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!
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
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 <http://www.englishpetanque.org.uk/results/CofCShootResults2014.pdf
*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.
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
Further details will appear in the next newsletter.
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
As the weather was glorious at Hayling Island last weekend, so was the performance of the SXP squad at the Inter-Regional Championship. The squad – including club members David A, Gareth J, Ian M, Stephan A and Tony M- came second winning 51 games, just 2 games behind the champion region and a full 9 games ahead of the third-place region, and were thus promoted to Division I.
Sussex Petanque (SXP) Championship, Challenge Cup and Juniors squads
Established in 2007 and the youngest of the 15 regions in England, this was SXP’s seventh year in Division 2 of the Championship (with six regions represented). Next year SXP will face its severest challenge yet, playing against the top eight regions in Division 1.
“This Happy Breed”
SXP Championship Squad, 2014
You can see the full Division 2 results at http://www.sussexpetanque.org.uk/news.
We salute our region, Sussex Pétanque, and send heartiest congratulations.
A detailed, illustrated report of this momentous success will be included in our next newsletter.
Inspector Carrow of the Serious Crime Pétanque Bureau has today informed the club that the continuing search for David A’s missing boules (see our report of 29 May 2013) has proved inconclusive even after tearing apart the eastern end of our old West Pier terrain, as pictured below.
By coincidence, the SCPB search is also proving useful to the builders of the i360 due to open in two years’ time.