A good day for Huddersfield Pétanque as all our three teams reached the Main knockout Finals.
Robin and Rita went on to the Final of the Mixed Pairs but lost the big prize. Roy and Brendan were losing semifinalists in the Open Pairs as were Kevin, Christine, Pete and Margaret in the Mixed Triples.
When the results of the three competitions were aggregated HPC was tied for second place with Hollicarrs but lost out on count back of wins. So we were placed 3rd out of the 8 clubs who had entered. Leeds won the overall title. A great day of Petanque.
Last Melee winner Maureen demonstrated how to do it winning all 3 games with a massive points difference of +21 in the August 1st Melee. As July was washed out this is the first of the second half of the year. Next One 5th September.
In the last week of July a group from the Trefoil guild came for an evening session to learn about the game. There were 16 ladies from the Guild which is a support organisation for Girl Guides across the UK which also has a social side. Across the UK, there are over 1,100 Trefoil Guilds with over 18,000 members.
Trefoil Guild acts like a branch of Girlguiding and its members agree to support the guiding ethos – including the pledge to help other people.
Many members pass on their skills and knowledge to local guiding units, from helping Brownies work towards a badge to preparing older girls for a camping adventure. Many members are unit leaders or helpers in Girlguiding units.
On the day we showed them how to play and at the end of the evening we ran a 2 round competition where we mixed up the teams and collected scores. After this process Louise was declared the winner with 2 wins out of 2 and a large points difference and won the gold medal. Each participant took away a Certificate of attendance and promised to return next year for another evening.
The only team to win their 3 games on Tuesday were called MCK made up of Melvyn, Christine and Kevin who are now Triples champions for 2021 winning a magnificent trophy and a gold medal. Club Secretary Roy making the presentations
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.
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
…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.
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.
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
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.