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.