A CHANCE TO HELP OUR CLUB

If you have a moment to spare next Tuesday 12th March you could help our club get a grant that would help us improve our facilities and attract new members in the future.

Some of you will remember a few years ago we gained a similar grant that enabled us to buy the boules we lend to visitors. Well the same scheme, “ITS UP TO YOU” is available again in Heckmondwike.

Its up to us to display how good a sport and pastime petanque is and anyone visiting Heckmondwike library between 3pm – 7pm will be invited to award stickers to ventures they like. The more stickers your venture is given then the more likely that you will get the grant you have requested.

Heckmondwike Library is situated on the left side of the road leaving the town along the road towards Dewsbury Moor. Please find a moment to call by there and stick a sticker on our request chart. THANKYOU

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NOTICE OF OUR AGM TO ALL MEMBERS

This blog is primarily to advise all members that we will be holding our AGM at Firth Park on Saturday 13th April, 10am start. The initial agenda can be seen on the PAPERWORK PAGE of this blog.

If you have topics, nominations or proposals that you want to include in the meeting can you please email them to me by Friday 5th April so that I can issue an updated Agenda in time for everyone to consider.

If you would like to nominate someone for a post on our committee please check with them that they are happy to be nominated. It’s probably time we had a new secretary so start thinking.

NORTHERN WINTER LEAGUE PETANQUE

On the petanque playing side it was a good day for some of our members on Sunday when we hosted the Northern Region’s penultimate winter league event. Playing in her first competitive event, Gemma Benson teamed up with Ted Beetham to win four of their five games and take fourth place. Pam and Alan Wallace also had a good day winning four games and tied for second place with Le Dragon IV. Kath Westley finally got herself a decent partner and achieved five wins out of five and first place. It’s a great pity that Sylvestre doesn’t pass our way a little more often as I’m sure many of us would benefit from watching his technique. Well done everyone.

Several of our members took part in the event and all achieved some notable wins on a day that started dry and relatively mild but by the third game the rain arrived to give everyone a good soaking.

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The final Northern Winter League event is at Huddersfield on the 17th. At the moment the entry is full but it’s worth keeping an eye on the Northern site as there may be a few drop-outs if you want to play.

ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT

On Friday 27th we held our Annual Quiz at Hanging Heaton Golf Club. An excellent number of 71 folk entered and most teams scored some very respectable scores in yet another brilliant quiz provided by Quizmaster Mr Nutter. We enjoyed an excellent supper and to cap it all off we were able to generate a wonderful total of £300 to donate to our chosen charity Forget Me Not Children Hospice. A great thank you to all who took part and made the evening a very enjoyable one. Special thanks go to Jane Farrar who organised the whole evening.

OUR SOCIAL MELEE DRAW

Finally, I have been trying to come up with an idea of how to streamline the melee draw system to prevent the minor chaos when 58 members turned up a week or so ago. Here is my next offering. Firstly we have sufficient piste designation sheets to cater for 100 players at least. To avoid losing cards during the draw for each game we have bought some numbered discs and made a hook board, (pictured below). My dastardly plan is that after learning the number of folk present using the peg board we put the appropriate number of discs into a bag and do a draw. Once members have drawn a disc and know their number they should put their disc on to the appropriate numbered hook. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IT TO THE TERRAIN WITH YOU. However, if it does happen, we will immediately be able to see it as the hook will be empty and showing its red number. That’s when the security guards will burst into action to hunt down the culprit and return the missing disc to its hook to do the next draw. I’m still building the stocks and a ducking stool so for a while at least punishment will be pretty mild for such a heinous act.

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BUSIEST MONTH END MELEE ON RECORD

The February month end melee broke many records on Saturday. Apart from it probably being the sunniest and warmest February melee since the club was founded, for the third time since the new year we had a record attendance. An amazing 58 members took to the terrains. As you might guess it brought it’s own hiccups. Firstly we hadn’t got draw cards for more than 54 so a quick scramble to create a few extras ensued. A minor admin blip followed as the pile of cards got split and a few players had to wait for cards to determine their partners and opponents. Nevertheless we celebrated the plus points of a massive turnout in glorious sunshine.

