Portchester Pétanque Club

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Portchester Pétanque Club is affiliated to the Southern Counties region of the English Pétanque Association.  To play in a league team or at some club terrains, participants need to be EPA Licenced.  Follow the links below for more details.

We field two teams,  The Panthers who are in division 3 and The Penquins who are in division 4

Portchester Pumas are captained by Nick Hall

Portchester Penquins are captained by Mike Powlesland 

 

League matches suspended until further notice..but...

Southern Counties Pétanque has set up a friendly knock out competition to be played during the pandemic.  Each club will play six matches in a knock out.  We have played one match but our second has had to be postponed because we do not have access to the toilets in the community centre

From Across the Sea 

 

I was dusting off my pétanque boules and 

searching online for a local club. Being in 

Calgary AB, there isn’t much.

 

While doing so, I recalled my home town Portchester and found there is still a pétanque meetup there.

 

It’s a tad too far to travel for a game or two, but I thought I’d let you know one of us who built the gravel pitch is still around. That was back in the 1970’s.  Enthusiasts like Nick Carter, myself, and others set about the pitch construction, then played  and trained on it regularly. 

 

I was part of the first group who landed up in France to take on the French. One of the teams brought 

back a trophy. I believe we impressed the French 

participants.

 

I’m please it’s formalised into a group. It’s a

great family sport.

 

There was a meetup in Calgary decades ago but that’s long since stopped. It’s of course popular in Quebec Province but that’s still a 4 hour flight away.  

I’m now looking at my three unused sets of boule 

and wondering what’s next for them. 

 

Good luck.

Regards,

Paul Quinnell

See Nick’s reply on the next page

 

 

 

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Hello There Paul,

My name is Nick Hall I am Chairman of our Club.

I can remember when you got the original club going and the names that you mentioned. Here are another couple I am sure you know.

Nigel and Alison and Norman Avery. Norman rejoined our club and with his wife Liz made valuable contributions to one of our league teams.

Sadly, he and Alison have passed away.

Anyway on a brighter note, the club is now flourishing after being reformed back in 1985, we now have around 80 members and in addition to that boast a contingent of juniors of around a dozen.

Despite this wretched virus we open up to a maximum of 20 players, 4 times a week. 

The Community Centre, which was managed by Norman Wilkins, has now been demolished and rebuilt on the other side of the car park.

The terrain, that you helped to build was completely restored by a team of about a dozen and for the first few years was used solely as a social meeting point with only in house competition. After about 4 years, new more ambitious players joined and the whole club became accepted in the region as a well run and ambitious unit.

Since then we have been running two league teams, Pumas and Penquins that have have had a fair amount of success with both being in the First Division for some time. Not so the case at present, but we are always challenging with one in Division 2 and the other in 3.

To accommodate such a large membership we had to extend the terrain which now boast 10 pistes.

Our accommodation first had a large shed for storage and switching for floodlights. Later we invested in a shelter which is now used for many things. It is regarded mainly as our clubhouse. A great asset when running competitions and meetings. The whole area has been updated and looks really impressive.

Surprisingly, we are generally left alone by the local lads apart from the occasional attack. but we are at present very lucky. On site cameras help to ensure security.

Well I think I have brought you up to date and supported this with a couple of pictures.

It was good to hear from you and hope all is well out in Canada.

Regards

Nick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack Hilton, one of the great characters at our club, has passed  away after spending some time in the Queen Alexander hospital following a fall at home. 

 

He contracted Pneumonia after being moved to a Nursing Home  and died from the illness shortly after.

 

Jack had a great sense of humour which kept all of us on our toes at the terrain, constantly telling people how they needed to play the game – after being with us for just under three years, from the age of 90. If anyone played a good shot he would call it a “fluke” and then proceed to go one better himself! One of his classic statements was that after he joined up in 1945 Hitler surrendered as soon as the news got through to Berlin. You could not take offence to his constant comments.

 

His hobbies included watch repairs, from which some of us benefited. His other claim to fame was that he had a large stock of old pennies at home and over his three years with us he found out what year people were born and he would present them with the coin with the date of their birth on it. Naturally, those coins are used to start games and you daren’t lose them!

 

Some of our members are back playing now, and they all miss him at the terrain. At the age of 93 he put most of us to shame by running into position for the next game, whilst the rest of us walked.

 

Jack will be sorely missed in our neck of the woods and hopefully will create a lot of laughs up there.                                                    Nick Hall

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group A

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/C

Day

Date

Home

Away

Result

Comments

07/09/2020

Wednesday

09/09/2020

Fareham Conifers

v

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

 

07/09/2020

Bye

v

Cobbetts B

 

 

 

14/09/2020

Friday

18/09/2020

Cobbetts B

v

Fareham Conifers

 

14/09/2020

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

v

Bye

 

 

 

21/09/2020

Fareham Conifers

v

Bye

 

 

 

21/09/2020

Thursday

24/09/2020

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

v

Cobbetts B

 

28/09/2020

Wednesday

30/09/2020

Fareham Conifers

v

Cobbetts B

 

28/09/2020

Bye

v

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

 

 

 

05/10/2020

Thursday

08/10/2020

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

v

Fareham Conifers

 

05/10/2020

Cobbetts B

v

Bye

 

 

 

12/10/2020

Bye

v

Fareham Conifers

 

 

 

12/10/2020

Friday

16/10/2020

Cobbetts B

v

Portchester Pumas & Penquins

 

                

 

                        

 

            

 

            

These are the fixtures:

LEAGUE MATCHES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE BUT ......

 

Southern Counties Pétanque has set up a friendly knock out competition to be played during the pandemic.  Each club will play six matches in a knock out.  We have played one match but our second has had to be postponed because we do not have access to the toilets in the community centre

Pumas and Penquins have joined forces and will be playing as Portchester P&P.

Watch these space as we update you with scores

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