Congratulations to those Mercia players that qualified to represent England in the Home Nations Finals in August and commiserations to those Mercia players who just missed out.
The four Mercia’s players who will represent England at the Home Nations Championships in Jersey are: Mokhtar Benarab from Nottingham City PC who finished in 4th place with his team mates, Tim Raine and Abdenour Beladaci from the East Midlands & Heart of England regions respectively. Plus David Mellors, Richard Derham and Carl Shephardson from Mansfield PC who finished in 2nd place.
Well done to them all.
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Congratulations to David Mellors, Carl Shephardson & Richard Derham from Mansfield Petanque Club who have qualified to represent England at the Home Nations Championships in August. The three Mansfield players won all five of their matches at yesterday’s HN Qualifier to earn their place as one of the eight teams who will defend England’s title at this year’s HN Championships in Jersey, where they will play against Scotland, Wales and Jersey.
Well done Guys!!
The Home Nations Championships were held last weekend (12/13th August), this annual challenge competition is hosted by one of the competing nations every year, and this year was England’s turn to host the event at Hayling Island. 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.
As many of you know, a small number of Mercia players qualified to represent England at these championships, amongst them was Brian Eldridge from Chesterfield Petanque Club. At the awards ceremony Brian was singled out by the president of the EPA to have the honour of collecting the cup on behalf of England. Martin Eggleton ( EPA President) gave a speech to the effect that Brian has proved that whilst being registered Blind, he can still perform at the highest level and proves that petanque has no boundaries for those that wish to play our sport. Martin went on to say that Brian was an inspiration to others who pick up their boule and play with the best. Needless to say the place erupted when Brian collected the cup on behalf of England.
Well done Brian and congratulations to England on retaining the title.
The Mercia regional calendar has been updated following the wonderful news that Nottingham City Petanque Club will be hosting the EPA Home Nations qualifier on Sunday, May 8th 2016.
Congratulations Steve, Di and all the team at Nottingham City PC.