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Worthing Sociaboules August 2019.   PICS

32 players turned up for this year's Sociaboules, in what turned out to be a good day for Worthing players. Diane won best of 5, Nick best of four, Chris best of three, Marilyn best of two, and Trish Harrison best of none

International Weekend of petanque May 2019.   PIC

The best performing Worthing team on Day 1 (doubles) was Angela and Michael who won the Silver Consolage. 

Easter Melee 2019.   

30 members turned out on a lovely sunny day for three timed games, hot cross buns, and prizes. Dave Denyer was friendliest player, Nick Lane best of one win, Keith Rutter best of two, and Diana Hollis best of three. Newest member Dave Saunders was asked to pick the best hat - wisely he judged Marilyn's and Keith's to be equal winners.

Worthing Open Doubles April 2019.       PICS

After a couple of late dropouts 28 teams took to the 23 pistes on a sunny, though chilly, day. The morning's league play put 16 in the Gold, 8 in the silver,and the remaining 4 in the Bronze. Full results:

Gold winners Jamie Brooks, Steve Daykin 

Gold Runners Up Callum Lombard, Davis Plumhoff

Gold semis Graham Elcome and Marcel Roux, Dean Ashby and Jason White

Gold Consolage Winners Paul hayes, Brett Rodwell

Gold Consolage Runners Up Bill Mackrell, John Bailey

Gold Consolage Semis Graham Ratcliffe, Jayne Ratcliffe, and Colin Crofts, Etsil Boukhobsa

Silver Winners Tim Edwins, Duncan Brown

Silver Runners Up Jeff Hobbs, Brenda Hobbs

Silver Semis Bob Ainsworth, Diane Slater, and Eric Geddes, Jill Geddes

Silver Consolage Winners Tony Kidd and Bernie Miles

Silver Consolage Runners Up Nick Corner, Steve Davies

Bronze Winners David Baxter, Margaret Baxter

SCPA Ladies' Doubles March 2019    PIC

This was the first time that SCPA have organised a competition for women only, and was timed both to celebrate International Women's Day and to precede the National Ladies' Doubles at Oxshott next month. The top 8 teams from the SCPA event will get an automatic place at Oxshott. After two teams dropped out at short notice, 30 teams took to the terrain. A diesel tanker accident on the M27 delayed a few teams and caused a later-than-usual start. Several Worthing members played, including Angela, Lesley, Pat T, Joy, Carole, Carol T, Judith, and Betty. Angela and her partner Maureen Lee from Southsea won the Gold Consolage. For more pics click here for the SCPA Blog

Worthing Charity Open Triples February 2019.   PICS

This year's charity was Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice, and 36 teams of triples turned out on a glorious sunny day and helped to raise a total of £905 for this very worthy cause. A magnificent achievement! The afternoon knockout was split into five groups, Gold, Silver, Bronze, Plate, and Spoon.Results were:

