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Archive, 2007 (Updated 04/03/2011)


Singles Results; Doubles Results; Championship Report; Bernay Cup Results;

Ron Luxton Trophy Results

Open Competition Report and Results


The 9-a-side team had a splendid season, remaining unbeaten until the last of 8 matches, and winning Division 2 by a wide margin.

Both of the 6-a-side teams were in Division 3, and battled it out for second place right to the last match, with Saints emerging on top with 43 points from their 7 wins from 12 matches, edging Pilgrims for promotion with their 41 points from 8 wins (including 2 over Saints!).

For full results from the leagues in which SCPC played, see the League Archive.


Season's achievements, 2007

The previous entry clearly DIDN'T describe the final club action on the terrain this season! Following another great away win in the European Cup Club Competition at Royal Oak on Tuesday 27 November, our progress in that competition came to a shuddering halt with a 5-0 defeat away (again!) at Crondall on Tuesday 18 December. Congratulations to everyone who got us this far! [Posted 19 December]

The final club action on the terrain took place on a horribly cold, wet, windy day at Crondall, for the SCPA 9-a-Side Salver, on Sunday on 18 November. Our gallant 9 did their best, and achieved a creditable 5th place from 8 (ahead of at least one Division 1 team!) with 4 wins from 9 matches played before an agreed abandonment of play at lunchtime - much to everyone's relief! [Posted 21 November]

A new feature has been added to this wonderful website - brief highlights of the AGM 2007. Please note that these are NOT the formal Minutes, merely a report of what the President can remember about what went on! [Posted 21 November]

The much postponed SCPC Doubles final was finally played at Lord's Hill on Sunday 11 November.

Graham & Richard T deservedly emerged as this years Champions after a tough three game struggle against Jill & Robin, 6-13, 13-4, 13-4. [Posted 12 November 2007]

Graham, Mike, Sam and Kaylee were part of the SCPA Espoirs & Juniors team that beat IOW 13-7 at Burridge on Saturday 10 November. Sam's team won all 3 of their games, including beating an adult IOW team. [Posted 12 November 2007]

Kaylee and Wayne Thatcher were losing semi-finalists in the Plate competition in the SCPA Mixed Doubles competition at the Limes on Sunday 28 October. [Posted 12 November 2007]

Congratulations to Graham and Andy, ("The Skippers") who became the SCPA Doubles champions  at SCPC on Sunday 21 October! Wayne W won the Plate consolage with Ben Corp (Limesdowne), beating Peter and Wayne T in the final. Many thanks also to Hilary for organising the last-minute modifications to the terrain, and to all who helped her! [Posted 12 November 2007]

"The Skippers"!

Having teased Pilgrims enough, Saints finally crowned a tremendous season by beating Ship Shapes 3-2 at home on Tuesday 16 October to clinch promotion to 6-a-side Division 2! Congratulations to Graham and his squad! With Pilgrims having won the pre-season match and both head-to-heads in the league against Saints, and gone further in the General Wine Company event, honours come out about even between the two squads, and everyone should be pretty happy!! [Posted 17 October 2007]

Saints reopened the door to promotion for Pilgrims from the 6-a-side Division 3 by losing 3-2 away to Portchester on Thursday 11 October. [Posted 17 October 2007]

The 9-a-side team fell at the last hurdle in trying to achieve an unprecedented unbeaten season in Division 2, losing 5-4 at home to the Admiral Demons on Tuesday 9 October - not the best birthday present for the captain, but a fabulous season for the team! [Posted 17 October 2007]

Pilgrims managed to go one better than Saints in the General Wine Company competition, losing in the semi-final on Sunday 7 September at The Ship to Ship Wrecks, who beat Saints in the previous round (both 3-2). [Posted 17 October 2007]

Andy is the year's Singles Champion (for a record-equalling 3rd time in a row!) after a magnificent championship final against Graham,. [Posted 30 September 2007]

