10 Mar 2006
Sunday 29th June turned out to be just about a perfect day for pétanque - warm and sunny, with a bit of a breeze. A late and welcome entry from a Welsh team brought the total up to a respectable 22 and ensured that nobody would have to sit out a "bye" during the day.
It also allowed us to run leagues in the morning - four of 4 teams and one of 6, with each team playing three others in this league. Top eight teams from the leagues (league winners plus the next best three teams on games won/points difference) went into a knockout Main competition, with first round losers going into a knockout Consollage.
The remaining 14 teams went into a three-round "snake" Plate competition, with all three competitions organised so that no-one would play any of the same teams in the afternoon as they had in the morning except, potentially (although not actually), in the semis or finals of the two knockout competitions.
In the Main competition, Tony & Carlo Giordano and Pierre Labadie from Poole beat Jorji (Jill and Robin from SCPC and John from Shedfield) in the final, with Flight and KDM losing in the semi-finals.
Southdowne (Bernie and Richard P from SCPC and Jackie from Limesdowne) beat SCPC 2 (Hilary, Marilyn and David) in the final of the Consollage.
Poole Pirates (Joy, Mike and Glen) won the Plate competition, narrowly beating Southern Region Juniors 2 (Matthew, Sonja and Hayley), the best of the four junior teams taking part on the day.
SCPC's very own junior, Graham, was presented with his Green and Red Junior awards by Regional Coach Kath Knight (of KDM) at the prizegiving, Kath commenting that she thought that many adults playing would find it difficult to achieve the Red award! Graham's team, including father Peter and Richard T (all SCPC), narrowly missed out on the prizes in the Plate Competition, finishing 7th.
Full results - pictures below (courtesy of Bernie - click to enlarge - the pictures!!)...
Players & friends at the start ..... Winners at the end.....
(Best wishes to Gina!) (Graham with his awards far right!)
....and "work in progress" in between