Mercia Winter League ’19 – ’20
A very wet start, with puddles on the piste and a short shower just as matches got going, did not put off the nine clubs who were competing in the final round of the Mercia Winter League at Nottingham City Petanque Club today. At the end of the eight matches played by all clubs over the last few months, in a round-robin format – the winners were Rainworth, with Nottingham second and Ravenshead third, just three boules better than Chesterfield in fourth place. As always, a great event enjoyed by all.
Thursday Pairs League
Didn’t we do well?! Thursday 14th November saw the presentation of TWO trophies to Nottingham Riders, Winners of both the League and the Cup, and one for Nottingham Reivers who were Runners Up in the League in this long-standing, most enjoyable local competition. Well done to all the club members who participated this year.
The Firecracker Triples on Sunday 3rd November saw 21 teams participate. The winners were Colin Smith, Christian Seville and Chris Brown.
Mercia Winter League
Sunday October 27th saw the first round of the Mercia Winter League. It was a beautiful, sunny autumn day in the lovely Carr Bank Park, Mansfield, with the usual warm welcome from Carr Bank Petanque Club. Nottingham City’s team of six players enjoyed a successful start to the defense of our league title, winning both matches 3 – 0.
Bourne Fun Day Doubles Sunday 8th September
More success for the Club at one of our favourite venues:
Bryan & Kevin, worthy winners; Ray & Keir an excellent 3rd place.
Inter Regional Championship and Challenge 2019
September 14th and 15th
The Inter-Regional Championship and Challenge Competition at Hayling Island once again proved very tough. Those players from our club representing Mercia gave their best but generally lost out to some very good teams from around the country. One player who deserves a special mention is Gilbert Pinnock who played in the competition for the first time. He coped admirably with the tough terrains and the strain of playing over two days. Well done Gilbert.
The Nottingham Open Sunday 7th July
The sun shone, the competitors played and the winners were ….
Mercia CoC Over 50s June 30th @ Bourne PC
Brian F (NCPC) and Peter K (Bourne PC) will represent the Region at the Petanque England Champion of Champions event
on September 22nd at Lincoln Branleys PC. Wishing them every success!
Success at Lincoln Branleys June 23rd
Winners – Kevin & Mokhtar; Runners Up – Abdou & Nouri
15 Pétanque England Clubs competed in the EuroCup semi-finals on 6th& 7th April. There were two venues for this, each hosting two groups. At Leicester Banks, Group A (Baldock Town, Meadow, Nomades and Feering Bell) and Group D (Sports Bar, Cobbetts, City of Bath 1 and Bancroft Park). At Luton PC, Group B (London, Railway Inn, British Sugar and Nottingham City) and Group C (Crowborough, City of Bath A and Manston).
The winner of each group went through to Finals Day on 27th and 28th April at Worthing to compete for the honour of representing England in Europe later in the year- Baldock Town, with the runners-up in the four groups playing for the PE Club Trophy – British Sugar.
A creditable performance for Nottingham against some top-class opposition
We went, we saw ….. we didn’t quite conquer (apart from some nerves perhaps) but we put on a good show, playing competitively, with good humour and sportsmanship. We didn’t win any of the three pool matches, though managed 12 wins out of the 33 games, scoring 29 match points out of a possible 93, against some very strong teams of experienced players – including a good number of top English International and Regional players. A good experience overall which gives us some clear, positive targets for future development. NCPC are proud to have reached the final stages of this prestigious competition, finishing in 13th place out of the 72 teams (58 clubs) who entered.
Ladies Doubles at Rainworth PC, Vonnie & Vanessa – Winners
The first Annual Firecracker Triples on 4th November 2018 saw 16 teams take part.
In 3rd Place were Liverpools,
2nd were The Sparklers
and FHF were the winners.
Nottingham qualifies to play for England at the Home Nations Championships for the 1st time in the Club’s history!
The Home Nations Championships were held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August at Mill Rythe Holiday Village,Hayling Island. This annual challenge event is hosted by one of the competing nations each year, and this year was England’s turn to host the event. England, Scotland, Wales and Jersey were all competing for top honours and at the end of the weekend’s play, England comfortably retained the title with 77 wins, Jersey were in 2nd place with 51 wins, Wales were 3rd with 36 wins and Scotland were 4th with 28 wins.
For the first time in its six year history, Nottingham City Pétanque Club qualified as one of the eight teams selected to represent England in this prestigious event. This is recognised as a significant, inspirational achievement for the club, as not only did the team of Mokhtar B, Abdel F, Brian F and Peter N qualify, but did so in 1st place against some of the strongest teams in England.
The team received their England shirts and wore them with pride, contributing 7 wins (out of the 12 games they played) to the total achieved by the full England squad.
Grateful thanks are extended to our local Sherwood ward councillors – Adele Williams, Brian Parbutt and Jane Urquhart –who made a significant financial contribution to travel and accommodation costs from their Ward Budget fund.