4 Southsea players took part in Portchesters charity melee on Sat 19th May. With different doubles partners for each of 5 rounds the event was played in a spirit of friendly competitiveness where the emphasis was on enjoying yourself rather than winning.
Most important was the amount of money raised. Portchester have chosen the ‘Rocky Appeal’ as their current charity, and a cheque for £277 will be winging it’s way henceforth.
On Thursday 17th May Southsea had their first home game of the season against Worthing Warriors. With the terrain having hosted the Southsea Open triples 4 days ago and getting it’s surface loosened almost back to the state of a year ago, it was questionable as to whether there would be any home advantage. Only time would tell.
A new routine was implemented before the match. Team huddle, 9 fists in the middle, and a big team ‘Pink Power’ to get things started with a bit of positivity.
First up in the triples Trevor took charge of Brian and newbie David, whilst on the next piste Peter skipped for Ray and Maureen.
David, waiting ready for his first league match.
It quickly became clear that anyone rolling their points was going to have a hard time of it. Bogged down in the sandy end Trev’s pointers struggled, and some bad luck didn’t help, a spot carreau by Trev seeing the opposition boule still glued to the coche two metres away. An unfortunate 2-13 defeat, but good experience for David. On the other piste once again Southsea pointers didn’t start well. However, they adapted better than Worthing, and with control of the coche Southsea put it to 10 metres where Worthing really struggled. In the end a decent 13-5 victory.
Therefore, balanced at 1-1 after the triples. However, with three lob pointers waiting in the wings to come on in the doubles, there were hopes that an overall match win was still possible.
Indeed that proved to be the case. Matt/Dawn used ‘sandpit corner’ to great advantage winning 13-2. Trev/Rod also easily won, but a surprise 5 flattered opposition score making it 13-8 at conclusion. Peter/Andy soon learned using the difficult rocky area at the swimming pool end would thwart Worthings pointing. 9 single points making things a bit tentative though with some ‘must point in’s’ by Andy and ‘must shoot’s’ by Peter keeping the score rolling, before a last 4 sealed a 13-0 fanny.
So a match score of 4-1, a third win, and still (for now) top of the 3rd Div East table.
Although the Southsea Open Triples was played last year at Fareham, this was the first time it had been held at Southsea’s own terrain. In fact it was the inaugaral competitive event ever to be held there.
Being a small ground numbers had to be limited, and the competition was run as a snake. The snake problem of better teams possibly not meeting each other was mitigated with a Final for the top two ranked snake teams, a 3rd/4th playoff, and for those unfortunate to be near the bottom a wooden spoon playoff.
Two teams stood out as likely favourites in the entry. Team ‘Foxdale’ including Lee/Angie Jamieson, and team ‘Oi’ including Graham Elcombe and the ever improving young Jamie Brooks who was fresh from reaching the SCPA Weekend of Petanque singles gold semi final. Southsea itself had four teams entered, with newer players shared amongst the teams.
Chairman Peter and play organiser Matt kicked off the days play, Peter asking everyone to be tolerant and help Southsea’s inexperienced newbies, and Matt explaining the format and rule ‘tweaks’ to suit Southsea’s small ground.
After the mornings play (hindsight, and the ability to look at the score sheets is a wonderful thing) three teams had won all games, and another three had only dropped one so there were quite a few runners left in the race. The biggest surprise at this stage was probably Southsea’s own ‘Southern Pinnacles’ 13-7 win over the experienced ‘Foxdale’.
The Fareham Embassy
Puma Sandwich (AKA the Portchester Chameleons)
He’s here! (Ware’s Wallie)
Two ‘Pacemakers’ wIth Gerry out of shot at the coche.
The afternoon saw positions shuffle. ‘Oi’ and ‘Southern Pinnacles’ at four wins each played each other in their last snake match. With both teams knowing the winner would almost definitely make the final this proved a tense one. After three morning wins ‘Wares Wallie’ dropped their fourth against ‘Nemesis Returns’ leaving a maximum possible four wins for them approaching their last match and a good score required for a chance of the final.
‘Oi’, point it close Francesca
Results at the end of the snake saw ‘Southern Pinnacles’ with 5 wins. ‘Oi’/’Foxdale’/’Ware’s Wallie’ were all on four wins meaning a score count required to sort the final and third place play-off. At the bottom end ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ were definitely in the spoon play-off being the only team with 5 losses, with a score count between ‘Oddbins’/’Puma Sandwich’/’Wishful Thinking’ for the other play-off place.
Young Jamie Brooks
Snake results ended as:
Final – ‘Southern Pinnacles'(5 wins) vs ‘Foxdale'(4 wins +35)
3rd/4th – ‘Oi'(4 wins +32) vs ‘Wares Wallie'(4 wins +29)
Spoon – ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ vs ‘Wishful Thinking’
The Spoon play-off saw ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ pull off their only win of the day 13-8 giving them a bottle of wine each, and leaving ‘Wishful Thinking’ the unfortunate owners of pink spoons.
