Lads/Lasses Doubles Leagues: First Results

The club is introducing two new league competitions this year, Lads Doubles and Lasses Doubles. The take-up has been encouraging with 8 and 6 teams respectively (ie, 28 club members).

Each team is to play every other one: 3 points for a win, 1 for a loss. In case of equal win/loss points, total points difference (in all the games played) will decide ranking order.

The end date is May 17.

As usual, Ian’s updated tables will be posted under <Club Results>.

Good luck to all the participants.

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Ray Ager Back in Town – but not for long

We greatly look forward to seeing at the terrain on Friday from about 1pm founder BHPC member, Ray Ager who relocated last year to La Ciotat, the home of pétanque.

Imagine all the stories he can regale us with, plus useful tips on playing. In the meantime, here’s a blast from the past:

Lelard 2000See you Friday, Ray!

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BHPC Success in First SXP Qualifier

Regions are again beginning to choose their eight- and four-team (adult, triples) squads for the Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Cup to be held in September. Sussex Pétanque (SXP) held their first of three qualifying days yesterday at Crowborough Social Club.

BHPC members constituted three of the fifteen (adult) teams present: Crowbright – Alan Constable (Crow. SC), Ian Maynard, Tony Mann; Alvis – David Alfred, Stephan Alfred, Gareth Jarvis; JCan – Janice Doherty, Chris Holden, Alan Issler, Nick Rowlands. It was good to see Chris and Nick, both new to competitive play outside of the club.

After a hard day’s play in warm, sunny weather, JCan achieved 10th place, thus having a good chance of making the Challenge squad, at least. Crowbright and Alvis, last year’s first and second seeded teams respectively, won all their games until they met each other in the final. Having never confronted each other in any of the qualifying rounds over the last two years, Crowbright outplayed Alvis on the day and deservedly won the game 13-5. Possible future encounters are awaited with interest …

Well done to all our players, and good luck to them for  the second qualifying day which will take place at our terrain on Sunday 18 May.

More details in the next Newsletter. 

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VA: The PPF Final – Another Petanque Master Class

In the final of this new top-class French competition – PPF (Passion Pétanque Française) – we meet the legendary Christian Fazzano (middle), Romain Fournié (pointer) and Christophe Sarrio (shooter).

Watch out for a terrible contre* towards the end of this excellent game. Also some fine carreaux on a very hard terrain.

Vidéo de la Finale PPF Galleau – Weibel – Rizziy VS Fazzino – Sarrio – Fournié

* Please see Basic Pétanque Glossary under <Pétanque> in the Menu bar.

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Video Alert (VA): a Match to Savour

Watch this enthralling and well-filmed game between Equipe de France  - current world champions Henri Lacroix, Bruno le Boursicaud, Dylan Rocher) – and Team Europe - Remy Galleau (Monaco), Claudy Weibel (Belgium), Diego Rizzi (aged 18 years, Italy).

Enjoy the strategy in the 6.09m end. Thrill to one team’s hitting 25 out of 25 shots. Rub your eyes as the result reaches its apparent inevitability. Then reward yourself with a nice pastis (51 recommended).


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Our Fixture List for 2014 Now Posted

Ian has notified all club members of this year’s combined fixture list, ie, our club competitions and other events, and those of Sussex Pétanque (SXP) and the English Pétanque Association (EPA).

Following its great success over the last few years, the club will be again promoting an Open Doubles competition, on Sunday 8 June.

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Mann-Maynard Win Worthing Charity Doubles

We salute our members, Tony Mann and Ian Maynard who, on a sunny Sunday 16 March, won the Charity Doubles organised by Worthing PC, with 30 teams participating.


(L) Ian, Derek Coates, Tony

With some fortune in avoiding the ‘League of Death’, Ian and Tony topped their league (eight altogether) winning to 7, 7 and 7 (bye) and so qualified as one of the top eight teams for the Gold competition. They then went on to win their quarter- and semi-final (again cunningly twice avoiding strong teams). The final was a close game up to 8-8. In the next end Ian pointed a good boule which the opponents failed to shoot out or cover. Our golden boys then pointed in to take 5 points (Tony high-lobbing in 3 of them) to win the game with a bang.

Tony writes: “What was good about our play is that we kept our concentration and energy levels high throughout the day as having a bye and often waiting some time to start our next match due to other longer-running games can affect concentration. We were fortunate with the draw but you still have to beat the teams put in front of you and we did just that.”

£350 went to the charity, St Barnabas hospice, selected by Worthing PC.

This is not Tony and Ian’s first major success together. With Alan Constable (Crowborough SC), they also won our club’s competitive Open Triples in July 2012, and have been the top-seeded team in Sussex Pétanque’s Inter-regional Championship squad for the last two years.

Congratulations, boys!

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