Jarvis/Mann SXP Doubles Champions – Again

Of the ten teams (only) who turned out at Crowborough Social Club yesterday for Sussex Pétanque’s (SXP) annual Doubles Championship two were from our club: Gareth Jarvis and Tony Mann, David and Stephan Alfred (the usual suspects). Naturally, both were drawn in the same morning league of four teams while the other league consisted of six teams, all but the bottom team in each league qualifying for the Main rolling knockout competition (8 teams).

Both BHPC teams were drawn to play the first game in their morning league. After a titanic struggle lasting over 90 minutes, Gareth and Tony won 13-10 (holding off an exciting comeback by the Alfreds). Both teams got into the last eight. Whereas David and Stephan lost their quarter-final but went on to win their next two games to come 5th on the day, Gareth (on excellent shooting form all day) and Tony won both their quarter- and semi-final games to reach the final against the redoubtable Goldsmiths team, Jeff Mitchell and Herbie Edwards, to wit

(L) Gareth, Tony, Herbie, Jeff

(L) Gareth, Tony, Herbie, Jeff                                                       (Mid-game photocall by our intrepid official photographer)

From 11-6 (as in the picture) Gareth and Tony went on to win what was another hard-fought game game 13-9, and so become SXP doubles champions for the second time since 2012, a noteworthy achievement. Heartiest congratulations, boys!

Tony Mann and Gareth Jarvis SXP Doubles Champions 2015

Tony Mann and Gareth Jarvis
SXP Doubles Champions 2015

Good luck to both teams who will represent SXP at the Champions of Champions Championship in October.

Upcoming SXP championships are: Over-50s on July 12 at PST, Triples on July 19 at Crowborough, Mixed Doubles on August 16 at PST and Singles on September 6 at Hastings.

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BHPC Wins Challenge Match vs Adur PC

It was a lovely summer’s evening on Wednesday last when 24 players from the two clubs turned out on our home terrain to play the first of our annual two-header challenge matches against our friends from Adur PC.

adur

As usual, we played two rounds of games (BHPC teams on the left):

Round 1                                                                                       Round 2

Ann/Harvey                  13 – 1     Sue/Dave                              8 – 13    Bren/Jeff

Jill C/Ian                       13 – 2     Bren/Jeff                              13 – 0     Sue/Dave

Pat/Lisa/David A         13 – 2     Hazel/Brian/Vee               12 – 13   Barbara/Chris

Nick/Rohan/Chris H   13 – 9     Barbara/Chris                     13 – 1     Diane/Martin

Alan/Janice/David M  13 – 11    Diane/Martin                     13 – 0    Hazel/Brian/Vee

BHPC won 5-0 in round 1 and 3-2 in round 2, thus winning the match 8 games to 2. But it’s much more the keen but friendly competition than the actual result that makes this regular fixture so enjoyable.

(May our players please note that) we look forward to going over to Adur on Wednesday 12 August for the return match. 

Club members please note that we’ll also be again hosting Herts Select for another club challenge at 12.30 on Saturday 15 August. 

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Alfred-Jarvis-Alfred (Alvis) Again Top SXP Seeding after All-BHPC Final in Last Qualifier

The weather held up nicely yesterday for the third and last qualifier held at our terrain to which 15 teams rushed from all parts of the region to finally decide the composition and seeding of Sussex Pétanque’s (SXP) Championship and Challenge squads for the Inter-Regionals in September. P1040832 It turned out to be an excellent day for the three teams comprising all eight club members participating this year.

Ajit-tated Seagullzzz –  Terry Gibbons (not playing this day), Alan Issler, Ian Maynard and Joe Simmonds-Issler – starting the day in 10th position overall, played very well, including beating Crowbright 2 in a closely fought semi-final, to reach the final (see below). Coming second on the day meant they shot up into 5th position overall. Great result!

Crowbright 2 including Tony Mann, starting in first position on the day, beat the strong The Smiths and lost only one game (to Ajit) to come third on the day and thus 2nd overall (as the original Crowbright with Tony, Ian and Alan Constable came last year). Excellent result!

Alvis – David Alfred, Stephan Alfred and Gareth Jarvis – came first after the morning leagues (including a two-hour marathon with their first opponents of the day) for the third time running. Having failed twice before at the semi-final stage coming third each time and starting in second position on the day, this time they got to the final where they met the fellow club members of team Ajit – an all-BHPC affair – whom they defeated 13-6. Alvis were thus finally seeded 1st overall, as they were last year. Brill!

With his customary efficiency, the competition and all the paperwork was masterminded by Tony Mann, SXP Playing Officer, ably supported by Alan Constable, SXP President. Tony also led the club team preparing the terrain. Many thanks to Tony and also to BHPC and its members for their help, hospitality and support before and on the day which was amusingly enlivened by

Brighton Naked Cycle Ride

Brighton Naked Cycle Ride

All our very best wishes to our members and all their SXP team-mates who go forth -with hope in their hearts – into the jaws of Division 1 in the Inter-Regionals later this year.

