Hecky go travelling in glorious sunshine

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.

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