Eventually we had a couple of days without rain which allowed most of our terrain to dry out in time for today’s event.
This weeks Members MIXED PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP was the last of the series of six championship events for 2019. It proved to be one of the most competitive and closely fought events of the year. Fourteen pairs entered forming three leagues for the preliminary rounds.
Three games were played by everyone and only Jean McCulloch and Peter Wharton managed three wins to win Group 1. The seeded knockout quarter finals saw Peter & Jean defeat Christine and Ken Billington 13-8. Pam & Alan Wallace were up against Janet Spencer and Ken Hutchinson and played well to get through 13-3. Audrey & Bill Barnett had qualified in a brilliant third ranking spot but in their quarter final they found Jane & Roger Farrar in good form. Jane and Roger went through by 13 – 8. The fourth quarter final saw Kath & Clive Westley play Gemma Benson & Graham Terry and go through by a 13-6 scoreline.
In the Semi – finals Jean & Peter’s excellent winning run finally came to an end when they went down 7 – 13 to an on-form Pam & Alan.
Kath & Clive played a good game against Jane & Roger and came through with a 13 – 4 scoreline.
The final between Pam & Alan Wallace and Kath & Clive Westley got off to a slightly tense beginning with both teams gifting points to each other with unplanned movement of the coche or bad results from shooting. However, Kath & Clive managed to work their way into a good position with some good pointing and the odd successful shot. They finally ran out winners by a 13 – 6 margin to become the club’s first Members Mixed Pairs Champions.
The FULL RESULTS can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of this BLOG.
Thank you to everyone who took part and made it a very competitive and enjoyable competition.
It is hoped that the six events will run annually and are being planned into the 2020 calendar. No prize money but a permanent memory with your names engraved on our new club trophies.
Our trophies, pictured above, will now be engraved and presented to the winners at an appropriate time in the near future.
Whilst the sun has not been in evidence today the terrains have drained somewhat. There are probably 8 or 9 pistes playable this afternoon so providing no significant rain overnight we should be ok to play both socially and the Mixed Pairs competition.
Yesterday was our normal social play day but we decided to celebrate the installation and grand switch on of our new floodlights by extending the day into the dark hours. This meant many members starting play in the rain at 1pm. This stopped for a few hours before it started again during our first club social games under the new floodlights at 6pm. Playing petanque with webbed feet is not necessarily an advantage!
We did take a well earned break to both dry out and take advantage of a superb BBQ provided by Janet and Jean. They even entertained the troops while cooking with a bit of disco dancing. Well done ladies and thank you very much.
After the break and burgers, as darkness descended our great friend and member Viv cut the ribbon to officially open the lights. Sadly I hadn’t provided a magic button for her to switch them on so I hid in the meter cupboard to flick the switch.
It is intended that we play on one evening per week through winter. The lights will hopefully attract new members who have to work during the day, or perhaps younger folk after school. It will also allow us to offer petanque and coffee social evenings for other social groups that might fancy giving petanque a try. We’ve already had numerous ones during summer months.
While we have a few members taking the chance to practice on a Thursday evening we are quite open to the idea of any other evening to play. It would be good if members who were interested in an evening play session let me know their favoured night and we can perhaps adopt a majority view to give it a try. Evening sessions during autumn and winter will, of course, be weather dependent.
Thankyou to all of the 40+ members who attended last night to make it a worthwhile evening and hope you’ve all dried out now.
This coming weekend we have our club Championship Mixed Pairs competition on Saturday and on Sunday we host a Northern Winter League Pairs competition. Both of these are in danger from the elements. The picture below shows the terrains at 2pm today. We will need a couple of dry days to get the terrains playable. I will post a decision on play Friday evening on this site so be by your computers ready to check.
After being flooded into postponement last weekend our members are to be commended for finding the strength to defy the rain so that we could complete the October Month End Melee. Two months in a row numbers have been depleted by poor weather and a few were deterred today as 20 members started the competition but only 15 managed all three games.
A big thank you to everyone that battled through. It would have been a great shame to have had to cancel the event as we had not cancelled a melee all year and with an appreciable number of players in the running for the top spot it was good that we complete this one. There is only the final, November melee to be completed and the final result.
