Two weeks ago 16 members began the Club Singles Championship 2021 with four leagues of competition.
Today the top eight players from those leagues competed in the knockout finals to decide our champion.The Quarter Final round had four matches that produced some very good petanque and close games.
Ian Fitton, our 2019 Champion, showed some fine pointing to defeat Chris Hopkins by 13-5 and Roger Farrar, our 2019 Runner -Up, had an equally successful victory of 13-5 over Roy Henstock.
Our Covid Singles Champion 2020, Colin Child had a really topsy turvy game with Gordon Walsworth. It looked all over with Colin leading 11-1 but Gordon had other ideas. He staged an excellent come back to 11-11 but then Colin regained the upper hand to win 13-11.
The lead changed hands several times in the game between Kevin Hepworth and myself before I managed to sneak a 13-10 victory.
The semi-finals saw a brilliant and close game between Colin Child and Roger Farrar. The lead exchanged frequently before the score reached 11 all. Roger then edged the next end in a very tense game to lead 12-11. Roger looked in a good position on the next end with his first boule barely three inches from the coche. Colin brilliantly responded to put a boule right behind the coche and holding point. Rogers response was so close to taking back the point but only succeeded in pushing the coche firmly on to Colin’s boule. Roger’s final boule just settled against his first leaving Colin holding one. Colin’s next boule was perfect nudging into Roger’s and straight on to the coche to take the game. An excellent game by two fine players.
My semi final against Ian started with Ian edging into a 2 point lead. I managed to level the score and then moved ahead. It was very much about shooting success and I managed a couple of decent shots plus a quite fortunate moving of the coche to open up an 11-3 lead. Ian then found his shooting boots and began cutting down my lead. At 7-11 I managed a good point on a 9 metre coche which fortunately Ian failed to shoot. I then followed up to complete a 13-7 victory.
In the Final Colin started off pointing excellently and I failed to get a grip of the Show terrain’s testing surface. At 3-7 down I had to change my approach and began to edge my way back into the game. Picking up single points with the occasional pair I managed to reach an 11-7 lead. A pretty good point to within a couple of inches of the coche survived a brilliant effort from Colin’s shot as it bounced right on top of my boule but left it in situ on the coche. Such fine margins between success and failure. Colin’s defence left me a chance to get the extra boule in and take the game 13-7. A brilliant game of two halves and I am so pleased to have beaten some very talented players in really tense, exciting and very sporting games.
A big thank you to everyone that took part in this our first Championship event of the year. Hope you all found it enjoyable.
We are still collecting pairs for the Ladies Pairs and the Gents Pairs Championship events which we hope to play later in May. If you’re interested in joining in and need a partner let me know and I’ll try to find partners.
Today we took several orders for club clothing to start a list. If you’re thinking of getting some please have a look at samples in the clubhouse and check with Kath. An order could be ready to submit in a couple of weeks.
Also, with the AGM due at the end of May, if you have any nominations or proposals to offer please send them to me as soon as possible.