After extensive discussions and looking we have finally settled on a venue for the State Championship and SA Open, the German Club. I have been at this little gem of a spot for past Oktoberfests and can honestly say that I think it is a perfect venue for the type of event we are running.
The space is good, they serve good beer, there will be a bar in our room, the tables are the right size, they serve great food and it is in the CBD which means it is central to any accommodation choice anyone makes. It is actually as close as I think Adelaide comes to the Burwood RSL, which is where the first State Championship was held, while still having its own unique flavour.
We have settled on 23 and 24 March 2013. This date avoids Womadelaide, Adelaide Cup and (hopefully, although the buggers are taking their time announcing it) Clipsal 500, but is still inside the period known affectionately here in Adelaide as "Mad March". The Festival and/or Fringe will be in full swing, along with a whole range of other activities and events. That time of year seems to be the period in which almost everything happens (which may be why interstaters don't think anything happens in Adelaide - they don't come in March). Either way, book in your accommodation quickly!
But not too quickly. We are looking at some accommodation options for teams or individuals to use. I can't promise anything, but I'm hoping we can wrangle some good prices for group bookings. Watch this space for more details. Either way, there is accommodation of all stripes nearby, from backpackers to luxury hotels.
Hopefully this announcement will allow interstate teams or individuals who were wavering to bed down some details and get on over. Can't wait to see everyone there.