There was only one member who managed to win all three games. That could have easily been so different as fortunes in the final game swung from side to side before I became that lucky three game winner with 3 wins and plus 22 points.
Second and third spots were shared by Kath Westley and Gordon Walsworth on 2 wins plus 14 points. Well done and thank you everyone for today’s effort. FULL RESULTS ARE ON THE BLOG RESULTS PAGE. Note that going into the last of the Month End Melees there are still five members with a chance of taking the top spot.
This coming Wednesday we have normal social play followed by a burger and hot dog BBQ between 4pm – 5pm. Viv will then switch on our new floodlights and we’ll have a first melee game just to make sure we can see what we’re doing. If you feel you can’t manage a long afternoon of play then you’re ok to turn up any time during the afternoon and join in.
Don’t forget next weekend when on Saturday we have our club members Championship Mixed Pairs competition. Social play for those not entering.
On Sunday we host a Northern Region Winter Pairs competition. If you’re not in yet please get your partner and enter your team.
Just to confirm that not only are we going to run our Month End Melee this coming Saturday but to accommodate the fans of our national rugby union team we will be starting at 12 noon instead of the usual 10am. You will recall we had to cancel last Saturday’s competition because of the horrendous rain.
A week later, Saturday 9th November, we will be running the last of our club members annual Championships. This one is the Mixed Pairs. It promises to be a good competition so if you fancy having a go get yourself a partner and join in. There are already 16 pairs entered but you can still enter on the day. It’s probable that the format will be a league basis followed by a knockout. Final entry number will decide the details. Social play will be available to those not wanting to play in the competition.
On Sunday 10th November there is a chance to play against players from across Northern Region and a few from outside our region too. Heckmondwike will be hosting a Northern Winter League Pairs event. This will be run as a 5 – round SNAKE format. It is ok to enter on the day but it would help me to know if you intend to play so I can prepare. If you want help entering let me know. These events are a great opportunity to gain experience in a friendly matchplay situation. Registration takes place from 9.15 – 9.45am and play starts at 10am. Expected finishing time could be around 4pm. Entry I think is £3 per person.
Just to let everyone know. I left our terrains at around 4.30pm today and 6 hours of torrential rain has even defeated our two new soak away pits. Water has covered just about every piste. With the forecast predicting this rain to continue for this evening and tomorrow morning there is little chance of the terrains being playable tomorrow. It is, therefore, sensible that we cancel the month end melee for tomorrow and rearrange it for next Saturday 2nd November. Just hope the weather is kinder for then. If not then we may have to lose the October melee for this year.
A few news items to let you know what’s going on in next couple of months.
Firstly, the XMAS LUNCH menu is available. Copies are on the noticeboard for you to take, fill in your selections and return it to Janet. The cost is £20 so please let Janet have you menu selections and money over the next few weeks.
Most will now know that our floodlights are installed. On Wednesday evening 6th November we will be having a BBQ tea after our afternoon social play and, as the clocks will have gone backwards an hour, it should be dark enough to switch on the lights and have a club social game. It promises to be a fun experience, weather permitting.
IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE BBQ PLEASE FILL IN YOUR NAME AND FOOD PREFERENCE ON THE NOTICEBOARD POSTER.
On Saturday 9th November we will be holding the last of our six CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS. This will be the MIXED PAIRS. There is a list of entrants on the wall poster but it’s not too later to get yourself a partner and join in a really good friendly competition. Format is likely to be leagues where you play three games followed by a seeded knockout and final. Thus if you qualify in the groups you could play 5 or 6 games in the day but if you don’t have such a successful day you would only play three games. Give it a go and sign up.
On Sunday 10th November we will be hosting a NORTHERN WINTER LEAGUE pairs competition.
The event is great if you fancy playing a competitive competition against a friendly bunch of players from around Northern Region. Excellent to gain experience, test skills and teamwork, plus develop a team partnership. Its around £3 per head to enter and the format is a 5 round snake. Let me know if you want help entering or just go on to the Northern website where members can enter directly.