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FIPJP Official Rules

The recent update of the FIPJP rules take effect from Ist January 2017
The amendments are high-lighted in blue

Official FIPJP Rules 2017

Next Event

Our next event is the home leg of the Epping Ongar Challenge, being played on the evening of
Wednesday June 19th.
This is a firm favourite (4 teams of triples) when we finish up in The Garnon Bushes for a drink with
our opponents after the match.
Peter will be asking for names nearer the time.

George Durno Doubles Competition

For various good reasons the entry for the George Durno Doubles was rather reduced. Nevertheless 4 doubles teams played a round-robin and the last few minutes were very tense.
Going into the final round Marion and Chris were on 2 wins (+9 points) playing against David and John A on 1 win (+2).
Brenda and Tony on 1 win (-6) playing against (no wins!) John P and Peter.
John P and Peter beat Brenda and Tony, so the winners would be from the other match.
It was a close shave, because David & John won, but by only 2 points.
So the eventual winners were Marion and Chris.
In fact Marion had been pointing exceptionally well (pin point accuracy) all afternoon and Chris was on form with his shooting. This made them a very strong pairing and they certainly deserved to win.

We were very pleased to have George's wife Kim come and support us, watching the entire competition and presenting the trophy at the end.

Ted Burton Triples Competition

Fifteen members registered for the competition and 5 teams were drawn at random.

A complete round-robin was played over 5 rounds, each team playing the other 4. The matches were restricted to 8 ends each, taking exactly 30 minutes.

After 4 rounds Team B (Linda, Jill & Graham) were on 3 wins (+11 pts), Team C (John Pretty, Joan & Chris) were on 2 wins (+5), and Team D (Janet, John Adams & Peter L) were on 2 wins (+11).

In the final round teams B & C came up against each other, Team C scoring a big win to finish with 3 wins (+14).
However Team D had a big win over Team E, and finished on 3 wins (+19) to claim victory.

After the draw Joan showed us a picture of Ted which she had brought with her, and told us a little about him. It was Ted with Barry Lucas and Mike Pegg who translated the FIPJP rules from the French into English and interpreted them into usable rules for the British Petanque Association. The BPA became the English Petanque Association in 2005 and is now Petanque England.
Joan told us he was a bit of a loaner but nevertheless had 7 children!! If you look on the Petanque England website you will see that he appears on their honours board.

Winter Challenge Competition

On a mild and windless afternoon 23 members competed in the Winter Challenge and one of our relatively new members pulled out all the stops to come through and win the Shield.

With last year's winners Tom & Caroline playing as one it made up 2 leagues of 10 and 12 players, with places being drawn at random.

League A (10 players) and League B (12 players) played alternately for 4 rounds each, games being restricted to 8 ends.

In League A Karen finished on 3 wins (points diff +8), with David on 3 wins (+13) to earn his place in the final.

In League B 6 players finished on 3 wins, so it was again decided on points difference.
Runner-up in the league was Brenda on +14 points, but Graham edged into the lead with +15 points to make it to the final.

In the final Graham played extremely well to get ahead 7-2 with just one end to play, at which point David conceded.

Congratulations must also go to Brenda and Karen on their fine performances which, on another occasion, would have been good enough to put them into the final.

Gardens of Hanbury

From March 7th regular play continues at 10am every Thursday until 12th December
This is for Members only and there is a fee of 3.00 per person which includes the donation to the Charitable Trust and for teas/coffees/biscuits.
Please bring your own packed lunch

Hanbury Gala

Once again we were able to take full advantage of excellent playing conditions, and generally Epping teams got on well.

Carolyn had come up with an interesting format whereby winning teams 'moved to the right' of the score sheet, and losing teams moved to the left. This kept us all in play throughout the day until the finals, with a coffee break after 2 rounds, then a lunch break break in the middle of the competition with more rounds and the finals in the afternoon. All games were played to 8 ends.

Epping had 5 teams playing out of the 14 in the event, and finished with 2 teams playing each other in the Final of the main competition and another team reaching the Final of the 'plate' competition.

So it was John Pretty, Marion & Janet playing against Linda, Graham and Peter.
Despite a suggestion that if the result went the wrong way Graham might have to sing for his supper, nevertheless this didn't put him off his stride and he continued his excellent form. Linda had played a tactical game all day, and Peter just brought up the rear.
This formula worked again, and although all our results had been extremely close, we managed to win again.
It was very encouraging to see both Janet and Graham reaching the final of their first tournament - congratulations to them both.

In the plate Final, Tony, Rea and Ken (borrowed from Ongar) just missed out on the last end to be runners-up.

Carolyn then presented the prizes, assisted by our president John Pretty.

Following the prize-giving there was a sumptuous spread for tea, and special thanks must go to Linda who had baked two lovely cakes for the occasion.

Our thanks go to Carolyn for yet again organising a great day, this time involving 4 clubs. After covering all costs the surplus will provide a generous donation for the Don Miller Charitable trust.

Epping Ongar Challenge

You will remember that we went to Ongar on Sunday with a 9-7 advantage and +29 points.

It was a cool morning, but pleasant enough and it soon warmed up. We found we were playing on the piste at 90 degrees to last year, and this made a big difference. This was especially so on Piste 1, where despite it being completely dug over and relaid it is still like playing on a sprung mattress!
The visiting teams were allowed to stay on the same piste for all their games, whilst the home team move along for each round.

This meant our A team were stuck on Piste 1, and suffered accordingly losing all of their games. The rest of us fared slightly better, and at the halfway coffee break the aggregated scores were 12 games apiece.

Game on! Unfortunately from then on we really struggled, and could win only 1 of the last 8 games, so lost overall by 13 games to 19.

So for the second time I had to present the trophy to Carolyn and her side, and admit to being well beaten on the day. But well done to Ongar who clearly fielded their strongest team (including a 'Ringer' from Billericay who assured me he truly is a bona fide member of the Ongar club!).


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