Mann/Mitchell Win Inaugural SXP Over-50s Championship

Last Sunday, windy, dull and sometimes showery, BHPC members made up more than 70% of entrants for the inaugural Sussex Pétanque (SXP) Over-50s Championship, “not bad for one club across a whole region!”

The nine teams present were divided into two leagues, the top two teams from each going straight into the Main semi-finals, while the remaining teams went into the Plate competition. In the final Tony and Goldsmith PC’s Jeff (who had beaten David A and Ian) won 13-8 against Goldsmith PC’s Alan Smith and Herbie Edwards (who had beaten Alan and Rohan). Congratulations and good luck to both teams who will now represent SXP at the new EPA Over-50s Champion of Champions Championship later in the year (not to be confused with the regular one-day EPA national Over-50s Championship) – ie, playing against their opposote numbers from the other 13 regions.

Sussex Petanque Over-50s Champions (L) Tony Mann and Jeff Mitchell (with Jeff's own new cider brand)

Sussex Petanque Over-50s Champions
(L) Tony Mann and Jeff Mitchell
(with Jeff’s own new cider brand)

David A and Ian won the play-off for third place, while Gaby and Terry won the Plate. Well done to them and to all who turned out on a not very nice day.

As important as the play, was the help received from all participating members in ensuring everything was ready for the smooth running of the tournament and tidied up at the end – this was greatly appreciated.

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