G and I played with Dean (who, with Mark D, Paul and Christian) is representing England in the Home Nations Match in Jersey in August! So no pressure there then – I played out of my skin so as not to look too stupid. Fortunately we won all three matches before lunch (This took us into the 'main'). After lunch, and a much needed rest – it was so hot – we played another 3 games and just lost (! ) against Wendy H and Sean (a Junior*) who was shooting everything! Wendy, her usual very consistent self … played so well. Anyhow, they went on to play against Mark D and his daughter Ava (a Minor at 9 years old)* in the final and in a hard fought match, Wendy and Sean won. A fabulous game and we hold out great hopes for all of them if the FIPJP manages to get petanque declared an Olympic sport for the 2024 Games in Paris!
(As at the 31st December -)
Up to 11 years old they are known as Minors. (The minors in the European scene are sometimes referred to as 'Benjamins')
11 up to 14 years old - They are known as Cadets.
15 up to 18 years old - They are known as Juniors.
Beyond 18 years old up to 23 years old they become Espoirs.
After that they are Adults!