The Air Hostess 2016 Inter-team competition, the Chairman’s Boule d’Argent was played on Monday 26th. September and the winners for the first time were AH6, in the tightest of competitions where the result only became fact in the final game of 12 played on the night.
The daytime weather had mainly been rainy, but the competition was played in nothing worse than damp and cool conditions. This was thankfully predicted by the BBC weather forecast, so forewarned, Steve developed a format that could keep players on the piste for as much of the evening as possible, so as to avoid any standing around and getting cold and miserable.
The format involved playing in 4 rounds, 1 per piste, such that over the course of the evening each player played as part of double or triple against all the other players from opponent teams. Each team consisted of some combination of 2 doubles or triples and played 8 games in total. Each round lasted 30 minutes with 10 minutes break between rounds.
The winning AH6 won 5, drew 2 and lost 1, closely pursued by AH5 who won 4, drew 2 and lost 2. AH3 won 1 and lost 7. The most successful pairing of the evening was AH6’s Simon and Richard Fowkes who won 3 and drew 1. The other members of the winning team were Richard Swann and Kevin who won 3, drew 1 and lost 1 which was a comparable record to the AH5 pairings of Malcolm, Will and Rob, and also Andrew, Peter and Chris. AH3 having a rather harder evening played in pairings of Ann, Ian and Trev, and also Sue and Mac never giving up and winning their final game in some style.
The club chairman Peter Johnson-Marshall was pleased to present the handsome Boule d’Argent to the winning team at the end of the evening’s proceedings. The chairman also donated a large tin of chocolates to the winners, these being eagerly ‘scoffed’ by those surrounding.
Thanks must go to Steve K, who organised and ran the whole event having developed formats to cover all eventualities regarding weather, numbers of attending members from each team with everyone playing continuously throughout the evening.
“Munro Challenge” – Pairs Competition – Monday 12th September 2016
Another pleasurable event for all concerned on a balmy September evening. Andy organised a draw of the 12 players into 6 roughly equal pairs. Every pair played all of the 5 other pairs to ensure a fair result and the games were time limited to a maximum of 25 minutes. All the games were played in a good spirit but with a competitive desire to win from all concerned.
Team 1, Andy and Keith, had an initial close game against team 2, Ann and Peter, but they gradually increased their winning margins as the evening progressed. Behind them the race for the bottles of wine with second place was undecided until the last round.
Team 4, Trev and Steve, just pipped team 6, Ian and Chris, by a single point. The presentation was held back in the pub. Everyone was in good spirits and Ann had provided a table full of food to celebrate her birthday.
The winners, Andy and Keith, received the historic trophy together with one of Malcolm’s coveted individual trophies to keep and also bottles of wine. Our thanks go to Ann for the spread of food and to Andy for his immaculate management of the event. We now look forward to the inter-team competition on the 26th of September.
Trev/Steve……3……..1……..1……..7…….. + 5
Ian/Chris………3……..2……..0…….6…….. + 5
In this 2016 season we are running 3 teams in the Thursday Pétanque Pairs League.
Air Hostess “5” and Air Hostess “6” teams will compete in Division 1 and Air Hostess “3” will compete in Division 2.
Matches begin on 21st April then weekly through to 8th September.
Continue reading “Thursday Pairs Pétanque League 2016”
The Club Triples tournament takes place around mid season and this year it was held on the warm summer evening of Monday 15th August.
Fifteen members turned out giving a nice round figure of five triples teams, although scheduling the games appeared more problematical. The players were quickly assessed into three groups to get an overall balance of shooters and pointers. The teams were then drawn randomly from the groups.
As play got underway, the possibly fancied team of Andrew, Malcolm and Chris fell a little short of promise, but Kevin, Peter and Anns’ team began with two straight wins as did Will, Richard II and Keith.
The games were timed to 25 minutes with one team sitting out with a ‘bye’ each round. Having had a bye for the first game, Rob, Richard S and Ian were caught cold in the 2nd as the sun went down with a 1-13 loss but then rose to the challenge winning their remaining games.
Also recovering from a slow start, the team of Andy, Steve K and Jim, began piling on the points as the evening progressed with a 13-2 and 11-6 finish.
At the end of play three teams had 3 wins to their names so the decision came down to points difference. In third place with a p.d of -6 were Rob, Richard S. and Ian. Runners-up were Kevin, Peter and Ann with a p.d of +6.
However Andy, Steve and Jim were the victors with a difference of +11. from their three wins and so new names go on to the trophy which was presented by the chairman Peter along with bottles of wine. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Peter, Ann & Ian for running the event. We look forward to our next ‘in house’ competition this being the ‘pairs challenge’ for the ‘Munro Trophy’ to be held on Monday 12th. September.
The competition for the “Singles Champion Trophy” was newly inaugurated in 2010 and is held yearly within the Club and will be contested by club members in July.
This year’s Club Singles competition took place on the cooling but dry summer evening of Monday 25th July 2016. A total of sixteen members (the organiser’s dream number!) turned out for the contest using a different format from previous years. No blaming partners here as it was one against one – everyone for themselves. Numerous 15 minute games ensured a good cross-section of playing skills across the pistes.
Richard II set off in great style only to be undone by Will’s explosive finishing in the 3rd game. The frequent changes of opposition played havoc with any type of consistency showing on the scoresheets, expertly managed by Ian & Ann. Newcomer Andy showed some solid performances as did Jim, Kevin Steve and Mac. Bouncing along midstream were Richard and Yvonne, Keith, Malcolm. Chris, John and Simon – just enjoying the friendly nature of the games maybe.
Time was called after a couple of hours and 7 games later. No-one had won all their games, similarly no-one had lost all their games either. Five players had won 5 of their 7 games, Richard II, Will, Andrew, Rob and Jim, however Rob and Andrew had drawn one game each as well. After a double check on columns ‘for’ and ‘against’, the points difference showed Rob with +8 and Andrew with + 22. So it was Andrew’s night and Peter presented him with the trophy, cash prize and wine for the second year running. Well done Andrew!
This format was found to be exciting and interesting making for a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment, thanks going to Peter for this and also to Ann & Ian for keeping things in order.
All the teams competing in the Thursday Petanque League are entered into the “Knockout Cup”. This competition is run throughout the season with the final being played after the last league game of the year has been played. All the defeated teams of the first round are entered into the “Knockout Plate” competition, the final of which again is held at the end of the season
For “Knock-out Cup Fixtures & Results schedule click : HERE (opens new window)
This event was held on Easter Monday March 28th. at the Air Hostess pub. The entry fee was only £1 per person – open to all – mêlée format. Continue reading “Easter Bank Holiday Monday Mêlée 2016”