th0M45IDPNJust a coincidence perhaps but our best turnout of members this year was again for the Ladies versus Gents fixture. Today 44 members arrived wearing war paint for our second such game of 2018. Conveniently there were 22 ladies and 22 gents. Had we (me) counted correctly to start with we could have played 11 pairs of each sex but because we had already drawn teams believing there to be only 21 men we had 10 teams each of which there were two triples teams in each camp. I guess I was the man who was unsure of whether I was there or not. Despite the final result suggesting otherwise a vast majority of the 30 games were very closely fought with the loser in a third of them scoring 11 or 12 points. However, I soften the blow no longer. The gents won for the third time in a row. The score was 21 games (plus 84 points) to the gents and 9 wins (minus 84 points) to the ladies. Of course our modesty forbids photos of the gents parading the trophy through the streets of Heckmondwike. Special mention for Ladies pair Doreen Hutchinson and Doreen Hunter who recorded three wins out of three games. Well done to you both. Three gents teams recorded three from three. Roy Henstock with Stuart Bolton, Ian Fitton with Alan Norfolk and by some weird twist of fate Kevin Hepworth, Trevor May and myself were our heroes in chief. An excellent day of Petanque played in great spirit and favoured by dry, if a little cool, weather. To be certain the Ladies will be looking for revenge next time.



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