It looks as if Club Finals Day will happen on schedule at 1030 on Sunday 30 September, with only one preliminary match outstanding and the weather forecast looking fairly benign! If neither of our teams qualify for the General Wine Company finals on the following Sunday (7 October) we will probably try to play the postponed 2007 Ron Luxton Trophy event then. [Posted 27 September 2007]

At the SCPA Regional Triples at Adur on Sunday 23 September, Graham and the two Waynes were losing semi-finalists of the adult competition, but Sam got a bigger trophy than her Dad by winning the Junior event, playing with Charlotte Dennis and Helen Manley (two members of the victorious SCPA junior Inter-Regional team). Kaylee's team came 3rd. [Posted 27 September 2007]

Recent history was turned on its head at the Inter-Regional Competition at Brean Sands, Somerset on Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th September. More important than Kent failing to win for the first time in most peoples' memory was the fact that Southern Counties Petanque Association WON!!! They finished up with 64 wins, in total, 4 more than Kent in 2nd and Northern in 3rd. This was a brilliant effort by the whole squad, with every team chipping in with 4 or more victories, but special mention must be made of the junior team who managed an incredible 11 wins from 12 games! Wayne Webster was SCPC's only playing representative, with his team winning 9 of their games (the best adult team for SCPA), but on the management side we had a clean sweep, with Bernie managing the winning squad and Peter looking after the juniors, both, obviously, to stunning effect! Congratulations to all concerned, especially our 3 heroes! [Posted 27 September 2007]

SCPC won its first venture into European competition with a convincing 6-1 away win against ABC Kirdford in the European Club Cup competition, with a team consisting of Hilary, Gianni, Bernie, Graham and both Waynes.  [Posted 27 September 2007]

Pilgrims wrapped up their league season with a home 3-2 win against Admiral Cunningham, leaving them (probably temporarily) in 2nd place in 6-a-side Division 3, as Saints are only 4 points behind and have 2 matches still to play. The 9-a-side team retain their unbeaten record with only 1 match remaining! [Posted 27 September 2007]

Hilary, Gianni and Graham won the Adur Charity Triples on Sunday 1 September. [Posted 5 September 2007]

In the 6-a-side Division 3 it looks to be a straight fight for the second promotion spot between Saints and

Pilgrims but with Saints having the clear edge, being a point ahead with a match in hand. [Posted 5 September 2007]

With two matches still to play, the 9-a-side team have already been officially declared League Champions of Division 2 on the SCPA website! Congratulations to Andy and the rest of the squad! [Posted 5 September 2007]

In the new trial ranking list for EPA players who have competed in the BPFs Grand Prix 1 & 2, the EPAs Triples, Doubles and Singles Championships, Graham stands a fantastic 5th, with 19 wins in the 5 competitions, an outstanding achievement in his first "adult" year! David P is 57th (10 from only 3), Peter 75th (8 from 4), Wayne W 77th (8 from 3) and Rob 223rd (having only played in one of the competitions). Congratulations to them all! [Posted 1 August 2007]

With the 9-a-side's 7-2 away win over our nearest rivals, Ship Wrights, on Tuesday 31 July we can now only be deprived of at least equal top spot in Division 2 by defaulting in one of our two remaining fixtures! We are 1 point and a massive 27 games clear of the Ship team, who only have one match left to play. [Posted 1 August 2007]

Pilgrims completed the double for the season over Saints with another narrow and closely-fought 3-2 win at the club on Tuesday 24 July. However, Oxshott have now overtaken both at the top of 6-a-side Division 3, confirming their position as favourites to win the league, and Saints look the more likely of our two teams for promotion as they are only 2 points adrift of Pilgrims with a match in hand and a better games difference. [Posted 25 July 2007]

Best performance yet by the 9-a-side team at home to the Limesdowne Lions on Tuesday 17 July, winning 9-0! There were some close games, which were the sort of things the club was losing even last year, but the infusion of two excellent young shooters, Graham and Wayne, has created a new balance and dynamic in the team that has led to it only losing 6 games out of 45 played to date! As always, though, the next match is the hardest to win! [Posted 17 July 2007]

