Category Archives: Petanque

December Melee

Cold clear day. Large attendance including two foreigners who turned up at the end to watch. Only one person won all their games and that was Denise. Richard was the best on 2 games. Table after 3 rounds below. Next one on January 5th at 1230

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1 Richard 25 2
2 Rita S 21 2
3= Robin 17 2
3= Brendan 17 3
5= Kevin 16 3
5= Diane P 16 2
7= Denise 13 1
7= Nigel 13 2
7= Roy 13 3
10 Pete 11.5 2
11 Michael 11 1
12= Sandra B 10 2
12= Jack 10 2
14= Barbara 9 1
14= Marie 9 1
14= Pauline 9 3
17 Elaine 8 2
18= Margaret 7 2
18= Phil 7 3
20= Reg 5.5 2
20= Gurtje 5.5 1
22 Bob 4 2
23 Rita P 3.5 1
24= Christine K 3 1
24= Christine A 3 3
26= Mick 2.5 1
26= Maureen 2.5 2
28 Yvonne 1 2

 

2nd War of t’ Roses

For the second time in a month or so it was Yorks v Lancs (or should we say Mancs?) at Greenhead Park. Trafford were the visitors as a second side tried out the Pennine League format prior to the first season of the league in 2020.

It was at least a dry day but cold and cloudy. Trafford brought 2 squads of 6 as did Huddersfield and we started at 1030.

Triples were level on 1-1 for both the A teams game and the B teams game but in the 3 pairs games Trafford won the A team fixture 2-1 to win the match 3-2 overall. In the B team fixture Huddersfield won all 3 pairs to win the match 4-1. As the last game on the terrain was finishing it became obvious that it was the difference between 5-5 and 6-4. It was very close up to 10-10 then in a tight finish Kevin placed 2 brilliant points to clinch the win.

Roy & Robin hold onto the big trophy. Neil says well done!

Roy & Robin hold onto the big trophy. Neil says well done!

Adding it all up meant that it was Huddersfield’s day winning 6 games to Trafford’s 4. Points difference was +26 to Huddersfield. It was great day played in good spirit. Several Trafford players realised that Huddersfield was only about 30 minutes in a fast car so joined up on the spot. Many stayed on to play on our regular Sunday session as well.

More pictures on the way. Keep coming back to look.            White Rose 2 – 0 Red Rose.

 

New Terrain

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

The new terrain is built and in action. Initially it was rather full of gravel and the contractors were stopped just before they dropped another ton on it. Some was removed and it had its first outing on Tuesday 12th November.

It means we now have a maximum of 15 pistes, some of them granite chips, some limestone chips and the last on pea gravel. One thing we learned was not to build in the rainy season but it’s difficult to avoid this in the UK. It will settle down and dry out when we get some dry weather, maybe in 2020. It’s 14m by 14m so we can have 5 lanes of 2.7m width or 4 lanes of 3.5m width. Come and try it.

November melee results

Name October November December January February March Total Best 3
1 Richard :13 :13
2 Kevin :12 :00 :12
3 Michael K :11 :11
4 Rita S :10 :11 :21
5 Brendan :09 :08 :17
6 Elaine :08 :00 :08
7 Phil :07 :00 :07
8 Roy :06 :07 :13
9 Robin :05 :12 :17
10 Christine A :03 :00 :03
11 Bob :03 :01 :04
12 Christine K :03 :03
13 Yvonne :01 :01
14 Pauline :00 :02 :02
15 Nigel :13 :13
16 Sandra B :10 :10
17 Barbara :09 :09
18 Margaret :06 :06
19 Diane P :05 :05
20 Pete :3.5 :3.5
21 Rita P :3.5 :3.5
22 Sue C :00 :00
23 Jack :00 :00
24 Paul S :00 :00
25 Maureen :00 :00
26 Sandie W :00 :00
27 Amanda :00 :00
28 Reg :00 :00
29 Colin :00 :00
30 David :00 :00
pts gms
1 Rita S 21 2
2= Brendan 17 2
2= Robin 17 2
4= Richard 13 1
4= Roy 13 2
4= Nigel 13 1
7 Kevin 12 2
8 Michael 11 1
9 Sandra B 10 1
10 Barbara 9 1
11 Elaine 8 2
12 Phil 7 2
13 Margaret 6 1
14 Diane P 5 1
15 Bob 4 2
16= Pete 3.5 1
16= Rita P 3.5 1
18= Christine A 3 2
18= Christine K 3 1
20 Pauline 2 2
21 Yvonne 1 1

7 Up!

7upThis new competition played for the first time on Sunday proved to be a ‘Marmite’ event. You either loved it or hated it! A good turnout of members tried it and lovers/haters were pretty equally split.
The game is quite simple. Each team starts on 7-7 and first to 13 wins. If a player points past the coche they lose 1 point instantly. Players can shoot if they declare in advance that they’re shooting.
The format is really a training game to encourage players to avoid pointing past the jack by penalising them if they do so. Shooters are allowed to pass the jack without penalty but they must declare that they are shooting before throwing their boule.
Some members quickly realised that you could declare that you were going to shoot then actually point. If your boule then passed the jack you didn’t loose a point. Why do that? As a training game winning is not the prime purpose so there is really no need to ‘bend the rules’.
Lessons were learnt particularly the need to have timed games. Because points can be lost as quickly as gained games could potentially go on for hours! Also scores will not be recorded and no prizes offered.  So the rules can remain ‘unbent’.
We will repeat the format sometime in the future for the Marmite lovers alongside social play for the haters!

Charity Day

Today members dedicated themselves to raising money for an Alzheimers Charity in memory of Roy’s wife Liz who suffered from this and it would have been her 69th birthday today.

We played a 3 round melee with a £2 entry fee. This plus the contents of a donations bucket and the proceeds from a raffle raised a fantastic £114 and we enjoyed a great competition on a balmy afternoon where some members stripped down to T shirts. Three players won all their games. 3rd was Brendan, 2nd was Sue but winner of the Gold medal with the best points difference was Marie.

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Huddersfield Town 8-2 Rochdale Town.

Not a Vanarama National League North fixture from the eighties but a keenly fought league style fixture today.  A pennine league has been set up to start next Spring and Rochdale is currently a collection of pubs and sports clubs who operate their own league but are branching out. They wanted to try our format as used in West Yorkshire League so this fixture was arranged. It was basically two league fixtures side by side. Both clubs supplied 2 teams of 6 and played 2 Triples followed by 3 doubles.

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Gaz from Rochdale and Robin from Huddersfield show off the small but perfect trophy.

It had been wet for some time leading up to the fixture and team captains were in touch up to the last minute as to whether it would go ahead. Finally at 0830 this morning the email arrived from Huddersfield Captain. “They’re mad keen to play so we’re going ahead”

So we all turned up at the terrain this morning. It was wet but not Uber wet. Drizzle that turned into Mizzle but it didn’t stop the game going ahead. It dried up about lunchtime.

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Although this was Rochdale Town’s first trip outside Lancashire they’re an impressive outfit. Some have played at Heckmondwike and Leeds and some of their squad are very young. As Brendan observed  “The difference between the teams is about 35 years”.

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But the old men (and old women) won the day. The A  team fixture was 3-2 in games with dead level on points  but the B team game was 5-0 and a larger points difference.

We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.

Wasn’t Gracie Fields a Rochdale Lass?