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The end of another petanque year.

An exciting, eventful and very enjoyable year ended with members once again proving that our weather holds no fears for the determined petanque player.

On Wednesday this last week 15 hardy members enjoyed three rounds in glorious sunshine and a balmy 2 degrees. The only complaints came when trying to point to a coche sat in front of a brilliant sun.

Today 24 members dodged the puddles, a few showers and a positively sweltering 5 degrees to play out 2017. Well done everyone.

In ending the year it just remains to wish all of our members a very happy and healthy new year. 2018 promises to be just as exciting as we hope to get our floodlights installed on our new terrains and we also hope to host a couple of major petanque championship events.

As you might guess from the pic above, Kath & I are slipping away for a couple of weeks of hopefully warmer days so see you soon. Best Wishes to everyone at Hecky Petanque.



Temperature 4 degrees, sunshine and very little breeze so what else would you expect. 41 Members turn out for the Xmas Ladies versus Gents Snake competition. This fabulous crowd of people were all in brilliant festive gear. However, this cheerful garb didn’t hide the steely determination needed for such an important and intense competition. The previous one had ended with gents edging it but only on points difference. Teams were out in force and 20 ladies formed 10 pairs while the 21 gents had one triple and nine pairs for the three round snake. This time, however, our cunning plan to hold the event so close to Xmas worked. We knew the ladies’ concentration would be weakened by the worry over whether the turkey could be caught in time, the mince pies would rise and Father Xmas could still get down their chimney. Whatever, the Gents were simply irresistible, perhaps not to the ladies, playing some excellent petanque. Five of their teams managed to win all three games and each of the other five teams contributed fine wins. No names will be mentioned here to avoid some poor lad spending Xmas in the shed but a fine team performance saw the gents take the honours by 23 games to 7. We won’t wallow in the glory for too long because no doubt the ladies will be back looking for the chance to take back the trophy. In fairness they were probably better losers than we men are (speaking for myself of course) and joy and happiness abounded when we retreated to the clubhouse for food and drink.

For those who want to see the full results they are now on the RESULTS PAGE of this blog. I suggest, guys, you sit alone in your shed to look at them.

A brilliant day due to a wonderful group of members. Thanks to you all. Wishing everyone a Fabulous Xmas full of love and happiness with a happy and healthy new year ahead.


Excellent Xmas Lunch

60 members attended our Xmas lunch today at Cleckheaton Golf Club. If my assessment of the mood is correct them it was a great success. A lovely meal and the chance to chat in superb  surroundings. A special thankyou to Janet for her work in arranging the event with the golf club. Also thanks to our other brilliant committee ladies for producing a brilliant hamper raffle prize and selling raffle tickets etc. Our club funds will benefit tremendously. A massive thankyou to all of the generous members who donated some wonderful raffle prizes. Gordon’s quiz proved a successful distraction during lunch and showed that at least some Yorkshire folk know something about the county they were born and bred in.

Roger Farrar was crowned as the 2017 Month End Melee Champion. Well done that man.

This Saturday coming we will play the Xmas Ladies versus Gents fixture. Peace and Goodwill to all – some hope.

Our 2018 calendar of events is to be found on the PAPERWORK PAGE of this blog and the New Year kicks off with a 13/30 Melee on Saturday January 6th. The calendar will also be on our notice board and will be updated as we add in more events soon. We are awaiting details of both the EPA and Northern Region calendars in January where we are hoping to be hosting a couple of senior championship events.


A reminder first of all that it’s the Xmas Lunch this coming Wednesday at Cleckheaton Golf Club.

Arrive around 1pm for a 1.30pm lunch start.

Unfortunately for those not going to the lunch there won’t be a keyholder available to open up for petanque. Anyone wanting to play on Wednesday can access the terrains providing you have remembered the lock code. If you need reminding of it give me a call.

For those uncertain we will be open to play petanque on Wednesday 20th December, Saturday 23rd December, Wednesday 27th December and Saturday 30th December.

While we are enjoying the balmy temperatures of late we will introduce the whistle stop to games once we note a couple of games have finished in order to avoid members suffering heat stroke while standing awaiting arrangement of the next round of games. We will set up a shooting practice lane or two for those idling their time between games.

This coming Saturday it’s Ladies versus Gents Xmas Special. Losers do the washing up.


Membership features plus Pairs League Update


You can probably guess the result of last years Xmas Ladies v Gents so of course it’s the turn of the gents to rise to the occasion this year. Saturday 16th is the date and festive dress, if possible, to make it an enjoyable day.

January 1st 2018 starts the New Year for membership of both English Petanque Association and also Northern Associate.

Heckmondwike Petanque Club has been a member club of English Petanque Association this past year and it has required us to have at least three individual EPA members. Going into our second year of membership we are obliged to have at least six individual members. I think we have three volunteers to join EPA but I will outline the benefits of each membership for those thinking about joining. We currently have 10 Northern Associates.

Joining as a Northern Associate member costs £6.00 per year and this entitles you to:

Use the Northern association web site to enter competitions,

obtain details of member clubs and other members of Northern

view fixtures and results of competitions

free coaching by the Association’s coaches

free access to competition template paperwork

free use of coaching videos and books,

accepted entry into most of the Gold, Silver and Bronze level Northern Competitions

joining EPA costs £26 of which £6 goes to Northern Association to give you all of the benefits above plus:

automatic insurance cover while playing and competing at Firth Park and all other clubs,

accepted entry in to Northern Gold competitions in which association representation could be gained, eg Northern Qualifiers, Hayling island National Regional Competition etc

access to training to become an umpire or qualified coach.

accepted entry in to senior competitions abroad.

I have entry forms for both so if you are interested in joining either EPA or as a Northern Associate I can help. For EPA membership you will need to provide a passport style photograph which is displayed on your license/ membership card.

As I’m off abroad early in January I would like to get the forms completed before I go so please let me know soon if you want me to help you join.


Attached below is the up to date state of the PAIRS LEAGUE. There are just 8 games outstanding but one couple is involved in 4 of them and another couple involved in 3 of them. We will hopefully get them played in the not too distant future but we are awaiting Christine’s return to full health and fitness. Six teams have completed their fixtures and four more have just one to play. At the moment half the pairs are only separated by points difference which just goes to show what a fascinating and unpredictable game we are playing.




Just a reminder that the Xmas Lunch is Wednesday 13th December. There are 62 members on the list to join us for the lunch. There are just a few that are still to pay Janet so if you could do that either this coming Saturday or next Wednesday that would be great. Thankyou

If any members feel able to contribute a prize for the raffle at the lunch that would be much appreciated. Wrapped in Xmas gift wrap would be even better and add a touch of mystery and excitement to the draw. Proceeds from this year’s raffle will help boost our club funds.

Remember it’s coaching day tomorrow but social play will also take place. Might be a touch warmer tomorrow!!!!!


Pairs League Update

Not sure what prompted me to include this picture but just thought I’d include an update of the Pairs League. The league is now reaching the final stages and six pairs have now played all of their games. There is, perhaps a dozen games to complete now so well done everyone for a great effort. As the aim of running the league was to give folk who play competitions the chance to practice with their regular partner and develop teamwork and game management as well as shot skills it would be great if this was achieved. Another bonus for the club has been the fact, and amazing coincidence, that of the recent new members there are several counsellors working for Relate Marriage Guidance. Would you believe it. The league has also proven what we all knew from the start. It’s a “funny old game” with anyone capable of beating everyone on their day. You just sometimes need a good bounce or ricochet every now and then and meeting folk having a poor day on the piste.

The position so far is below: