The Singles Club Match was held lastnight. 24 people, newbies and older hands, turned up to play. It was a great atmosphere, with the club at it's best - fine weather, lots of players, enjoyable games, enjoyable competition. And a few surprising results - not always the top players winning! The newbies played extremely well. Dave C played the final brilliantly - beating last year's winner.
The picture show Gerry, President, presenting the trophy to Dave Chalkley.
Our next club match is for the Doubles Dotty Cups, and is on the 25th July.
PW was asked to have a training day for the Heart Transplant team members. This was held at the end of May and in June they went to play in Sardinia in the International Transplant Sport Games. The terrain was amazing to say the least! But they did very well, on it: (The names in red are the ones we worked with):
Singles: Hamish Barrie and Iklaq Ahmed – Gold;
Sam Clark – Silver
Carlton Richardson, Robert Jackson, Dino Maroudias and Martin Strang – All received Bronze
Doubles: Iklaq Ahmed & Robert Jackson – Silver
Hamish Barrie, Sam Clark, Dino Maroudias, Martin Strang – Bronze.
It is hoped to form a team for the International Transplant Games being held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne next year. Petanque England is helping organise it and one of our Members, who had another kidney transplant in April, is in line to captain the team (he captained the team when they went to play in Durban in 2013).
This event took place lastnight, clubnight.
(This is a club match where people chose, in the early part of the year, who they want to play with, then I divide them into two leagues. Everyone in each League (1 & A) plays everyone else in their league whenever they like over the following 2/3 months. The winner of league A plays the No 2 from League 1 and the winner from League 1 plays No 2 from League A. Then the winners play each other to find the trophy winner).
The first match was between Mark & Chris H (Pickled Eggs) and JJ & Tony (Tie Breakers) – and JJ & Tony WON (13:12). Mark & Chris were trying some difficult shots. Tony was pointing very well and JJ was shooting well. It was a very long game - 1 and a half hours. Good job they only had to play one game – we would have been there all night! (Gerry is presenting the trophy to JJ (centre) and Tony).
Val & Dave (Flower Power) played Chris S & Sarah (Latecomers). Chris and Sarah won 13:1 - All over in 20 minutes.
So the final was between Chris S & Sarah and JJ &Tony. JJ and Tony won 13:6.
A sensible length of game, but nevertheless quite exciting.
The watchers enjoyed themselves too.
I still want to remain anonymous for now but I am an even smarter mouse ... and I love to play petanque ......