Saints' two narrow defeats to Oxshott at the Temple Inn, Liss on Saturday 14 July leave Pilgrims and Saints tied at the top of 6-a-side Division 3, but with Saints having a match in hand. But Oxshott now look to be narrowly favourites for the league, only two points behind with a match in hand over Saints. [Posted 15 July 2007]

Wayne Webster will be the only SCPC member playing in the Inter-Regional at Brean Sands in September after his team (with Kim and Tracey Elcomb and Daniel Hill) came 7th in the SCPA Masters at The Ship on 7/8th July. [Posted 14 July 2007]

Meanwhile, Graham also had a good weekend, coming equal 2nd in the MacMillan Charity Mle at the Limes on Saturday and, with Sam and Kaylee, 4th in the Flight Refuelling Open on Sunday. Great to see our new pair of juniors making such excellent progress! [Posted 14 July 2007]

Sam and her dad, Wayne, were hugely unlucky to lose to the eventually winners in the quarter-finals of the main competition in the Cobbetts Doubles at Burridge on Sunday 24 June, Steve Lombard and Glenn Floyd. Sam and Wayne were 12-8 up and on the coche with their opponents have one boule to play, but the final shot moved the coche into a group of 5 of the other team's boules to snatch the game! Sam got a share of the "Best Junior" prize, but it was so nearly all her own! Graham, with Ben Corp of Limesdowne, was runner-up in the Main consolage, while Hilary and Gianni were runners-up in the Plate. [Posted 28 June 2007]

Another impressive 7-2 performance by the 9-a-side team at the Admiral Cunningham on 19th June stretched our huge advantage at the top of the 9-a-side Division 2, while home and away 3-2 wins for Pilgrims and Saints helped Saints into 2nd place in the 6-a-side Division 3, still well-placed to overtake Pilgrims for the top spot. Oxshott, currently 4th, could spoil the 1-2 for SCPC on current form. [Posted 26 June 2007]

A good day was had by all, including 17 of our club members, who turned up for our Open Triples Competition at Lord's Hill on Sunday 10 June, won by Wroxall Stars from the Isle of Wight. [Posted 16 June 2007]

Going top of 6-a-side Div 3 clearly took Pilgrims too near the sun, and the wax duly melted and the wings fell off at the White Horse, Alton on Saturday 16 June for their two rearranged league matches against Oxshott, which were lost 2-3 ("home") and 0-5 ("away"). Pilgrims remain top, but both Saints and Oxshott have 3 matches in hand and are within easy range of overhauling them. [Posted 16 June 2007]

Tuesday 12 June saw Pilgrims go top of 6-a-side Div 3 with a creditable away win, 3-2, against the former league leaders Ship Wrecks (and with two matches in hand over them), and Saints to go third, narrowing the gap to Pilgrims to 2 points and with a match in hand over them, with a crushing 5-0 victory at home to Portchester. Looking good! [Posted 14 June 2007]

At the EPA National Triples at Crondall on Sunday 2 June, Graham, playing with Sarah Huntley (Chilterns) and Nic Baxter (Kent), came third, qualifying to represent England in the Home Nations Championship in August in Inverness, although there is some doubt about whether the team (which would need to include a substitute for one of the other two) will be eligible. Peter and Rob, playing with Chris Barron from Portchester, didn't do quite so well, but were at least as far off the bottom of the 30 entrants as Graham was from the top! [Posted 8 June 2007]

Saints maintained SCPC's excellent league performances with a convincing 4-1 win away against Ship Wrecks in their rearranged fixture on Thursday 7 June. Ship Wrecks' League lead, after this defeat and a 5-0 thrashing by Portchester, now looks very vulnerable with Pilgrims only 1 point behind with two matches in hand, but Saints perhaps even better placed 5 points behind with 3 games in hand! [Posted 8 June 2007]