Gold Winners: Barry Wing, Scott Ashby, Ashley Jamieson

Gold runners up: Vince Wills, Callum Slade,Jason White

Gold Consolage winners: Ian Burchell,Mark Duncan, Will Vaughan-Read

Gold Cons Runners up: Angela Brooks, Martin Gordon, Chris Hunt

Silver winners: Sami Hamidi, Ameen, Fredrico

Silver R/U: John Denis, Tony Giordano, Clifton Gonsalves

Silver Cons Winners: Chris Barron, Andy Barron, Lyn Porter

Silver Cons R/U Steven Slade, Martin Pry, Silvie Pry

Bronze winners: Tony Kidd, Peter Kidd, Alex Hepburn

Bronze R/U: Paul Hayes, Steve White, Brett Rodwell

Bronze Cons Winners: Paula Fauvel, Robert Cleaver, Lesley Crofts

Bronze Cons R/U Colin Crofts, Chris Turner, Nigel Sibbring

Plate Winners: Alison Stubbs, Mike Porter, matt Slater

Plate R/U:  Frank Charlesworth, Ron Phelps, Christine Peat

Plate Cons Winner: Gil Harrington, Andy Harrington, Ash Patel

Plate Cons R/U: Margaret Sewell, Wendy Thompson, Doug Ford

Spoon Winners: Bill Mackrell, John Bailey, Gerard Poirier

Shooting Coaching Workshop February 2019.   PICS

40 players attended this workshop, 14 of them from Worthing and the rest from other Clubs in the Region. Worthing Club Coaches Bob and Angela along with three other very experienced coaches from other clubs laid on a series of exercises  designed to highlight techniques and to provide the basis for the provision of advice. It is hoped that this Workshop will be the first of several across the Region in the coming months

SCPA Presentation Night 2018.  PIC

In addition to winning his Blue award, and various National and Regional successes, Jamie Brooks was voted Player's Player for 2018, having been shortlisted the previous year. The trophy was presented to Jamie by Stuart Flord, last year's winner, in the presence of the Regional President Glenn Floyd

Xmas melee December 2018    PICS

It was very cold and very wet but 20 people turned up for the Xmas melee and play went ahead. Due to the adverse weather we had just 2 games with the second one timed. We all got cold and wet but had great fun.

The friendliest player was Lesley, the runner up was Diana and the winner was Derek. The best Christmas hat went to Betty. Mulled wine and Xmas eats completed the morning.  A big thanks to all who worked hard to make it happen and an even bigger thanks to all who turned up to play in atrocious conditions!

Adur Autumn Doubles October 2018.   PICS

A good day for Worthing players: Jamie won the Gold (with Graham Elcome), Angela and Steve won the Gold Consolage, beating Bob and Diane in the final. Martin (with Nigel Sibbring) won the Silver Consolage, while Chris (with Wendy Thompson) won the Bronze after a play-off. Derek and Lesley also made it into the Gold.

Isle of Wight Weekend October 2018.   PICS

A specially-prepared terrain at Robin Hill Country Park was the venue for this year's weekend, attended by players from Worthing, Adur, Portchester, Norwich and Nottingham, and run by Tony Mann. Triples on the Saturday, Doubles (4 game snake) and shooting on the Sunday. There were plenty of Worthing players among the prizes:

Shooting: Chris Hunt


(1st) Diane and Michael

6th Chris and Martin


Gold Winners Chris Martin and Malcolm

Gold r/u Diane (playing with Patrick and Lynn Dufresne  from Australia)

Bronze Winners Bob Pat and John D

Bronze consulate r/u Linda, Carol and Carole

First fanny Carol and Carole

Worthing Open Triples September 30 2018    PICS

Seventeen teams had entered, in what turned out to be a good day for Worthing players, with Angela Michael and Judith winning the Gold Consolage.

Full Results:

Gold winners Vince Wills, Christian Biagioli, David Winkworth

Gold r/u Jamie Brooks, Mark Robertshaw, Graham Elcome

Gold s/f Lee Angie and Ashley Jamieson, Hassi Leverett Steve Brickell and Chris Barron

Gold Consolage winners Angela Brooks, Michael Moore and Judith Batley

Gold Consolage r/u Colin Crofts, Chris Turner and Harrison Ash

Silver 1st Nick and Wendy Hall, Trudy Bishop

Silver 2nd Nick and Betty Lane, Marilyn Wannell

Silver 3rd Paula Fauvel, Robert Cleaver and Mike Shepherd

Silver 4th Carole Turner Chris Hunt and Martin Gordon.

Battle of the Sexes 2018    PICS

This year both sexes were represented by 12 players, same as last year, to compete on a lovely warm day for the coveted trophy. The men had won this for the last two years, and the ladies' hopes were high of tying the pink ribbon on the cup again. Sadly this was not to be, with the men winning by 16 games to 2, a bigger margin than last year. Keith W ran the event and timed the games, Angela and Bob managed the teams, and Marilyn was in charge of the catering. The blue ribbon remains on the cup for another year!

