West Yorkshire League

West Yorkshire League

West Yorkshire Petanque League - Leeds v Mirfield - Tuesday 9th July 2019 - 1815 hrs.

The Mirfield team gathered at the Leeds Petanque Club terrain in plenty of time for a practice chuck, and supported by Carole McDermott and Ann Bolton and her faithful Border Collie dog.  This was a re-arranged match following the earlier date being rained off.  Does it always rain in Leeds?

The Leeds team began to arrive, but we were in good spirits, because we knew that even if we lost the match 5-0, we would still be ahead of Harrogate by 3 game wins because Harrogate had already played their full set of matches.  Similarly, if we won all of the 5 games in this match we would not catch up to the team above us.  So there was no pressure on us.  We were aware though that if we did well here we could have an effect on the outcome at the top of the table, currently held by Heckmondwike, with Leeds and Wetherby breathing down their necks.

So, just as we were about to start, it began to drizzle and a few of us donned wet gear, but it didn't last more than ten minutes, so we removed the 'boil in a bag' wet gear and got stuck in.

First up were the triples games.  Chris, Stuart and Harry were up against Richard Burrow, Malcolm Brown and Rosanna Smith.  We tried hard to get to grips with the hard ground which also had a soft centre area which trapped a few of our deliveries.  Rosanna was doing the shooting for Leeds and did a good job of disposing of a few of our lead boules, backed up by solid pointing from Richard and Malcolm.  We never really got going in this game and Leeds took the win by 13-5

Our other triple team of Walter, Christine and Robin were playing against Paul and Nestor Mathews and Gordon Cane.  We had been watching this Leeds group in practice and they were formidible.  However, our trio had proved their ability on several occasions in previous matches, could they do it again?  The game was fairly even in the early stages with Robin leading out Christine pointing well, leaving Walter to cause some headaches for the Leeds crew.  We began to inch ahead and as the game began to get closer to the finish line, the Leeds crew buckled under the superior play by our three heros.  Nothing went right for Leeds and we won the match with a very creditable 13-8 win.

So one game all and the pairs matches still to play.

Robin and Walter were playing against Paul and Nestor who they played against in the triples.  Could we repeat our performance and grab another win.  The short answer was no.  Paul and Nestor were intent on taking revenge and won convincingly by 13-1

Harry and Christine were up against Gordon and Malcolm, two very good players.  After a slow start for us, we managed to get one point and avoid the fanny.  We then scooped another point which boosted our confidence, but Leeds hit back with a 6 end followed by a 4. This had a crushing effect on Christine and Harry, but try as they did, could not recover from this.  Leeds took the win 13-2.

The last game to finish looked more hopeful.  Chris and Stuart were up against Richard and Rosanna.  This was a well balanced game but again, Leeds took advantage and began scoring points that would otherwise have gone to us.  Eventually Leeds ran out winners at 13-4.

Not the best we have played, but at least we can say we were not whitewashed.  Our super heros saved the day.

We had planned on going for fish and chips, but the Leeds team had put on a spread for us so we tucked into that and enjoyed the banter with the Leeds members who had played fairly throughout the match and still had outstanding games to play.  Good luck to them in the league table results and thank you for hosting us today.

Harry Overend Mirfield Petanque Club Secretary

 

 

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