Just a few reminders of what is happening soon and a request for assistance.
On Saturday 26th May it’s our May Month End melee.
On Sunday 27th we are hosting a Northern Summer League Pairs competition. As it’s a Silver ranking event so entrants must be either EPA licensed or Northern associates. It’s £5 per head to enter and the format will be leagues followed by a Rolling Knockout. There are still plenty of spaces available so it’s a great opportunity for our members who are Northern Associate registered to play a group of talented players from around the Northern Region. You can either register online at the Northern web site or I can enter you. Just let me know.
Wednesday 30th May we are to be visited by the Kirklees Chief Executive as she has a look around Heckmondwike. She is keen to meet us as we are one of the best social groups taking part in healthy exercise in the area. Please be there to fly our flag.
Some of you will be aware that a week ago we held a petanque taster session for 23 youngsters from local schools. Well they want to come again and hope to bring more children from other schools. At present the proposed dates are Thursday afternoons, 2.00 – 3.00pm, throughout June plus one Thursday in early July. Its quite possible that a couple of sessions may be extended by an hour to include the chance for parents to join in with the children. If you have some time free for any of these sessions and don’t mind showing a group of children aged between 7 – 10 how to enjoy a game of petanque then please let me know soon.
A brilliant spring-like day and 42 members turned out to compete in our Members Pairs three round snake competition. Once the ever so slow secretary had carried out the mystery draw for partners all was revealed to the anxiously waiting folk on the terrain. Partners found and it was then down to claiming a piste to play on and the action began. For those keen eyed readers who noted that 42 forms 21 pairs so a pair might be expected to have a bye each round, our master plan involved having two triple teams as a couple of members had to leave after two games. Nevertheless we got through the three rounds and I hope folk enjoyed the games. Of the twenty teams playing just four managed to achieve the ideal three wins. Three wins with plus 15 points gained Cath Clegg and Colin Child fourth place. Chris Hopkin and Georgie Fitton with some temporary help from Peter Wharton gained three wins and plus 17 points for an excellent third place. Not to be outdone by his talented spouse, Ian Fitton with Clive McCulloch for two games and Kath Westley for the third game took second place with three wins and plus 23 points. However the top spot went to Roger Farrar and Stuart Bolton with three wins and plus 25 points. Sadly Stuart was still running his lap of honour round the terrain and so missed the presentation photo. The one above is of Stuart when he was in our youth squad a while ago. Roger, meanwhile, is beaming with delight at the thought of having two trophies on the mantelpiece. Well done to the champions and everyone for making the day an enjoyable one. Full results can be seen on our RESULTS PAGE of this blog.
We were also pleased to see David Giles and his partner, Jessica, call by to introduce themselves and have a game with us. David is a member of Great Yarmouth Petanque club and hopefully one day they will visit with a group of members for a social petanque event.
Also it is good to report that we were visited by a group of 23 youngsters from Field Lane J I and Nursery School in Batley and Heckmondwike Primary School who all came for a petanque taster session. It seems to have been enjoyable as they want to come again and other schools have also expressed an interest in joining in. A great big thankyou to Kirklees Council guys for facilitating the day. When we get approval we hope to show a few pictures soon.
The warm and sunny conditions encouraged a number of our members to visit other clubs over the Bank Holiday weekend. On Sunday Jane Farrar and Kath Westley travelled to Rainworth Petanque Club, near Mansfield to take part in a Ladies Pairs event. This was a five round Snake format against some high quality opposition. Several of the pairs are regular members of the East Midlands representative team. They scored three wins but just missed out on the prize money. An excellent win against the joint tournament winners was a notable success. On Bank Holiday Monday eight of our members visited Stockton Fox, near York to play in their Memorial Pairs five round snake event. While Georgie & Ian Fitton notched up two fine wins in their first trip to distant terrains, Carol & Clive McCulloch also achieved an excellent win against highly rated opposition and had some really close games. Our star performance came from Jane & Roger Farrar who achieved 4 wins and took second place in the competition. An excellent day of petanque in lovely surroundings. Well done to all of our players.
If you want to expand your petanque experience there is no better way than visiting other clubs and playing against some of the best players in Northern Region in a very friendly atmosphere. While doing this it is recommended that you ensure you are familiar with the full rules of the game, including the etiquette requirements. A copy of rules is on the notice board along with a reminder list of main points to watch.
If you’d rather play the best on our own terrain before venturing to other clubs we will be hosting our summer league Pairs competition on Sunday May 27th. If you’re a Northern Registered member then you are eligible to play. Either go on the Northern web site and enter or I can do it for you if you prefer.
May I just politely remind all members that the Petanque England rules of petanque require that there be no smoking or consumption of alcohol on the terrain. Also players must wear suitable footwear to protect themselves from injury. Open toed shoes/sandals should not be worn. If we can get into the habit of complying with these rules in our social play then it won’t come as too much of a shock when we play matches. For this purpose we consider the terrain to be within the surrounding fence.
