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.