The sun eventually shone on an excellent day for petanque in Greenhead Park as Hecky played Huddersfield PC for the right to turn the coveted ASHES trophy to display their club colour for another year. This was the second time the ASHES have been played for. We started last year at Heckmondwike and we edged home on points difference only. This year the match went pretty much the to same theme with each of the first three rounds being drawn at 3 games all. We had our noses in front on points difference. In the final round however we managed to edge into a winning 4-2 position after a brilliant comeback in the final game by Alma, Jean and Stuart to score three and take the game 13-10.
All games were played in an excellent sporting but competitive atmosphere as is the usual theme for our two clubs. Huddersfield are to be thanked for their brilliant hospitality and in particular Elizabeth for masterminding an excellent lunch. A big Thankyou to all players at both clubs for making it a really enjoyable day.
Huddersfield very Kindly put up prizes for the team with the best performance figures of the day and it was great to see one of our Hecky teams take the honours with four wins and plus 27 points. Our team consisted of several players who were getting their first experience of competitive team play and all turned in excellent performances. Tony McDonald was one of those debutants and was also in the champion trio with Georgie Fitton and Walter Bottrill. Well done everyone.