PETANQUE: Half Crown Club, Stockton

Stockton Half Crown Petanque Club'August 25 2011
Stockton Half Crown Petanque Club'August 25 2011

Half Crown Triple Reach Quarter Final of European Championships

Jerome Rousseau, Herve Bavazanno and Sofiane Lachani, who are all members of The Half Crown Pétanque Club in Stockton, were in fine form at the European Championships over the weekend, where they represented England competing against 35 other European nations.

Stockton Half Crown Petanque Club'August 25 2011

Stockton Half Crown Petanque Club'August 25 2011

They won their first three matches to secure a place in the last 16 play offs, and despite losing 0-13 to France (the eventual winners), they went on to beat Israel 13-1 to secure a place in the quarter finals. They lost 5-13 to Italy in the quarter final who in turn lost to Monaco in the semi-final, who in turn were well beaten 2-13 by France in the final.

Sofiane also represented England in the Shooting competition and reached the quarter final with a fine display. Unfortunately he was drawn against Hugo Dores from Portugal in the quarter final losing narrowly. Hugo went on to meet Dylan Rocher from France in the final and was soundly beaten by the French Champion.

These were tremendous achievements by the England team, and The Half Crown Pétanque Club are very proud of their ‘boys’.

Scott Family help England win the Home Nations

Barry and Dianne Scott and their daughter Claire White, also members of The Half Crown Club, played for England over the weekend of August 13-14 at Nottingham in the 2011 Home Nations Championship against Wales and Scotland. England won with 66 wins. Second were Wales with 40, closely followed by Scotland with 38.

Playing as England 3, the Scott family won 7 games out of 12. The terrain was particularly challenging and demanded maximun concentration for every boule, both pointing and shooting. The first game on Sunday against the Welsh world championship team took 2hrs 20 minutes!