WPC Sociaboules August 2018    PICS

38 players from Worthing, Adur, Golden Cross and Kirdford turned up, with Keith W and Angela running the show. Prizes were awarded to:

Best of no wins - Sue Fleck (Adur)

Best of one win - Jim Locke (Worthing)

Best of two wins - Sylvia (Golden Cross)

Best of three wins - Jeff (Adur)

Best of four wins - Dave (Golden Cross)

Best of five wins - Gary (Kirdford)

Thanks to all who played and helped

Friendly 6-a-side with Adur - home leg August 2018    PICS

With Tim and Terry unavailable, Pat and Trevor were drafted in to support Nick Betty Jim and Barbara. One all after the Triples, Nick and Betty won their Doubles, but the other two were lost, narrowly, so we went down 3-2. With the aggregate scores at 5-5, everyone agreed to a decider which, on the toss of a coin, will be at Worthing

Euro Cup August 2018

This year our first round match was away to Oxshott, with Martin, Angela, Diana, Keith, Marilyn and Michael representing us. We won both Triples, and just needed one win in the Doubles to secure our passage to the next round. Sadly, it was not to be. The final Double was game on the ground with one Oxshott boule remaining. They pointed successfully and saved the game and the match for Oxshott.

Internal Triples July 2018    PICS

Eight teams entered this year, to play three timed games amid the showers. Carole, Carol T and Tim were the winners, and the only team with three wins. Keith R, Joy R and Jamie were second.

Friendly 6-a-side with Adur July 2018    PICS

The away leg was played on 18 July with Tim, Terry, Jim, Barbara, Betty and Nick as our six. The latter four are all very new players, having joined us in the last 3 months or so. We won the match 3-2, a great performance, with Terry Jim and Barbara winning their Triple 13-6. Nick and Betty, and Jim and Barbara, won their respective Doubles 13-8 and 13-5. As we traditionally lose this match, this was a really good result.

Internal Club Doubles June 2018    PICS

Jamie ran this one. Fourteen teams played on a perfect summer evening, three timed games. Jamie and Diane were first, Chris and Martin second, with Carole and Dave D third. Thanks Jamie, and all those who played.

Petanque England Ranking Men's and Women's Doubles and Triples June 2018    PICS

Saturday featured a total of 48 Doubles teams competing for ranking points for 2018. A very long day finally wound to an end at 8.50pm. Sunday saw 36 Triples teams fighting it out, with the Men's final finishing around 8pm. This was a very well organised weekend with strict discipline imposed by one of the Regional umpires. Several players from Southern Counties took part, with representation in the finals on both days.

WPC Shooting and Singles competitions May 2018    PICS

11 members entered the shooting competition this year. This was run in the standard Petanque England format, but trimmed down to three rounds, with throwing from 6, 7, and 8m. Martin was first with 18 points, Keith W second with 12, and Lesley third with 10.

16 entered the Singles, run by Angela and Martin. Keith W was first, Angela second, and Bob third, all with three wins.

Weekend of Petanque May 2018     PICS

A fantastically successful weekend, blessed with wall to wall sunshine over the whole three days. Players from Holland, France, Belgium, Finland and Sweden were among the 64 teams who played, along with Lesley, Judith, Angela, Derek, Michael, Bob, Tony and Martin from this Club. The Dutch in particular impressed, winning many prizes. Terrain-side barbecue and bar were introduced for the first time, and a 27m stretch of extra car park was annexe to accommodate the 32 pistes that were needed. All in all, a brilliant weekend, and one sure to be repeated.

Worthing Easter melee 2018    PICS

26 players turned up on a not-so-nice morning, for Martin's first go at running the melee. Marilyn was in charge of the hot cross buns and the sausage rolls Michael did the raffle, Pat timed the games and blew the whistle.

