SCPA Melee Sunday 1st March

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.

Fareham Club Twinning

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.

Chris

Charity Melee 2019

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.

Chosen Pairs

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.

Club Drawn Pairs

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!

Fareham Open Doubles

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.

Spring Melee

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.

Club Singles

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.

Golden Boot

This year’s Golden Boot took place on a lovely sunny morning. There were 13 Fareham players and 10 from Shedfield with Lois volunteering to play for Shedfield. After a hard fought contest, it was tied on 6 games each with Fareham retaining the Boot on the points total: 118 to 108.

A big thank you to Lois and Marion for the kitchen duty and Gary as soup maker!

Jack’s Eye Sharpener

Despite the blustery conditions, 22 players battled it out! It was lovely to see Malcolm and Shelley playing and also Shelley’s sister Wendy. Winner was Mark (4W +21), second was Diana ((4W +20) and third was Gary (3W +15). Strongest player was Gerry (1W -21) – although as he had left by then, Sue collected on his behalf.

A big thank you to Lois and Marion for running the kitchen and to everyone who helped with the organisation including Shelley for presenting the prizes.