FIPJP Official Rules
The recent update of the FIPJP rules
take effect from December 2020
Our next main event is the match against Ongar which
will be played at Stonards on the evening of Wednesday June 22nd, and Peter will be asking for names nearer the time.
Our next club competition will be the Summer Singles on the afternoon of Saturday July 9th, which will also be at Stonards, when we are joined by the Town and District councils and their teams for their annual 'grudge match'.
Other Events for your Diary
Aldeburgh Carnival 13/14/15 August
London Petanque Championship at Crystal Palace TBC/TBA
George Durno Doubles Competition (2022)
The George Durno Doubles was played at Hanbury in mild and pleasant conditions.
The 14 entries were drawn at random into 7 teams, playing 7 rounds to complete the league.
The final result was very close, with three teams each winning 4 of their 6 matches.
In third place were Graham and Peter Giblin on +8, runners-up were Brenda and John Adams (+9), and the winners Jill and Ashley (+10).
After our secretary Janet had made the presentation of the trophy and prizes, we adjourned for a picnic lunch.
Ongar Town Festival (2022)
I am sure you would like to hear about the (mixed!) fortunes of our teams playing in the Ongar competition on Sunday.
There were 40 doubles teams partaking, including 17 players from our club. Two were teamed up with members from other clubs, and Peters partner was his son-in-law Gerry. Gerry and Peter won the competition in its first two years 2018/9.
Being a much bigger affair this year, and with some seriously strong teams in the mix, it was interesting to see how we got on.
The 40 teams were initially split into 10 leagues of 4, and played each of the 3 other teams in their league to decide who would go into the Gold, Silver, Bronze or Copper knock-out sections after lunch. Games were played over 7 ends, and the league positions were determined by accumulated points difference (not by number of wins).
Congratulations to Lorraine and John (team Jonlo), and Patricia and Peter G (team Jolly), who both won their leagues to progress to the Gold section. Jonlo lost in the quarter-final, and team Jolly lost to the eventual champions.
Gerry and Peter (the Invinciboules) won all 3 of their league games comfortably but nevertheless finished up in Silver, along with Brenda and David T (Davenda). Both reached the semis where they were knocked out.
Marion and John (Les Jolies) reached the semis in the Bronze section, where Janet and Graham (All at Sea) lost in the quarter-final.
Playing in the Copper section, Jill and Ruby (generation Gap) and Lynda and Lyn T (L Squared) lost in the quarters.
Bearing in mind we do not pretend to be the most competitive of clubs, I think we can say that we gave the other teams a good run for their money. And our newer and less experienced players acquitted themselves very well against some very tough opposition. It was good to see so many of us getting involved and enjoying the day.
In conclusion I have to say a big 'Thank You' to Carolyn and John Adams for their tireless work over much of the year to set up the festival and petanque competition. along with the many helpers involved on the day.
I'm sure we'll all be back again next year, and perhaps one of us will regain the trophy.
Ted Burton Triples Competition (2022)
The Ted Burton Triples was played at Hanbury in benign conditions. The 5 teams were drawn at random, and played each other in one league to determine their final positions.
Three teams all scored two wins apiece, with third place going to Brenda, Janet & Geoff (+ 6 points).
The runners up were Marion, Lorraine & John Adams (+7).
The winning team managed a clean sweep, winning all of their matches. Graham, Colin and Peter played very well as a team, with Colin pointing accurately, Graham shooting consistently, leaving Peter to tidy up on the rare occasions that it was necessary.
Winter Challenge Competition (2022)
The Winter Challenge was played in ideal conditions, although the piste itself was tricky, being very hard and gritless with hard packed stony patches. Consistently precise pointing was virtually impossible.
13 players entered the competition, playing in two leagues. In League A defending champion Graham got off to a strong start, earning 2 wins and 1 draw after 3 rounds. Peter was just ahead on 3 wins.
In League B Andrew was on 3 wins after 3 rounds, with Charlie in pursuit on 2 wins. Ultimately Peter won League A and Andrew won League B, neither dropping a game.
In the final Andrew pointed accurately and consistently, and although the game stayed close initially he scored a 3 in the 4th end with all his boules within a few inches of the jack, and after that Peter couldn't catch him.
After President John had presented the trophy and prizes, we adjourned to Julie's cafe in the pavilion where several family supporters joined us for tea and cake in the warm afternoon sunshine.
It's good to see a new name on the trophy, and congratulations to Andrew for playing so well on the difficult surface.
Incidentally the council have promised to re-grit the terrain in the near future which should help us lesser mortals to perform rather better.
Epping Ongar Challenge (2021)
We travelled to Ongar for the away leg of the
Epping Ongar Challenge, playing for the Robert Weston Memorial Trophy.
The home leg was played at Hanbury in June, the result being 8.5 points to Ongar and 7.5 to Epping.
Today's result is added to it for the final result.
After a practice session at Ongar recently, we hoped to make a good showing today. Regrettably this was not the case and we were well beaten again, Epping scoring 3 wins to Ongar's 13.
There is no obvious reason for it, as often their players come unstuck on the highly awkward terrain. Unfortunately we struggled just that bit more.
It is noticeable that they have a regular contingent of team players with an average age at least 10 years younger than ours - possibly another advantage (but hopefully not).
Initially the competition was set up around teams of 6 players a side. Then both clubs had more players wanting to play, so we agreed to change the format to 4 triples teams i.e. 12 players a side. Could this be to our detriment?
