Inaugural Challenge Match vs Thames Valley

On Saturday our club was pleased to host yet another team for a friendly Challenge match. Thames Valley brought down 15 players plus assorted WAGS for a whole weekend that turned out warm and sunny (except for Sunday morning). Many of their players were from Thames Valley’s regional championship squad whom some of our SXP championship squad players knew from our Division 2 days.

Although we lost 5 games to 10 (2-3, 1-4 and 2-3 in three rounds, including three games lost to 12 points), everyone enjoyed the friendly rivalry in the searing heat, and there was a lot of very good pétanque.

One very sad note: at lunchtime some people saw the Hawker Hunter jet pass over, fairly quietly, just minutes before its deadly crash on and next to the A27 by Shoreham airport – dominating the news for the next two days.

The full results of how our teams performed are: Continue reading

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Channing-Gibbons SXP Mixed Doubles Runners-up

Nine teams turned out on a warm day, but with a some thankfully short-lived lightish pluvial nonsense, for this annual competition with players from Brighton, Crowborough and Hastings. There were leagues of four and five teams in the morning with the top two teams from each going through to the Main semi-finals, while the remaining five teams went into the Plate (with a two-round snake).

The Plate winners were the BHPC’s Pat Connolly and Ian Maynard.

Having lost their Main semi-final to the eventual winners, BHPC’s Janice Doherty and David Alfred (runners-up in this competition for the last two years) won the third-fourth place play-off to come third on the day. Meanwhile, in the Main final, after a good start, BHPC’s Gaby Channing and Terry Gibbons eventually succumbed 5-13 to Lynn Andrews and Matt Shrimpton (Crowborough) who thus became this year’s Sussex Pétanque’s (SXP) Mixed Doubles champions.

SXP Mixed Doubles Finalists (L) Lynn Andrews, Matt Shrimpton (Champions),  Gaby Channing, Terry Gibbons (Runners-up)

SXP Mixed Doubles Finalists
(L) Lynn Andrews, Matt Shrimpton (Champions),
Gaby Channing, Terry Gibbons (Runners-up)

Congratulations to Lynn and Matt, and well done to Gaby and Terry and to all who took part. Thanks to everyone who came along to watch, and to Terry for helping Tony Mann, SXP Playing Officer, administer the tournament with customary efficiency.

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Poor Clubhouse Suffers Another Meteorologically-induced Trauma

After the flood-induced damage in July last year, our clubhouse took another battering during the torrential rainstorm that started last Wednesday night (soon after we had finished our Challenge match with Adur PC). This time, as well as rain pouring down the steps overpowering the drains, sewage welled up to a considerable height within the clubhouse causing major contamination throughout which makes it out of bounds until further notice.

P1040939After all the hard work in getting the clubhouse back into shape last year, this year’s troubles are all the more upsetting.

BHPC demands that the government take immediate steps to halt global warming NOW!

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Club Challenge Matches vs Adur PC and Herts Select

Last week saw heightened activity on the Club Challenge front. In the return away match with Adur PC on Wednesday, we played two rounds, winning the first 3-2, but losing the second 2-3. So the match was tied 5 games all. The main thing is that everyone enjoyed themselves, the weather was warm and still (until the torrential storm later in the night – see the next post) and it’s always fun to play by floodlights when it’s dark.

On Saturday we were pleased to welcome our friends from Herts Select for our annual encounter in bright, warm weather. They had 16 players and we had a bumper crop of 22, which tested David A’s renown team-formation skills. Herts had five doubles and two triples teams while we had seven triples team, one with a fourth alternate. We won 6-1 in each of the three rounds of games: all in the usual excellent spirit.

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Martin Evans, their captain, said: “There seemed to be a lot of good players on view and a good deal of excellent play, and we noticed that we even attracted an audience! All in all, we had a great day out which all or our team (and the assorted WAGS!) thoroughly enjoyed.”

The results in both matches were: Continue reading

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Mann/Mitchell Win BHPC Open Doubles on a Glorious (sic) Summer’s Day

All the maximum of 24 teams – including ones from Wales, the Isle of Wight and London – turned out yesterday, in the worst weather seen at any competition held by the club in living memory. Driving rain and strong wind lasting from morn till mid-afternoon tested players’ skills, good humour and endurance to the limit. Teeth were gnashed, and cloths to ‘dry’ and remove sticky grit from boules were continually wrung. None of this, however, disturbed continuous play, proving once and for all that the English are quite mad.

