Tony Mann: EPA National Teams Manager of Choice

In addition to being EPA National Secretary (which involves tons of work) and past BHPC President, Tony Mann is now ploughing a fertile and fascinating furrow in the world of pétanque – manager of teams representing England at international championships. Here, Tony just gives us the outlines of his managerial career to date. Behind this lies a wealth of organizational, tactical and psychological support – plus the experience of being close to world champions - details of which we hope can be exclusively serialised on this website in the future.

Tony writes: “As some of you may know I was very privileged to be asked by the Women’s Espoirs team (ages 18-22) to manage them at the European Espoirs Qualifiers in Spain in March 2013. This provided me with my first forays into team management, and I was extremely proud to see our Women’s Espoirs team qualify through to the European Finals. This was the first time an English Espoir team had ever progressed to the finals! I also had the privilege of managing them at the finals in Germany later that year.   Continue reading

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Final Results of the Triples and Mixed Doubles Leagues

Competition Secretary, Ian Maynard writes: “Congratulations and thanks to all the competitors. As both the Triples and Mixed Doubles Leagues entered the final weekend we somehow managed to complete all the fixtures! [The tables are now posted under <Club Results>]

On Saturday, without the injured Gareth, David A and Tony with just four boules attempted to win the tournament. The first match was tough eight-bouler against Lisa and Ann, minus the absent Nick – probably the first I’ve known played. Then was the decider against the other all-lad team who also had only one defeat until then. Despite David and Tony getting close, the boules in hand at each end gave Chris, Larry and Rohan the opportunity to secure the result 13-11 to make them the league winners. Undeterred, a win by our dynamic duo against six-boules in their final match was enough to give David, Gareth and Tony the runner-up spot on points difference, ahead Jill C, Pat and me.

Rohan is the club’s triples specialist this season, being in the winning team for both league and tournament.  Continue reading

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Rabbit Shortage Hampers BHPC Progress in EuroCup

Playing in the third round of the EuroCup against Hartley PC – the biggest club in the EPA and based in an attractive sports complex a few miles south of Gravesend – was always going to be a big ask. As in the last round, we lost the first round of two triples games: Ian, Janice and Tony to 3, David A, Gareth and Stephan, clawing their way back from 0-7 in a long, tight game, eventually losing to 8. Would we make another sensational comeback in the second round of three doubles games?

Alas, with Gareth and Stephan and David and Tony both (surprisingly?) losing to 4 and 3 respectively, all eyes were on Ian and Janice to salvage something from an already lost match. However, despite great fighting spirit in another long, closely-fought game, they eventually succumbed 11-13. So, we lost the match 0-5.

Janice was overheard saying that Ian’s balls were warm. Let’s hope in next year’s EuroCup, all our balls are red hot.

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BHPC’s Appetizing Women’s Boules and Cake Morning Initiative

BHPC warmly welcomes an exciting and imaginative extension of its already varied menu of activities, as Trish Taylor describes:

The Women’s Boules and Cake Morning took place on Sunday 19 October. The idea arose from the club Women’s Doubles which took place on August 30. We had such a good time that we started wondering what could be even better than a Women’s Doubles afternoon? Well – the addition of Cake would be welcome … and playing in the morning would be great too …

And so the idea was born: let’s have a Women’s Boules and Cake Morning!

Founding members of Women's Boules and Cake Morning Section (Back L) Trish Taylor, Ann Wordsworth, Di Cherrie, Pat Connolly, Nick Rowlands, Di Vincent (Front L) Gaby Channing, Jill Gebbett

Founding Members of                                                                    Women’s Boules and Cake Morning
(Back L) Trish Taylor, Ann Wordsworth, Di Cherrie,
Pat Connolly, Nick Rowlands, Di Vincent
(Front L) Gaby Channing, Jill Gebbett

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Official: Our Tony Mann Second Best Shooter in England

Each year, the top two shooters in each region of the EPA compete in the shooting championship at the annual Champion of Champions Championships which were held at Oxshott last weekend. As Sussex 1 representative, Tony (who is also the EPA National Secretary) completed the exercises* on  Saturday, along with nineteen others over the weekend.

As a club and as part of Sussex Pétanque, we are proud to report that Tony came a brilliant second, only two points behind the winner, Sofiane Lachani (27 points) who has represented England in the World Championship. (Our previous club success in this championship was in 2011 when Stephan Alfred, with 27 points, came fifth.)

Hearty congratulations to Tony on his fine achievement.

The full results are on <

*Conforming to international rules, the shooting competition consists of five disciplines – single boule, boule behind the jack, middle boule of three, boule behind boule, and jack - at four distances (6, 7, 8, 9m). It’s a really testing format. You can see some of today’s great players - Rocher, Rizzi, Webel, Quintais et al - in action on YouTube.

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Jarvis-Mann Win Club Doubles

Seven teams rushed to the terrain for this postponed fixture on a very warm sunny day. After the two ‘morning’ leagues, Gareth-Tony and David A-Stephan qualified from one (also including David M-Ian and Chris H-Terry), and Alan I-Janice and Ann-Rohan from the other (also including Jill G-Harvey and a bye).

Having defeated David-Stephan and Ann-Rohan respectively, Alan-Janice and Gareth-Tony met in the final which the latter won 13-2.

Congratulations to Gareth and Tony, well done to all the contestants and thanks again to Ian, our Competitions secretary.

Club Doubles finalists Gareth Jarvis, Janice Doherty, Alan Issler, Tony Mann

Club Doubles finalists
Gareth Jarvis, Janice Doherty, Alan Issler, Tony Mann

Further details will appear in the next newsletter.

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Deja Vu: BHPC Wins EuroCup Match in Another Sensational Comeback

As about this time a year ago, the club again hosted, on a sunny, warm, late summer’s day, The Bat and Ball PC (Gravesend) in the second round of this year’s EPA Euro Cup for Clubs competition. The match format is two triples games, one of which must be mixed, followed by three doubles games, one of which must also be mixed.

As last year, our home team got off to the worst possible start with both our triples teams – David A/Gareth J/Stephan A and Ian M/Janice D/Tony M – losing to 12 and 8 points respectively, which meant BHPC again had to win all three doubles games to win the match. Talk about history repeating itself. Continue reading

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