Joe Doble Memorial Doubles – 1st October 2017

Report by Andy Wilmot

This years Joe Doble doubles was the tenth anniversary of this competition, so the organisers were hoping for sunnier skies.
Alas it wasn’t to be, and so with clouds above and a light drizzle, the competition got underway at 10:00am with the teams split into groups for the morning session.

Simon Doble was of course playing this year, partnering Monty Quaia for the first time and hoping to get his name back on the trophy after an absence of 5 years.

The Gardens of Hanbury was well represented by 4 teams of current members including our club captain, Simon Mellen with Dave Tarling, The two Pauls (Pinky and Perky), Francois and Sean, and the Celtic sisters, Jean and Dawn. We were also able to welcome back former club members Chris and Jackie Johnson and Derek and Iris Sutton, great to see them all again.

One of our ‘Golden’ girls from last weekends European championships, Aimee Colley, was partnered by Martin Hughes together with Clare White.

But our star for the day was young Daniel Middleton playing in his very first Petanque competition with Grandma Viv.

After the group stages, most notable performance was by Barry Scott playing with Edgar Tomas, who won all three group games dropping only 2 points overall.

Notable individual results were Chris and Jackie Johnson’s 13-1 win over Flack and Little, and Derek and Iris Sutton who scored a 13-11 win over Simon and Monty.

Once the group stages were out the way, we had main, plate and a consolage knockout for the afternoon.

The consolage final was an all Eastern Region matchup played out between Viv and young Daniel against Aris Savvides and Clare Courtney. After a hard fought match Daniel was able to help Grandma to a 13—11 win and be a final winner in his very first competition. Well done Daniel, and look forward to seeing you in the future.

In the plate competition, our Celtic sisters came up short in an enthralling 11-13 defeat against the giant killing Derek and Iris Sutton.

In the other semi Keith and Dean finally got into their stride and saw off the challenge of Simon and Dave.

The final was won by Keith and Dean after early resistance by Derek and Iris.

Finally to the main competition. Barry Scott and Edgar Tomas continued their fine form beating Phil Boarder and Marion Halsey in the quarter final and Simon’s partner Heidi with Derek Northend in the semi final.

In the other half of the draw, Simon and Monty got back into their rhythm in the afternoon beating Chris and Jackie Johnson in the quarter finals and then Francois and Sean in the semi finals.

The final was hard fought but Simon and Monty sailed to a 13-2 win against Barry and Edgar and won his dad’s trophy back once again.

Another great day at the Gardens of Hanbury and another great competition. I would like to thank all the teams who took the time to come and participate, congratulations to all the winners.

I hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you back again next year.