Open Triples Competition Shield 2018

The Open Triples Competition Shield was presented to the Air Hostess Pétanque Club by Youngers Brewery in 1993. Due to the popularity of the competition the trophy was enlarged in 2007 to accommodate further annual records of the winning teams.

Mayday Bank Holiday Open Triples Competition  – Monday 7th May 2018

After the disappointment of the monsoon struck  Easter Monday cancellation, the weather for our re-scheduled annual event was perfect, with a full house of nationwide pétanque players enjoying a cloudless sky on a day which in effect  became the warmest Mayday Bank Holiday on record.

Twenty teams took part with play being split into three rounds before lunch and two in the afternoon. To enable the timetable to be successful the maximum playing time for each round was limited to one hour.

The   Kestrels  from Ravenshead started brightly against Carol’s  Olly  from Nutbrook. as did Phil’s  Foxy Gunners  who scraped a one point win against Stone’s much fancied  J.S.L.  The local team  R.R.S. had a couple of close encounters but were still unscathed by lunchtime. Teams  Nick North  and Robbie also managed to get to the barbecue break with 3 wins.  Barrie’s  Nutbrook team were on a bit of a rollercoaster as were Red Lion’s  Paul, Darren & Kate.  Andrew’s  R.A.W. cooked Nutbrook’s  Scrambled Eggs in the first round but were then  Exiled by Di, Wayne & Adie.  Another Nottingham City team  K.P.Nuts  had nail biting games prior to a well received lunch supplied by the pub.

The afternoon session saw the holders of the trophy J.S.S. win both rounds, with  Saturday Trip Jim’s Red Lion,  Kevin’s  The Shadows,  Ginny’s  9-1 Down,  and John’s  Killarney  teams all having mixed fortunes with locals S.A.K. missing out on two very close games.

At the end of the day the scoreboard revealed that four teams had won 4 out of 5 games and two teams had a full house.  In 3rd. place  with 4 wins, were The Shadows from Nottingham City, having the greatest points difference.

With five wins  and a points difference of +16,  the Runners-Up spot  was taken by the  Nick North team from Mansfield.

Congratulations and the Trophy go to ROBBIE’S team from the Red Lion having 5 wins with a points difference of +41 .

Peter presented bottles of wine to Third place, cash envelopes and wine to Runners-Up and the A.H.P.C.’s  Youngers Shield,  cash envelopes,  individual trophies and wine to the Winners.

Thanks go to all those players and supporters present and to club members  involved in setting up the pistes with Jean running the front office. Thanks also to the landlady of “The Air Hostess” and her catering staff for providing refreshments and food throughout the day.   The club would like to express it’s appreciation to Peter for organising a very enjoyable friendly event which was enhanced by the fantastic weather.   We look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year if not before, don’t forget that anyone wanting to have a casual game is very welcome to come to our club evenings on Mondays from 7.30pm.