Spoon playoff winners – Fareham’s ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’
Losers of the spoon playoff, and proud owners of ‘Pink Spoons’ – Bordon’s ‘Wishful Thinking’
The 3rd/4th playoff saw the strong ‘Oi’ team overcome ‘Wares Wallie’ 13-2.
3rd place playoff winners – Adur’s ‘Oi!’
4th place – Fareham’s ‘Ware’s Wallie’
The final was the only return match from the morning snake with ‘Southern Pinnacles’ Dawn, Andy and Peter wondering if they could pull off a second win over ‘Foxdale’. It certainly didn’t look like it at first. Straight out of a tense drawn out snake match with ‘Oi’, the Southsea hopefuls struggled, not a single shout of ‘Pink Power’ to be heard. Although ‘Foxdale’ Bob Bish was struggling to adapt to the terrain, Lee Jamieson didn’t miss a single shot, and wife Angie was nailing her points as they raced to a 12-0 lead and possible 13-0 fanny. Something was required by the Southsea bunch, and a switch of first pointers allowed Andy’s lob pointing to start drawing Lee’s fire early. A clutch of ‘Saves’ by both Dawn and Peter allowed a Southsea fightback to continue for quite a while with a series of single point scores, but in the end it was too much of an uphill struggle and ‘Foxdale’ clinched the match and the title of Southsea Open Winners. Score 13-6.
Runners Up – Southseas own ‘Southern Pinnacles’ (Pink Power!)
Winners – Foxdale Lee Jamieson/Ange Jamieson/Bob Bish
Many thanks to Maureen/Brian/Ray/Sharon for setting everything up in the morning, and for providing morning bacon rolls and barbeque lunch. Pam/Trevor for organising the raffle. Matt for organising the days play which went smoothly.
Sharon sorting out bacon rolls
“Anyone not had any raffle tickets!!”
Play organiser – Matt
A particular well done has to go out to Southsea newbies George and Sue Langton. With only one ‘old hand’ in their team they managed to pull out two wins keeping them well clear of the Spoon play-off. Georges lime green dog boules not causing quite so many chuckles once they started nailing on the coche. Also, David Nicholson another newbie playing for the Pompeytanquers acquitted himself well putting in some pretty good first points.
Sue pointing in her first competition
40 winks between victories for this cockleshell hero.
George/Sue’s lime and black ‘dog’ boules in the fight.
Winners of the 2018 Southsea Open: Bob Bish….Angie Jamieson….Lee Jamieson
Winners – Foxdale Lee Jamieson/Ange Jamieson/Bob Bish
The ‘Ship on the high pink seas’ was visible throughout the whole 3 days of the Southern Counties Petanque Association’s recent ‘Weekend of Petanque’ at Worthing.
Vs England Ladies Team
The ‘pink shirts’ were in action against some terrific opposition over the weekend. Amongst others they battled England No1 and No2 ranked female players in the triples, and also England No1 male, EPA vice president and a top ranked Dutchman in the singles. (In fact a bit of you-tube action found him in a team taking 7 points off Henri Lacroix/Philip Suchaud/Dylan Rocher in the 2017 European Championship semi final.)
The weekend was split into 3 seperate events with Doubles-Saturday, Triples-Sunday, and Singles-Monday. With a high prize fund the event attracted not only most of Englands top players, but also a number of Europeans.
Andy squat pointing.
First up on Saturday were Dawn and Andy in the doubles. The piste for their group stage was a difficult sloping/stony made up ‘car park terrain’. Things started well with an 11-3 win. Then the wheels came off with a 13-4 loss and a ‘fanny’ by a French pairing. With a single win there were hopes of being in the bronze afternoon knockout, unfortunately it ended as wooden spoon due to the severity of the losing scores. The afternoon matches were all played on easier terrains. A win vs some Cranleigh ladies saw progression to the second round. Southsea then dished out a 13-0 fanny against a home Worthing team slightly making up for receiving one earlier. Then followed a pleasant but hard fought match in the semi, eventually going down 13-12 to another couple, Fareham’s Paul and Hassi Leveritt.