While Pilgrims lost their unbeaten record at Admiral Cunningham (2-3) on May 30, the 2 points scored were still enough to take them into equal top spot in the 6-a-side Division 3, with an identical record to Ship Wrecks. Saints currently have two matches in hand and are 9 points adrift, so two decent wins could take them into the lead. Meanwhile, the 9-a-side's 8-1 thrashing of Limesdowne Leopards on June 5 extended both their winning start to the season and their lead at the top of  the 9-a-side Division 2 - only one point, but a massive games difference lead over their nearest rivals of +16 after just 3 matches! [Posted 6 June 2007]

Sadly, after the second Regional Qualifier at Farmhouse on Sunday 3 May, none of SCPC's 7 entrants (Graham, Wayne W, Rob, Mike, Bernie, Hilary & Gianni) have progressed directly to the SCPA Masters, for selection for the Inter-Regional squad in September. Rumour has it that at least one of them may become the fourth member of a qualified team and make it to Brean Sands on that basis. [Posted 6 June 2007]

Peter has kindly sent in a round-up of the performances of SCPC members to date in National Competitions:

BPF Junior Singles, Crondall, Saturday May 12 (10 teams): Sam and Kaylee (in their first major championship!) with Debbie Elcombe (Adur) and Sam Littley (Kent) were 7th with 2 wins from 5 games.

BPF Espoirs (18-23) Grand Prix, Crondall, Saturday May 12 (7 teams): Graham and David P with Sarah Huntley (Chiltern) were 5th with 3 wins from 6.

Grand Prix World Championship Qualifying series: (originally 46 teams) after 2 rounds (Detling, Sunday April 29 and Whitnash, Sunday May 13): Graham and David P with Sarah Huntley (Chiltern) and Graham Lewis (Northern) were 15th with 7 wins from 12; Peter and Wayne W with Chris Barron (Portchester) were 29th with 5 wins from 12; so both teams qualify for the first round of the IQS at Brecon on Sunday June 10 - Good Luck!!

EPA Weekend May 26-28, Bury St Edmunds: Singles (59 teams): Graham was 21st with 4 wins from 6; Doubles (62 teams): Graham and Tim McConnon (Eastern) were 31st (3/6), David P and Wayne W were 35th (3/6), Peter and Debbie Elcombe (Adur) were 51st (2/6); Mixed Doubles (46 teams): Graham and Heather Stockbridge (IoW) were 3rd (5/6) - top result! David P and Debbie Elcombe (Adur) were 7th (4/6). [Posted 2 June 2007]

At a very wet Shedfield triples on Sunday 27 May, SCPC was extremely well-represented, contributing two-thirds of 3 of the 8 teams (where are the great Shedfield weekends of yesteryear?!) plus a complete triple of Sam, Wayne and Big Dave. "Jorji" (Jill, Robin and John Pollinger (Shedfield)) just failed to retain their crown from last year, being beaten in the Main final by KDM. "The Tribe" (Trish Neville (Shedfield) plus Bernie and Richard P) and "Amici" (Hilary and Gianni with Jed Stone (Limesdowne)) were the losing semi-finalists, with The Tribe holding out slightly better against the weather to win a prizeless Main consolage "final"! [Posted 28 May 2007]

Pilgrims and the 9-a-side team continued their winning starts to the season with resounding home wins against teams from The Ship on 15 and 22 May respectively. Jean and Paul starred for the 9-a-side without playing - they generously leapt into the breach and made the sandwiches at extremely short notice! [Posted 24 May 2007, updated 2 June 2007]

The 9-a-side team opened its campaign in foul weather, varying between persistent light rain and intermittent downpours, with a chilly wind, at Limesdowne on 10 May and emerged with a highly promising 8-1 win against the "Lions". [Posted 11 May 2007]

Both of our juniors, Sam and Kaylee, played in the SCPA Adult/Junior competition at Burridge on Monday 7 May, with Graham (defending champion) and David P respectively as their adult partners. Sam and Graham came 6th with 3 wins while Dave and Kaylee got 2 wins coming 12th out of 17; great efforts by both teams, as most of the other juniors are in their final year and have considerably more experience in competitions than our girls - very promising! [Posted 11 May 2007]

