Thursday, 18 June 2015

Double Delight

Sunday 14 June - For those privileged to be there and for one young man in particular, the icing, the cherry and the candles all arrived at once in the East Midlands Regional Doubles at the Plough, Ratby. A strong entry featured many of our best players and included eight previous EMPA title winners and three fearless juniors. In a manner that has come to be known as 'doing a Germany' Dan and Simon squeezed into the semi finals on 'goal difference' from a clutch of teams on three wins. Up against the experience of ten times Regional winner Stone and the relentless pointing of Rob from the Air Hostess, they stared defeat in the face at 8-12 down but upped their game another gear. And 'the fat lady' held her breath. Saving countless 'match points' Dan and Simon clinched the deal, with the Pocket Rocket twice notching three consecutive hits under the ultimate pressure. Sporting lore dictates that anti-climax follows a hard fought victory - but this time the script went out of the window. Joe and Lisa had marched inexorably into the final as favourites with a 'perfect six' wins but their opponents did not allow them to settle. Saving their best til last, Dan and Simon calmly wrapped up the championship with blistering tactics and technical efficiency. Aged twelve and a half, Daniel is the youngest ever Regional title winner and will represent the East Midlands with Simon, Joe and Lisa in the national Champion of Champions Doubles on October 10

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Good news and bad news

Good news
Word of more success for the East Midlands Juniors, in the shape of England call-ups, is spreading like wildfire. Daniel travels to Luxembourg for the 11th & 12th of July and Ben to Belgium the following weekend (18th and 19th July)

... and bad news
Claytons Sports and Social Club is closing on 12 June and Lincoln Branleys Petanque Club have to vacate the premises. Referring to this setback euphemistically as "a bit of bother", secretary Liz is launching the club's fifth search for a new home. In the meantime the Martin Birkhead Trophy event, scheduled for 21 June, has to be cancelled. The Stimpson Autumn Trophy Doubles, scheduled for 18 October remains on the calendar in the hope of better times just around the corner