This coming Wednesday morning we will be playing our next West Yorkshire League fixture when we play host to Harrogate Montpellier. The match should be finished well before social play commences.
April’s Month End Melee saw 37 members take to the terrain attempting to add some points to their tallies. As usual early successes were promptly followed by third round failures. Twelve players went into the final round with two wins and keen to make it the perfect three from three. Sadly four failed to get the magic win and perhaps even more disappointing our current points system only pays out to the top seven players. This meant that one member won all three games but failed on points difference to add to their points tally. The price for such a shameful scoring system will be paid for a long time – I’m finding. Congratulations to the eight players who won three. The month’s runner up was Dennis Crisp with a fine 3 wins and plus 31 points. This score would have won most month end melees but it was surpassed in fine style by Ian Fitton who took the honours with 3 wins and plus 33 points.
The West Yorkshire League got started in the last week. We played our first fixture at home to Huddersfield and our team of Roger Farrar, Gordon Walsworth, Stuart Bolton, Colin Child, Kath and Clive Westley were in fine form winning both Triples and all three Pairs games to record a 5-0 victory. An excellent performance by our players but obviously not good enough as the team selectors dropped four players for the visit to Mirfield this Monday. Ian Fitton made his team debut and was brilliantly supported by Alma and Roger Johnson, Jane Farrar, Stuart Bolton and Colin Child. The team played some excellent petanque to record a fine 4-1 victory. The selectors will now have a headache formulating our team to welcome Harrogate to Heckmondwike on Wednesday next week as there are other players clicking their boules and looking for their chance to represent us.
For those that fancy a trip to play even more petanque there are four BRONZE events coming up over the next two or three weeks. Bronze events are open to everyone – not just EPA/Northern registered players.
On Sunday 6th May Brandsburton hold an Open Pairs event.
On Monday 7th May Stockton Fox hold their Memorial Pairs competition.
On Sunday 13th May Bridlington hold an Open Triples competition.
On Wednesday 16th May Stockton Fox hold an Open Melee.
All of these clubs are very hospitable, have interesting terrains and you can be assured of a good day of petanque. Anyone interested in trying one or all of the above events and wants more info or help with entering please let me know ASAP.
A beautiful sunny day and 34 members rolled up their sleeves and took part in a rare event for us. A SINGLES competition. It’s a novel game and demands a particular style of play and thought process. No relying on that lucky third boule. Every boule has to be delivered with great consideration and shooting has to be carefully considered. However, it’s also a good fun game. We elected to play the competition as a four round melee with games limited to 40 minutes maximum and no-one to be drawn to play any one person twice. Fortunately the draw only threw up a couple of such instances but these were quickly corrected with a shuffle of cards. Only two of our 34 members failed to win one of their four games so most had there share of success. Just four players managed the magic four wins. Sharing third place with 4 wins and plus 22 points were Colin Child and Ken Billington. Just ahead on 4 wins and plus 29 points was Alan Norfolk. Another fine performance from Alan. Today’s winner was the chap that harvested good bounces, lucky deflections plus a small addition of talent. You’ve guessed it. With 4 wins and plus 33 points I stole it. But, shamelessly I will dine out on it for weeks to come. Full results are in the RESULTS PAGE of the blog.
Next Saturday we have the month end melee. These seem to be coming round very quickly in a year that seems to be getting busier and busier.
A massive thankyou to the 48 members who attended and contributed to our AGM last Saturday. Apologies to the folk who were forced to stand due to the shortage of seats.
The minutes are now on our blog PAPERWORK PAGE and also on our club Notice Board. The main outcomes are also included herewith. Thankyou to all of our members who listened and appreciated our thoughts regarding the fairness of our membership subscription and Bonus Ball system. Whilst the Bonus ball has given much resource to our club and provided some with a Saturday night treat it was now time to change. The proposal to scrap the Bonus Ball and alter the full membership subscription to £20, while still providing free tea/coffee and biscuits was voted for by 47 of the 48 attendees. We also include a Social Membership for £5 per year for those who can only attend to play on odd occasions, ie around 5 times per year, but still wish to be part of our club socially. Many even queued to pay straight away. Don’t panic though. If you could pay subscriptions by end of May that would be fine. Thankfully there were no changes to our committee with the fabulous crew prepared to continue a little longer.
The Bonus Ball has been drawn last Saturday for our last time. Members who have paid in advance will be refunded or can arrange with Jane to use the money towards membership subscription if they prefer.
This coming Saturday we have planned, I use the term loosely, a rare Singles competition. We will start with a few leagues followed by a knockout. We will probably do shortened league games to ensure we have enough time to get it all completed. It is a different type of game that really makes you concentrate with only your three boules to play but equally good fun. For those that really can’t face it there will be room for social play instead. Please be there in plenty of time to do the draw for leagues. If members find it enjoyable we may look to run a singles ladder sometime soon.
For the very last time I am pleased to announce that the winner this week with number 38 is Alan Mc. Congratulations Alan. Thanks to all of you for supporting the club this past 6 years and it’s a goodbye from me.