The club played its first friendly for some time at the new Rochdale Pétanque Club in Milnrow. First impressions were very good. a nice terrain still being worked on with 10 good sized lanes already and 2 more planned. Brilliant clubhouse with bar, coffee on draught, plentiful parking and beautiful toilets. What more could you ask for?
The game was played in good spirit. Rochdale had several youngsters in their squad (young in HPC terms is under 70) and although they’ve only been playing for a few weeks they performed well. Here’s Nicole demonstrating a classic pointing shot.
The result was disappointing for HPC. We played 10 games and both teams won 5 so it went to points difference to determine the winner. Huddersfield had not one but two 0-13 results so Rochdale scraped home by having +14. Congratulations on their victory, The actual scoresheet includes half a dozen drops of real Rochdale rain.
It was great day of pétanque and we plan to make it an annual event. The first one was in October 2019 which Huddersfield won 8-2. You may remember the 2 captains on that day and the small but perfectly formed trophy.
The next one will be in Huddersfield again. Let’s call it the August Trophy and create a bigger more memorable perpetual trophy for the next one and put a date in both our diaries for August 2022. Man of the match was Dennis from Rochdale who played 2 and won them both 13-0. Brendan was Huddersfield’s best performer with 2W +19.