Come Aboard for our Open Doubles by-the-sea on July 26

The club is pleased to announce we are go for our popular, annual Open Doubles which will take place on our spectacular seafront terrain on Sunday 26 July.

There is a whopping £100 for the winners, and a raft of other prizes, monetary and alcoholic.

Limited to only 24 teams, so apply now if you want to be in the action.

Here are the details: Open15Dbls_v2

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Sussex Petanque Qualifier Day 2

Sussex Pétanque’s second qualifying day took place on Sunday 17 May at Hastings. As on the first of the three qualifying days, there were 16 teams. BHPC members again present were Terry Gibbons, Alan Issler, Ian Maynard and Joe Simmonds-Isslerin as AJIT-TATED SEAGULLZZZ, David Alfred, Stephan Alfred and Gareth Jarvis as ALVIS and Tony Mann as part of CROWBRIGHT2.

After a gruelling day’s play in full sun, Ajit-Tated etc. improved their postion by coming eighth on the day and ninth overall (after two days play), thus knocking on the door of the championship squad. Crowbright2 came fifth on the day, but are still first overall. Alvis (again coming first in the morning leagues with 3 wins, +32 points) again came third on the day, so moving up to second place overall.

So well done our club members for another solid performance.

The third and last SXP qualifying day will take place on our terrain on Sunday 14 June.

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Cherrie/Mann Win Club Mixed Doubles

Six and a half teams turned out for the annual Mixed Doubles event on quite a nice day, Saturday 16 May. Here they are:

(TL) Eddie, Mike, David M, Tony, Ian, Terry (BL) Pat K, Ann, Jill G, Jill C, Pat C

(TL) Eddie, Mike, David M, Tony, Ian, Terry
(BL) Pat K, Ann, Jill G, Jill C, Pat C

The format was a round robin, where all the teams play each other once. Thus five games were played.

In reverse order, David Miller and Jill Gebbett came third, Jill Chrismas and Ian Maynard were runners-up after the last game they played which was against Di Cherrie and Tony Mann who thus won the day undefeated. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all who took part.

[Absent his (playing) partner, the competition was, alas, not graced by the inclusion of David Alfred, only the third club tournament he has missed since 2003.]

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8 BHPC Members Seek SXP Representation: Day 1

It’s that time of the year again when each of the 14 regions of the English Pétanque Association (EPA) start to determine their top eight and next best four triples teams to represent them at the Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Cup in September, not forgetting the Juniors competition.

Here in our region, Sussex Pétanque (SXP), there are three ‘qualifying’ days. This year they and other SXP competitions are being masterminded by Sussex Playing Officer, our very own Tony Mann.

The first day saw seven club members travel to Crowborough Social Club for Day 1:

AJIT-TATED SEAGULLZZZ – Terry Gibbons, Alan Issler, Ian Maynard (and Joe Simmonds-Issler who was resting up)

ALVIS – David Alfred, Stephan Alfred, Gareth Jarvis

CROWBRIGHT2 – Tony Mann with Alan Constable and Matt Shrimpton from Crowborough SC)

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BHPC Founding Member Translates Major Book on Pétanque

We are delighted to report that Ray Ager’s English translation of a book on pétanque – The Winning Trajectory – has just been published. Last year Ray, a founder member of our club, decamped to La Ciotat,  the birthplace of pétanque.

Ray writes “As any club members who remember me will know, I’ve always been very keen on coaching and practice. For me, it’s the basis of learning to play well: the same as with most sports, although often neglected in many pétanque clubs, including the French ones. I was delighted, therefore, to discover the website Pétanque Apprentissage et technique,, devoted to training and practice.

I was often in contact with Gilles Souef, the website and book author, mainly asking for advice but also making a few suggestions for things for the website. Gilles was always helpful and I was delighted when he accepted my offer to translate his new book into English.

Cover front lo-res                 Cover back lo-res

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David Alfred Wins Singles League

Compmeister Ian Maynard writes: “… many thanks to those who took part for fulfilling every fixture – quite an achievement and a credit to club spirit as the conditions were not always favourable for playing an outdoor sport. We completed 114 matches throughout the winter!”

Congratulations to David Alfred on winning the league and with a clean sheet (as he did in 2010-11 with 22 competitors in a single league). This completes his second hat-trick in the last seven years (came second to Ian in 2011-12). “Nice one, pops.”

Well done to Tony Mann as runner-up and to Ian coming third, reversing their positions from last year (justifying the original seeding), and to Pat Connolly as the highest placed woman. Continue reading

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BHPC Contingent at Adur Snowboules Open Doubles

Ian Maynard writes: “Twelve BHPC players (all in mixed pairs), along with sixty other players competed in the first tournament of the season the Adur Snowboules [last Sunday]. Of the top sixteen teams to emerge from the nine leagues in the morning two were from Brighton: Nick and Chris, and Pat and Terry. The latter reached the semi-final of the Main Consolage where they lost to the Crowborough pairing of Herbie and Alan. The next sixteen pairs played in the Plate, including Jill G and David M who were knocked out by Di C and Mark, who progressed to semi-final of the Plate Consolage. Janice and Ian survived to the Plate quarter-finals. Ann and Rohan completed what was an excellent turnout from a Brighton contingent on a very cold day.”


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