Club Championship Singles Finals

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.

NEW CLUB CLOTHING LIST

Following a few requests for club clothing we are going to spend the next couple of weeks compiling our next order to TOG24.

We have some samples in the pavilion, so if anyone wants to consider designs, colours or sizes please ask Kath. The samples will be hanging on display inside the pavilion but please do not congregate inside. Go in one at a time.

If you want to purchase any clothing please see Kath with the details and if possible payment.

There is a copy of the clothing list below and further copy will be on display at the club.

Heckmondwike Petanque Club Kit List April 2021

All kit comes in Small, Medium, Large, X large, 2X large, 3X large and most in 4X large.

The prices shown include embroidered logo and name (£2 less if you don’t want your name on)

Polo shirt (Patrick) Pale blue      £17

Samples in medium, X large and 3 X large

Sweatshirt (no hood) Sapphire or Navy          £17

Hooded jumper (JH001) Sapphire or Navy     £19

Zipped hooded jacket (JH050) Sapphire or Navy     £20

Samples in medium and large 

Fleece half zip jumper (Treeton jumper) Navy or Black     £18

Samples in medium and large

Fleece jacket (Treeton jacket) Navy or Black             £20

Softshell gillet (Valley gillet) Navy or Black    £27

Softshell jacket (Valley jacket) Navy or Black £35

Softshell hooded jacket (Valley hooded jacket) Navy or Black    £40

Softshell sleeved jacket with quilted front and back (Oakham jacket) Navy or Black                      £45

Samples in medium and large

Fully waterproof jacket (Airton) Navy or Black         £48

Sample in medium

Also we have – Heckmondwike PC branded coches £2 each

Please let Kath Westley have your order and can we please have payment upon ordering as these can be personalised items.

Thank you

OUR AGM TO BE HELD IN MAY

This post is to advise all members that we are hoping and intending to have our delayed AGM on WEDNESDAY 26th MAY starting at 12.00noon.

As it’s likely that we will still not be able to hold the meeting in our pavilion we hope for good weather and will hold it outdoors on our terrain. This is why we have moved from our usual Saturday 10am AGM. The hope is that it will be a little warmer at 12noon.

We will play our normal social petanque on completion of the meeting.

If you have nominations, or topics for any other business please send them to me no later than 17th May so that I can issue an updated Agenda for members to consider issues raised.

A preliminary Agenda is attached below. A copy will also be available on our noticeboard at the park.

APRIL MONTH END MELEE

Glorious warm sunshine shone on us for our first competition since the roadmap out of lockdown began. After several turnouts in the 40+ the scent of competition brought a fabulous group of 52 members to Firth Park today.

It was great to see Jane F and Clive McC back on the terrain again.

Jane and Roger J kindly volunteered to do the admin for the event, recording scores and ensuring the draws for partners went smoothly. Not an easy task with 50 folk taking part. Well done and thank you to you both.

As expected with 50 players playing three rounds, the excellent achievement of winning 3 out 3 games was never going to guarantee finishing top of the tree. As it worked out nine players managed 3 wins.

In 9th place with 3 wins and plus 10 points was Keith Hunter and just ahead was Bev Whittington with 3 wins plus 12. Sharing 6th place on 3 wins plus 16 were Bill Ewart and in his first club melee, new member Steve Rathmell. Darren McDonald was just one point ahead of them with 3 wins plus 17, while Graham Terry was one point ahead of Darren in fourth place. An excellent performance from Roger Locker with 3 wins plus 19 points earned third place. I edged into second place with 3 wins plus 21 but today’s brilliant Champion was Georgie Fitton on 3 wins plus 24.

Well done to everyone for helping to make it an excellent day of petanque. Hopefully not long before we can celebrate with tea and biscuits again.

Well done Georgie.

A note for all members looking for a little more competition. We are planning to run our LADIES PAIRS and our GENTS PAIRS Club Championship events in May. The exact format will depend on entry numbers but we will play the games on a Saturday. If it needs two days then it will be two Saturdays. Please try to arrange your pair if you want to play and either let me know or just put them on the entry list on our noticeboard. If you need help finding a partner let me know and I will try to find others looking for a partner. I’m guessing it will be late in May and if folk are planning Spring Bank getaways we may overlap into June. It’s not cast in stone yet so please let me know your preferences if you can.

SINGLES LEAGUES COMPLETED

Our club Singles Championship 2021 started off today with league qualifying rounds. Sixteen players were drawn into four leagues of four all aiming to claim one of the top two qualifying places in each league for the knockout stages of the competition.

At the end of three rounds of some excellent games the attached results sheet shows the results and the eight members who qualify for the knockout rounds. These will take place in two weeks time on Saturday 1st May. There will be a draw for opponents on the day and a further draw for the semi-final stages.

