FIPJP Official Rules
The recent update of the FIPJP rules
take effect from Ist January 2017
The amendments are high-lighted in blue
Our last club competition of the year
was played on Saturday 29th September, no more competitions until next March.
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!).
Autumn Doubles Competition
Four doubles teams took part, playing each of the
other teams as a complete round-robin.
After 2 rounds two teams had won both of their games - Eileen & Tony and Rea & Peter Giblin.
They then came up against each other in the final round, where Eileen & Tony continued their excellent form to chalk up a strong win and take away the trophy and prizes.
These two have proved to be a successful pairing on several occasions and yet again showed that they are the ones to watch out for!
The London Petanque Championship
Being held at Crystal Palace on Saturday 8th June 2019
Registration now open, reserve your place now.
Our first visit to Billericay and we distinguished ourselves.
Our 2 doubles teams took first and second places, each winning 3 of their 4 matches. Eileen and Tony took first place on +15 points difference, with Lorraine & John Mead second with +4.
Our Triples team A (Jill, Chris & Sean) won 2 and Triples team B (Brenda, David & Peter G) excelled taking first place with 3 wins (+15).
Unsurprisingly therefore Epping won the overall club team contest, winning 11 of their 16 matches.
Congratulations to all who played.
Summer Singles Challenge Competition
Thirteen members contested the Summer Singles, playing for the
Stan & Ida Burrows Memorial Plate.
2 leagues were drawn at random, and each match was played over 8 ends.
In League 1, after 5 rounds of play John Mead was on 4 wins (+12) and Tony on 4 wins (+5).
In League 2, Rea was on 3 wins (+7) and David on 3 wins (+5). So the Final was between John M and Rea.
John maintained his excellent form with some very precise pointing and Rea just couldn't stay with him. So congratulations to John on a well deserved win in the Final.
Epping Town Mayor Nigel Avey presented the trophy and prizes.
In the councils' match the Town were in trouble at 5-9 but then Deputy mayor Grahame Scruton, new to petanque, improved dramatically and by the end was pointing like an experienced player came through to win 13-12 after nearly an hour's play.
This now makes it 15 wins to the District and 13 to the Town,
Epping Ongar Challenge
In the home leg we won 9 games and lost 7 with
a points difference of +29. This score is carried forward to the away leg at Ongar on October 7th.
The format was changed to accommodate the number of players that wanted to play. Each side would field 4 triples teams, over 4 rounds of play, games being limited to 8 ends with unrestricted scoring.
The first result was a big win for Epping's Team C (Chris, Lorraine and Peter Giblin) 21-4, followed by Epping B (David, Brenda & Sallyann) winning 17-3. Our A and D teams lost by a total of 10 points meaning we had tied the first round 2 games all, but we had a big points difference of +21.
Ongar settled in and all games were closely contested. After 3 rounds of play it was 6 games all.
In the final round Epping managed to win 3 games, two of them by just 1 point. Teams A, B and C had 2 wins but team D (John Mead, Linda & Tom) had 3 wins.
We hope that we have enough of an advantage to win back the trophy when we head over to Ongar in October.