Those Mercia members that represented the region at last year’s Inter-regional championships on Hayling Island were invited to either a karting day or a spa day courtesy of the Mercia Petanque Association.
The Karting was held last Sunday, 22nd January, and although the weather was bitterly cold, everyone had a great time. The competitors were separated into two groups who then completed a ten minute time trial. The time trial resulted in finding the fastest racers in each group who then competed against each other in a 20 minute final.
In group one, the results were in 3rd place John Proctor, 2nd place Graham Dear , and in 1st position Steve Harrington who led from the start. In group two, it was a closely fought battle between Paul Bult , Mike Ricketts and Daniel Chalmers. Mike managed to gain the lead until 2 laps from the finish when an incident caused him to spin off. This gave Paul the opportunity to come through to take the winners prize with Wayne Marshall 2nd and Daniel Chalmers 3rd.
Mercia Petanque Association held its first Speed Melee today at Arena Petanque Club, Worksop. Forty Mercia members came and enjoyed the first event of 2017, aided by some kind weather and good company. The games were played in a friendly competitive spirit and our hosts at Arena PC are to be congratulated for making the whole event such a success. Many thanks to June, Mike and the Arena PC helpers.
After five rounds, the winner with 99 points was David Mellors from Mansfield PC, in 2nd place with 86 points was Tim Jervis from Chesterfield PC and in 3rd place with 81 points was Paul Bult from Arena PC.
The squad training day was designed for those players who had played for the Mercia Region at Hayling Island back in September AND to include any other players from the region who aspire to get into the squad next year, 2017. Initially 32 players put their names down and so the list was split into two equal two-hour sessions (a.m. & p.m.). On the day, illness interfered and only 26 attended
Brian Stote set up several technical challenges and closely observed the players as they tackled these. Even for experienced players, several of the challenges were “very challenging”! On closely observing the players, Brian Stote gave individual advice to each on how they could improve and everyone left knowing what they had to work on over the coming Winter months.
At the end of the day, Brian Forbes compared diaries with Brian Stote, and after “some toing and froing” the follow-up date in the Spring was set for Sunday April 2nd 2017, when the emphasise will be on “Game strategy”, “How to legally put the opposition off their game”, and “Piste presence”. i.e. Things you need to know to win matches. It is hoped that all squad players will attend on that date.
(Please see below: Brian’s comments following his coaching visit)
Firstly, can I thank you for your great hospitality yesterday, especially the lunch cooked by Zena and the coffee stream constantly offered?
Secondly, I would like to say what an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of players you gave me to work with during the day. They offered, spontaneously, to help me with the carriage of coaching equipment at both ends of the day and most of them came to shake my hand at the end of each session and to express their thanks. Even those who found some of the tasks more than challenging, stuck at them and tried their best to achieve a measure of improvement.
Thirdly, I will go through the notes in the next day or so and send them to you for distribution asap.
Eastwood Park Petanque Club were joined by members of Rainworth Petanque Club for three very informative Rules Sessions in the Hasland Hub Chesterfield during October. The sessions where detailed but also light hearted and interesting and enjoyed by all who attended.
As a “new” club the rules appear a bit daunting but over the 3 sessions things became a little clearer. It was a very worthwhile exercise and we are extremely grateful to Morris Goodman who ran the sessions for his time and commitment.