The last couple of weeks have been very busy for some of our petanque playing members and we have some notable successes to report. Part of the reason for a delay in publishing the news is that the hosts of a couple of the competitions have been unable to publish their results on the Northern website. As some of the results have still not gone public I must apologise now if I miss out anyone who has played in competitions at other clubs and had good results they are happy to share with everyone.
There are a few of our members who have been trying out their first ventures into Northern level competitions, including Graham Terry, Trevor May and Ian Fitton, who are rapidly gaining experience and results are improving week by week. Keep it up guys.
Over Easter weekend Hollicarrs PC hosted the Northern Summer League, “Doncaster” triples in a league plus knockout format involving some very high calibre opposition. Our very own Jane & Roger Farrar along with Gordon Walsworth were in absolutely brilliant form to storm to six wins out of six games and take the top prize. A fabulous performance team.
This followed the Northern Over 50′ Pairs Championship, two weeks earlier when not only did Jane & Roger come a very creditable fourth place but Kath and myself reached the final before losing to a stronger pair on the day.
On Saturday last we played our fourth Month End Melee of the year. Another excellent turnout of very keen members despite the gloomy weather forecast. 37 members kicked off the scramble for wins. Seven players managed to win all three of their games. The podium finishers were very tightly packed together as just four points separated the top four players. Again the ladies were well represented as Bev Whittington came third with 3 wins plus 27, Christine Appleyard came second with 3 wins plus 28 points but the month Champion was Alan Wallace with a fine 3 wins plus 29 points. Well done everyone.
On Sunday we hosted the Northern Summer League Triples event. This was a Silver ranking competition so bonus ranking points were at stake as well as the prize money. Twelve teams took part in a league plus knockout format. This involved every team playing six games in a day. Fortunately the weather was fine so the only problem was keeping the concentration level up for a long session that started at 10am and finished just around 6.30pm. Those of us only use to playing three games per session would have found it quite a trial. However, our club had more success as our trio of Christine Appleyard, Kevin Hepworth and Roger Johnson did brilliantly to take 3rd place. Kath, myself and our ringer from Bridlington, Malcolm, managed a satisfying 5th place, while Jane & Roger with Stuart and Gordon, were winners of the Consolage. Several other teams from our club gave some very creditable performances with Graham Terry, Trevor May and Gemma Benson qualifying for the knockout finals by winning all of their three group games to top the group. Our all ladies team of Alma, Jean and Janet played some excellent games but just couldn’t turn enough of them into wins. A very creditable performance all round and fully demonstrates how our club is developing. Any Northern Associate members looking in the Results section on the Northern website should have a quick look at the Club Points totals. Heckmondwike’s Ranking points gained by all of our Northern members now puts the club in second place just a point behind Bridlington. We still have Roger, Jane and Gordon’s ranking points to be added in yet from their success at Hollicarrs. What a brilliant sight to see. Well done everyone – keep it up.
If you’re thinking of entering a few competitions and want to form a pair or triple team why not get a team together and enter our club championship events. They are a chance to work on your teamwork etc in a fairly competitive competition but still amongst folk you know well. The first one is an Open Pairs on Saturday 11th May. There is no money involved so no prizes just the glory. In fact I haven’t even got the trophies yet. Depending on the number of teams it will either be a round robin or leagues and knockout similar to the Northern and national competitions. It all helps develop the ability to play five or six games in a day and perform somewhere near your best in each game. That’s not an easy thing to do I have found. Normal social play will take place at the same time as the competition so don’t worry if you don’t want to enter.