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.