Category Archives: Petanque

A Day at the races

Marie won and Brendan and Pete came joint second which meant, unfortunately, that Pete ended up with a rosette saying 3rd place. We had a good turnout (lots of people had other arrangements) and everybody dressed accordingly and we had a brilliant day with lots of laughs.


Race Day Sunday 18th July

We are holding a Race Day melee to kick start our social calendar events after a long absence. Wear the clothes you would normally wear for petanque except we ask that the ladies wear a hat or fascinator and the gents to wear a tie, bow tie or top hat.

Entry is free; prizes and rosettes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Raffle (bring your pound coins)

Please come and join in and let’s make it a fun day.

For more info ask Sue C, Maureen, Marie or Sandie

The 4th of July..

…turned out to be a damp squid. The first round of the Summer/Autumn leg of the Members Monthly Mêlée had to abandoned because of the atrocious weather conditions. This leg of the M.M.M will now start with the competition on Yorkshire Day, August 1st “. Only half the players completed round 2 so it would be unfair to award points. Having never experienced this before it’s time to review the rules for this event as there have been a few issues that need addressing. We’ll do this so they are in place for the next MMM.

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Yes it was originally a damp squib. It is very common to hear a damp squid instead of damp squib, to mean disappointment, and there are many examples on the Web. The reason for the change seems clear and perfectly logical in its own terms. The word squib means a firework. As the word squib now rarely appears outside the idiom it no longer makes sense to some people. Replacing it with the word squid does two things: it links it to a word that people know, and it breathers new life into an otherwise dead metaphor. Squid intensifies the idea of dampness; and there is, arguably, a strong metaphorical link between dampness and disappointment.

Club Pairs Champions

Tuesday 29th June saw one of the club’s regular events. Bob and Andy were crowned Doubles champions. They won all their 3 games and had a points difference of +25. Pete and Margaret were second with 3 wins and +22 with Maggie & Glyn 3rd with 3 wins and +15. 

Here’s the trophy and a photo of winners.

June melee result and final table

2Robin S20.53
4=Christine A183
11Rita S11.53
13Paul S10.52
14=Sue C103
20=Sue B51

Christine A won the event on Sunday 6th June but the overall winner of the winter league is Maureen. Here’s Robin presenting the trophy. Next Melee 4th July.

Please check your boules

Jane has acquired a boule that doesn’t belong to her. She plays with an Obut Match 690 but one of her boules is now an Obut Match 700. She’s only ever played at Huddersfield so someone has accidentally picked up her boule instead of their own and she has done the same. as the patterns are similar. If members could check their boules and see if they have an odd boule we can arrange a swap and everyone will be happy. Jane’s unique reference is E458.

AGM and normal play

Following the utter confusion and mixed messaging of the last few days the Government has re-issued its guidance and stated that there is no lockdown and no travel restrictions in Kirklees and the other 7 affected local authorities.

In light of this our AGM will take place as previously planned at 12:00 noon on Sunday May 30th. Please remember that as the Rule of 6 still applies indoors, the meeting will be held outside on the terrain.

Local Lockdown

The Club has just found out that Kirklees entered new restrictions last Friday meaning no-one should move in or out of the area and residents should revert to similar social distancing measures as before. The club has no option but to close all formal club activity immediately until further notice. Clubhouse is closed, AGM is postponed and there will be no organised club sessions until there is clarity and revised Government advice. Members living in Kirklees may play informally if they are happy to do so. Members from outside of Kirklees should not visit the club.