The Pre Season Charity Open Event – Thursday 9th March.
At 7.15 pm on the dot, an impressive 18 competitors registered with the excellent organisers for the evening, Ian and Ann Thompson and Peter Johnson-Marshall to whom we were all most grateful. Thank you.
It was great to see competitors from both home and away, including Nutbrook, the Three Crowns at Hathern and the Anchor.
So in what must be said were excellent weather conditions and a beautiful moonlit sky, 9 pairings proceeded to do battle in 4 rounds of 25 minutes.
Before our arrival it had been pointed out that there were a few novices amongst the competitors but it was soon apparent that they were not easy to spot. For instance the so called novice Chris P paired with Bob N took a commanding and eventually insurmountable 9 –0 lead in their first game over myself and my partner Ian as a result of some excellent pointing.
After round 2 everything was very close, every team had at least 1 win to their name, with 2 Chris P and Bob, and Peter and Kevin drawing their game meant they had the edge of 1W and 1D.
At half time, beer break, raffle tickets were brought round with prizes of wine for the winners. This was drawn at the end of the night with a fantastic total of £59 to be donated to the Children’s Ward at the QMC.
Round 3 was beginning to sort out the front runners as Graham Hey and Steve Taylor took another win as did the 2 Richards, Kevin and Peter and Chris P and Bob. Meanwhile the other pairings of the night Phil and Andy P, Chris and Rob, Sue and Jim, Andy and Ian and Pete K and Nigel were now off the pace.
Every match though was showing signs of a good match spirit with no off season flippancy.
It was of course Round 4 that sorted out the final order, which Peter duly announced in the pub at the close.
In 3rd place were the 2 Richards with 3W losing only on points difference to Graham and Steve who in turn were bettered by the nights winners Peter and Kev.
It should be mentioned that the real winner was Kev, who when receiving the generous beer vouchers from the Air Hostess landlord, was quick to realise his partner Peter did not drink beer. Lucky guy !!!!
Well played to the winners especially but thanks to all for a great turnout. A great way to get the Boules rolling as the new season approaches and best of luck to all our teams for the year ahead…..
Report by A.Bendy