Lots of petanque tournaments this year ... both social and competitive. Click here to check them out. To view news from previous years, just click on the appropriate link below.
BASTILLE DAY TOURNAMENT
Mark and Tina ... 2014 Bastille Day Champions
Les and Keith ... Runners Up Jonathan ( Best Costume ) and Keith
A wonderful day in the sun, enjoyed by all and celebrated with Pastis, French beer, baguettes avec jambon ... and the singing of La Marseillaise by our very popular resident French choir !
CLUB SHOOTING COMPETITION 2014
CLEAN SWEEP FOR CHRIS TAYLOR
Obviously inspired by the curling at the recent Sochi Olympics, sweeping entrepreneur Stephane Montel introduced the manly art of sweeping during the recent annual Shooting Competition at Christchurch.
Ten players plus 2 guests Marilyn & Colin Bunce from Alexandra took part in this event on a sunny winter's day. This was a fun but serious event with all trying to better not only last year's scores but the other player's scores. All players encouraged each other – some to great results and others – well - were not so great.
Competition was fierce as this particular trophy is sought after not only as it is an unusual trophy being a mounted cannon but for the treasured "bragging" rights.
Chris Taylor won the preliminary round with a stunning score of 75 and the second placed qualifier was Richard Browne with 64. They played off in the final but the results did not match their wonderful preliminary round efforts and the final could have gone either way. However, Chris prevailed and became the first woman to win not only the prized Open Trophy but also the Women's Shooting Trophy.
Well done Chris!
QUEENS BIRTHDAY TOURNAMENT
A crisp Canterbury morning turned into a fine sunny day as Christchurch Club welcomed players from the Ashburton Club who joined in this Social Tournament. Many new friends were made as players from each Club were paired up. The TD's dream number of 8 teams meant that 2 pools of 4 playing 3 rounds qualified the teams to the subsequent Championship and Plate knockout rounds.
The Championship Trophy was won by Steven Kyle (Asyhburton) and Bruno Falco (Christchurch who defeated Rewa Kyle (Ashburton) and John Targett (Christchurch) in the Championship final 13-10.
The plate event was won by Keith Dixon and Art Vernon both of Christchurch who defeated Betty King (Ashburton) and Alain Carpentier (Christchurch) in the Plate final 13-2.
FIREFIGHTERS COMPETITION 2014
David and Brian ... Winners Andrew and Peter ... Runners Up
Art and Chris ... Third Stephane and Stephanie ... Fourth
SOUTH CANTERBURY DOUBLES 2014
A thrilling tournament in Timaru saw Christchurch club members Stephan and Bruno capture the title for 2014, beating Neville and Branco ( Dunedin ) in the final. Chris and Karen took joint third alongside Art and Rena ( Dunedin ), while Keith and Les won the Plate. A very successful weekend for the club.
SOUTH ISLAND TRIPLES 2014
Champions : Brian, John and Craig
This year's Tournament was rescheduled due to a date clash with the 2014 Trans Tasman Challenge and South Island players responded with 19 teams being entered. Day 1 saw some interesting combos of players and results. The top qualifiers were the new Christchurch team of Bruno Falco, Emile Ferrand and John Hindle with 5 wins and a +25 differential. Emile suffered an unfortunate cycling accident on the way to the terrain on day 2 so this team had to play with only 4 boules but still managed one win in the ensuing Championship pool section.
The knockout rounds saw play well above what could be expected in the trying conditions and all teams are to be congratulated for their fortitude in continuing to play in the wet and avoiding the terrain puddles. Well done to all.
Congratulations to the defending title holders John Targett, Brian Westerbeek and Craig McKenzie(Christchurch) on their defence of the title. In the final they defeated Nadine Simpson, Rena Turley (Dunedin) and Les Clearwater (Christchurch).
Runners Up : Rena, Les & Nadine Trophy Consolation Winners : Chris, Alain & Goulwen
Trophy Consolation Runners Up : Keith, Mark & Andrew Plate Winners : Marje, Paul & Alice
Plate Runners Up : Mervyn, Kay & Roy Plate Consolation Winners : Stephanie, Bob & Pat
Plate Consolation Runners Up : Karen, Tina & Chris Bowl Finalists
Some images of the very challenging conditions on Day 2
Club Triples 2014
A superb day for playing petanque. Ten teams turned out to compete for the title of Club Champions. Lots of exciting games but in the end the worthy champions ( and having defended their title ) were Andrew Findlay, Markk Richardson and Keith Dixon who defeated Karen, Tina and Chris in the final.
Champions : Andrew, Mark and Keith
Runners Up : Karen, Tina and Chris Plate Winners : David, John and Craig
Plate Runners Up : Richard, Bob and ? Bowl Winners : Alain, Goulwen and ?
The Club organised a surprise for our much valued Thursday players with a High Tea event. One of the best attended days since the last 'surprise' ... the Champagne and Cucumber Sandwich day !
CLUB MIXED DOUBLES 2014
Wonderful weather for this year's keenly contested event. An early start meant the competition was able to finish by 1pm and avoid the afternoon heat. Congratulations to the winners ... Bob and Janet.
Winners : Bob & Janet Runners Up : Tina & Michael
WAITANGI DAY TOURNAMENT 2014
A big turnout this year for the annual Waitangi Day social tournament at the Christchurch Petanque Club, with teams from Ashburton, Ascot, Christchurch, Papanui and Woolston. The weather was delightful and despite the lack of club facilities the event was very successful.
Champions : Marion & Tony Runners Up : Chris & Bob