Excellent day for a Pairs Competition.

The sun shone and an enthusiastic 46 members turned up for a 3 round snake pairs competition drawing partners from the magic hat. To make life easier two of us came armed with gardening tools so Gordon and I  decided to attack the weeds and hedgerow around our old terrains in preparation for La British Open. So 44 members made an ideal 22 pairs for the snake competition. While some members might warm up throwing boules several of our keen crew also took to a spot of weeding on our current terrains. Well done and thanks to you all.

After two rounds there were 7 pairs with two wins and high hopes. Alas only five pairs kept their unbeaten records and so the podium trio was decided on points difference

In fifth place was one of our guests Jimmy who had the honour of playing with Ted Beetham and recording 3 wins with a plus 11 points tally. Just ahead of them with 3 and plus 14 points came Kevin Hepworth and Cath Clegg.

Third place went to Alma Johnson and Kath Westley with an excellent 3 wins and plus 24 points.

Just two points ahead in Runner-up spot was Colin Child with Jean McCulloch.

However, the ultimate champions were Bill Barnett and Roger Farrar with 3 wins and plus 28 points. Well done guys and a big thanks to everyone for helping to make it fine day of petanque as well as a good progress day with the gardening.

Full results can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of this blog.

Next Saturday we have our month end melee. Its our sixth of the year and with our new trial scoring system it means numerous members are still in the running to head the league at the end of the year.



This coming THURSDAY 20th JUNE 6.30pm we will start opening up for those who just don’t get enough petanque or those who can’t make daytime in the week. The intention is to give those who want to practise skills, shooting etc or play a game or two with a regular partner(s) to develop tactics, teamwork etc against or with like-minded members. The idea is not just about winning but group discussion about shot choice, tactics etc.

Those who just fancy coming for a social game can do just that with other like-minded members. We’ll just try a few weeks and see if it develops well for everyone.

This coming SATURDAY 22nd we will try a members mixed pairs or maybe just any pairs depending on the turnout and , of course the weather. We will draw partners and play a three round snake.

With the LA BRITISH OPEN competition just a month away there are a multitude of jobs to be done to get terrains ready. All lanes will be strung soon but firstly we need to reduce the number of weeds on both our regular terrains but also on our old terrains. If folk are feeling fit and keen to have a go at an hour or so of weeding it would be much appreciated. Rather than try to fix a date that suits everyone it might be better for folk to form their own little group and come when it suits them best. I can confirm that the weeds do come out more easily when the ground is wet or damp but even so I’m sure our old terrains will need use of hand forks or other suitable implement. If you do form a little group and you need me to open the pavilion for toilets and drinks etc please let me know. We have bags etc which we can empty on the leaf pile behind our terrain.

Arrangements for Anne’s Funeral.

Harry Overend has passed on to us details of Anne’s funeral along with an invitation to those at our club who knew her well to join him and his family and friends to celebrate her life.

It takes place at Parkwood Crematorium, Elland on Thursday 13th June at 9.45am.

No flowers please but a collection will be held for Marie Curie.

We are encouraged to wear our club petanque strip. Following the service we are invited back to Mirfield Petanque Club for light refreshments at around 11.15am. It was Anne’s wish that we also celebrated her life playing the game she loved so much, so bring your boules for a friendly game or two.

Just a reminder that this coming Saturday we will play our Club Members OPEN SINGLES COMPETITION. That is , of course, weather permitting. The weatherman is predicting heavy rain but that is usually a signal for a glorious day. We’ll just see what comes and react accordingly.

Following a suggestion from members and some brief discussion we have decided to introduce an evening play session. This will be on a Thursday evening. We will start them on Thursday 20th June at 6.30pm. Whilst there will be social play some members have indicated that they might like to practise techniques and shooting etc along with practising pairs and triples play with regular team members. We’ll just see how they go and take it from there.



We have received the very sad news that Ann Overend has passed away after a long and very brave struggle with ill health. Ann has been a much loved and admired member of our club even though her first choice club was obviously Mirfield. Our thoughts, best wishes, and condolences go to Harry and family.

I know many of us will want to know details of when we can show our respects and love for Ann and support for Harry. As soon as they become known I will let everyone know. I fully expect we will be able to wear our club clothing.


Hecky Brecky Saturday Morning

Hope I’m not too late letting you know but we’re having a trial run with our new hot plate grille on Saturday morning and Jean and Janet will be doing a few bacon baps. There was a note up on Wednesday last and some of you have pre-ordered but if you haven’t ordered and would like one please let me know ASAP. A text or comment on the blog will give me a chance to let the ladies know today.

We’ve reached the halfway point in our West Yorkshire League fixtures and it’s proving a very closely contested league once again this year. New entrants this year, Wetherby are predictably a very strong team and currently lead the way with 17 wins. Leeds are just a point behind on 16, then Heckmondwike third on 15 and Huddersfield fourth on 14 wins. So three points separate the top four and it’s still all to play for in the second half of the season. Mirfield and Harrogate are just a few wins off the pace at the moment but still provide tough competition. On Wednesday last we managed a 4-1 win in some closely contested games with a great group of players from Harrogate.


A warm sunny day saw 41 members join in the May Month End melee. It was a a lovely round number of 40 until the numpty secretary realised he hadn’t put his own name on the list in spite of entering everyone else. The omens were obviously not good from the start.

Seven players managed the ultimate goal of three wins from the three rounds.

Alan Norfolk and Tony McDonald share 4th place with a fine 3 wins and plus 17 points while just one point better off were Peter Firth and Ken Hutchinson sharing 2nd spot. However, todays champion proved a holiday break sometimes works far better than all the practise. Roger Johnson romped to the top with 3 wins and plus 31 points. Well done Roger.

In two weeks time we play our first Members Singles Championship. The format will depend on how many entrants we have. There are already 16 but there is room for more so please have a go. It will probably be either a snake format followed by semi-finals and final or leagues with semi-finals and final.