Southsea welcomed Shipmates on Thursday 18th July for the penultimate home game of the season. This would be an important match as Shipmates are one of our rivals in the ‘relegation battle’ to remain in the second division and prevent excessive travelling to the east of the region.
Triples chosen were Andy/Col/Maz and Peter/Matt/Ray. Pete’s team finished first with a score of 13-8, then it was a wait before Andy’s team won 13-5 with Maz’s ‘nailed on’ point securing the win in the last end.
So two triple wins with decent scorelines suggested a possibility of a 5-0 win. However things were to prove rather different.
Doubles chosen were Andy/Dawn, Peter/Maureen and Rod/Ian. Rod/Ian fell to 1-13, then Peter/Maureen fell to 12-13. This left things at a perilous 2-2 in games. Andy and Dawn had went well up (11-2) against Alan/Kate, but in what must have been a bit nervous for watchers the Shipmates started making a bit of a comeback before Southsea eventually ran out 13-6 winners.
Final Score Southsea 3 – Shipmates 2
Hopefully The Ship (and it’s terrain) will be back up and running soon as it was mentioned during after match socialising there is a manager waiting in the wings.
The inaugaral Southsea Summer Doubles competition took place on an extremely hot and sunny Saturday 13th July. Although the entry was small at 11 teams, it was enough to fill our small terrain and provide a full day of competitive petanque.
Morning consisted of 3 leagues, and 8 (top 2 from each league plus next best 2) went into the main with the remaining 3 in a wooden spoon round robin.
2 Southsea teams (Matt/Ian Dunt and Andy/Dawn) made the main but were knocked out in the first round. Rod/Trev made it through to the semi-final with a 13-0 fanny, and as Southsea’s only remaining team in the main were therefore our top home team. Sadly they lost in the next round to 5 to Billy/Josh from IOW.
Andy/Dawn managed to pull things together to win a couple and take the main consolage with a tight 13-12 victory over Mike/Ali from Cobbetts in the final. Kathy/Ray Crockett managed to avoid the pink spoons in their first ever competition, but Jackie Woodford/Ray Osborne were not so lucky. Winner of that competition was Rod Bennett/Steve Love from Cobbetts.
It was a great day for the Isle of Wight as the main final was contested between the two teams that had crossed The Solent. Both teams had performed well all day and Winners were Martin and Tom Ince, with Billy Tombleson and Josh Ince as runners-up.
On Thursday 4th July Southsea hosted Fareham Redwoods.
There were 8 Southsea players and triples chosen were Colin/Maureen/Matt, and Andy/Dawn/Peter. Both triples played well, winning 13-4 and 13-1 which meant the games finished quickly allowing for leisurely tea and biscuits before the start of the doubles.
Doubles chosen were Andy/Dawn, Peter/Maureen and Matt/Ian. After the result of the triples there were high hopes of a 5-0 victory. Alas it was not to be. Matt and Ian were first to fall, losing 13-4 to Mike and Lois. Andy and Dawn were the victims of their opponents good fortune as they went down 8-0 before coming back to an 11-8 lead. There was no luck involved in the last end when they played badly and Robert/Chris pointed 5 boules within a foot of the jack for a 13-11 Fareham win. That left Peter/Maureen in the squeaky bum match at 2-2 with their match now effectively being worth 2 points. However, there were no nerves as no-one pointed out the fact to them and they closed down a 13-5 win.
Final result Southsea 3 – Fareham Redwoods 2
Southsea now 3rd bottom, and with Redwoods firmly entrenched at the bottom it looks like a relegation dogfight between Southsea, Worthing Peacocks, Shipmates and Fareham Maple leaves to avoid the 2nd bottom position.
On Thursday 6th June Southsea took on Shedfield at home. Selected for the triples were Peter/Andy/Dawn and Ian/Colin/David(from memory?). Unfortunately both triples lost meaning all 3 doubles needed to be won.
Doubles selected were Andy/Dawn, Peter/Maureen and Matt/Ian D. Southsea nearly snatched it, winning 2 out of the 3 doubles.
Final Score Southsea 2 – Shedfield 3.
On 19th May (at Fareham) and 2nd June (at Bordon) Trevor, Peter and Andy formed a Southsea triple to attempt to qualify for Septembers Inter Regional competition at Hayling Island. Unfortunately on both days the team didn’t perform at their best, and narrowly missed out by 2 places. It was close as 1 more win would have done it. Better luck next time.
On Sun 10th June Peter and Andy travelled to Fareham to take part in the SCPA singles and shooting. Both failed to reach the main competition. Andy reached the plate semi. Scores in the shooting weren’t high, Andy didn’t score in the easier early rounds and reached a total of 16. Peter scored a total of 9. 25 was required to make the final.
Finally a bit of good news. Andy and Dawn teamed up with Dave Plumhoff to take part in the Southampton Triples event on Sun 30th June. The team played pretty consistently all day and managed to lift the winners prize in the main competition.