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Southsea at Gravesend ‘Titles Weekend’

2 players from Southsea travelled to Gravesend to take part in Petanque England’s ‘Titles Weekend’ where players battle it out to become English Singles/Doubles/Mixed Doubles champions. With no chance of winning it was to be treated as a learning experience, hopefully playing against top players, and seeing how far they could progress.

The terrain had 3 tons of large stones added to require lob pointing and ‘boule to boule’ shooting.

Saturday was singles. Andy narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Gold(Had a 13-12 loss been the other way around it would have been okay), but progressed through 3 rounds of silver, falling in the semi-final.

Sunday was doubles. Andy and Frank Charlesworth from Oxshott had 2 wins and a narrow loss to England’s singles champion from previous day to squeeze into the Gold top 16. Unfortunately they played their worst game of the day vs the eventual winners going down 13-2 in the afternoons first round.

Monday was mixed doubles. Andy played with Dawn and they had a very tough group. All 3 games were close but losses. Dawn played extremely well in second game, outpointing the previous 2 day’s ladies singles and doubles champion Emma Longstaff. The first round of bronze was lost against a team that should’ve been beaten, before a run of 3 wins against other also-ran’s gave a Bronze Consolage win.

A good chance to play some very good players on a terrain made challenging for both pointing and shooting by the addition of tons of large stones.

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Southsea vs Fareham Maple Leaves

On 23 May 19 Southsea hosted current table toppers Fareham Maple Leaves for a home game. The home and away fixtures had been reversed due to Fareham’s community centre being used as a polling station.

Triples chosen were Peter/Andy/Dawn facing Gerry/Julie/Jackie, and Ian/Col/David facing Daena/Tim/Sue. Fareham took Peter’s team to the difficult swimming pool end terrain, a decision that probably didn’t help them. Dawns backspin lobs held up pretty straight all through the game, and although a poor tactical decision allowed Gerry to shoot his teams way to 5 points in one end Southsea ran out pretty comfortable 13-6 winners. Ian’s team were struggling a bit, 12-2 down at this stage. They rallied a bit, getting another 4 points before eventually losing 6-13. So it was 1-1 after the triples and all to play for by both teams in the doubles.

Doubles chosen were Andy/Dawn (v Jackie/Sue), Peter/Colin(v Tim/Daena) and Ian/David(v Julie/Gerry). Andy’s pairing played on the swimming pool end again. Sue and Jackie struggled to cope with a terrain requiring backspun high lobs and after 3 ends it was a 13-0 fanny to Southsea. So 2-1, a good start to the doubles. On terrain 5 Ian and David were playing extremely well, and didn’t ever look in doubt as they hit a couple of high scoring ends on their way to a 13-6 win. So 3-1 and the match win and bonus point secured. All games count for points in doubles though, so attention for everyone quickly switched to Pete/Col. This game was a close affair, the lead switching hands as both teams pulled themselves up the scoreboard. Eventually though at 10-9 up Southsea managed to sneak in a 3 point end to close it out 13-9.

Final Score
Southsea 4 – Fareham Maple Leaves 1

Well done Southsea, a win for everyone tonight, and a positive step towards our goal of remaining in Div 2 and not dropping into the extensive travelling caused by Div 3 (East).

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PINK POWER

42 players descended on Southsea for the 2019 edition of the Southsea Open triples. This meant 14 teams rather than a hoped for 16, so there were a few byes during the day. The byes meant that the beach terrains which had been set up were not a necessity, but they were left there as a choice for toss winners, as they provided something a little more challenging than the normal terrain.

Beach Terrain

The morning was run as leagues of 4 with 8 teams qualifying for the main competition, with the rest of the teams battling it out for the plate. Although the entry was small, consolages were still run for both competitions.

Qualifiers for the main were Southern Pinnacles(Dawn/Andy/Peter), Southern Legion(Helen/Mark/Matt), FCJ(Frank/Christine/Jay), Leftovers(Paul/Brett/Martin), Southampton(Karen/Liam/Jamie), Paula’s Pals(Lesley/Robert/Paula), Setting the Paice(Colin/Alan/Carol), and finally Leftovers Again(Rod/David/Marc). Shock of the morning was the experienced Cobb-On(Ali/Matt/Mike) being forced down into the plate.

Plate Winners – Cobb-On

Cobb-On picked things up in the afternoon to win the plate competition, playing the Trevs(Trevor/Maureen/Ray) in the final. The Three of Us(Mick/Pat/Leo) picked up the consolage defeating Airbourne(David/Jacqui/Stuart).

Morning league play underway

In the main Paula’s Pals were knocked out by Leftovers Again, but defeated Set the Paice then FCJ to win the main consolage.

Paula’s Pals

The Main itself had the final contested between Southampton and Southsea’s own Southern Pinnacles. Southampton had beaten Paula’s Pals then Leftovers Again, Pinnacles had beaten Southern Legion then The Leftovers. Southampton won the toss, and they elected to take Pinnacles to the beach terrain which negated any sort of home advantage there might have been. It proved to be not the best of choices though, with the shooting of Southampton having a lot of bounceovers on the difficult terrain, allowing Pinnacles to point their boules in and score, with lots of ‘Pink Power’ cries ringing out across the beach.

In the end, Pinnacles went one better than last years final defeat, ensuring the trophy would remain in Southsea until at least 2020.

Main Runners Up – Southampton
Winners – Southern Pinnacles
Victory Curry
Obut-Wan-Kenobi guards the trophy until 2020
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Southsea vs Arundel Aardvarks

Southsea welcomed Arundel Aardvarks on a dry but chilly 9th May evening.

