At the beginning of 2021 we entered a team for the Euro Cup competition. As we were just coming out of covid restrictions it was difficult to get a team together.
Some members were wondering whether to renew their membership and if they did, they didn’t know if it was worth getting their Petanque England license. But despite all this we managed to get a team together who were: Adrian Aldred, Dave Chalkley, Chris Shaw,
Sarah Massey, Wendy Harris, Steve Gothard, Pete Jones and Val Smith.
The first two matches were played against clubs in the Thames Valley. For our ur first match we had a bye and the second was against Winnersh. We could only play six of our team for this match as Chris and Pete had other commitments.
We played Winnersh on their home ground and after some good games we won the match.
After a long wait we were drawn against Muscliffe Park a club from Bournemouth who had previously beaten the Kings Head from Maidenhead - a very good team. We had a couple of months to arrange this match and it had to be played by a certain date.
The day before we were to play Muscliffe Park had a team member come down with covid so we had to rearrange another date. They for some reason could not put a team together, which meant we had a walkover, so we went through to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals were held this year at Oxshot in Surrey. This time we had a team of eight who were: Adrian Aldred, Dave Chalkley, Chris Shaw, Steve Gothard, Pete Jones, Peter Smith, Wendy Harris and Val Smith.
We really were the under dogs and we had to play three of the top teams in the country. We won some games and had points on the board in all the games, even those we lost, and good points at that. However we we did not come bottom.
We had a fabulous day and learnt a lot and now we are ready to do it all over again for Euro Cup 22/23. So be ready to join the team!