Sherwood Shield 2017

Please see the results table below showing all the results from this year’s Sherwood Shield competition. The Mercia Sherwood Shield champions for 2017 are Chesterfield Petanque Club with Nottingham City PC taking the runners-up position.

Congratulations to Chesterfield Petanque Club on a very successful summer of petanque.

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Mercia Closed Triples Championship

Following on from their success at the Nottingham Open Doubles Tournament in early July, Carla & Tim Jervis joined forces with their Chesterfield PC teammates, Carole Sheppard and Ian Kingman to win today’s Mercia Triples Championship.

In an exciting final match played against Mokhtar Benarab, Abdel Fekir, Peter Newton and Brian Forbes from Nottingham City PC, Tim’s team put on a display of great shooting and pointing to lift the title.

Congratulations to Chesterfield Petanque Club and to Carla, Tim, Carole & Ian.

A special thank you must go to Morris Goodman for being umpire for the day, and to Rainworth Petanque Club and all their helpers for hosting this event and keeping the players supplied with food and refreshments all day.

Another great day of competition, thank you to all who took part.

 

Mercia Regional Competitions

If you are considering entering any of Mercia’s regional competitions in July, please complete your entry forms and return them to Zena Forbes (See competition entry forms for Zena’s address).

Entries close on the 3rd July for the Mercia shooting and singles competitions that are being held at Mansfield Petanque Club on the 9th July.

Entry Forms

Mercia Shooting Entry Form (Download)

Mercia Singles Entry Form (Download)

Entries close for the Mercia regional triples competition on the 17th July, the competition will be held at Rainworth Petanque Club on the 23rd July.

Entry Form

Mercia Triples Entry Form(Download)

Please note: All competition entrants must be registered with Mercia  Petanque Association and hold a valid EPA licence.

Thank you.

 

Sherwood Shield Finals – 29th January 2017 (Arena PC)

Yesterday saw the conclusion of the Sherwood Shield competition for 2016/17. The full results are shown in the tables below. sherwood-shield-finals-2017

Congratulations to all those who made the Sherwood Shield finals, Mansfield PC become the Shield Champions for 2017 and Fernwood PC have become the Plate Champions for the first time…Well done!

A special thank you to all the clubs who have hosted Sherwood Shield and Winter League events.

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Go Karting – 22nd January 2017

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.gk1

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.

gk2In 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.

Well done to everyone!

Mercia Speed Melee – 14th January 2017

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.

The Winners

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.

Congratulations to them all.

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(From left to right) Tim Jervis, David Mellors, Paul Bult

 

 

Squad Training Day with Brian Stote – 29th October

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.

      Our thanks to Brian Stote.

      Eastwood Park Petanque Club – Rules Awareness Courses

       

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      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.