September 12, Fareham Petanque Club held its first Open event since March 2020. The weather was amazing, the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky, it could have not been a better welcome back to play for FPC.
We had 23 players join us for the day- three from Worthing, two from Adur/Clymping, two from ABC, one from Portchester and the rest from Fareham.
Sheila and Lois took charge of the kitchen for the day. Sheila, Sue and Lois all made amazing cakes. Jackie Lee organised the raffle. And there was a team which arrived early to get the terrain set up and ready for play. I thought I had turned up early, but there was an army already on site before I got there. Thank you to everyone for your help and support to make this Open successful.
We raised £201.75 for Canine Partners this year, the raffle was very well supported and a number of Fareham Petanque Club members who could not play made very generous donations.
The first fanny of the day was awarded to George Churcher and Peter Marland. Chis Moss donated the prize for the first fanny.
Bob Ainsworth was the strongest player with 5 losses -31
Sheila Hayward was 3rd place with 4 wins +18
Mark Robertshaw was 2nd place with 5 wins +36
Paul Hayward was 1st place with 5 wins +45
Thank you to everyone that gave their time to support this event, it was a fantastic day.
A commendable 20 players turned out for the melee on what proved to be a sunny, if slightly breezy day. Members from Clymping, Cobbetts and Cranleigh joined a good turn out of Fareham members for an enjoyable competition. The winner with 4 wins +28 was Carrie Litchfield, second was Mark Robertshaw with 3 wins +21 and third was Dianna Slark with 3 wins + 20. Strongest player was Dennis Slark 0 wins -31.
The twinning took place in Quiberon with 12 members enjoying the hospitality, including the Scottish contingent. Things kicked off on Friday 27th with lunch hosted by Alain and Christiane. In the evening we had a reception with the Deputy Mayor of Quiberon. Key treats included Chris mangling the French language!
Saturday morning started with an early shower followed by sunny and breezy conditions. We enjoyed a lovely barbeque at Quiberon Petanque Club followed by a 3 game doubles competition with the “Twinners” (British and French) taking on Quiberon. Best “Twinners” were Sheila and Laurent who came 3rd overall. Special praise to Lois and Mike Moss who were the only all British team and didn’t come last! There was one Fanny on Saturday but what happens in France, stays in France! Saturday evening, we were treated to Paella cooked by Alain at the local Church Hall.
Sunday morning was again sunny but quite windy. A two game Melee took place at Quiberon Petanque Club for the “Twinners”. David and Laurent and Carrie and Malcolm both won two games. Alain and Christiane again hosted lunch and later on a final meal in the evening.
A massive thank you to Alain and Christiane as hosts, Richard as organiser and to Laurent for arranging accommodation. A fabulous weekend and we look forward to the hosting our French friends in Fareham in 2021.
An excellent turnout of 24 players, including visitors form the Isle of White, Cranleigh and Cobbetts enjoyed a lovely sunny day supporting Canine Partners. After 2 games in the morning (including the first fanny!) we had an extended lunch and welcomed Christine, Tim and Tina from Canine Partners together with Tina who is a demonstration dog. Christine explained the role of assistance dogs whilst Tina and Tina showed what the dogs can do, including remove hats, gloves, jacket and even picking up a credit card from the floor!
Play was resumed for the remaining 3 games with play finishing around 4:45. The winner was Gerry with 5 wins +36, Tim was runner up with 5 wins +30 and Drew (IoW) was third with 4 wins +24. Strongest player was Robert. First Fanny was Terry and Robin which Paul and Daena as the other fanny of the day.
We raised £235 on the day with a late donation making this up to a round £250.
A commendable 9 pairs completed for the Chosen Pairs this year. The weather was perfect for Petanque with sunshine and a light breeze. Stand out winners this year were David Kilshaw and Paul Hayward (5 Wins +49). Second were Sheila Hayward and Bob Bish (4 Wins +19). Third were Lois and Gerry Mac (3 Wins +11) with two other teams clocking up 3 Wins: Carrie and Chris (+ 4) and Jackie and George (-8). Strongest players were Mike Sheppard and Trish Neville.
A huge thank you to Lois who also managed to play. She was ably assisted in the Kitchen by Heather and Gary.
As slightly “thin” turnout this year with only 14 players contesting. The weather did not start very promising but turned into a lovely spring day – shame it was June! Strongest players were Jackie Churcher and David Mayer, 6th were Gary and Chris, 5th Mike and Gerry, 4th Jackie Lee and Sue, 3rd David Kilshaw and Mari. Runners-up were Carrie and George with Daena and Tim the winners with 5 wins +32.
A huge thank you to Lois and Heather for the food and Martin for delivering the trophy!
A superb turnout of 22 teams including one team of juniors battled it out on a day that threatened rain. Main final was an all Cobbetts affair with Dave Stubbs and Richard Greeves winning with Alison Stubbs and Pete Tomlin as runners up. Main Consolage was won by Tony Giordano and Leo Black (Muscliffe). Plate winners were Nicole and Martin Ware with Plate runners up Jackie and Danny Corp (Shedfied). Plate Consolage was won by Mick and Pat Roberts (Muscliffe) and the spoon was won by Bill Mackrell and John Bailey. First Fanny were Nick Hall and Mike Powelsland (Portchester).
Huge thank you to Dave and Carrie for running the competition and as ever to Lois and Heather for the catering.
An excellent turnout to this year’s Spring Melee of 33 players from across the region. The weather was kind all day long with the occasional appearance of the sun! This year’s winner and defending champion was Daena (5W +21), second Paul Hayward (4W +25, points for 59) and third was Julie (4W +25, points for 58). Strongest player by one point was Chris Sullivan (Kirdford) (1W -25). First Fanny’s were Sue Mac and Diana Slark, with Gerry and Paul Hayes (Muscliff Park) also being fanny’d.
A huge thank you to Lois and Gary for providing the food and to Sheila for running the raffle.
On a rather chilly April day 18 players fought it out for the Club Singles. Overall winner was David Kilshaw with Mark as runner up. Main Consolage was won by Paul Leverett. The Plate was won by Chris and Plate Consolage by George. The Spoon was won by Gerry. Some cracking games, especially the Plate final which was eventually won 13 – 12.
As ever a big thank you to Lois and Marion for the catering and everyone else who helped with the organisation.