First place: Joan

Second place: Marilyn

Third place: Malcolm

Friendliest player: Greta

Best hat: Marilyn

Worthing Charity Open Doubles February 2018     PICS

On a sunny, but cold, day 42 teams came to this annual charity event. Quite a few Worthing players took part, with Angela and Abbie coming third overall after the morning's game, a fantastic achievement given the quality of the opposition. Final results were:

Gold winners Gordon Cochrane and Nick Goodheart (London Region)

Gold R/U Morgan Pry and Ella Slade (Sussex Junior

Gold S/F Graham Elcome and Shelley McKenzie (Adur/Fareham), Vince Wills and Fadi Brahmi (London Region)

Gold consolage winners  Dave Stubbs and Richard Greeves (Cobbetts)

Gold consolage R/U Mark Barlow and Sebastien Shougon (London Region)

Silver winner s Frank Charlesworth and Christine Peat (Oxshott)

Silver R/U Colin and Lesley Crofts (Bordon)

Silver S/F Sammy Thatcher and Debbie Collier (Beacon View/ Adur), Marilyn Wannell and Dave Sutherland (Worthing)

Silver consolage winners Steven Slade and Lynette Carey (Sussex Region)

Silver consolage R/U Peter Allen and Brian Edmonds (Adur)

Spoon winners Bernie Miles and Stuart Cursley (Southampton City, Oxshott)

Local Guide Dogs for the Blind Representatives Miriam and John, with their guide dogs Bradley and Ellie collected the cheque for £501. They are seen in the photo with Worthing Treasurer Keith Rutter.

SCPA Presemtation Night 2017 Season    PICS

This prestigious annual event was again held at the East Horton Golf Club near Southampton. In a good night for Worthing Angela collected the Division 3 six-a-side League winner shield for Trident, Jamie collected the Regional Junior Shooting winner's prize, along with the runner up prize for the Regional Junior Singles, and Martin, pictured with team mate Chris Chubb, was presented with a badge for representing the Region in the 2017 Inter-Regionals

Xmas Melee 2017    PICS

With 30 players, including a guest appearance from SCPA President Glenn Floyd, we took to a frozen terrain. Usual format of three times games, the results were:

Winner: Chris

Second: Jamie

Third: Keith W

Best looking: Terry F

Best hat: Carole

Thanks to all who played, Marilyn for the catering, Michael for the raffle, and everyone else who contributed.

Trident Division 3 Champions 2017    PIC

Worthing Trident are Champions of Division 3 and are promoted to Division 2 next season, for the first time in the Club's history. The picture shows the 2017 squad, minus Lesley McMurdie who played in four games

Battle of the Sexes September 2017    PICS

The annual hard fought match between the men and the ladies took place last night, with six sets of triples for both sexes. Alas for the fairer sex, the men won by 14 games to 4, and the ribbon on the cup stayed blue for another year.

Worthing Open Doubles September 2017    PICS

A drizzly day saw 35 teams take to the terrain for this, the last of our 2017 Opens. Full results:

Gold winners Stuart Floyd and Graham Elcome

Gold Runners up David Franco Cruz and Marc Franco Llado

Gold s/f Phil Bradshaw and Ashley Jamieson, Martin Gordon and Nigel Sibbring

Gold consolage winners Lee and Angie Jamieson

Gold consolage r/u Jeff Fox and Lesley Lewis

Silver winners Malcolm McKenzie and Paul Hayward

Silver r/u Joe and Sarah Grimaldi

Silver s/f Bob Ainsworth and Malcolm Berrett, Kath Knight and Martin Aichroth

Silver conslage winners Judith Batley and Joy Golds

Silver consolage r/u Tony and Cecily Webb

Bronze winners Jane Sibbring and David Leech

First fanny Tony and Cecily Webb

Triples Competition August 2017    PICS

Eight teams competed on a lovely late summer evening, with Jamie in charge. The winners were Diana, Chris and Angela, with Pat, Diane and Bob in second place.

Adur Charity Doubles August 2017      PICS

In a five game snake, Angela and Keith B won three games out of five, as did Chris (with Barbara Finch from Adur). Martin (with Nigel Sibbring from Handcross) won two, as did Derek and Linda. Jamie (with Francesca) won one. Sadly John B and Diane were less successful.

