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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We hope to arrange a gallery rehang in the coming period.
Best wishes to all our followers for the holiday season and a happy New year .
At the club’s Annual General Meeting held yesterday at the Holiday Inn on a very damp day, there was a significant reshuffle in the composition of the new Executive Committee.
Pat Connolly, one of the earliest members of BHPC and its long-time Secretary, was elected President by acclamation. Nick Rowland, last year’s Membership secretary, was elected Secretary. Terry Gibbons, club President 2012-13, succeeds Sheena Cox as Treasurer. Ian Maynard continues as Competitions Secretary while Di Vincent is the new Membership Secretary. Lisa Compton, Mike Jennings and Chris Vincent were elected committee members. Good to see and good luck to Chris, Di, Lisa and Mike who are all new to the committee.
We thank Sheena for her efficiency and geniality as Treasurer for the past two and a half years, and wish President Pat and all the committee every success in the coming year.
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
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
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.
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!