The top 16 teams from six morning leagues went into the Main competition with the remaining 8 into the Plate, each having a separate Consolage competition for the losers in the first round. Of the ten contestants coming from the club – Pat Connolly and Janice Doherty, Jill Gebbett and David Miller, Alan Issler and Joe Simmonds-Issler, Ian Maynard and David Alfred, Tony Mann (and Jeff Mitchell, Crowborough), Gareth Jarvis (and Rachid Hannache, London) – all but Jill and David got into the Main. The latter wisely chose to forgo the opportunity to get even more soaked playing in the Plate.

Only Alan, Joe, Tony and Gareth survived the Main round of 16. By way of consolation, Ian and David went on to win the three rounds of the Main Consolage to win that competition (thus coming 9th overall): quite respectable. Meanwhile, father and son duo, Alan and Joe won their quarter-final to reach the semi-final, their final destination (thus 3rd/4th overall): a very creditable achievement.

All eyes were now on Tony and Jeff who got all the way to the final where they met the strong Southern Counties team of Graham Elcome and Stephen Daykin, and won 13-3.

2015 BHPC Open Doubles Finalists (L) Stephen Daykin, Graham Elcome,  (Winners) Jeff Mitchell, Tony Mann

2015 BHPC Open Doubles Finalists
(L) Stephen Daykin, Graham Elcome,
(Winners) Jeff Mitchell, Tony Mann

This was the second major success for Tony and Jeff in two weeks after their winning the inaugural Sussex Pétanque (SXP) Over-50s championship. It was also Tony’s second successive BHPC Open Doubles title which he won with Gareth last year. Some record! So hearty congratulations to Tony and Jeff.

Record crowd watches BHPC Open Doubles final

Record crowd watches BHPC Open Doubles final

On behalf of Pat Connolly, BHPC President, Ian writes: “The Brighton Open was a success thanks to the teamwork of a number of non-playing members who ventured out into the driving wind and rain to ensure the smooth running of the event.

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Tony Mann SXP Shooting Champion – Again

The 2015 Sussex Pétanque Shooting Championship was completed yesterday at the Sussex Triples Championship, where eleven more players entered the fray after the first ten at the Doubles Championship with the early leaders being Andy Croft (Crowborough SC), 20 points and Jeff Mitchell (Goldsmith PC), 16 points.

After the first ten players yesterday no-one had beaten Andy or Jeff’s scores. Then Tony, the last player to take part, presented himself. On 16 points Tony scored 5 points with his penultimate shot at the jack, bringing his final total to 21 points. Thus narrowly beating Andy’ score, Tony became the SXP Shooting Champion – for the second year running. A fine achievement, Mr T!

SXP Shooting Championship 2015 (L) Andy Croft and Tony Mann (Champion)

SXP Shooting Championship 2015
(L) Andy Croft and Tony Mann (Champion)

Both Tony and Andy will represent SXP at the Shooting Champion of Champions Championship to be held over the weekend of October 10/11 at Oxshott PC in Surrey.

Congratulations to Tony and Andy and well done to all 21 Sussex players who took part.

With two more SXP championships to go, club members’ achievements so far this year are:

Doubles Champions: Gareth/Tony

Triples Champions:   David A/Gareth/Stephan

Over-50s Champions:  Jeff/Tony

Shooting Champion:   Tony

Not bad!

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Alfred/Alfred/Jarvis SXP Triples Champions – Again

Seven teams turned out on a lovely warm and sunny yesterday at Goldsmith PC’s terrain in Crowborough for Sussex Pétanque’s Triples Championship. The top two teams from two leagues of three and four teams would go straight into the Main semi-finals while the other three teams would battle it out for the Plate.

Both teams with our club members – David A, Stephan and Gareth (Alvis); Tony with Jeff Mitchell and Herbie Edwards (both Goldsmith PC) – were drawn in the league of 3 and both qualified for the Main with Alvis coming first. They then went on to win their respective semi-finals and so met again in the final. Unlike their morning game (13-1), this was a titanic struggle lasting over two hours in gruelling heat, David, Gareth and Stephan winning 13-10, thus becoming SXP Triples Champions. Well done, boys!

SXP Triples Champions 2015 (L) Stephan Alfred, David Alfred, Gareth Jarvis

SXP Triples Champions 2015
(L) Stephan Alfred, David Alfred, Gareth Jarvis

Alvis, current No. 1 seed in the SXP Inter-Regional Championship squad, also won this event two years ago. They and Tony’s team will represent Sussex Pétanque (SXP) in the inter-regional Champion of Champions Championship later in the year. Hearty congratulations and the best of luck to both teams.

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