Sherwood Shield 2018

This year’s Sherwood Shield Competition has been won by Mansfield Petanque Club who narrowly beat Arena Petanque Club to lift the trophy. Congratulations to Mansfield PC and thanks to all the competing clubs for giving us such a great head to head series and final match day.

44661627_10156084045784613_1330431450683539456_nThank you to Martin, Steve, Di and all at Ravenshead PC for hosting the final match day.

Final results Table
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Regional Singles & Shooting Competitions 

Competition Entry Reminder

The Mercia regional singles & shooting competitions will be played at Mansfield PC on Sunday the 8th April. To enter you will need to have an EPA licence that is registered in the Mercia region.
Please note: The winner of the regional shooting competition will represent the Mercia region at the inter regional finals at Hayling Island in September.

The closing date for entry to both competitions has changed and is now Tuesday 3rd April.

Thank you.

Petanque Break in Weston-Super-Mare

“A group of Petanque players from the Mercia Region spent an enjoyable week at Sand Bay Holiday Village, Weston-super-mare and took part in the Isle of Wight Tours Great Petanque Event.  Superbly organised by Alan Whitehouse, the event saw our members take part in a Triples Competition and a Triples Melee.
In the main event Nick North, John Proctor and Thakor Mistry were runners up.  Mike Ricketts, June Ricketts, Denise Proctor, Maureen Mountain and Madhu Mistry were all loosing semi-finalists.  Linda Edwards, Alison Baker and Colin Baker won the plate trophy.
In the Melee Mike and June Ricketts fought out a pulsating dual in opposite teams in the main final, Mike coming out the victor.  John Proctor and his team beat Nick North ‘s team to win the plate and Thakor Mistry’s team won the wooden spoon trophy.
Everyone enjoyed the event and came home laden with trophies and wine!”

Your invitation to the Mercia regional qualifiers

Mercia will be competing as a region in its own right for the first time at this year’s EPA Regional Championships and entries are invited from teams that would like to qualify and represent Mercia Petanque Association at the Hayling Island finals.

Mercia will be placed in the second division for both the championship and challenge competitions for 2016 and will be holding qualifying events to select the twelve teams that will represent the Mercia Petanque Association at the Hayling Island finals in September. The top eight teams will represent Mercia in the championship competition, whilst the next four teams below them will play in the challenge competition. The main competition takes place over the weekend of the 10th/11th September.

The Mercia regional heats will take place as follows:

  • Qualifier 1 – Sunday, 20th March at Mansfield Petanque Club
  • Qualifier 2 – Sunday, 17th April at Nottingham City PC
  • Qualifier 3 – Sunday, 12th June at The Arena, Worksop

The entry documents for these qualifiers are available from the Regional Secretary, Peter Seyfang. 

Thank you for your interest and we hope that  you all realise your ambition to represent the Mercia region at this year’s Hayling Island finals.

Please note:

  • The third qualifier at The Arena, Worksop will feature the final matches of the qualifiers plus the Mercia Shooting Championship. (The winner and runner-up of the Regional Shooting Championship will represent Mercia at the EPA Champion of Champions Shooting Final that will also be held at Hayling Island).

 

  • Entry to the Mercia regional qualifiers closes on Monday 6th March.

 

 

 

Fernwood PC triumph in France (From the Newark Advertiser)

A group from Fernwood earned bragging rights in the French sport of petanque as they defeated opponents from Newark’s twin town.

imageWith the trophies they were presented with after the petanque competition in St Cyr-sur-Loire, France, are, left to right, Mrs Denise Proctor and her husband, Mr John Proctor, and Mrs Josie Pikett, all of Fernwood. They are pictured with fellow members of Fernwood Petanque Club.

Despite forming only three years ago, members of the Fernwood club defeated a number of talented opponents to emerge with three out of four trophies.

Petanque is a form of boules originating in France, where the goal is to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball.

The chairman of Fernwood Petanque Club, Mr John Proctor, said while he was proud that they did so well, the goodwill of the tournament was the highlight.

“It was quite a surreal experience. The competition was such that we had no idea how we had done until the result was announced,” he said.

“The standard of the French players was high so to come back with three trophies was a great success.

“I got on well with the overall winner and before we left he swapped my second place trophy and gave me his winner’s trophy.”

John’s wife, Mrs Denise Proctor, received a trophy for third place.

There was also an award for Josie Pikett, who was the best-placed female outside the top three.

Mr Proctor said it was an amazing trip to have been involved in.

“The people were so welcoming and they made it such a wonderful few days,” he said.

“There was dining and dancing and a great atmosphere.”

More than 50 people took part in the trip, including members of Newark Twinning Association and The Rattlejag Morris group, of Newark and Retford.

The chairman of the twinning association, Mrs Rita Crowe, said it was the first time they had been able to organise an official group visit to St Cyr-sur-Loire, which is in central France.

“We have been twinned for 21 years and they have often said they wanted us to come and do an official visit but we struggled for numbers,” she said.

“There have been a lot of private visits in the past, but this is the first time we had actually gone with a whole group.

“We came across John’s group and the morris dancers and everything seemed to move forward from there.

“I had been trying for a long time to arrange something like this and it was lovely. Everyone seemed to gel really well and it was a good mix of people.”

The trip was so successful that members of the petanque club are already planning a return journey.

Mr Proctor said: “As soon as I got home, we drew up some plans in the hope they can come and visit at some point next year.

“They were so hospitable, we would like to offer a similar experience for them.”

Fernwood Petanque Club has 31 members who meet five times a week near the tennis courts on the village sports ground.

All ages are welcome.

Anyone interesting in joining can contact Mr Proctor on 01636 673736.

To view the original article, please click on the link below:

http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/ni5ti7nzfeZIfGUcPbTYtgd5rnOfIOKY2kJLW82BTgE1U

Mercia Winter League 2014-15

Following the final match of the winter league, the results have been verified and the final positions decided. Congratulations to Bluebell PC who narrowly beat both Nottingham City PC and Mansfield PC to lift the trophy.

Our thanks goes to…
The Mercia hosting clubs who have given us a warm welcome at every competition day, the food has been delicious and the sense of community has made every competition day feel special. A special thank you to all the wonderful helpers who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the competition days have been a success.

Well done everyone.

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