Our New Year started with the customary speed boules 13/30 melee competition.

The idea is designed to keep players on the move with all games finishing together either when one team reaches 13 points or after 30 minutes play. A helpful ploy in cold weather. 29 Members turned out and played 4 rounds. The first was a lightning fast one with Ralph Clegg, Trevor May and Graham Terry racing to a 13-0 victory in 12 minutes. No other player had managed to get into double figures in the other games. Fortunes of several players rose and fell game by game and the final points tallies were remarkably close. Five players shared 4th spot on 36 points. Carol Hall, Trevor May, Georgie Fitton, Chris Hopkins and Roger Farrar were the five. Just one point ahead, and sharing second place came Audrey Barnett and Walter Bottrill. But, just one point better off, on 37 points, was this year’s champion Graham Terry. Well done Graham.

Meanwhile, on Sunday several of our members were at Doncaster for a Northern Winter League 5 round Snake. 18 teams were entered including Kevin Hepworth with Christine Appleyard, Alma Johnson with myself, Jane and Roger Farrar, Gordon Walsworth teamed up with Roy Henstock who has dual “citizenship” at Heckmondwike and Huddersfield along with Brendan O’Callaghan with Paul Simpkins. Brendan is also a member of both Heckmondwike and Huddersfield. All of our teams recorded some notable wins against high calibre opposition but our stars of the day were Jane and Roger Farrar. Winning 4 of their 5 games they shared top spot of the leaderboard. A brilliant achievement in a field of talented Northern players. Sadly for Doncaster PC this event looks like being the last fixture to be played as they are about to lose their terrain due to a new development. We wish the club good luck in finding a new home soon.

This coming Saturday we will run a members PAIRS COMPETITION. We will draw partners on the day for a 3 round SNAKE format.


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