“The Chairman’s Boule d’Argent” team trophy
The club’s final pétanque battle of the season took place at the Air Hostess pub on the dampish evening of Monday 27th September 2010. A great turnout of 26 members were keen to secure the “Chairman’s Boule d’Argent” trophy for their respective teams - Air Hostess “3”, “5”, “6” and “8”. These four teams were to produce some nailbiting stuff in their bids to be the first get their name on the trophy for this newly inaugurated inter-team competition. The Chairman, Peter, had not only personally produced a fine trophy but organised the whole event as a ‘thank you’ to all the club members for their support during another successful season.
Play was under way shortly after 7 pm and in round one, AH3’s Sue & Mac lost out to AH5’s Andrew & Mike 9-13, whilst Rob & Malcolm were in fine form against Ann & Ian (13-*!) to give AH5 two wins out of two.
Steve and Chris put AH8 ahead against Richard & Kevin as the other AH6 pair Den & Steve K. were narrowly beaten 11-13 by Zena & Alex, giving AH8, also, 2 wins from 2 at the end of the first round .
Round two saw each of the four teams win one game and lose the other with only narrow margins of victory, the winning pairings being those of Mike & Julie, Kevin & David and Beth & Brian. with Mike W.& Will being pushed all the way by Dianne & Simon
Third round wins by Mike & Julie and Mac & Sue made sure that AH3 finished ahead of Richard’s AH6 team. In this final round, tensions began to rise as both the AH5 team and the AH8 team had had 3 wins from 4 and they were now pitted against each other. Steve, the landlord, paired with Chris played a great game to beat the MacShanes 13-11 and with Brian & Alex well in command and 8-0 up against Peter & Malcolm it looked as if team “8”s name was next for the plate engraver.
However, under the sodium floodlights, Malcolm requested a change of coche from the orange to white and then AH5 pair began to reduce the deficit one point at a time, with Malcolm pointing well and Peter finding his firing range as the pressure mounted. The scores became level at 8-8, by this time all other games had been completed and the crowd was silently absorbed with this final contest thus increasing the tension on the piste. At 11- 9 in favour of AH5, Malcolm put his boule in front of the coche, Brian then pointed a few inches past but closer – Peter fired and removed Brian’s shot boule, Alex was unable to regain the advantage and Malcolm’s final boule crept in on the low side to give AH5 victory 13-9.
The maths seemed complicated, but under the lights back in the bar, Mike D. presented the “Chairman’s Boule d’Argent” trophy to the “Air Hostess 5” team which had secured a greater overall points difference.
A brilliant night’s entertainment to close the competitive season and a great deal of appreciation goes to Peter for his creation and organisation of this event which will now be an annual season finale at the Air Hostess.