Club News 2012

Newsletter - 3rd October 2012

The 2012 season is now coming to a close with Thursday Night League Teams having one game left to play or have finished their matches. At the time of writing in Division 1 the Wombats are sitting in fourth place, the Dolphins in fifth and the Hawks in sixth position. In Division 3 the Wildcats are in fifth and the Wallabies eighth. Wanderers Dolphins finished runners up in the Knock Out Shield losing to Freethorpe Ferrets in the final.

Congratulations to Josh Wilcox who partnered Sammy and Kaylee Thatcher (Southern Region) and Harry Waldie (Eastern Region) to win the English Petanque Association Junior Triples Championship and will be representing England in the European Junior Petanque Championship to be held in Ghent, Belgium at the beginning of November.

Jessica Shoesmith represented England in a tournament in Luxembourg in August playing with Daniel Rushmere from the Bob Carter Centre and Emma Stockbridge (Isle of Wight) having been runners-up in the EPA Junior Triples.

Ten of our Club members represented the Anglia region in the National Inter Regional Championships at Hayling Island which was a new venue for 2012 and the terrains were extremely challenging. The Anglia Region finished fourth in Division 2 of the main tournament and sixth in Division 1 of the Challenge tournament.

Tournaments promoted by the Club proved to be popular yet again with visiting players commenting what a good facility we have at the St Faiths Centre.

The winners of the Russell Harris Fun Pairs were Derek and Jessica Shoesmith, runners up were Michael Neal and Chris Cunningham (Bury St Edmunds), third Daniel Shevlin and Tony Desposito (Norwich) and fourth Bob and Chloe Urquhart.

The winners of the Nine Boule Triples were Tony Desposito, Brian Taylor (Norwich) with Chris Cunningham (Bury St Edmunds), runners up Glenn Fusco, Henry Marshall-Nicholls, Keith Burgess (Sprowston), third Bernice and Peter Walker with Enzo Diprata (Norwich) and fourth Chloe, Bob and James Urquhart.

Our Circle in the Sand competition held at Walcott beach was won by Peter Griffiths and Sally Sadler (Bury St Edmunds), runners up Michael Neal and Chris Cunningham (Bury St Edmunds), third Chloe Urquhart with Jerome Morais (Hethersett) and fourth Dave Smith and Lindsay Penny from Bressingham.

The Anglia Region AGM is on Monday 29th October and the Norfolk County AGM is on Monday 12th November both at the Bob Carter Centre at 8.00pm.

The City of Norwich Winter Petanque League AGM is on Tuesday 9th October at the Bob Carter Centre commencing 8.00pm anybody wanting to play should attend this meeting. Matches are played alternate Sunday mornings commencing 10.30am.

Thanks to all individuals who have served the Committee and others who have maintained the facilities this year.

Attached is notice of our Annual General Meeting if anybody has any suggestions or ideas for the forthcoming season please let me know and they can be discussed under Any Other Business.
Next season will be our 30th anniversary.

Notice is hereby given of the 28th Annual General Meeting of the above Club to be held at the St Faiths Centre on Thursday 8th November 2012 commencing 7.30pm.


1. Chairperson's Welcome
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of 28th AGM held on Thursday 10th November 2011
4. Matters Arising
5. Secretary's Report
6. Treasurer's Report
7. Election of Officers
8. Election of other Committee Members (five)
9. Election of Auditor (Officers and other Committee members ineligible)
10. Any Other Business

Please make every effort to attend this important meeting and note that only existing Club members may make propositions and nominations, which need to be seconded before a vote can be taken. Anybody who is interested in serving on the Committee should let me know. Prospective members who receive this notification are very welcome to attend as observers.


February 29th 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the forthcoming season. Club competitions for 2012 are as follows:-

Russell Harris Fun Pairs Sunday 27th May 2012 at the St Faiths Centre 12.30pm registration 1.00pm start
Nine Boule Triples Saturday 30th June 2012 at the St Faiths Centre 12.30pm registration 1.00pm start
Circle in the Sand Pairs Sunday 19th August at Walcott/Bacton beach 10.30am registration 11.00am start

If you would like to play in any of the above please let me know or just turn up on the day and we will guarantee you play.

Norfolk County Petanque League

The league is due to start on Thursday 5th April for the Hawks, Dolphins and Wombats and Thursday 12th April for the Wallabies and Wildcats so practice matches between our teams as detailed below have been arranged for Thursday 29th March commencing 7.30pm.

Hawks (Div 1)   Wombats (Div 1)    Dolphins (Div 1)
Georgie Wright (Captain) Louise Robinson (Captain) Michael Hamlin (Captain)
Dean Wright (Vice-Capt) Sarah Urquhart (Vice-Capt) Mick Sadler (Vice-Capt)
Jose Garrido Curtis Hoy Margaret Hamlin
Angelo Lorenzi Amee Kennett Ted Hamlin
Gloria Smith Laura Killington Allen Kemp
Bernice Walker Bob Urquhart Andy Kemp
Peter Walker Chloe Urquhart David Kemp
Phil Wright James Urquhart Judy Sadler
  Lynne Urquhart Josh Wilcox

Wallabies (Div 3)    Wildcats (Div 3)
Irene Andrews (Captain) Derek Shoesmith (Captain)
Michael Hill (Vice-Captain) John Nooney (Vice-Captain)
Mary Almey Tim Archer
Trevor Hoyland Eileen Bent
Ivan Lincoln Colin Pestell
Joyce Lincoln Jessica Shoesmith
Chris Monk Linda Shoesmith
Helen Monk Gerry Wegg
Peter Neville Margaret Wegg
Melvyn Parkerson

Practice Nights
Practice nights recommence on Friday 6th April and it has been suggested that we incorporate some Club competitions. Four nights have been arranged and these are as follows:-

Friday 11th May – Fun Pairs
Friday 15th June – Fun Triples
Friday 13th July – to be advised
Friday 10th August – to be advised

All turn up on the day and play! Arrive for a 7.30pm start playing time. If anyone has anything they would like to do on the other nights please let me know.

City of Norwich Wednesday Morning League – Their AGM is due to be held on Wednesday 21st March at the Bob Carter Centre 10.30am.

Anglia Region Qualifiers
Anglia Region qualifiers will be held on Sunday 15th April at British Sugar, Bury St Edmunds and Sunday 13th May at the St Faiths Centre. If there are 16 or more teams a third qualifier will be held on Sunday 22nd May at The Cottage. The top eight teams qualify to represent the Anglia Region in the National Inter Regional Championships on 15th and 16th September at Hayling Island. Closing date for entries is 31st March and an entry form is available to download from the Anglia website www.angliapetanque.webeden.co.uk Entry fees are £24 per team.

If anybody has any comments or ideas for the forthcoming season could they please let me know.
See you on the piste soon.