Some of our members feel as if they’ve just run a marathon and some feel as if they’ve been battered with a baseball bat but after three days to recover most of us are now re-entering the living world now. However, what a fabulous weekend of petanque our club managed to provide for 52 triples team who visited us from far and wide. Our thanks to the excellent guidance and work by James Hart and to Ali and Chris for not only their superb promotional work for the past months but for their excellent photography and live streaming on the two play days.
Our sponsors, TOG 24, Hepworth Honda, Carol & Ernest Fitzpatrick, and Caldervale Technology gave us incredible support both before and during the event.
It was extra special to have one of our greatest supporters, Viv Kendrick, to open the event and she stayed for the whole two days to give her support.
It was brilliant that many of the teams who entered our competition were so kind in supporting our raffle and cake stall and some even gave us raffle prizes. What a lovely gesture which reflects very positively on the petanque playing fraternity.
Our efforts from the raffle and cake stall enabled us to make a brilliant donation of £462.90 to our selected charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Well done to Peter and June Firth for running a fabulous cake stall.
The team above, and those who missed the photo call, deserve the utmost acclaim for their wonderful efforts to ensure the weekend was a great experience for everyone who attended, whether playing or spectating. Most of the crew put in around 23-25 hours each of diligent hard graft ensuring the terrains and banners were erected and taken down on both days, manning the bar, providing tea and coffee, servicing toilets and washrooms and many other tasks. A massive thank you to all of you and that includes Mary who was on the other side of the camera and the folk who sadly missed the picture taking.
We have every intention of running the event again next year so will you all please renew your gym membership to ensure we’re fit to go again in 2020.
WEST YORKSHIRE LEAGUE
Whilst we had completed our league fixtures a week ago the final league positions were all in doubt as we had to wait for Leeds and Wetherby to play their match that had been postponed earlier in the season. Before the match began last night the top three league positions could have been any number of permutations with Leeds, Wetherby and Heckmondwike all potential champions.
Well the result of the game was a 3-2 victory for Wetherby. As a result of this neither of them managed to get the necessary 5 wins to overhaul Heckmondwike. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!
Well done to everyone who played their part in another successful league season.
WEST YORKSHIRE KNOCKOUT CUP.
Of the six teams represented in the West Yorkshire League, Wetherby and Mirfield decided not to enter the West Yorkshire CUP. Perhaps this was because they had read the competition rules, unlike yours truly who hadn’t. The format is a little different and entails a ladies triples game, a gents triples game, followed by three mixed pairs games. Fortunately, and very kindly, Huddersfield agreed to delay the start of our match by 15 minutes while the incompetent secretary persuaded Kath to join us and make up our three ladies. Once the team selection debacle had been sorted our team of Pauline Fenton, Alma Johnson, Kath Westley, Clive McCulloch, Ian Fitton, Gordon Walsworth and Roger Farrar took to the terrains and recorded a brilliant 4-1 victory. A bit tough on our generous opponents who must have rued their very sporting decision. We will remember and repay your kindness one day guys. The squad now have a wait to see who they meet in the final. Leeds play Harrogate in a couple of days time and then the date and venue will be decided.