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Pairs competitions

A pair of aces playing cards. — Stock Photo, Image

It’s been a long autumn and winter with covid complications but in the next few weeks we have some pairs competitions coming up.

With quite a few new members who may have played in a melee but not a pairs competition here’s an explainer to give you some idea of what it’s like.

Melees have a draw for partners every round and social sessions and club melees use this system. When we play a pairs, triples or even singles competition ideally we should have all teams play all other teams but numbers preclude this so teams play a selection of the other teams. We call this a snake.

Snakes mean that you can choose your partner (or take pot luck on the day if you don’t have one) and stay with them for the 3 rounds. The games are the same – first to 13 – and the winners are determined by total number of games won followed by points difference if there’s a tie. Each team is allocated number and a pre-drawn sheet shows who you are playing and has space for the results.

February 15th is Valentines Pairs. Members only and no entry fee with chocolates for the winners.

March 20th is Beau’s Charity Pairs where we open this to other local clubs and charge £10 per team. No prize money and all money goes to Beau’s campaign.

There will be other snakes during the year. You can see the playing calendar by clicking on https://huddersfieldpetanque.wordpress.com/calendar/ and we hope you try out a snake soon. They don’t bite.

Sunday 2nd Melee

First game just about completed then it threw it down. A majority of players in the clubhouse decided to go home. Consequently it was all abandoned and no points were awarded in the Spring Melee competition. We had enough time to take a picture of some of the players.

Sunday 19th December

The Xmas lights were switched on with a genuine elf from Golcar. Being as it was early afternoon the lights didn’t shine very brightly but the Xmas elf shortly afterwards collected her prize for winning the Autumn melee.

The second presentation was for the Champion of Champions Trophy. This is calculated from 7 of the major club events with points allocated for top 5 and added up to produce what is effectively the “player of the year” result. 2021 winner is Robin.

More Christmas elves appeared.

After the first round there were mince pies and mulled wine inside the clubhouse and the raffle for Xmas baskets was drawn. Winners were Maureen, Kathy & Margaret and the final amount raised this year for our chosen charity – Age UK – was over £350.

The raffles were organised by the social committee and two of them were at the draw. A huge thank you to the team who put on great events and raised a substantial amount. Next year they’ll do it again and we’re looking to choose a new charity for 2022. Give us your suggestions.

Finally as the sleigh of a sozzled Santa cruises past the Castle Hill of destiny HPC wishes you all a merry Christmas and looks forward to a full year of playing petanque.

December Melee and Winner

An amazing number of people on the terrain for the final melee of 2021. Although only three players could win it wasn’t decided until they last game of the day. Maureen couldn’t improve on her 33 points, Sue improved by 3 to reach 29 but Christine improved by 11 to jump to 37 and top the table.

NameAugSepOctNovDecTotalBest
Christine 13 13113737
Maureen134137 3733
Sue C55111083929
Yvonne668.511 31.525.5
Alasdair906.58.5 2424
Margaret  8 1242424
Robin  12 122424
Keith10.538.5 12322
Brendan  6.56719.519.5
Kevin 12  51717
Reg4   131717
Nigel1203  1515
Graham   5101515
Phil71.5 5 13.513.5
Jan11.54 612.511.5
Leonora 11   1111
Melvyn10.5    10.510.5
Roy  10  1010
Sandy 10   1010
Jane G 0  999
Andy   8.5 8.58.5
Mark8    88
Jackie 7   77
Cathy3   257
Denise   2.535.55.5
Richard  5  55
Amanda2  2.5 4.54.5
David  2  22
Rita  1  11
Pauline   1 11
The July event was abandoned but over the 6 months from August to December 40 people played. Some didn’t score any points and these have been removed from the records.. Next one starts January 2nd. The trophy will be engraved and on view in the clubhouse. Here’s the winner





November Melee

It’s going to be a lady winner next month. There are 3 at the top of the rankings and any one of them can win. It’s going down to the wire… These are the November scores. Yvonne and Alasdair have been amended.

