FINAL MELEE OF THE YEAR AND A BRILLIANT TURNOUT

Despite the zero temperature, the bright weather encouraged 43 members to turn out for the last month end melee of the year. An excellent day of petanque in fine conditions. Well done everyone.

Several players were in with a chance of taking the overall title but current leader, David Whittington, soon settled tensions by winning his first two games. Even though contenders Roger Johnson and Ian Fitton won all three games their efforts were in vain. I missed my chance by losing the first game.

So the melee highlights were that four players won all three games. In fourth place with a very good performance, three wins and plus 19 points, was Jane Farrar. Just one point better off in third place was Stuart Bolton and yet another single point better was Ian Fitton thus taking 2nd place. However, the Month End Winner today was Roger Johnson with 3 wins plus 24 points. Well done Roger, a fine performance.

The overall melee Champion for 2019 was David Whittington, who despite losing his third game today, secured the title with a fine 23 wins for the year. Three players amassed 22 wins just to show what a closely fought competition the event was. By virtue of better points difference I came second, Roger Johnson came third and Ian Fitton took fourth spot. Well played guys.

Full results for both today’s melee and the final annual league table can be viewed on the RESULTS PAGE of this blog.

Along with the other annual club championship trophies the melee trophy will be presented at the end of our LADIES v GENTS XMAS event on December 14th.

GENTLE REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS

The rain won the day again today so no-one was keen to take another soaking.

Just a reminder to all of our members that if they have a few minutes to spare this coming Tuesday please call in to Heckmondwike Library between 10.30am and 3.00pm and give us your vote. If successful we will be able to get some equipment that will help provide improved facilities at our events.

Next Saturday it’s our final Month End Melee and there is still plenty to play for as five members can still take the title.

Saturday 14th December it’s LADIES v GENTS XMAS JUMPER competition. We will also present the club trophies for the major competitions held over the year.

Wednesday 18th is XMAS LUNCH day at Cleckheaton Golf Club. Make sure you’ve got your seats booked, paid for and your menu selections handed to Janet. Timing will be :- arrive at 1pm for 1.30pm start to lunch. For those not coming to the lunch there will be no key holder at the park to open up but you are very welcome to play socially if you wish.

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR US AND PARKS CREW

Quite a worrying near miss recently when a pretty hefty tree came crashing down. Fortunately it fell towards the parks crew’s yard and stores. It crushed the surround fencing and damaged the front of the council truck. Just a miracle that the lads were inside the building and also that the angle that it fell meant it just missed penetrating our terrain.

       

It will be interesting to hear the results of the near miss accident investigation and if any more of the trees around our terrain harbour significant risk to us.

On a lighter note, I trust the ladies have noted on the updated calendar that Saturday December 14th is not only official Xmas jumper day but also a LADIES versus GENTS fixture. You have a few weeks to get practising if you want to regain the trophy for Xmas.

EXCELLENT MEMBERS MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION

Eventually we had a couple of days without rain which allowed most of our terrain to dry out in time for today’s event.

This weeks Members MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP was the last of the series of six championship events for 2019. It proved to be one of the most competitive and closely fought events of the year. Fourteen pairs entered forming three leagues for the preliminary rounds.

Three games were played by everyone and only Jean McCulloch and Peter Wharton managed three wins to win Group 1. The seeded knockout quarter finals saw  Peter & Jean defeat Christine and Ken Billington 13-8. Pam & Alan Wallace were up against Janet Spencer and Ken Hutchinson and played well to get through 13-3. Audrey & Bill Barnett had qualified in a brilliant third ranking spot but in their quarter final they found Jane & Roger Farrar in good form. Jane and Roger went through by 13 – 8. The fourth quarter final saw Kath & Clive Westley play Gemma Benson & Graham Terry and go through by a 13-6 scoreline.

In the Semi – finals Jean & Peter’s excellent winning run finally came to an end when they went down  7 – 13 to an on-form Pam & Alan.

