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Southsea vs Worthing Peacocks

Having beaten Worthings 2nd and 3rd teams last year in Division 3, 11 Southsea players turned up for this much sterner challenge against Worthings top team.

Not only that, but Southsea’s policy of giving everyone who turns up a game in home matches and Andy’s choice to play as a pointer in the triples mean’t that we would be short a shooter in the doubles.

3 Southsea players were making their debut. Husband and wife pairing Mike and Maz Woolley and recent PE signup Ian Dunt faced off v Worthing in their first ever match.

Triples chosen were Ray/Andy/Matt and Maz/Peter/Peter. Ray’s team got off to a poor start, but by the time they were at a score of 2-5 down Maz’s team had already triumphed 13-8 and were walking off the pitch. This added to the Southsea support and Ray’s team managed to turn things around, eventually running out 13-9 winners. A good feeling of 2-0 up after the triples. (Well done Maz winning in her first ever game),

11 players meant an almost complete change of players for the doubles. Dawn/Trevor, Mike/Andy and Colin/Ian were chosen. Colin/Ian were in a difficult situation with neither being a natural shooter (yet). They went down 6-13 against Angela/Tony of Worthing. (Unlucky Ian in first ever game). Dawn/Trevor had a hard fought game vs Martin/Malcolm, but things were not to be and they lost 8-13. So things were getting perilous at 2-2 in games. Luckily Mike was pointing like a demon in the unfinished double, and this allowed Andy to be a bit selective with his shooting in the failing light. They were never really troubled running out 13-5 winners against Diane/Bob who found Southsea’s unusual terrain a bit troublesome. (Well done Mike in his first ever game).

Final Score:
Southsea 3 – Worthing Peacocks 2

Well done Southsea on picking up a valuable bonus point for the win….

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Southsea Open Triples

Dawn is now taking entries for Southsea Open Triples which takes place on Saturday 11 May. This year the intention is to rope off an area of the beach where it is playable as a terrain and add two extra pistes and allow a 16 team entry instead of last years twelve. If we get 16 teams this will allow a normal morning leagues/afternoon knockout structure to the day.

Get your entries in early due to limited space.

As per featured image ‘poster’ contact Dawn on secretary@southseapetanque.com or phone her on 07597 255387 to enter.

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Bandstand Promotion

On a bright and sunny Easter Sunday members from Southsea descended on the bandstand field in order to rope off a demonstration/come and try petanque area.

With the sunny weather there was lots of footfall on the promenade, and plenty of people stopped to watch and take handily placed flyers, with a few venturing to the other side of the wall to ‘come and try’.

Trevor had organised flags from the SCPA to make things look a bit more professional, and it was extremely pleasing to see members from other clubs travel a fair distance to turn up to help support the event. Many thanks to those from both Southsea and other SCPA clubs who attended.

To anyone reading this after taking a flyer, or googling Southsea Petanque after witnessing the event you are very welcome to come and try out the game at one of our normal club sessions. Beginners are always made to feel welcome. Club sessions take place Sunday 1000, Monday 1830, Tuesday 1000 and Thursday 1400. Our normal club terrain is at Southsea Leisure Park on Melville Road, tucked in behind Eastney Swimming Pool. Postcode PO4 9TB.

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Southsea at Bordon

3 members from Southsea attended the Bordon open on Good Friday 2019. Trevor, Peter and Andy were representing the club.

The day started well against a strong team which included current England no1. All three players did well, and the game went right to the wire. Southsea had an opportunity to carreau for game, but it was not to be and the score ended 10-13. Heads were down a bit and Southsea then played poorly and lost a second game before winning their third.

In the afternoon plate the first game was lost to a Kent team. There was then a team shuffle and Southsea started playing a bit better taking 3 games in a row to win the Plate consolage.

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Maureen wins bronze final at National finals for the International Women’s Day competition.

Maureen Lee competed with Angela Brooks of Worthing on Sunday 14th April at the National Competition celebrating International Women’s Day, having qualified via their earlier Gold Consolage win at the Regional Competition.

Although the morning did not go well, the afternoon proved a different beast, with the deadly duo winning all their games finishing with a win in the Bronze final.

Well done Maureen!!

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Muddy boules at The Ship..

Southsea’s six-a-side team travelled to the Ship Inn at Owslebury for their first league match of the season on Tuesday 9th April.

It had been raining for quite a while during the day, however luckily the sky dried up just before start of play. Unfortunately the terrain had been weathered into a bit of a muddy mess.

Some might have thought the terrain being slowed down from it’s normal state would have tipped things to Southsea’s advantage. However it didn’t prove the case and our two triples of Peter Missen/Andy/Maureen and Matt/Col/Peter May both ended up losing out.

So, the doubles started with Southsea needing to win all three to secure the bonus point. It was not to be, with the first two matches ending as losses. It was left up to Peter Missen and Maureen to secure a consolation point from the match.

Final Score
Shipmates 4 – Southsea 1