Jarvis-Mann Win Club Doubles

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

Club Doubles finalists
Gareth Jarvis, Janice Doherty, Alan Issler, Tony Mann

Further details will appear in the next newsletter.

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Deja Vu: BHPC Wins EuroCup Match in Another Sensational Comeback

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

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Yes We Can! Sussex Petanque Promoted to Inter-Regional Championship Division 1

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) Chapionship, Challenge Cup and Juniors squads

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

“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.

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Still No Joy

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.

P1040700By coincidence, the SCPB search is also proving useful to the builders of the i360 due to open in two years’ time.

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Tony Mann SXP Shooting Champion: Ian Maynard Runner-up SXP Singles Champion

Sussex Pétanque (SXP) held its Singles and Shooting Championships, the last events of the year, at our terrain yesterday on a lovely Indian summer’s day. Of the 13 contestants, there were 7 from the club: Alan I, David A, Gareth, Ian, Joe, Rohan and Tony.

During the day, players entered the shooting competition. We’re very pleased to report that Tony won the day with 19 points, and will thus represent SXP (together with Steve Mortimer who came second) at the Champion of Champions Championship in a few weeks’ time. Well done, Mr T.

Meanwhile, in the Singles, from the three morning leagues, David A, Gareth, Ian, Joe and Tony all qualified for the top-8, straight knock-out competition, all but Joe being in the same half of the draw. In the quarter-finals, our intrepid Over-50s duo, Ian and David beat Gareth and Tony (this year’s BHPC Open Doubles champions), respectively. Ian then beat David in the semi-final, and so met Jeff Mitchell (Goldsmiths PC) in the final. In top form, Jeff won 13-5. Well done to all our members and to everyone who took part.

Ian Maynard and Jeff Mitchell (winner)

Ian Maynard and Jeff Mitchell (winner)

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Compton-Wordsworth Win Club Women’s Doubles

While David A and Ian were (not) doing the business at the Over-50s, the club’s ladies were (not) turning out in droves for their Doubles comp. In fact, there were just three teams, the result of which, after they all won one game each, was:

1. Ann and Lisa +11    2. Di V and Trish +5     3. Jill G and Charmian +2

Congratulations to the winners and well done to all the other participants.

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Alfred-Maynard Fail To Win EPA Over-50s Doubles Championship

David A and Ian were the club’s only representatives at this annual event (which our club has hosted several times) held in Gravesend with 43 teams present. Unfortunately, our boys were unable to reach the semi-final as they did last year.

Coming second in their league, winning one game out of three but with a reasonable points difference, they joined another 15 teams in the Plate. However, they lost the next game (“which they coulda won”), to return home empty-handed.  At this early stage, it’s not known how long David A and Ian will take to recover from this salutary experience – even though the weather was very nice.

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