Regions are again beginning to choose their eight- and four-team (adult, triples) squads for the Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Cup to be held in September. Sussex Pétanque (SXP) held their first of three qualifying days yesterday at Crowborough Social Club.
BHPC members constituted three of the fifteen (adult) teams present: Crowbright – Alan Constable (Crow. SC), Ian Maynard, Tony Mann; Alvis – David Alfred, Stephan Alfred, Gareth Jarvis; JCan – Janice Doherty, Chris Holden, Alan Issler, Nick Rowlands. It was good to see Chris and Nick, both new to competitive play outside of the club.
After a hard day’s play in warm, sunny weather, JCan achieved 10th place, thus having a good chance of making the Challenge squad, at least. Crowbright and Alvis, last year’s first and second seeded teams respectively, won all their games until they met each other in the final. Having never confronted each other in any of the qualifying rounds over the last two years, Crowbright outplayed Alvis on the day and deservedly won the game 13-5. Possible future encounters are awaited with interest …
Well done to all our players, and good luck to them for the second qualifying day which will take place at our terrain on Sunday 18 May.
More details in the next Newsletter.