No less than ten teams turned up from Brighton & Hove to play in the Adur Open Doubles on Sunday 19th March. There was purple everywhere you looked as our members competed in a 4-team league in the morning, followed by a knockout competition in the afternoon.
The purple-fleeced army (that's your fellow BHPC members in case you didn't know) descended on Adur Petanque Club at 9am on Sunday 19th March like a pack of rabid wolves, hungry for victory (seriously, you should have seen David's serious-game face, it terrified us!).
Ok, maybe not hungry rabid wolves. Maybe more like kittens, mewing and generally getting distracted by leaves blowing by. But you get the idea. We arrived in force. And we were there to win.
Brighton & Hove managed to field an impressive five doubles teams (that's ten BHPC players for those of you not paying attention) - a formidible sight as purple fleeces appeared everywhere you looked! Teams included
- Terry & Pat
- Carmen & Di Cherrie
- David M & Janice
- Ann & Alan Issler
- Chris & Nick
A total of 32 teams signed up to play, from near (Adur, Brighton) and as far afield as Portsmouth so the morning session consisted of 8 leagues of four teams; everyone got to play three games before lunch (which - for those of us who were losing every one of our opening games - couldn't come quickly enough!)
The afternoon session was split into a "gold" and "silver" knockout tournament, with the losers of the opening rounds going through into their respective gold consolage and silver consolage knockout tournaments.
The weather held out for us and the sun even put in a rare appearance every now and again. There was some great petanque on display (and, if you happened to be watching my games, some not-so-great petanque too). Adur were great hosts and everyone said what a lovely time they'd had.
Some of us even had to stay back late as the Silver Consolage Final ran on beyond six o'clock. Ann and Alan put up a great fight but lost the final 13-9 (a scoreline which fails to do justice to how close the game was!) All in all, a great turnout and a great day out.