We won the trophy for the first 5 years, but have now lost it for the last 5 years. So the competition stands at 5 - all. Perhaps more practice on the Ongar terrain could improve our chances there, and we should look to do this next year.
Autumn Doubles Competition (2021)
The Autumn Doubles was played today in
benign conditions albeit disappointingly cloudy.
A lot of our regular players are away at the moment, but nevertheless 7 teams competed.
As usual each team played all the others, taking 7 rounds of play to complete the round-robin. Each round was played over 7 ends.
The reigning champions Lorraine and John Mead got off to a poor start, losing their first two matches, but thereafter won all their games.
After five rounds of play, two other teams were also on 3 wins (Janet & John Adams and Brenda & Graham) with Patricia and President John on two wins and a draw.
In the sixth round Lorraine & John and Janet & John both notched up another win, but in the final round neither of them improved their position.
Meanwhile Patricia & John lost their sixth round but won in the last round.
In the final reckoning Lorraine & John were on 4 wins (points diff +1) which made them runners-up, with Janet & John on 4 wins (+19) as our 2021 champions.
Well done to Patricia & John who were in third place with 3 wins 1 draw (+5).
A good day for the Johns!
After the presentation of the trophy and prizes we all enjoyed a well earned cup of tea with two lovely homemade cakes from Marion and Lorraine.
And our thanks also to Janet and Brenda for looking after the tea party.
That completes our in-house competitions for the year.
It just leaves us with one more main event, the away leg of the Epping Ongar Challenge on Sunday October 3rd.
Summer Singles Challenge Competition (2021)
It was quite an eventful afternoon, with a new
winner of the Stan and Ida Burrows trophy.
Fifteen members entered, and with a forecast of heavy showers/possible thunderstorm, we drew 3 leagues of five players at random. This meant it would be necessary to play only 5 rounds, but one league winner would not go forward to the final. Sure enough the skies darkened and heavy rain started as we were completing the fourth round. So we adjourned for tea with the Epping mayor, chair of EFDC and their teams and supporters.
After about 45 minutes we were able to resume albeit on a rather puddly muddy surface.
Once the 5 rounds were completed the league winners were Lorraine (2 wins 1 draw), David Thame (3 wins 1 draw) and John Adams (after a shoot out with Peter Giblin as they were both on 3 wins +19pts). The final therefore was between David and John.
In the final David got off to a tremendous start, leading 9-1. John kept his head and, playing more defensively than usual, whittled away at the lead to eventually go into the final end 12-12. So it was 'sudden death', and John managed to point right onto the jack and snatch a victory from what had looked like a pretty dire position.
The councils had a long game, which nevertheless was a convincing win to the Town 13-5, the mayor (cllr Michael Wright) and D/mayor (cllr Barbara Scruton) both playing very well. This makes it 15 wins each over the 30 occasions when the Town & District have challenged one another.
Despite the enforced interlude the afternoon was very enjoyable, and our thanks go to Valerie for once again providing us with an excellent tea party. And our thanks too to Valerie, Lorraine and Kathryn for their lovely homemade cakes. We are very lucky to have such support for our functions.
Our next competition is the Autumn Doubles on Saturday September 25th. Details nearer the time.
Epping Ongar Challenge (2021)
The home leg of the Epping Ongar Challenge
was played in the evening of Thursday 17th at Hanbury in warm and humid conditions.
The result was a great improvement on our last confrontation. In August last year we lost all but 3 of the 16 games. This time we were ahead 7-5 after 3 rounds, but had a weak fourth round and finished up with 7 wins to their 8, with one game drawn. We scored 105 points to their 106.
Despite the competitive edge of a couple of their players getting the better of them, it was a close match and good to see their regular team again.
Before we play the away leg, scheduled for Sunday October 3rd, we hope we can find a good time for us to put in a group practice session on the Ongar terrain which has been a problem to us in the past.
John Adams has a lot of experience playing there, and should be able to coach us on it. We have to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning back the trophy.
It was good to see two new members playing for us, Patricia and Mark, and very much holding their own. It shows the benefit of regular practice.
The evening finished with a social get-together, and we have to thank Valerie and Rita for setting out the refreshments for us all and leaving everything spick & span.
Just as we were finishing the rain set in - very fortunate timing.
The next main events are the Hanbury Pairs competition on Sunday July 11th, followed by our Summer Singles on Saturday July 31st. More details nearer the time.
Gardens of Hanbury
From Wednesday 1st April regular play
will change to a Wednesday, with Thursday as a backup reserve day. If there is a bad forecast
for the Wednesday then play will be on Thursday.
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 Autumn Doubles
The Hanbury Autumn Doubles was
played in decent weather conditions, if a little cool by the end.
With 32 teams competing (7 from Epping) we were playing initially in 8 leagues of 4.
League winners went on to the Main competition, and runners-up to the Plate.
Our most successful team was 'Farrarandaway' (Graham and Janet) who won their league. 3 other Epping teams were runners-up. Unfortunately of the 4 teams who progressed into the knockout stages - that's what happened! Nevertheless there were some extremely close well fought games and we were unlucky not to see at least one of our teams reach a final. We were never outplayed.
The organisation behind a competition of this size is tremendous, and once again we have to congratulate Carolyn on putting it all together, Our thanks also to many others for helping on the day. Firstly to Tony & Maureen Clark for stepping in at the last minute to replace a team who had been forced to withdraw due to sickness. Then to the lads (mainly John M and Graham) for getting there early to set up the pistes.
Later in the day Lorraine produced 3 beautiful cakes and Essex's finest bread pudding - all put away in a matter of minutes!