Southsea hosted a group of 13 from Portchester Petanque Club on Saturday 21 July for a day of friendly play. The initial idea was to play 2 rounds of Southsea vs Portchester friendly competition in the morning before lunch, then a 3 round ‘pound in the pot’ melee in the afternoon. In the end the extreme heat shelved the afternoon melee as a ‘competition’ to allow people to sit out, but the morning rounds went ahead as planned and the afternoon went ahead as social play.
Due to injuries/illness Southsea were 2 players short of Portchester’s 13, so 4 doubles and a triple from Southsea faced off against 2 doubles and 3 triples from Portchester.
The prize for the morning competition was a very carefully chosen Portchester Castle coloured in Southsea pink.
The first round of play went Southsea’s way ending 4-1. Then, in the second round Portchester couldn’t turn it around, and Southsea took 4 matches again to run out 8-2 winners overall. A good achievement since 4 of Southsea’s 11 were newcomers. Ron and Anne only started playing a month ago, Bruce, a couple of months, and David around 4 months. Probably home advantage helped a lot as the Southsea terrain surface plays very differently to Portchester.
Following the ‘match’ the two teams settled down for an hour lunch, a few nipping into Nelsons Bar for refreshments. After lunch it was ‘toe the line’ and 24 boules towards the jack to sort out teams for a couple of rounds of friendly play.
Everyone who took part seemed to enjoy themselves, well done Dawn for organising.