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Alfred/Jarvis/Alfred Win Club Triples

Competitions Secretary, Ian Maynard writes:

“Yesterday fifteen club members played in the Club Triples tournament. Each team played every other team over five rounds, with a bye in one round. So with just four matches to play it was not too tiring and we were lucky with the weather, when sitting around.

Club Triples Competitors (L) David M, Julie, Gill G, Mike, Di C, Anne, Gaby, Rohan (just),  Alan I, Mark, Jill C, Ian, Stephan, David A, Gareth

Club Triples Competitors
(L) David M, Julie, Gill G, Mike, Di C, Anne, Gaby,           Rohan (just), Alan I, Mark, Jill C, Ian,                           Stephan, David A, Gareth

The first shock came in the opening match when AJIAN (Alan, Jill C and Ian) defeated Alvis (David A, Gareth and Stephan) one of the top Sussex teams. Jill G, Julie and David M enjoyed an equally tight win over Ann, Mike and Rohan (while the Railway Children  -Di C, Gaby and Mark – sat out).

AJIAN had a chance to absorb their win in round two while Alvis responded in their second game with a fanny, and the Railway Children won their opener. In the final round before lunch AJIAN and Alvis each secured their second wins. After lunch as Alvis sat out a round AJIAN won their third game, and A, M & R also won. In the final round Alvis won early and had to wait for the key result of the last game of the day: consistently accurate pointing by the Railway Children proved too much for AJIAN

So an enjoyable and tight competition ended with the teams in fourth and fifth separated only by a small points difference of three with A, M & R just ahead of J, J & D. The Railway Children were the balance in the middle, winning and losing two conceding almost as many points as they scored. Despite providing the excitement of the day Alan, Jill and Ian with a points difference of +13 lost comfortably to the much superior points difference of Alvis, +27. So congratulations this season go to David A, Gareth and  Stephan. And thanks to everyone who participated.”

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Jarvis/Mann and Connolly/Doherty Win Lads and Lassies Doubles Leagues Respectively

Our compmeister, Ian Maynard writes:

Lads League

“Thanks to those teams who coordinated arrangements allowing the Lads League to come to a conclusion last Friday. First up was the clash between the two until then unbeaten teams, David A and Stephan and Gareth and Tony, each having two more games to play. The Alfred family, undeterred by losing the first ten points, hit back with an even better run scoring the next thirteen points for victory and pole position for the title.

Gareth and Tony then quickly and ruthlessly outplayed their next opponents taking all thirteen points. Other commitments meant they weren’t around to witness the next twist as Terry and Ian made the Alfreds’ joy short-lived. The final game of the league saw the former win an epic battle against Alan and Chris, an exciting tussle as Terry’s testing points were consistently dispatched by Chris shooting from his new stance.

These results meant that the League ended with three pairs on four wins out of the five matches. Terry and Ian had the closer games so finished third. David and Stephan had a much superior points difference to finish second, but, as last year, lost out on points difference to the reigning champions Gareth and Tony.

Congratulations to Gareth and Tony on retaining the trophy. Thanks to Chris V and Rohan and David M and Mike for completing their matches earlier allowing us to finish the league with a week to spare.

Lasses League

Due to family and work commitments Di C and Gaby were unable to play all their matches and they kindly withdrew after just one game but it had no bearing on the table. That meant the win on Saturday by Janice and Pat completed the Lasses League. The bookies’ favourite and reigning champions were unbeaten, for a second season, to retain the trophy – congratulations to both. Close behind in second place with just the one defeat were the two Jills. Thanks also to the other players, Ann and Di V (third), Julie and Charmian plus Pauline and Nick for finishing this league with time to spare.”

And thanks again to Ian for his efficient record-keeping.

The final league tables are:

Lads & Lasses final 2015 Lasses            Lads & Lasses final 2015 Lads

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We Invite Everyone to Our ‘Come and Try’ Event Next Weekend

If you’ve ever seen boules being played here or (usually) in France and wondered what it’s all about or wanted to join in, NOW’s your chance.

Our club will be holding an event open to all – our Come and Try – next Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4pm.

No experience is necessary as we will have members on hand to help and instruct, and we will provide the necessary equipment.

Our terrain – one of the best in the country – is situated on Brighton seafront by Meeting Place Cafe and the Peace Statue (towards Hove) and opposite Embassy Court.

Pétanque is a great game and ours is a wonderful location – why not give it a try?

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Come Aboard for our Open Doubles by-the-sea on July 26

The club is pleased to announce we are go for our popular, annual Open Doubles which will take place on our spectacular seafront terrain on Sunday 26 July.

There is a whopping £100 for the winners, and a raft of other prizes, monetary and alcoholic.

Limited to only 24 teams, so apply now if you want to be in the action.

Here are the details: Open15Dbls_v2

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