8 BHPC Members Seek SXP Representation: Day 1

It’s that time of the year again when each of the 14 regions of the English Pétanque Association (EPA) start to determine their top eight and next best four triples teams to represent them at the Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Cup in September, not forgetting the Juniors competition.

Here in our region, Sussex Pétanque (SXP), there are three ‘qualifying’ days. This year they and other SXP competitions are being masterminded by Sussex Playing Officer, our very own Tony Mann.

The first day saw seven club members travel to Crowborough Social Club for Day 1:

AJIT-TATED SEAGULLZZZ – Terry Gibbons, Alan Issler, Ian Maynard (and Joe Simmonds-Issler who was resting up)

ALVIS – David Alfred, Stephan Alfred, Gareth Jarvis

CROWBRIGHT2 – Tony Mann with Alan Constable and Matt Shrimpton from Crowborough SC)

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BHPC Founding Member Translates Major Book on Pétanque

We are delighted to report that Ray Ager’s English translation of a book on pétanque – The Winning Trajectory – has just been published. Last year Ray, a founder member of our club, decamped to La Ciotat,  the birthplace of pétanque.

Ray writes “As any club members who remember me will know, I’ve always been very keen on coaching and practice. For me, it’s the basis of learning to play well: the same as with most sports, although often neglected in many pétanque clubs, including the French ones. I was delighted, therefore, to discover the website Pétanque Apprentissage et technique, http://www.petanque-apprentisse.com, devoted to training and practice.

I was often in contact with Gilles Souef, the website and book author, mainly asking for advice but also making a few suggestions for things for the website. Gilles was always helpful and I was delighted when he accepted my offer to translate his new book into English.

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David Alfred Wins Singles League

Compmeister Ian Maynard writes: “… many thanks to those who took part for fulfilling every fixture – quite an achievement and a credit to club spirit as the conditions were not always favourable for playing an outdoor sport. We completed 114 matches throughout the winter!”

Congratulations to David Alfred on winning the league and with a clean sheet (as he did in 2010-11 with 22 competitors in a single league). This completes his second hat-trick in the last seven years (came second to Ian in 2011-12). “Nice one, pops.”

Well done to Tony Mann as runner-up and to Ian coming third, reversing their positions from last year (justifying the original seeding), and to Pat Connolly as the highest placed woman. Continue reading

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BHPC Contingent at Adur Snowboules Open Doubles

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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Latest Club Newsletter Out Now

You can find it under ‘Newsletters’ in ‘About Us’.

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 .

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Pat Connolly New Club President

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.

(L) Chris Vincent, Nick Rowlands, Lisa Compton, Ian Maynard, Vincent, Pat Connolly, Mike Jennings. (Terry Gibbons away on duties in the US)

(L) Chris V, Nick, Lisa, Ian, Di V, Pat, Mike  (Terry away on duties in the US)

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.

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Tony Mann: EPA National Teams Manager of Choice

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

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