Club singles champion is Yvonne

Sunday 15th July

Considering the clash with Wimbledon Men’s final and the World Cup final a good turnout of 16 for today’s Singles Tournament. In this event you’re on your own with only 3 boules and no partner to bail you out. Because of this we handicap players to try and even out the experience and ability. Some players start with +7 on the scoreboard every game. Some start from scratch.
Bob was leader after the snake with 3 wins + 12.  2nd was Yvonne with 2 wins + 10.
These 2 played a final which Yvonne won 13-10.
In joint 3rd place were last years finalists, Maureen and Roy on 2 wins + 8

The miracle of Greenhead Park

You’ll know Elaine – she’s been a member for quite a few years now and you know that she has a good day and sometimes a bad day but she always turns up and tries hard. Yesterday, a run of the mill Thursday evening, something happened that was quite miraculous. She decided she wanted to shoot so the club captain who was there gave her a few words of advice to assist the process.

No rocket science just simple aphorisms like if you shoot along the ground there are more bumps and lumps and stones to hit so there’s more chance of the boule going off the line. If you shoot you should go to aim to land as near to the boule you’re shooting as possible – ideally hit it without touching the ground but even landing 6 inches in front is probably good enough. Other simple things like raising your arm just a touch to generate the power to reach the target and gradually Elaine picked this up and her shooting got better and better.

Over a three game session she became the ‘go to’ shooter. People volunteered to be pointer for her so she could practise shooting and following the simple techniques that have been outlined she started hitting a high percentage of shots. Her confidence grew and  she was soon shooting a boule from 3 inches away from the coche and leaving her own boule 5 inches away.

At the very end it was pointed out to her that by shooting one particular boule she could raise her existing score of 1 to 4. She didn’t know at the time but her team was on nine points they had one on the ground the opposition had second but her team had third and fourth. It was suggested that if she shot this particular ball out she would score 4 not just one point. It was a long shot – it was approaching 10 m but she just did it and won the game.

It was an astonishing display of rapid learning – she realised a technique would work and she executed it consistently and she won all three games that evening mainly by shooting out opposition boules. She wasn’t on her own so there’s no fix. Alastair and Yvonne were there watching her turn from an inconsistent pointer to someone who could shoot and hit well over 60% of the time.


League final Table

It’s all over. But it’s not good news. We ended bottom of the league. It started badly with a 0-5 defeat at Heckmondwike and it ended badly with a 0-5 defeat at Leeds. In between there were some good results but overall we won 12 games out of 40 and deserved last place. Mirfield rose from last to 3rd and Heckmondwike just beat Leeds by 1 game to win the league. We had good and experienced players at all our fixtures but didn’t play well enough to win games. There’s always next year to look forward to. Thanks to all players who played in the league team. This is a competition we were minutes away from winning a couple of years ago. Let’s do better next year. congratulations Heckmondwike,

How lethal is a piece of string

When we started we had no strings. As we grew and held competitions we added strings around the perimeter and also between pistes. Then we removed most of the strings between pistes and left the perimeter strings. Today all the strings went. Some pegs came out; some pegs stayed in but the strings went.It wasn’t an easy decision. At a committee meeting last week we considered all the options and there were many of them. On one hand perimeter strings were good and we felt we needed them for bigger events. Other clubs almost all had perimeter strings. On the other hand some members had tripped up and fallen on our perimeter strings. No major damage but any fall when you’re over 60 isn’t much fun.

One problem was that our terrain once levelled is now as wavy as Liberace’s hairpiece. In some places strings span a 4m gap 20mm above the ground. Some are buried in gravel. It just ain’t flat. Visits to other clubs show little evidence of tripping up on strings but the evidence at Greenhead Park was building up.

So we’re not having strings unless there’s a big event and we only anticipate half a dozen of these a year. Today’s melee went fine – no strings and no problems. We’re looking at alternatives to strings and it seems at the Marseille event currently being played that they manage with football style white lines. We’ll keep monitoring the situation.

