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.