West Yorkshire League Match on Tuesday 28th May v Huddersfield

After a hard match, interupted by some heavy rain which was taken as a coffee break, we won through 3-2

Thanks to the team – including Yvonne and Terry from Thorner – who all played well on a very fast terrain (even after the rain), and to Huddersfield Petanque Club for their hospitality.

I would like to say a big thank you to all the club members who I contacted and asked to play, in my efforts to get a team together – I was getting pretty desperate on the night before the match… and a big thanks to Richard Burrow for contacting his friends at Thorner at the last minute. We appreciate it is difficult to to commit to away matches, particularly with the travel, and at the odd times other teams play, with all our other commitments, – So thanks again and I look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.


Mêlée Reminder

The 2nd mêlée event will be held this Sunday, 2nd June.

The last event went very well, even though several members had prior pétanque engagements elsewhere.

Please come along and enjoy yourselves at this event, if you possibly can.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,


Open Day… postponed!

For several reasons beyond our control, and for which we are all totally blameless, Brexit has been postponed until….NO, SORRY! I got carried away.

What I meant to say was OPEN DAY has been postponed until rather later in the season. (It was due to take place on Sunday 19th May)

Please accept our apologies if this causes personal inconvenience, for example, if you have invited friends and relatives from Australia for the event and now have to find something else for them to do!

We suspect that it may take place in July/August, when the weather is (hopefully) better, and we can make sure the event is properly organised, enjoyable, and well-attended

Message from Sam…

Last year I translated two books for author Pierre Fieux   Petanque de Competition and Comment se forger un mental du Championinto English.     The books are on sale on Amozon.fr and Boulistenaute.com. and can be found through the following links as Competition Petanque and Forge your Mental  Strength.

 The first may conjure up thoughts of grandmothers and egg sucking but the second examines the mental aspects of the game and applies preparation techniques used in other sports, to pétanque.  Petanque England coaches now seem to be pretty well on the same page in their approach. I think it is worth the 15Euro to serious competitors.


By coincidence I had started to put together some bits and pieces which I had put on the club website over the years with other aspects I had been studying and decided to publish it all as Two balls and Half a Brain. (available at a bargain £4 paperback or £2 on Kindle) from the links below. It’s worth it if only for the opportunity to slag it off in the review section.  The bile green cover with graphics by Charles is due to trying to buy blue card while wearing yellow tinted glasses


Results of May Mêlée

Dan has emailed to me the results of today’s mêlée.(Thank you, Dan, for all the technical wizardry!!)

A minor technicality means that those people who left after 2 rounds have not been included. This will be corrected for the next round.

Below are the positions for those who completed all 3 rounds.

Position Name Points
(W=3; D=1; L=0)
Scores Difference
1 Liz Batchelor 9 24
2 Malcolm Brown 9 9
3 Daniel De Burgo 6 4
4 Stephen Rollinson 6 2
5 Jean Povey 3 1
6 Mike Bulmer 3 -1
7 Ann Bulmer 3 -11
8 Pam Wilson 0 -27

Thanks, also, to everyone who took part. I hope you all enjoyed it. The next mêlée will be held on June 2nd.