What do you think? String puns welcome. As long as they’re about string.

July 1st Members Melee

Hot; 18 people. Winner Paul, 2nd Christine A, 3rd Phil, 4th Robin were the only ones to win 3 games. Paul leaps up the table. Rita has a bad day at the terrain.

Player Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Total Adj
Richard 10 9.5 10 29.5 29.5
Paul 13 13 26 26
Rita S 9 12 21 21
Maureen 3.5 8 6 7 24.5 21
Christine K 11 8.5 19.5 19.5
Roger L 5 13 18 18
Marie 11 6.5 17.5 17.5
Nigel 0 8.5 9 17.5 17.5
Sue 3.5 6.5 7 1.5 18.5 17
Robin 7 10 17 17
Amanda 12 4.5 16.5 16.5
Christine A 3 12 15 15
Kevin 9.5 5 14.5 14.5
Roy 13 13 13
Reg 12 12 12
Phil 1 11 12 12
Yvonne 11 11 11
Bob 8 0 2 10 10
Fred 5.5 4 9.5 9.5
Brendan 0 0 8 8 8
Pauline 3 3 6 6
Sandra B 6 6
Margaret 5.5 5.5 5.5
Mary 0 4.5 4.5 4.5
Malcolm 4 4
Rita P 2 2 2
Barrie 2 2 2
Elaine 1.5 1.5
Sandie 1 0 1 1
Jack 1 1 1
Pete 0 0 0
Michael 0 0 0
Alasdair 0 0 0 0
David W 0 0 0



Recently there have been times when no keyholder was at the terrain at the start time. There are good reasons for this. Keyholders (AKA committee members) are human; they have families to look after, grandchildren to babysit and holidays to enjoy.

Sometimes they have to visit doctors or hospitals for minor or maybe major health issues. They also have emergencies which crop up and disrupt their routine.

It doesn’t affect most members apart from the lack of rings and scorers as they have their own boules and can play without rings and scorers but it’s better if the shed is open. When new clubhouse arrives there may be times when someone wants a rest and a sit down and a cuppa out of the rain/sun* (delete as appropriate).

So at a recent committee meeting we agreed that we should establish a rota so every club session would have a key holder present. We have already lined up a committee member to handle big events (see calendar) but we feel we need to bring it in now for every session.

Here’s the monthly melees up to the end of the year

Sunday, 1 July 2018 Y N Y Y
Sunday, 5 August 2018 Y Y N
Sunday, 2 September 2018 Y Y Y N
Sunday, 7 October 2018 Y Y Y
Sunday, 4 November 2018 N Y
Sunday, 2 December 2018 N Y

and here’s July club sessions.

Sunday, 1 July 2018 Y N Y Y Y
Tuesday, 3 July 2018 N Y Y Y Y
Sunday, 8 July 2018 N Y Y Y Y
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 N Y Y N Y
Sunday, 15 July 2018 N Y Y N Y
Tuesday, 17 July 2018 N Y Y N Y
Sunday, 22 July 2018 Y N N N N
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 N Y Y N Y
Sunday, 29 July 2018 Y Y Y N Y
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 Y Y Y N Y

You’ll have noticed that Thursday doesn’t get a key holder. The afternoon session is still unofficial but popular and members have managed well but the evening session despite being requested at meetings recently is often very low numbers or no numbers so we are considering making these unofficial as well. Competitions allocated to Thursday can’t run with low numbers and members are voting with their feet and choosing Thursday afternoon. With more committee members we could service both Thursday sessions but we have to work with what we’ve got. This will be updated as necessary. Keep looking at this post.

Learn how to run a melee

This Sunday is monthly members melee. If anyone would like to learn how to run this style of competition this is your chance to give it a try. An experienced member will be on hand to make sure it all works out but it’s a useful skill to learn.

Talk to a committee member on the day. We can take a few who want to have a go. No preparation required. Just be there on the day. You can play as well.