Ten players achieved the glory of 3 wins from three games and so points difference determined the final positions. Four players each had 3 wins plus 15 points and so Gordon Walsworth, Pauline Fenton, Kevin Hepworth and myself shared 6th place. Doreen Hunter took 5th place with 3 wins plus 17 points and just a point ahead was Ken Hutchinson on 3 wins plus 18 points. Sharing second place with 3 wins plus 20 points were Pam Wallace and Roger Johnson. This month’s Champion, however, with 3 wins plus 23 points was Trevor May. Well done everyone and thank you for being so patient while we came to grips with an amazing turnout.

The full results and the updated cumulative league table can be viewed on the RESULTS PAGE of the BLOG.

We begin March with a Northern Region Winter League event on Sunday 3rd. There are already of 20+ teams for the 5 round Snake competition but still plenty of opportunity for more teams to enter.

On 16th we have a members Triple competition scheduled. Draw for partners for a three round snake. If numbers on the day don’t add up suitably then it could be changed to a Pairs.

CALENDAR UPDATE

Just to let all members know that our playing calendar has been updated until the end of 2019.

Copies can be seen both on the blog CALENDAR and PAPERWORK pages.

You will note that CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP competitions have been included for Mixed Pairs, Open Pairs, Ladies Pairs, Mens Pairs, Triples and Singles. Entry posters will be displayed on our club notice board so start thinking about your team. Obviously not everyone will want to enter and so social play will take place at the same time on these days. We will also fit in our usual club social competitions over three rounds but the Club Championships will be decided by either league and knockout or round robin depending on how many folk enter them.

The calendar includes numerous events at other Northern clubs, some open to all players and some for licensed players only. They are all worthy of a visit to play other players across our Northern region.

A  new competition is the Huddersfield 1-2-3 competition on June 15th. Heckmondwike has booked three team places which are now thought to be complete teams. If you fancy making up a team of three to enter you should do it quickly as places are limited. The novel format means you will get games of singles, doubles and triples,

If anyone needs assistance in entering competitions at other Northern venues please let me know and I will help.

RECORD ATTENDANCE IN HECKMONDWIKE SUNSHINE

Just a couple of weeks ago we were really pleased when 46 members turned out to play.

However, today’s mild, sunny weather attracted an amazing 50 members to our terrains.

This we firmly believe is a record for our club and is an excellent indication of how popular our sport has become. Hope the French are taking note and vote to include Petanque in the 2024 olympics in Paris when they make their decision later this week. This was just a social play day. No major competition and certainly no prize money, just a brilliant way to spend three or four hours with good friends playing a great sport. Long may it continue.

VALENTINE PAIRS FAIL TO LAST THE COURSE

Having failed due to bad weather on Saturday last we tried again today in very mild, sunny conditions to hold our annual Valentine Mixed Pairs Competition with a three round Snake. With 19 gents and 17 ladies we found a couple of lads willing to balance the odds.

So 18 pairs started a three round snake and all went well until four players had to leave after just two of the three games. Unfortunately this disrupted the rhythm of a few pairs who had to break up and make new teams for the last round. Sorry to everyone whose enjoyment and winning prospects were spoilt by the early departures. I know at least two teams who had won their first two games had one person leave before the third game.

That is not to detract from the teams who went on to complete their three planned games of the Snake format. Four teams succeeded in winning all three games. In fourth place with three wins and plus 12 points were Jean McCullock and Walt Bottrill. Pauline Fenton and Colin Child took third place with three wins and plus 24 points. Alma Johnson with Ken Hutchinson scored three wins and plus 28 points for a creditable second spot. However, todays champions were Cath Clegg with myself with three wins and plus 32 points. Cath will, of course, get a slightly larger trophy than the one pictured above from earlier glory.

FULL RESULTS CAN BE SEEN ON THE RESULTS PAGE OF THE BLOG.

Perhaps in future competitions we may have to ensure folk commit to all three games before starting and if unable to do so they play socially outside of the competition.

Thoughts are also that we can run Members Championship Competitions whereby players pre-enter their teams. Those members not wishing to enter the championship would play socially at the same time. Championships could be held for Singles, Ladies Pairs, Gents Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Triples and Open Pairs. It is likely that the competitions would involve more than three games. eg leagues and knockout. Thoughts invited.

While it’s our Month End Melee coming up on Saturday 23rd Feb I must mention that on Sunday 3rd March we host a Northern Winter League Pairs competition. It’s a good chance for members to play games against players from around Northern Region over five rounds. They are an excellent opportunity to gain experience and practise tactics. Get you names entered or let me know and I’ll enter your team for you.