ellis from Geelong.
Brothers Guntis and Edvins Kaufmanis from SNK won the doubles
with 23 points followed by Evalds Paeglis and Ivars Mirovics
from Melbourne with 20 points leaving Janis Brakovskis and
Peteris Dancis from ASK in third place with 19 point. NSW
players achieved fourth place Richards Puisens and Dimis Pesudovs
, fifth place Rudis and Edgars Nemme, seventh place Andris
Rungis and Selga Pesudovs, eighth place Arnolds Jumikis and
Imants Graudins, and fifteenth place Linda and Stuart Pesudovs.
players at the 2012 Victorian Novuss Championships: from left:
Richards Puisens, Arnolds Jumikis, Stuart Pesudovs, Dimis
Pesudovs, Rudis Nemme, Linda Pesudovs, Selga Pesudovs, Guntis
Kaufmanis, Andris Rungis, Edvins Kaufmanis, Imants Graudins,
Edgars Nemme. View
Players with their awards: from left: Edvins Kaufmanis, first
place in doubles, Selga Pesudovs, second place in ladies singles,
and Guntis Kaufmanis first place in doubles. View
2011 Australian Latvian Novus Championship
The championship took place on 14 - 15 January, 2012 at the
Sydney Latvian House, 32 Parnell St, Strathfield.
Twenty Sydney and Central Coast players took part in the
Championships with outstanding results. Sydney players Berin
Delforcce (SNK) won gold and Rudis Nemme (SNK) silver in the
singles leaving the bronze medal to Zigis Andersons (MDVNK).
Selga Pešudovs (CKN) won the gold medal and the Janis Tilibs
Trophy in the womens singles leaving the silver medal to Anita
Misiņš (ASK) and bronze medal to Gundega Zariņš (SNK).
The doubles were won by the team from Melbourne of Ivars
Mirovics (MDVNK) and Ēvalds Paeglis (MDVNK0, but the silver
medals were taken out by local team of Richards Puisēns (SNK)
and Dimi Pešudovs (CKN) with the bronze medals also going
to a local team of Edvīns Kaufmanis SNK) and Imants Graudiņš.
The group photo at right shows the players who won
awards. Sitting, from left womens singles place getters
Anita Misiņa (2nd, ASK) ,Selga Pešudovs (1st, CKN), Gundega
Zariņa (3rd, SNK). Standing, from left Richards Puisēns (SNK)
2nd in doubles, Zigis Andersons (MDVNK) 3rd in singles, Dimis
Pešudovs (CKN) 2nd in doubles, Ivars Mirovics (MDVNK) 1st
in doubles, Edvīns Kaufmanis (SNK) 3rd in doubles, Imants
Graudiņš (SNK) 3rd in doubles, Rūdis Nemme (SNK) 2nd in singles.
In third row, "Encouragement award" winners Ben
Shallcross (CKN) and Stuart Pešudovs (CKN). Absent from photo
are Berin Delforce (SNK) 1st in singles and Ēvalds Paeglis
(MDVNK) 1st in doubles.
Winners at the 2011 Australian Latvian
Novus Championship. View
Andris Ruņģis, president of the Central
Coast Novus Club presents encouragement awards to fourteen
year old players Stuart Pesudovs (CKN) and Ben Shallcross
(CKN) participating in their first novus tournament. View
Imants Graudiņš wins DV novus championship
Fourteen novus players - 9 from Sydney and 5 from the Central
Coast - met on 9 December, 2011 at the Bankstown Daugavas
Vanagi (DV) club to compete for the Daugavas Vanagi
60th Anniversary novus championship. The Sydney branch
of the DV club was officially founded on 9 December 1951.
The singles tournament was organised according to an unusual,
but interesting, system. Each player could invite an opponent
to play a game of 3 sets. Each player continued to play until
they lost 3 games, at which point they dropped out of the
Games were played all afternoon until three players remained
- Imants Graudiņš with one loss and Andris Ruņģis and Arturs
Ernšteins each with two losses. As all three had already played
each other, Ruņģis and Ernšteins played each other for the
right to challenge Graudiņš for first place. Ruņģis overcame
his previous loss to Ernšteins and won the game in 3 sets.
