As a member of Hayling Island U3A petanque, as well as Southsea Petanque Club, Peter May used his ‘foot in both camps’ to arrange for players from Hayling to visit Southsea for a friendly competition.
7 members (including Peter) travelled from Hayling, and after a hearty lunch at Eastney Sailing Club arrived at the terrain to find around a large number of Southsea players ready to greet them. Maureen and Andy became temporary Hayling members and teams were sorted into 3 triples with some Southsea members sitting out each game.
The idea was to play three games with each triple facing off the other side’s three. Time pressures with respect to traffic meant this was agreed to be curtailed to 2 games. Hayling went 3-0 up after the first round, but Southsea came back to win two in the second round and things ended Hayling 4 – Southsea 2.
After the two rounds of games players retreated to enjoy teas and coffees, along with cakes generously baked by Maureen.
Everyone from Hayling Island U3A seemed to enjoy their time at Southsea, and if by any chance some of them were to read this then ‘please come again you are always welcome’.