Kath & Clive played a good game against Jane & Roger and came through with a 13 – 4 scoreline.

The final between Pam & Alan Wallace and Kath & Clive Westley got off to a slightly tense beginning with both teams gifting points to each other with unplanned movement of the coche or bad results from shooting. However, Kath & Clive managed to work their way into a good position with some good pointing and the odd successful shot. They finally ran out winners by a 13 – 6 margin to become the club’s first Members Mixed Pairs Champions.

The FULL RESULTS can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of this BLOG.

Thank you to everyone who took part and made it a very competitive and enjoyable competition.

It is hoped that the six events will run annually and are being planned into the 2020 calendar. No prize money but a permanent memory with your names engraved on our new club trophies.

Our trophies, pictured above, will now be engraved and presented to the winners at an appropriate time in the near future.

 

LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Yesterday was our normal social play day but we decided to celebrate the installation and grand switch on of our new floodlights by extending the day into the dark hours. This meant many members starting play in the rain at 1pm. This stopped for a few hours before it started again during our first club social games under the new floodlights at 6pm. Playing petanque with webbed feet is not necessarily an advantage!

We did take a well earned break to both dry out and take advantage of a superb BBQ provided by Janet and Jean. They even entertained the troops while cooking with a bit of disco dancing. Well done ladies and thank you very much.

After the break and burgers, as darkness descended our great friend and member Viv cut the ribbon to officially open the lights. Sadly I hadn’t provided a magic button for her to switch them on so I hid in the meter cupboard to flick the switch.

It is intended that we play on one evening per week through winter. The lights will hopefully attract new members who have to work during the day, or perhaps younger folk after school. It will also allow us to offer petanque and coffee social evenings for other social groups that might fancy giving petanque a try. We’ve already had numerous ones during summer months.

While we have a few members taking the chance to practice on a Thursday evening we are quite open to the idea of any other evening to play. It would be good if members who were interested in an evening play session let me know their favoured night and we can perhaps adopt a majority view to give it a try. Evening sessions during autumn and winter will, of course, be weather dependent.

Thankyou to all of the 40+ members who attended last night to make it a worthwhile evening and hope you’ve all dried out now.

 

This coming weekend we have our club Championship Mixed Pairs competition on Saturday and on Sunday we host a Northern Winter League Pairs competition. Both of these are in danger from the elements. The picture below shows the terrains at 2pm today. We will need a couple of dry days to get the terrains playable. I will post a decision on play Friday evening on this site so be by your computers ready to check.

 

BRAVE SOULS DEFY THE RAIN FOR MONTH END MELEE

After being flooded into postponement last weekend our members are to be commended for finding the strength to defy the rain so that we could complete the October Month End Melee. Two months in a row numbers have been depleted by poor weather and a few were deterred today as 20 members started the competition but only 15 managed all three games.

A big thank you to everyone that battled through. It would have been a great shame to have had to cancel the event as we had not cancelled a melee all year and with an appreciable number of players in the running for the top spot it was good that we complete this one. There is only the final, November melee to be completed and the final result.

There was only one member who managed to win all three games. That could have easily been so different as fortunes in the final game swung from side to side before I became that lucky three game winner with 3 wins and plus 22 points.

Second and third spots were shared by Kath Westley and Gordon Walsworth on 2 wins plus 14 points. Well done and thank you everyone for today’s effort. FULL RESULTS ARE ON THE BLOG RESULTS PAGE. Note that going into the last of the Month End Melees there are still five members with a chance of taking the top spot.

This coming Wednesday we have normal social play followed by a burger and hot dog BBQ between 4pm – 5pm. Viv will then switch on our new floodlights and we’ll have a first melee game just to make sure we can see what we’re doing. If you feel you can’t manage a long afternoon of play then you’re ok to turn up any time during the afternoon and join in.

Don’t forget next weekend when on Saturday we have our club members Championship Mixed Pairs competition. Social play for those not entering.

On Sunday we host a Northern Region Winter Pairs competition. If you’re not in yet please get your partner and enter your team.