Good Luck

This weekend 5 players from Heckmondwike and Huddersfield are among those going down to Hayling Island  to represent the Northern Region in the PE Inter Regionals.

Clive and Kath together with Malcolm from Bridlington are one team, Roy, Brendan and Richard another.

It’s a great achievement to qualify to represent the region and an amazing weekend.

Good luck to them and all the Northern Region.

Enjoy.

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Thursday evening 5 September

Most folk who have been attending the Thursday practice sessions are not able to attend this coming Thursday 5 September, so it has been decided to officially cancel the session.

Those that wish can still turn up to practice it just means that the clubhouse will not be open.

MONTH END MELEE SUCCESS FOR PAULINE

An excellent group of 40 members turned for todays’ month end melee. Our efforts to ignore a variety of weather predictions just about paid off as the rain predicted on some phone apps eventually turned up as most folk were partway through their third and final game. Being the hardy (some might say foolhardy) group that we are only a handful ran for shelter. The majority saw it out to the bitter end. Well done you brave souls.

Out of forty players only four managed the magic three wins. In fourth place with three wins and plus 19 points was Graham Terry and just a single point better off in third was David Whittington. On three wins with plus 24 points and taking second place was Trevor May but this month’s champion with a brilliant 3 wins and plus 27 points was Pauline Fenton. Well done Pauline.

Full results and updated league positions can be viewed on the. RESULTS PAGE of the BLOG

Next Saturday our calendar shows we have a LADIES v GENTS planned. (or rather not very well planned) I won’t be there but I’m sure some capable committee folk can find the ready made templates in the cabinet to organise the necessary teams. If not social play can take place and we’ll do it when I return.

WEST YORKSHIRE CUP FINAL SUCCESS

We recently completed a superb West Yorkshire League season that saw us retain the League Title for the fifth time in six years against a high quality field of teams. Wetherby joined the league this year to make it a really interesting league between six clubs. With that completed we turned to West Yorkshire CUP competition.

Whilst we played 15 club members across the 10 league matches there were quite a few that didn’t play many games and so we opted to give those a chance to play the cup matches for us.

Well they didn’t fail to show why they deserved a chance to play competitive matches. In the semi final, played at Firth Park they played some excellent petanque to defeat a very strong Huddersfield side 4-1.

Last night the squad travelled to a neutral, and very tricky terrain, at Leeds Petanque club to face Harrogate in the Cup Final. The evening began with a Ladies triples and a Gents triples. Our ladies, Alma Johnson, Pauline Fenton and Bev Whittington, got off to a great start scoring four on the first end and moving quickly to a 6-0 lead. Harrogate were not put off and came back to close the scores. Our ladies regained the momentum to run out brilliant 13-8 victors.

The gents however, were in a much tighter game and scoring points was very difficult. While the Harrogate team had the Northern Region’s recent shooting champion and singles runner up, Charles in their ranks we matched them boule for boule with our own hot shot, Ian Fitton hitting quite a few critical shots. The game was nip and tuck til the last but our lads, Ian Fitton, Clive McCulloch and Gordon Walsworth pulled off a brilliant, hard fought victory by 13-11. The fact that the gents game had been such a long close encounter meant it became odds on that the game was going to run into the hours of darkness.

The three mixed pairs games started and each of these were close. Alma Johnson and Clive McCulloch got off to a difficult start and were soon trailing 0-8. A master tactical switch saw fortunes change and we fought back brilliantly to take the game 13-10. This victory took the pressure away from our other two teams as we were now in a cup winning 3-1 lead. Bev and Ian had started brilliantly and gained a six point lead but the Harrogate couple, Sandy and Jim, played very well to get back into contention. The match had some very tight ends before we edged a brilliant 13-9 victory. Pauline and Gordon played against a strong Harrogate pairing of Brenda and Charles and again point scoring was very difficult. Even though the scoreline saw us lose 4-13 our team put up an excellent effort and the game was only the second of the three to finish. All of the games finished in very low lighting provided by a single wall mounted security lamp and the players of both teams are to be congratulated on their efforts to complete the games. Harrogate are thanked for their excellent play and sportsmanship. The watching crowd were treated to an excellent match played by two good teams in a sporting and friendly manner. Our 4-1 victory was very hard fought and Harrogate deserve many plaudits for their performance.

However, after all the excitement our team pictured here won the West Yorkshire Cup for Heckmondwike PC – Brilliant team!!!

 

League and Cup organiser, Paul Simpkins, presented our team with the Cup and then presented us with the League trophy to complete a memorable season. A few of our team were there in support so they joined the cup squad for a trophy pic. Well done everyone.

IAN TAKES THE SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Our terrains were pretty busy today when 20 members entered the Club Open Singles Championship and another 24 members opted for the less stressful day of social play.

The Singles competition started with five leagues of four with the five league winners and next best three progressing to the knockout finals.

We haven’t had a major singles competition for a few years so reigning champion from the Singles Ladder, Alma Johnson, was keen to hang on to her title a little longer. She won her group to progress with three wins and plus 17 points.

Roger Farrar was impressive in winning his group with three wins and plus 30 points. Jane Farrar was also in good form winning her group with three wins and plus 15 points. I qualified with three wins and plus 23 points and the fifth league winner was Janet Spencer with two wins and plus 12 points. The qualifying group of eight was completed with second placed players, Ian Fitton, Gordon Walsworth and  David Whittington.

There were some keenly contested quarter finals before Ian Fitton, Roger Farrar, Jane Farrar and myself edged into the semi-final stage.

Ian played excellently to beat me and book his final place while the battle between Roger and Jane went to the very end with Roger edging home 13-12.

The final was again a very keenly contested match but Ian took the title and the glory with a fine 13-9 victory. Well done Ian.

A big thank you to everyone who took part to make it a very enjoyable and competitive event and also to our other members who weren’t too inconvenienced by the event going on around them.

Full results can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of the blog.

UPCOMING EVENTS YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN IN AND HELP

We have a couple of events on the horizon in which we could do with a few members joining in to offer their petanque expertise to folk having a go for probably the first time.

On Wednesday 21st AUGUST we have around 15 visitors from the Gomersal Women’s Institute joining us at Firth Park for an evening of petanque and coffee etc. They will arrive at about 7.30pm (that’s evening so don’t panic about loss of sleep) and if a few of our members fancy joining in to guide them through the basic rules and techniques for a game or two that would be great. Depending on the numbers it may be you will play with three of them in a game or perhaps guide from the sidelines.

On Saturday 21st SEPTEMBER a new club may be taking its first steps. Lightcliffe Cricket Club are in the process of creating a terrain at their cricket ground. They are holding a club event in which 16 triples teams have already entered. None have played petanque before. Paul Simpkins of Huddersfield PC has been guiding them through this but there is a need for some of our members to provide guidance, umpiring etc for each of the games being played. Kick off will be around 9.30am and the event is scheduled to finish at around 2pm. Some of you may be aware that Paul Ramsden, our contact at TOG24, plays his cricket at Lightcliffe and is helping progress this event. I think there will be food and drink available.

If anyone fancies offering their services for either or even both of these events please let me know.

Finally for those of you interested in a playing a bit more competitively there are plans developing to hold a league or series of games involving Trafford Petanque Club, Rochdale Petanque Club, Huddersfield PC and Heckmondwike PC. This could be the starter for a new Pennine Petanque League in the new year. Logistics are still being worked out but a notice will be on our board soon inviting folk to sign up for our team. More info to follow in the coming couple of weeks.