Triples were selected at 1915 and were Peter/Andy/Ray and Matt/Maz/David. Play kicked off at 1930 and unfortunately Matt/Maz/David had a pretty bad time of it finishing very quickly losing to 2, whilst the other game was still at a score of 5-2. That game dragged out a bit with Peter/Andy/Ray in general outpointing Arundel but missing all their shots. Even a change round of shooter didn’t help, and with Geoff of Arundel hitting pretty much every shot he threw, the Southsea triple went down 7-13. So 0-2 after the triples, but with the arrival of Trevor and Dawn, Southsea able to field slightly stronger teams in the doubles so hope still.

Doubles were Andy/Dawn, Peter/Mike, and Trevor/Ian. Andy/Dawn finished relatively quickly winning to 4, so still hope at that stage with Peter/Mike up and Trevor/Ian not too far behind in their respective matches. Unfortunately Peter/Mike got a lot of unfortunate kicks on their points which didn’t help, and they went down a close 9-13. Trevor and Ian were also in the fight right to the end but unfortunately lost 10-13. So, very close in the two doubles losses.

Another night could have seen Peter/Andy shoot well in the triples and run away with it, and the two losing doubles could easily have went the other way. So although a 1-4 loss, it could have been a 4-1 win with just a touch of fortune and slightly better play. So not too disheartening. Well done Arundel for ending a Southsea year long run of home match wins.

Final Score
Southsea 1 – Arundel 4

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‘Ship on the High Pink Seas’ at Weekend of Petanque-Take 2

For the second year in a row Southsea entered contestants in all 3 days at the SCPA ‘Weekend of Petanque’ held again at Worthing Petanque club.

The weekend featured doubles on Saturday, triples on Sunday and singles on bank holiday Monday.

Saturday saw Peter and Andy venture into the doubles. If even one of the two had ‘turned up’ every game that was played was winnable. Unfortunately both players performed poorly and the morning league featured only 1 win from 3. (Kudos to young Sam Rattue who played well in one of Peter/Andy’s losses). At least a single win saved the two from the Wooden spoon comp. The afternoon didn’t go much better in the Silver as after a first win vs 2 newbies from Weymouth, the next match was a loss against Paul Hayes/Brett Rodwell of Muscliff. So an early bath on Saturday.

Sunday saw 5 Southsea players in action in the triples. Maureen, Andy and Dawn (MAD) represented the club in Pink, whilst Matt and Trevor took part in the mixed ‘Meerkat’ team with Allan Paice and Bob Bish. The morning started brilliantly for MAD with a 13-0 fanny vs Hassi/Sabrina/Karin, but fortunes changed rapidly with a 0-13 in the next game vs Jack/Phil/Sarah. Last game was against Worthings Martin/Angela/Chris, and a win saw MAD stay comfortably clear of the bronze and into the silver. (Kudos to Maureen and Dawn who held their nerve pointing on a very sloping terrain). Matt and Trevor also managed 2 wins and qualified for the silver comp. The draw showed that if both teams won their first round they would play each other in the next. However it was not to be, MAD triumphing against Lee and Diane Redfern with Dave Lucas, but Matt/Trevor falling against London triple Keith/Mark/Simon. Both teams then lost in the next round, MAD had chances for the game vs London in the silver 2nd round but fell to 12, Keith sealing the match with a 10m boule on boule shot after scoot shooting all game, Matt/Trevor losing to Lee/Diane/Dave in the consolage comp again to 12.

Monday saw Peter and Andy enter the singles and this proved to be the most successful day for Southsea. Both had difficult groups, but there were not many ‘gimmes’ to be had on singles day. Peter managed 2 victories from 5 in the morning, but his group featured winner Noel Kempeneers and semi finalist Geert Peers as well as another cracking young Dutch player which made things difficult. His 2 wins kept him clear of the Spoon and into the silver though, eventually falling to silver finalist young Will Read. Andy’s group wasn’t easy either, and his day started poorly losing 13-8 to Martin Gordon after being 10-1 down, then being wiped out in his second game against Steve Daykin who both pointed and shot excellently. Thoughts at that stage were to stay clear of the spoon, but 3 victories in a row vs Tony Kidd/Stuart Floyd/Paul Webb saw Andy into the Gold. In the afternoon Andy was taken to the difficult ‘Car Park’ by Paul Hayward in the gold first round, and after being comfortably ahead a comeback from Paul made it squeaky bum time at 12-12 before sneaking it. A lost coin toss saw Stuart Floyd take Andy to the car park again in the next round , but consistent pointing from Andy and some missed shots from Stuart saw Andy progress to the quarters. Quarters were against Dutchman Mario Blom. It was a close fought affair on the smooth sloping terrain, Mario outshooting Andy, but Andy pointing well to sneak his boules in and edge the match. Semi final was again a close fought affair. Andy through his pointing kept a lead most of the match vs eventual winner Noel Kempeneers, but it was always a rearguard action with Noel the much better shooter. Noel pulled things back to 10-10 then nailed a point on the coche. Andy’s shot was straight but short and dambustered over the top. Andy in hindsight should have shot again to try and stop 13, but pointed and 2 average points then left the door open for a Noel 13-10 victory.(A repeat of last years league round where Andy led Noel but fell in the last couple of ends).

Well done Southsea, especially Maureen and Dawn in the triples who performed their absolute best which is all you can hope for.

Pictures to follow once they get ‘pinched’ from the Southern region website.