The Knock Out Cup


Teams from all the clubs 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

Preliminary Round :

  • Air Hostess 6 ………3 – 2……….Killarney Park 1
  • Air Hostess 3 ………1 – 3………..Nutbrook 2

Round One (4th June) :

  • Air Hostess 5………3 – 1 ……….Loughborough Panthers
  • Air Hostess 6………3 – 1………. Nottm. City Rat Pack

Quarter Finals – 9th July

  • Air Hostess 6……….1 – 3……….Three Crowns – Hathern
  • Sitwell Scorchers…..0 – 4……….Air Hostess 5

Semi-Finals – 20th August

  • Air Hostess 5 ………..3 – 2……… N.C.P.C.1                            (venue –  Red Lion)
  • Red Lion Tree ……….1 – 3………Three Crowns-Hathern    (venue – Air Hostess)

Knockout Cup Final – 24th September

  • Air Hostess 5…………3 – 1………….Three Crowns-Hathern                   (Venue – Nutbrook)


Knockout Cup Final 24th Sept 2015  Knockout Cup Winners Presentation 2015

Congratulations to Air Hostess 5  winning the Knockout Cup final

Air Hostess 5…….3  –  1…….Three Crowns Hathern

Andrew & Malcolm : 13-9 ; 13-6

Will & Peter            : 13-2 ;  7-13


Club Pairs Competition 2015


“Munro Challenge” – Doubles Competition – Monday 21st September 2015

Despite a disappointing turnout on a very damp evening, the club’s main internal doubles competition for the longstanding “Munro Trophy” brightened up the evening with some fine boules play. Five teams of pairs were drawn out of Peter’s empty marmalade jar, producing some interesting duos. All thought they had a good chance of lifting the 20 year old doubles cup.

The games were limited to 30 minutes to squeeze in 5 rounds (including a bye) during the evening, which was achieved in spite of a technical hitch in the game scheduling – probably due to some marmalade residue.

In the first round, Will and John were well stretched by Kevin and Steve but managed to scrape a 9-8 win as the bell sounded.

Keith and Chris stormed to a 10-4 victory over the fancied pairing of Peter & Malcolm in the second game.

Richard, playing with Andrew, repeatedly pointed to perfection and this pairing looked to be in control of the slow reacting pistes which gradually speeded up as the rain eased during the evening.

In a low scoring 30 minutes Kevin & Steve put their first win on the board getting 5 out of the total of only 9 points in the game against Keith & Chris. Peter & Malcolm put a stop to Will & Johns’ winning streak with a 6 on one end taking the game 10-7, but were unable to halt Richard & Andrews’ storm to glory in the final game. Will and John recovered from their earlier shock to finish in fine style with a 12-0 win over the pairing who shall remain nameless..

Winners 2015 - Richard and AndrewIn the final tally, 3 pairs were enjoying the wooden spoon with just one win apiece. Will and John took the runners-up spot with 3 wins. Richard and Andrew were unbeaten so taking the Munro Trophy for 2015.

The runners-up each received a bottle of fine red wine. The chairman presented the Munro Trophy to Richard and Andrew along with more wine and each with a small handmade engraved trophy to keep as a memento.

Congratulations to Richard and Andrew – Doubles Champions for 2015!


Club Triples Competition

 The Club Triples tournament takes place on mid season. Teams consist of one player randomly selected from each AH team.

In 2015 it was held on Monday 27th July As we were 16 members strong two teams played as pairs. Each game was played over 30 minutes and we managed to pull in four matches during the evening.Triples_Cup

After 3 games all the teams had won at least one game, with Ian, Kev & Rob being outplayed by Jim, Sue & Richard (S) in the second game. Ann Malc and Steve were slow starters as was the pairing of Bev and Peter, both teams managing a second game tie. The other pairing of Trev and newcomer John started well, fading a little midstream. Only one team – Chris Will and Richard (F) had a full house after the third game and this form was to continue into the final match. All that was left was for the chairman Peter to present the remarkable trophy to these worthy winners along with wine donated by the landlady and the club.

As usual thanks go to Peter for organising and running this interesting event and we look forward to two more competitions to be held in September – “The Munro Challenge” (pairs) and the Chairman’s “Boule d’Argent” team event.

Club Individual Competition


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 the rain threatened but kept it’s distance for the club’s annual Individual Super Mêlée Competition held on Monday 13th. July.

A good turnout of 16 members (the organiser’s prime number!) played a total of five matches as ‘pairs’ with each player changing partners after every game. The games were limited to a maximum of 7 points or 20 minutes which ever came first to ensure the scores represented a good cross section throughout.

