Huddersfield 9 Halifax 3

It started with a phone call saying can we use your terrain for a return match with Halifax. This was two branches of Pendragon 41 an older version of Round Table one from either side of the hills. There’ll be 18 people. Last year it was played at Sowerby on a small terrain and teams had to queue up to play. Of course we said yes and a date was set and we said we’d supply the boules and a few club members to act as umpires, run a 2 round competition with 3 triples each and present a trophy and some medals.

We said our clubhouse would be available if they wanted to put on light refreshments and they said they  would. On the morning of the event I heard that they had visited the terrain and were now bringing 37 people! Frantic rearranging took place as we had to borrow another 10 sets of boules from our friends at Heckmondwike but we made it and at 1830 the terrain was ready, the scorecard was ready. A man in a van had arrived with 120 bottles of beer, a large ice bucket and 20 baguettes and some players had arrived. As we listed the teams it became clear that we weren’t going to start on time as players were arriving in drinks and drabs, some stopping off at the Junction en route. At 1900 we started with 11 triples and one pair. There were still latecomers and the final total was 39.

The games were played in a good spirit. After 2 rounds Huddersfield based teams had won 9 and Halifax teams just 3. Huddersfield were presented with the trophy. Here’s Charlie & Elizabeth.

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But it still wasn’t over as we had 3 medals for the winning team members. There was draw between Huddersfield 2 and Huddersfield 3 both win 2 wins and +9 so a super over was played. The super over had 2 boules and produced a magnificent climax to a rip roaring evening. They’re planning to do it again next year.

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Members Melee July 7th

Kevin and Sue were the 3 game winners. Here’s the league table.

 Apr May Jun Total
Rita 11 13 13 37
Nigel 13 7 12 32
Robin 9 9 9.5 27.5
Sue 5 8 11 24
Sandra 8 5 9.5 22.5
Richard 10 10 20
Phil 11 8 19
Jack 12 12
Sandy 12 0.5 2 14.5
Bob 3 3.5 4 10.5
Alasdair 7 3 10
Amanda 0 6.5 6.5
Jack 6.5 6.5
Malcolm 4 2 6
Paul 6 6
Steven 6 6
Yvonne 0 5 5
Pauline 3.5 3.5
Sandie 0.5 2 2.5
Maureen 2 2
Marie 1 1
Brendan 0 0.5 0.5
Elaine 0 0.5 0.5
Linda 0.5 0.5
Denise 0 0
Elizabeth 0 0
Marie 0 0

Club Pairs Champions are…

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Alasdair & Yvonne

The club’s 2019 Pairs competition took place on Sunday June 30th. Members played a 3 round snake. After round 1 everyone enjoyed a break for Strawberries and Prosecco! After 3 rounds only one team had won all 3 games and were the clear winners. This was Alasdair and Yvonne playing as the Hibernators. In second place on 2W +13 were Sandra B and Malcolm, team name A.N.Other, and with 2W + 10 to get third place were Maureen and Richard playing as  Jammy Dodgers.

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As Easy as…

On a Saturday there was different format for a change. 10 teams of triples from around the region had entered an all day 123 event. Each team played 8 games but each player only played 5. This included singles. It was strange format not well understood at the beginning but people gradually worked it out.


Good news was that it  all went smoothly and finished around 4 after a 1030 start and the winning team had 2 HPC members in it. The second place had 3 HPC members. Read a longer report at Huddersfield 123 event.

W Pts
1st Three Peaks 6 29
2nd Greenheads B 5 14
3rd Rosanal 5 9
4th Interlopers 4 5
5th Last of the summer wine 4 -12
6th Greenhead A 4 -19
7th LSD 3 16
8th Hecky C 3 -1
9th Hecky B 3 -24
10th Hecky A 2 -17

Crystal Maze

Roy, Paul & Brendan entered the London Petanque Club Crystal Palace event in early June. It had 128 teams from all over Europe and most of them were very very good.

We played a team of French giants in our 3rd game. They were 6 ft 5, 6 ft 7 & 6 ft 8. They were a family who came from a village in the Dordogne and I asked them when we met how they had grown so tall. The answer was “Eating Duck and truffles”. They beat us but I took a fantastic photo. See more about the event by clicking on this link…crystal

Thurstonland 9 – 13 Huddersfield

Sunday 9th saw an Open Day at the new Boules pitch in Thurstonland. Two members from Huddersfield called in to see how  it turned out as we’d known it was being done but it’s taken longer than planned. It’s very well made with new wooden sleepers surrounding a 2 lane terrain with gravel path running around it.

It’s dedicated to David Stubbs who was instrumental in starting off the project some years ago but didn’t live to see it finished.

It joins other villages in Kirklees with a boules terrain such as Honley, Lepton and there are some planned in Brockholes, Kirkburton and maybe elsewhere. Maybe soon there will be a competition for these villages.

At the opening there was paté on toast, red wine, a selection of cakes and a group of interested people including David’s family and some parish and KMC councillors.

After some small talk a game took place between Thurstonland and Huddersfield. At first Thurstonland played well and raced into a 5-0 lead but gradually as Huddersfield got used to the soft surface they finished strongly and Paul & Roy beat Peter and David 13-9. If you look closely in the first picture you can see a boule flying through the air at 2 o’clock.