I imagine most of our members are aware that yesterday’s session was the last for a month due to our COVID 19 lockdown. The lock down is currently planned to end Wednesday 2nd December but I’m certain the final end point will be confirmed as the success or otherwise is determined nearer that date.
Petanque England (PE) has now clarified its guidance. This can be viewed on the Petanque England website but the essence is that all club sessions and competitions must cease. We revert to following government guidelines which is that we can exercise and meet one other person not from our household in public places such as parks. Of course we can exercise with members of our own household.
As our terrains are in a public park they are free and available for anyone who wants to meet for a game of singles. While the club and pavilion remains closed anyone taking advantage of this freedom should still abide by our guidance for self distancing, not touching anyone else’s boules, coche etc and use sanitiser gel and if necessary wear face masks.
CLUB XMAS RAFFLE
As we announced our Christmas Raffle only last week on our blog and yesterday’s final session was the first meeting of members since then it is absolutely wonderful to announce that our brilliant, warm hearted and generous members have already raised £270 to help the charity, Rainbow Baby Bank. They will use our money to buy Christmas presents for youngsters identified by social care, midwives and our local council who otherwise might not get any presents. Thank you to Carol McC for suggesting this worthwhile cause and charity. Numerous Raffle prizes have been donated so far as well as donations and purchase of raffle tickets. The tickets are still on sale so please let me know if you would like some. Thank you all so much. You are an amazing group of members.
XMAS PETANQUE TEAM EVENT
To show a little more optimism for the end of lockdown being as planned we still plan to run our Team Event when we resume playing. I will confirm details and date a little nearer the time but it’s likely to be held either Saturday 5th or 12th December. If you’re not sure whether your name is on my list of entrants you can text me on 07594 371626 to be sure. We have around 38 members on the list at the moment.
It will be teams of three players playing four timed rounds of 40 minutes per game. Each member will play a game of triples, two games of pairs and a game of singles.
On that day we will draw the Xmas Raffle and present Club Championship trophies. Bring your lunch with you and try to remember your festive jumpers etc.
The difficult past three months has not been the ideal period of time to hold our five CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP events but members that entered have done a brilliant job of arranging and playing matches. in total 86 matches were involved and at present there are just seven left to play. Five are in the GENTS PAIRS, one in the TRIPLES and one in the OPEN PAIRS. Whilst these will now have to wait until December to complete it is now possible to confirm the final outcome as far as competition Champions. There may be a prominent reason why the gents didn’t get finished. It’s probably the same reason that there still a few shelves to be put up and a few rooms to be decorated. There may have to be a lady secretary appointed for this event next year. The Gents Pairs and the MIXED PAIRS were the most popular events with 8 teams entered in each.
The LADIES PAIRS did have just 5 teams but did get completed a couple of weeks ago. Thus it was no surprise that the CHAMPIONS were unable to restrain themselves and wait for the Xmas presentations. Nevertheless, worthy CHAMPIONS are Bev Whittington and Pauline Fenton, who won all of their four matches. They also celebrated yesterday with a COVID safe photo holding their trophy.
As we’ve jumped the gun for announcing the results I will announce the rest here. The outstanding games will determine final podium positions.
The GENTS CHAMPIONS are Roger Farrar and myself. We still have one match to play but can’t be overtaken now. We have won all of our six matches so far.
The MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONS are Kath Westley (that’s my lovely wife) and myself. We won all of our seven matches.
The OPEN PAIRS CHAMPIONS are Kath Westley (still my lovely wife) and myself. We won each of our four matches
The TRIPLES CHAMPIONS are Kath Westley, Gordon Walsworth (no relation) and myself. We won all of our four matches.
I would like to express my sincere thanks and admiration for each of my brilliant partners Roger, Gordon and, of course, Kath.
It’s been sad that each of the competitions suffered from a team or two having to withdraw partway through. I hope in 2021 we can run these competitions in a more leisurely fashion allowing everyone that’s interested the chance to compete. Everyone that has played has done so with a brilliantly sporting attitude making all of the matches a pleasure to play in. I am certain that the standard of play in our club has risen and next years competitions are going to be really great to be part of. Thankyou to everyone and hope you enjoyed your matches.
The match results for each competition plus the current table positions can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of this blog. They will be updated and finalised once all matches have been played.