Dawn with Obut-Wan
Sunday saw the largest Southsea turnout. Dawn, Rod, Peter and Andy took part as a four with someone sitting out each game, whilst Trevor was also in action with the team he will be entering the ‘Inter Regionals’ with. Southsea’s group stage was on one of the smooth terrains, but the opposition was anything but smooth, containing two high level teams out of three. First up was ‘The Bluebelles’ from Cranleigh. The smooth terrain proved to be a disadvantage here with the Cranleigh ladies adept at rolling in close. After a drawn out game Southsea managed to pull things together though and got the win. The next opponents T-shirts showed them to be ‘Sussex Champions’ (they ended as Gold Semi Finalists). Things started well and Sussex were chuntering among themselves after five ends with Southsea level at 4-4 after pulling out some decent play. Sadly the good times played out with no more points in either this game nor the next where Southsea were fannied 13-0 by an England Ladies World Championship Team(containing No1/No2 ranked ladies). Strangely enough, although getting fannied, that was quite possibly Southsea’s best played game but the amount of carreau the ladies got effectively gave them extra boule. The afternoon was in the ‘bronze’ and after a first win Southsea faced Trevor’s ‘inter-regional’ team in the semi-final. Things started badly for Southsea, and the first few ends saw them down 9-1. However, helped on by a nice ‘six’ they dug deep and were in with a chance in the final stages. The dark side of the force was in evidence though, after a spot carreau by Peter saw the coche trundle off with opposition boule. A couple of boule later Trevor then produced a shot which sealed the match, before going on to win in the bronze final.
Last day in the singles, Peter and Andy went into the fray. A look at the entries showed there were few ‘gimmes’ to be had and none appeared in either of the two’s groups. Peter’s group was played on a stony terrain and contained 3 good SCPA players: Justin Ellis (SCPA singles finalist last year), Frank Charlesworth, and Paula Fauvel. Andy’s group took place on the stony/sloping car park terrain and was even more difficult with Martin Hughes(EPA vice), Noel Kempeneers (Already WOP Doubles&Triples Winner from Sat/Sun) and Dean Seville (England No1 ranked male). All three of Peter’s matches went right to the wire. He was a point ahead in all three games going into the last end, and with a little bit of fortune could easily have made it into the gold competition. The millimetres here and there counted the other way though, and two of those leads turned around with Peter left with one win from three. Andy started with a tight win vs Martin, a huge lob nailed on the coche saving him from a tie and an extra sudden death end. Then he had chances against Noel being 11-9 up at one point. (With a good bit of luck it has to be said as every second shot Noel hits is a carreau).
Noel Kempeneers – 2017 Euro semi finalist
Last match started well, 6-2 up against Dean, but after that not another point was scored. So, both Peter and Andy ended down into the silver comp but heads held high with a group win each. In the afternoon they both then managed to get through two rounds before being knocked out in close quarter finals. Andy went down 13-12 to Dutchman Piet (eventual silver runner up), Peter in a second game vs Paula who he had earlier played in his group and beaten.
Englands no1 ranked male – One of Andy’s singles opponents.
All together a good experience for Southsea, getting to play some excellent World Championship standard players, getting to play on some difficult and varied terrains, and getting to watch an extremely high standard triples final close up.
Dawn pointing in.
Rod sending one onto the coche.
Peter lining up a shot against Trevor’s team.
Englands No1 lady shooting Rods boule.
Dawn’s boule about to go for a carreau(probably).
Andy lining up a shot.
Get out of it!! – And a hit. Rods boule is now on.
Last night Southsea six-a-sides took on Searles away in the second league match of the season. Playing Searles is always pleasureable I find, any ‘Shhhh’ mentality is non-existant and they are always up for a bit of on terrain banter.
With the club not entering a team in the nine-a-sides this season, and with Searles being so close by, it was decided to treat the game in the same manner as a home match, with every player expressing an availability getting a game. Inevitably this means some only getting one game with others getting two, but this will be attempted to be ‘evened out’ over the season.
A face of concentration…
First up in the triples were Dawn/Rod/Andy and Ray/Col/Matt. First finished were Dawn and co managing a nice 13-2 win. To be fair to Searles there was a lot of luck winging it’s way to Southsea in that one but it was still a deserved victory. On the other side of the terrain Ray and co fought hard, were level half way through the game, but were just outplayed in the latter stages with the holding boule in the last end until the last boule of the end shot it out.
Aren’t those magnets on strings for old men?
1-1 after the triples and still all to play for.
In the doubles Southsea went ‘shooter heavy’ with 5 boule on boule shooters out of six. Matt/Andy, Peter/Maureen, and Trevor/Rod all went into the fray with the latter two teams having played together recently multiple times.
The strength here counted well and the games ended with Matt/Andy 13-1, Trev/Rod 13-4, and best win of the night Peter/Maureen 13-0 with the Portchester ‘fanny bell’ sounding out and annoying the neighbours. Maureen on a high now, a recent fanny, and top of the club singles ladder, long may it last!
High Lob or Heil?
A final match score of 4-1, and off to the pub for refreshments.
That’s 2 games 2 victories, hopefully that streak can continue.
Yellow card – Club kit hidden away!!
Obut-wan making sure everything proceeds smoothly.