WinsDiffPts
Christine32313
Margaret31212
Yvonne31011
Sue C21610
Alasdair2118.5
Andy2118.5
Maureen297
Brendan2-16
Phil135
Graham114
Amanda102.5
Denise102.5
Pauline1-21
Robin1-3
Jane1-5
Kevin1-8
Jackie1-8
Keith 1-11
Nell1-11
Claire1-12
Rita1-17
Sue W1-18
Pete00

And these are the cumulative scores.

NameJulAugSepOctNovDecTotalBest
Maureen 134137 3733
Sue C 551110 3126
Christine  13 13 2626
Yvonne 668.511 31.525.5
Alasdair 906.58.5 2424
Keith 10.538.5  2222
Margaret   8 12 2020
Nigel 1203  1515
Phil 71.5 5 13.513.5
Brendan   6.56 12.512.5
Kevin  12   1212
Robin   12  1212
Leonora  11   1111
Melvyn 10.5    10.510.5
Roy   10  1010
Sandy  10   1010
Andy    8.5 8.58.5
Mark 8    88
Jackie  7   77
Jan 11.54  6.56.5
Richard   5  55
Graham    5 55
Amanda 2  2.5 4.54.5
Reg 4    44
Cathy 3    33
Denise    2.5 2.52.5
David   2  22
Rita   1  11
Pauline    1 11
Jack  0   00
Jane G  0   00
Marie  0   00
Pete  0   00
NJulAugSepOctNovDecTotalBest
Maureen 134137 3733
Sue C 551110 3126
Christine  13 13 2626
Yvonne 668.511 31.525.5
Alasdair 906.58.5 2424
Keith 10.538.5  2222
Margaret   8 12 2020
Nigel 1203  1515
Phil 71.5 5 13.513.5
Brendan   6.56 12.512.5
Kevin  12   1212
Robin   12  1212
Leonora  11   1111
Yvonne    11 1111
Melvyn 10.5    10.510.5
Roy   10  1010
Sandy  10   1010
Andy    8.5 8.58.5
Mark 8    88
Jackie  7   77
Jan 11.54  6.56.5
Richard   5  55
Graham    5 55
Amanda 2  2.5 4.54.5
Reg 4    44
Cathy 3    33
Denise    2.5 2.52.5
David   2  22
Rita   1  11
Pauline    1 11
Jack  0   00
Jane G  0   00
Marie  0   00
Pete  0   00

Taster session

Kirklees Wellness Service popped in for a taster session on Wednesday 3rd November. They’d never played before but had tried Crown Green bowls and Boccia so had an inkling of what it was about. After a 5 minute tutorial on the game we played for nearly 90 minutes before rain stopped play.

There’s more than in this photo but it had just started to rain so some were taking cover. The group is thinking of a regular monthly session but they wisely decided to wait for next spring and warmer drier weather.

Rain then sun then wind then rain

And in the meantime 5 rounds of petanque was played in the Yorkshire winter pairs. 9 Huddersfield members were playing and 17 teams from all over Yorkshire turned up to grumble about the weather. First round was wet but during the second the rain stopped and for the bulk of the afternoon it was warm and sunny. But at the very end as four dour Yorkshiremen and women played the last few games there were serious wind issues.

Winners were Sylvestre and Clare and the best performance from Huddersfield was Paul who played with Rosanna from Leeds and made 4th place and a share of the prize money. Then we all went home to get warm and dry out. A great day.

Charity Melee and Raffle

24th October was another date in our calendar when we raise money for our charity. In 2021 it’s Age UK Kirklees & Calderdale. This event was a 3 round melee and members donated their entry fees to the charity instead of giving out cash prizes and also bought tickets in a raffle where all prizes had been donated by individuals or club members.

The total raised was £72. The charity heard about our efforts and gave us some t shirts, collecting buckets and other goodies to help out on the day. At the end of the year we’ll add up all the money raised from the various events and present it in the new year.

Winner on the day was Kevin who won all 3 games. Nigel and Sue were runners up.