Seven SCPC stars participated in the first Regional Qualifier at Crondall on Sunday 6 May; Hilary and Gianni ("Amici") were 16th at the end of the day with 2 wins; Bernie ("Tribe") was 18th, also with 2 wins; and Graham ("Los Conquistadores") and Wayne W, Rob and Mike ("Accolytes") had one win each in 20th and 21st (our of 23) respectively. A bit to do for everyone, by the looks of it! [Posted 11 May 2007]

Congratulations to Hilary for winning this year's Bernay Cup, to repeat her success of last year. Wendy achieved a storming result in her first attempt at this competition, trailing Hilary only by 7 points in second place. [Posted 8 May 2007]

Both 6-a-side teams continued their impressive starts to the season with 4-1 wins in their second matches, Pilgrims away to Portchester and Saints at home to Admiral Cunningham. [Posted 8 May 2007]

The first ever league match between two SCPC teams finished with the narrowest possible win (13-12 on the fifth game!) to Pilgrims. It was a really good match, full of high quality play by both teams, and if we can all keep up that standard of play, surely Saints and the 9-a-side team, as well as Pilgrims, are set for a good season! Hope so! [Posted 18 April 2007]

Graham and Wayne T are the first winners of an SCPC competition this year (or should that be the last winners from last year?), with an emphatic 5 wins, +42 points difference in the Ron Luxton Trophy (2006 version). Honourable mention also to Richard T, Wayne W and 60% of Robin, who also won all 5 of their games, but with an inferior points difference. Honourable mention also to everyone else who turned up and enjoyed the sunshine! [Posted 17 April 2007]

Pilgrims rearranged "home" and "away" fixtures against Oxshott are both to take place at the Horse & Groom, Alton, home of the Nomads (if you can say that!), on Saturday 16th June. Saints have made a similar arrangement for the following weekend, Saturday 23rd June. [Posted 17 April 2007]

Both Saints and Pilgrims are attempting to rearrange both home and away fixtures against Oxshott to be played on one weekend day (each!) at a neutral venue. Watch the fixtures for the new dates. The Pilgrims away match against Ship Wrecks, originally scheduled for 2 October, has been brought forward to Tuesday 12 June. [Posted 29 March 2007]

The Saints v Pilgrims "warm-up" match on Tuesday 27th was very well-attended (apart from a couple of notable late-comers!) and extremely successful. Congratulations to Jean and Graham for the splendid organisation and to everyone else for excellent participation! P.S: Pilgrims won 5-4! [Posted 29 March 2007]

Throughout February and March, our hardier souls have been playing in several competitions throughout the Region and beyond, with Peter, Graham, David, Hilary, Gianni and Bernie braving the elements to get out and enjoy themselves! Pride of place to date goes to Peter and David, who made the quarter-finals of the Adur Triples with Ray Austin (Adur) on Sunday 4 February, and then topped that by winning the Admiral Cunningham Spring Doubles on Sunday 18 March. Peter has also continued with his sterling efforts to get ptanque news and results into the Echo. Great stuff! [Posted 25 March 2007]

In a gallant attempt by our two 6-a-side Captains to try to get our league season off to a rather more convincing start than usual, a match has been arranged for Tuesday 27th March between the Saints and Pilgrims squads. The format will depend on how many from each squad turn up, but everyone will get a game! If you haven't let your team Captain know whether you can be there, please try to get in touch with them before Tuesday evening. [Posted 25 March 2007]

The "Forum", tried as an experiment last year, has been abandoned. [Posted 25 March 2007]

Welcome to the new season! Both our 6-a-side teams find themselves in Division 3, with Pilgrims having been relegated from Division 2 (7th) last year and Saints having narrowly failed to replace them having come 3rd in Division 3. The 9-a-side competition is split into two Divisions from the start this year, with SCPC in a 5-team Division 2 having finished 2nd in Division 2 last year. [Posted 25 March 2007]


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