As well as the 16 players involved in the competition we had an excellent turnout of 25 members for our social play. Thankyou to all of these members who were very obliging to the singles competitors with respect to piste selection. In the end we managed to play safely with suitable social distancing.

There was also the added bonus of a warm, sunny day.

Next Saturday we are staging a Month End Melee. We haven’t had one of these since February 2020. This will involve three rounds and a draw for each round. It’s important members remember the rule that we must not congregate in groups larger than 6 members while waiting for games to finish and the draw to be announced.

For those that didn’t see our earlier posting I can just confirm that the club has decided to cancel our July competition, La British Open.

The Singles League results can be seen below:

NEWS TO END APRIL

First of all I want to let everyone know that this coming Saturday 17th April not only will there be our usual social play but also we will be playing the League stages of our Club SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP. I’m thinking that we will have enough pistes to ensure satisfactory social distancing even though there may be a singles games adjacent to a pairs game in some instances. This wouldn’t be much different from playing a triples game on one piste plus the games can be started in opposite directions.

On Saturday 24th April we will stage our first month end Melee since February last year. Just a trophy and a pose for the blog at stake.

On Saturday 1st May along with social play we will be staging the knockout finals of the SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP.

During May we will run a second of our club championship events. I’m thinking we might run the LADIES PAIRS and also the MENS PAIRS so you’ve all got a few weeks to sort out partners and enter your team on the entry form in the pavilion. I will probably display the entry form on the table usually placed on the balcony.

I’m thinking we might try to hold our 2021 AGM. We should be able to stage a socially distanced, outdoor AGM, weather permitting, on a Wednesday towards the end of May. Perhaps start the meeting around 12 noon so we are hopefully completed in good time for social play to start. More news on this will follow in the coming weeks.

Finally, it’s amazing how things grow in the sunshine. Our bag hanging piece of kit has doubled in size since its debut two weeks ago.

It has proved quite popular and handy. There are now 60 hooks which have been spread out a little more and there is 4 metres of shelf. Hope it does the job now.

UPCOMING PETANQUE AT HECKMONDWIKE

It was brilliant to see our return to playing with firstly a great turnout of 48 members in our first Wednesday in glorious warm sunshine followed by a not quite so warm Saturday with 35 members. Now we’re all getting back into the groove of playing petanque it’s the plan to play our first of six club championship events for 2021.

As we didn’t play it last year and it’s perhaps the safest to play from a Covid control point of view we will start with the club SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

The format will be decided when I have an idea of the entry level and what the majority prefer to play. There is a choice of Round Robin matches being played over a few weeks on any day of the week, perhaps best of three games, or we could play leagues followed by knockout rounds. When we have an entry list I will consult just in case ladies might prefer to play a LADIES ONLY competition. Not that we’re scared of playing you of course!!! I know in the past ladies have been more than ready and capable of holding their own in an OPEN competition.

The idea is to start the competition during the last couple of weeks of April so it would be very good if members could let me know ASAP if they wish to enter. Just in case you’re not sure whether you have already entered this is the list I have so far. Also I should add that if you see your name in this list and you don’t want to play please let me know.

ENTRIES FOR SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP SO FAR :- Ian F, Tony McD, Colin C, Patricia C, Clive W, Kath W, Gordon W, Kevin H, Chris H, Roger F, Bill E. That’s 11 so far.

As a bit of competition for everyone and an introduction to competitions for our latest new members we will end APRIL with a Month End Melee. It will be a stand alone competition as we haven’t yet developed any form of a year long event. This will be Saturday 24th April.

GOOD NEWS – PLAY CAN RESUME

As many will already be aware, from Monday 29th March “organised sport” can resume providing we meet the control measures indicated in the government and Petanque England’s guidance notes. As a member club of Petanque England, and through that member of the Petanque England region, Yorkshire Petanque, we are able to resume petanque play as a club. Note that non-members of PE are considered “casual” players and can only play in groups of no more than 6 people or from just two households.

Following on from that, only members of our club can play at our club sessions and they must adhere to the control measures put in place by the club designed to prevent the spread of Covid 19.

Our first club session will take place on Wednesday 31st March starting at the usual time of 1pm.

We are still not allowed to use the pavilion except to access equipment such as sanitising materials and use the toilets.

The following are the main points regarding our control measures but a full briefing will take place when you arrive at club :-

If you are experiencing any of the typical symptoms of Covid 19 such as headache, raised temperature, loss of sense of smell etc DO NOT TURN UP.

When you first arrive do not congregate closely in groups of more than 6. Remember that you cannot move between groups of six during the day.

We will play our social play days by doing one draw to start the session. You will then stay in that group for the session and you can swap partners for each game of the session.

We will be playing occasional melees or club competitions in the coming weeks where the format will be different and controls adapted to suit.