In the final game, extended to 5 sets, both players started
nervously and made simple errors. Ruņģis took the first 2
sets and it looked like victory was in his hands, but Graudiņš
rallied and fought back to take the next 3 sets and emrge
winner of the Daugavas Vanagi Sydney branch 60th Anniversary
Andris Ruņģis, Central Coast Novus Club
(2nd), Imants Graudiņš, Sydney DV Club (1st), Arturs Ernšteins,
Central Coast Novus Club (3rd) View
2011 South Australian
Four players from NSW participated in the South Australian
Novuss Championships in Adelaide. Dimi Pesudovs
from NSW went to defend the singles title that he won
last year but failed to do so and the honour went to
local player Alvils Valodze. NSW players
did not do well in singles and had to be satisfied with
10, 12, 20 and 21 place among 22 participants. In the
doubles Dimi Pesudovs and Richard
Puisens tried to defend the title they won
in 2010, but failed to achieve that by one point handing
the title over to victorians Robert Karklins
and Zigis Andersons. The other NSW
pair of Selga Pesudovs and Andris
Rungis were left in 11th. place
With the conclusion of the South Australian Novus Championships
the 2011 novuss competition season was completed and
Saša Grims prepared the latest ranking
of novuss players in Australia. The first five places
were equally divided among players from the three participating
Roberts Kārkliņš (Vik.) 76. points
Alvils Vālodze (DA) 61. points
Dimis Pešudovs (JDV) 57. points
Richards Puisēns (JDV) 53. points
Ēvalds Paeglis (Vik.) 48. points
NSW trophy winners, from left:
Dimis Pešudovs and Sydney Novuss President Richards
2011 NSW Novuss Championships
The 2011 NSW Novus Championships were held on 18 and
19 of June. The singles competion was held for both
men and women, but doubles was a combined event. Twenty
four competitors took part, among them three ladies.
Four competitors came from Melbourne, three from Adelaide,
five from the Central Coast and twelve from Sydney.
At the conclusion of the singles competition the two
best players from each state were selected to compete
for the inaugural Aivars Drezins Memorial Trophy. Roberts
Karklins from Melbourne won the competition and was
presented with the trophy by Aivars widow Inese Drezins.
Women played singles together with the men, but were
awarded trophies separately. The winner was Selga Pesudovs
from the Central Coast who also achieved thirteenth
place in the overall singles competition. Anita Misins
from Adelaide came second, gaining twentieth place overall,
and Gundega Zarins from Sydney came third (twenty third
The singles competition was very close with the final
result not decided until the last match. Edvins Kaufmanis
from Sydney with 22 points came out the winner leaving
Roberts Karklins from Melbourne with 20 points in second
place and Dimis Pesudovs from Central Coast with 19
The doubles were dominated by the Kaufmanis brothers
Guntis and Edvins from Sydney, winning the competition
convincingly, leaving team mates Janis Veiss and Romans
Senkevics in second place and Roberts Karklins and Ivars
Mirovics from Melbourne third.
The NSW players were very successful winning eight
of the available thirteen trophies.
The championships demonstrated that novuss is a real
family game with Arnis and Maris Karklins, father and
son combination in the doubles, brothers Guntis and
Edvins Kaufmanis in both singles and doubles and two
couples Selga and Dimis Pesudovs and Anita Misins and
Janis Brakovskis also playing in both singles and doubles.
NSW trophy winners, from left:
Roms Senkēvičs, Jānis Veiss, Gundega Zariņa, Dimis Pešudovs,
Selga Pešudova, Guntis Kaufmanis, Sydney Novuss President
Richards Puisēns, and Edvīns Kaufmanis. View
From left: Roms Senkēvičs, Jānis
Veiss, Guntis Kaufmanis, Edvins Kaufmanis, Roberts Kārkliņš,
View larger >>
all 2011 NSW Novuss Championship photos>>
Elmars Vanagas Trophy, May
Central Coast novuss players excelled in the Sydney Novuss
Club organised tournament in May 2011 to play for the Elmars
Vanags donated perpetual trophy.
Dimis Pešudovs won the tournament and Arturs
Ernšteins came third. Second place was won by Sydney
player Edgars Nemme.
Twenty players registered and commenced the tounament (17
men and 3 ladies), but only fifteen completed all the games.
Under the rules of the tournament, the competition was run
in a round robin format where every player had to play a seven
set match against every player in the competition. The players
that completed the tournament played a total of 98 sets.