W.I. Renaissance August 2017    PICS

Diana, with her helpers Albert, Diane, Lesley, Rose and Dave D, entertained 23 ladies from the WI Renaissance group to a Thursday evening of petanque. This is a return visit by the group, who aleways have a good time.

Worthing Sociaboules 2017    PICS

Forty people turned up for this one, in perfect sunshine all day. Martin won the best of 4 wins, Albert (who had shared with Pat) best of one, and Carol N (who morphed into Carole Turner at lunchtime) best of none.

Adur Sociaboules 2017    PICS

An impressive array of Worthing players at Adur for their Sociaboules, with Lesley, Joan, Greta, Judith, Diane, Pat A, Keith B, Keith W, Marilyn, Mary, Chris and Bob all there. Diane won the best of five wins (for the second time in a week), Lesley best of four, Chris best of three, and Joan best of none.

Golden Cross 2017    PIC

Diane Slater won all five games at Golden Cross Sociaboules, held at Crowborough.

Bastille day 2017    PICS

Every year, on the Sunday nearest to 14 July, Adur hold their Bastille Day doubles. There are usually plenty of Worthing members there, and this year was no exception with Mary, Derek, Michael, Martin, Tim, Angela, Diana, Bob, and Malcolm on the terrain in the sunshine. Bob and Angela won the Gold Consolage, while Derek and Michael won the Bronze.

EPA Ranking Doubles Competition July 2017    PICS

For the first time, a National event came to Worthing, the Men's and Women's Doubles. In glorious sunshine, 24 men's pairs and 15 women's took to the terrain. The event was live-streamed on Facebook, with an audience as high as 700 at times. Two Worthing players - Angela Brooks, and Jamie Brooks - were playing. Jamie (13) was paired with fellow Junior Marc Franco Llado, and the two of them reached the quarter finals of the men's event. This is an immense achievement considering they were up against some of the strongest adult pairs in England.

Worthing Open Triples May 2017    PICS

20 teams for this one, including a good number of home players: Chris, Martin, Derek, Linda, Kay, Diane, John B, Keith B, Keith W, Marilyn, Diana, Carole, Carol T, Dave S, Michael, Anne, Tim, Judith and Abbie, against some very strong opposition. Results were:

Gold winners: Jack Blows Ross Jones and Reece Gould

Gold runners up: Gordon Cochrane, Mark Hadsell and Raphael Douhet

Gold semifinalist: Martin Gordon, Chris Hunt and Nigel Sibbring

Gold semifinalist: Adrian Emson, Myra Huntley and Syri Noble

Gold consolage winner: Dave Plumhoff, Tim and Daena Vincent

Gold consolage runner up: David Randall, Andrew Randall and Joe Grimaldi

Silver winners: Callum Lombard, Kaylee Thatcher, Alan Paice

Silver runners up:  Steve and Karen Lombard, Carol Paice

Silver semifinalists:  Mike Porter, Dave and Ali Stubbs

Silver semifinalists: Dave Kilshaw, Carrie Litchfield and Mike Sheppard

Silver consolage winner: Dave and Sue Fleck, Barbara Finch

Silver consolage runner up: Keith and Marilyn Wannell, Keith Baker

Bronze winner: Derek Coates, Linda Warner, Kay Aplin

Congtatulations to all, and a new name to go on the cup, for the first time in four years.

'Rain Shelter - Grand Opening July 2015        PICS

21 July saw the formal opening of our long-awaited rain shelter. Local Councillor Keith Sunderland cut the ribbon, with Inga Lielgalve and Malcolm Brett from Community Chest (whose grant of £1000 helped pay the bill) on hand. Colin Sweeney represented WWC, with plenty of WPC players attending as well. After speeches and photos, the guests stayed long enough for a game. The shelter is a very popular feature now, and we are already getting interest from other clubs who want to do something similar.