Even though it was raining when we started playing this morning it was obvious that our members rarely get put off by the weather. The rain gods eventually surrendered and the brave 28 members finished the day in relatively calm, dry conditions.

This was our last melee before Xmas so I must take this opportunity to wish all our members and their families a happy xmas and a healthy and enjoyable new year.

Best wishes also to fellow petanque players and close friends in local and Northern petanque clubs and fellow players everywhere.

Those that are desperate for fresh air and exercise on Boxing Day are very welcome to turn up at the usual time of 1pm and Roger J and Alma will be there to open up.

To get the New Year underway we will be holding our 13/30 Speed Melee on Saturday 5th January. For those that are not familiar with this format don’t panic. The idea first of all is that all games finish together either when the first game reaches 13 by one team or after 30 minutes play. We then redraw and start again thus minimising standing around in cold conditions. All you need to put on the scoresheet is your own points score for each game. Competition winner is highest points scored. No mention of games won.

For those looking to get a little more adventurous next year you should check out the events in the Northern Winter league calendar. A pairs event at Doncaster on 6th January is followed every two weeks by a similar 5 round snake at a different club in Northern region. They are good fun and a great chance to try out different terrains and play against other Northern players. Your play will improve by entering these. These events and our club events are to be seen in our calendar on the PAPERWORK PAGE of this blog. Note the blog at the moment is only planned up to June next year and will be updated once the Northern Calendar is finalised in a couple of weeks and also the dates agreed for a few more competitions to be confirmed.

We are also planning a visit by the Northern coaches, perhaps in February, to give us a little help in developing skills and playing better games.



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