As the results below indicate the competition was very close
and third place had to be decided on countback. In the round
robin matches Arturs Ernšteins defeated Jānis Veiss and hence
was placed third.
Elmars Vanags tournament winners: from left, Dimis Pešudovs
(1st), Edgars Nemme (2nd), Arturs Ernšteins (3rd)
Latvian 2011 Novus Championships
The Australian Latvian 2011 Novus Championships
(ALNC) took place in February in Melbourne.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the dates for the ALNC were
changed and for this reason only three players from each of
the Sydney Novus Club and Central Coast Novus Club were able
The singles was contested by 31 players and was won by A.
Vālodze from Adelaide, with 2nd place to R. Kārkliņš from
Melbourne and 3rd to Sydney player Dimis Pešudovs. R. Puisēns
took 4th place, A. Ernšteins 8th, R. Nemme 13th and A. Ruņģis
and E. Nemme shared 16th/17th place.
Fourteen pairs took part in the doubles, which was won by
R. Kārkliņš and S. Andersons from Melbourne, beating the Nemme
brothers from Sydney. Sixth place went to D. Pešudovs un R.
Puisēns, with A. Ernšteins and A. Ruņģis in 9th place.
Our results were not as good as we had hoped for, but we
were not in last place!
Players with their awards at the Australian
Latvian Novus Chamionships in Melbourne in February 2011. Sitting:
A. Strauks (3rd in doubles), J. Kondarovskis (3rd in doubles),
A Misiņa (1st in ladies singles), R. Berke (3rd in ladies singles),
A. Valodze (1st in singles). Standing: R. Nemme (2nd in doubles),
E Nemme (2nd in doubles), R Kārkliņš (1st in doubles andd 2nd
in singles), S. Andersons (1stin doubles), D Pešudovs (3rd in
singles). Missing is Ausma Pūce (2nd in ladies singles). Enlarge
NSW players at the Australian Latvian
Novus Chamionships in Melbourne in February 2011. Sitting: A
Ernšteins, A Ruņģis; standing: R. Nemme, R. Puisēns, D. Pešudovs,
E. Nemme. Enlarge
Sydney Novuss Club meets every Friday evening from
4-8 pm at the Sydney Latvian Relief Society premises (Daugavas
Vanagu Nams), 49 Stanley St. Bankstown, ph. 02 9790
Various kinds of tournaments are held, both
singles and doubles, with and without handicaps, and also
friendly competitions. Games are played in a very friendly
atmosphere, assisted by liquid refreshments. The Daugavas
Vanagu premises are just a 5 minute walk from Bankstown railway
New players are always welcome, whether they
are beginners or experienced players. Novuss is a very appropriate
sport for those former sportspersons who cannot or no longer
wish to kick a football, throw a basketball or volleyball.
Parents can also bring their children to teach them this old
Club members take part in Open tournaments in
Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The Sydney Open Championship
took place 19-20 June, 2010, together with competitors from
Melbourne. The Sydney club members had good success, with
brothers Edvīns and Guntis Kaufmanis winning first and second
place, and Melbourne player Ēvalds Paeglis taking third place.
The first internal club tournament for 2010-2011
will be the Elmārs Vanags Trophy, which involves each player
playing against each other in 7-set matches. The player who
wins the most sets over the tournament will win first place
and the trophy. This tournament is used to calculate members
The Central Coast Novuss (CKN)
group plays every Tuesday morning.
See the table below for
a list of all the tournaments scheduled for the year 2010-2011.
here to watch the Sydney 2010 Open Novuss Championship on
Novuss at the Latvian Relief Society.
Location of the Latvian Relief
Society (Daugavas Vanagu nams).
Winners of the Sydney Open Novuss championship
held 19-20 June, 2010. From left: Ēvalds Paeglis (3rd), Guntis
Kaufmanis (2nd), Edvīns Kaufmanis (1st).
Coast Novuss (CKN) members, from left: Arturs Ernšteins, Andris
Ruņģis, Ojārs Dancis, Selga Pešudovs, Dimis Pešudovs, Richards
Puisēns, Juris Zemītis
Sydney Novuss Club (SNK) 2011-2012 calendar
of tournaments, including all Australian Open tournaments