After a couple of hours of frenzied activity, the organiser (Peter – of course) decided to analyse the scoresheet over a pint at the bar. No-one had won all five of their games, but Andrew, having not lost any either with 4 wins and a draw, took the title of the club’s Individual Champion 2015. Congratulations to Andrew who was presented Singles Winner- Andrew-2015 with the Annual Singles Champion Trophy by the chairman, together with another smaller replica Individual Champion 2015 trophy to collect dust on his mantelpiece . Simon and Malcolm shared runners-up spot, with Sue Will and Richard II not far behind.

Thanks go to Peter for running the event which went extremely smoothly and was enjoyed by all.

We look forward now to the Club Members Triples Competition which is to be held on Monday 27th July at 7.15 pm.

Open Triples Competition 2015



During the cold snap of early spring, the Mayday Bank Holiday dawned more favourable  for the game of  pétanque  with blue skies, warm sunshine and the breeze falling away to zephyr like levels.- a good omen for the club’s first open event of the new season.

Fifteen teams came together from the east midlands area, renewing their acquaintances throughout the day each playing five matches. The games were spread across eight pistes and would be limited to one hour to keep the 2015-Mayday-3rd Placecompetition free-flowing and  to curb any intensely competitive situations.

The first three games would take the competitors to lunch, served by the pub, with fast food off the grill as an option – this going down well with the local ale.

At this point only three teams had a 100% record, Robbie’s ”Red Lion”, Terry’s “TCP” and  Andrew’s “Air Hostess”. There were a further six teams having dropped only one of their first 3 games, these being Phil’s  “Top Gunners”, Jim’s “Red Lion”, Simon’s “Air Hostess”, Hugh’s “Dreadnought”, Kevin’s “A Golden Trio” and Malcolm’s “MKS”.2015 Mayday Runners-Up

Duly fortified, Zena’s “NCPC” cruised to wins in both the afternoon session matches. Roger’s “Don Juan”,  Ann’s “Air Hostess” and Darren’s “Red Lion” managed to salvage one of the remaining games but Carol’s “Red Lion” and Sheila’s “Nutbrook” were not so fortunate.

At the end of the day the “Top Gunners” with 4 wins and a favourable  points difference snatched third place from Simon’s and Terry’s teams (also 4 wins). Two teams managed to win all 5 games during the day, but  Robbie’s “Red Lion” were denied the top spot with a smaller points difference (+38), thus taking the runners-up place. Last year’s winners,  Andrew Rob and Will having the greater points difference (+42) retained the winners slot and became the 2015 Champions. Well done to our local team.2015 Mayday Champions

Chairman Peter presented the covetous ‘Shield’ with prizes of wine, cash envelopes, chocolates and individual winners’ trophies. The club would like to thank all the visiting teams for their support and we hope to see everyone again next year. Again a special thanks to Mike for his sterling efforts in running the raffle along with the scoreboard, Malcolm for the trophies and to Val and her barstaff for keeping us all fed and watered. Thanks also to Peter Ann & Ian for organising and running the whole event and to all club members for their help in preparation ensuring a very successful and enjoyable day.



Easter Monday Club Mêlée 2015

Members, friends and family turned out in sunny warm summerlike conditions for a friendly sfternoon of pétanque. The Easter Monday Club Mêlée – numbers drawn out of the hat – produced six double and two triple teams to commence battle at 2pm. Late lunches and snacks would be supplied by landlady Val and the bar staff after the first round of games.

With one game played, the two triple teams, Will, Sue & Malcolm and Kevin, Ann & Alan had wins under their belts as did the doubles teams of Richard S with Ian T and Rob with Kim.

After suitable refreshment and the second round of games, the pairs of Steve with Phil and Richard F with Mike were improving but not fast enough. Ian C with Chris and Peter with Joyce reversed their fortunes to the good.

At this two thirds stage, only 2 teams had won both their games, Kevin’s triple and the pairing of Rob & Kim but both of these teams were to lose their unbeaten status in the third and final game.

This resulted the closest finish possible with no teams on maximum but 5 teams having won two and lost one game. The adjudicator Peter had to sharpen his pencil to sort out the final placings on a ‘points difference’ basis.

However in 3rd. place with a points difference of +7 was the triple of Will, Sue & Malcolm.  Rob & Kim netted the runners-up slot with +9 points, but in the lead, helped by having picked up a 13-0 win early on, the winners by a single point were Kevin, Ann and Alan – Congratulations to them.

Peter  presented the prizes  and thanks go to him and Ann for running the event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We look forward to our next event – our annual Mayday Open Triples Competition to be held on Monday 4th May 2015.