We will play with an empty piste in between each game being played. This means that we will have 12 pistes available. Thus we can accommodate up to 72 players. Groups may, by agreement, swap pistes for each game to give a change of conditions during a session.

Before players arrive a club official will have sanitised with wipes all surfaces likely to be touched by players such as door handles, toilet flushes, hand rails, equipment hanging frame etc. Members should use the wipes and gel after touching these items.

You should bring your own drinks/food and please don’t leave bottles where other folk might accidentally touch them.

Use of plastic rings and club score boards is not permitted. If a player brings their own personal ring they must be the only person to handle it.

In play you must not touch anyone else’s measures, boules or coche. If a team throws an invalid coche the opposing team must simply place their own coche in a valid position.

Note a briefing will remind players of the new rule changes before play begins.

All players must ensure their presence is recorded on the test & trace register.

Sanitising wipes and hand gel will be provided and should be used by everyone on a regular basis during the session and at the end you should wipe your boules and coche as well as sanitising your hands. Players may wear face coverings if they prefer.

If, after any club session, a member experiences symptoms typical of Covid 19, will they please advise me as well as isolating and getting appropriate testing and medical help.

We have a full club general risk assessment and an updated Covid risk assessment displayed at the club and if anyone has any queries please ask me.

During the next few months we hope to begin playing our club Championship events. We will probably start with the Open Singles during April so if you’re keen to enter please get your name on the entry sheet ASAP. Format will be determined once I have an idea of the number of entrants. It could be round Robin with games played any time or day by agreement or it could be leagues and knockout over a single or couple of days.

Hope to see you all next Wednesday.

An update plus Harry needs some help.

You will be aware that the 1st Step of coming out of lockdown is due to begin Monday 29th March.

As yet, while it seems quite likely we will be able to meet up to play again on Wednesday 31st, we are still waiting for Petanque England to issue some updated guidance to the playing control measures which will guide us to make sure we play in a safe manner. They in turn are awaiting advice from Sport England. So I’m sorry but I can’t confirm anything just yet but keep your eyes peeled for another post in the next few days.

Our member and friend Harry Overend, is Secretary of Mirfield Petanque, and they are needing a little support. It seems there is a small fund been made available for improvements at Memorial Park where Mirfield play their petanque. They would like to add a couple of pistes to their terrain to allow them to grow and attract a few more members. Competition for these funds is probably quite intense as there two cricket clubs, a bowls club and a tennis club in the park who may all want some money for projects.

Harry has launched a petition which he would like as many of us as possible to sign to show the level of support they have to get their two extra pistes.

Please take the time to click on the link below and click on the red line to register your support. You will also see numerous other petitions listed but these are not relevant to this project so you can happily just ignore them.

Please read this petition by clicking here, or copying and pasting the address in you browser… https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fchng.it%2FHrMsZbwM&data=04%7C01%7C%7C08b70e5cb92041301d6b08d8eb01d3cc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637517740364718243%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=W%2Bo%2F3f3xe0TJ%2FTe2PEibwwLSE6ctWjuH9Z%2FbgLasbq4%3D&reserved=0

Click on the red bar at the bottom of the page to sign the petition.

GOOD NEWS

I’m sure many of you will have been watching the government briefing today, so you will be aware that the day when we can meet again and play a few games of petanque is not so far ahead now.

Organised outdoor sport can resume from Monday 29th March, of course, still with the requirement to comply with our COVID 19 Risk Assessment control measures regarding social distancing and not touching other folk’s boules etc. As yet we don’t have the formal guidance from Petanque England giving us the fine details but at least we can meet and play. I will update the details when I have that Petanque England guidance.

This means we can meet to play as a club on Wednesday 31st March at 1pm. Unless I get any further guidance we will probably play socially, with an initial draw for partners and then playing all three games in those groups. You can swap partners within your group.

Unless Kirklees tell us otherwise, I’m assuming we will not have full use of the pavilion.

During the weeks of lockdown we’ve been busy at the terrain. All of the terrain surround timbers have now been given a new sports surface covering that significantly reduces the slip risks.

Also, for those not happy about hanging bags etc on the the terrain fencing, we have built and erected a bag hanging structure with shelves around the floodlight pylon. This should reduce significantly the risk of theft by anyone passing by while we’re playing. There are 40 hooks around the structure as well as the two shelves. There will be antibacterial sprays on hand to spray bags to ensure full protection.

As far as leagues, competitions etc I will advise as soon as Yorkshire Petanque has finalised it’s 2021 draft playing programme. It certainly looks hopeful that we can stage our La British Open in July.

I’m also hopeful that if things go as well as planned we will be able to hold our AGM in April, if not May, even if we do it outdoors.

So, get your boules ready and see you at Firth Park Wednesday 31st March.