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2011 PETANQUE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, KEMER, TURKEY I qualified along with by brother James who is 17 and Chris Peel from Red Lodge, Suffolk also 17 to represent England at the World Championships by winning the English National Championship. We flew from Heathrow to Istanbul and then from Istanbul to Antalya on Thursday 20th October and were taken to our hotel which was in the resort of Kemer right on the Mediterranean coast. Our hotel was fantastic it was all inclusive and the food was excellent. The first day's play was on Friday and we were taken to the terrain on coaches which was just a 10 minute journey from the hotel. There were 32 countries participating from all over the world and each country had their own team strip. I was very proud to be asked to carry the England flag and James had to read out the Players Oath in English at the opening ceremony which was really enjoyable but quite nerve racking as there were a lot of people watching. After the opening ceremony we had our first round game against Russia which we lost 13-6. We were quite nervous in the opening few ends and lost a lot points but once we had settled down and got used to the terrain and all the people watching we were ok but couldn't pull back the points. We were then drawn against a really good team from the Czech Republic and were unlucky to lose 13-11. This was a really good game and we played well but didn't have any luck! These were the only two games on the Friday so it was back to the hotel for a quick shower and then dinner. We went for a walk around Kemer in the evening and sampled some Turkish Delight which was delicious and bought some to take home. The next day we were drawn against the home nation Turkey in our first game and we were beaten 13-1. We then played Slovenia and won 13-6 and were then drawn against Israel who we also beat 13-9. The top 16 teams would play on Sunday in a straight knock-out going into quarter-finals, semi-final and then a final. We finished 18th so were knocked out, if we had beaten the Czech team we would have gone through. Chris was also entered in the Shooting World Championship and in the first round he scored 26 points which took him into the next round where he scored a fantastic 38 points. This meant he had qualified for the quarter-finals and was drawn against a player from Belgium. Chris scored another 26 but lost to the Belgian who went on to be runner up. This meant we had a free day on the Sunday but we wanted to watch the semi-final and final. On the Sunday morning we went swimming and had lunch and then went to the terrain to watch the semis which were France v Thailand and Germany v Tunisia. Both semi-finals were excellent games to watch and the standard of play was really high. Thailand beach France 13-10 and Germany beat Tunisia 13-12. The final was a one sided affair with Thailand triumphing 13-0. I really enjoyed playing in the World Championships. The terrain was really difficult and nothing like our home terrain at the St Faiths Centre! It was a compacted hard surface covered with rough stones which was really unpredictable and the extra pressure and people watching was good experience for us all. I never thought I would get to go to another country just by playing petanque! Turkey looked to be a really nice country and I would like to go back again! Chloe Urquhart   ENGLAND JUNIOR MATCH AGAINST WALES IN CARDIFF - Saturday 3rd September Four Junior members of our Club represented England in the above match which England won 19-5. They were Jessica Shoesmith, Chloe Urquhart, James Urquhart and Josh Wilcox. The match was played in a good spirit and the hospitality from the Monkstone Petanque Club, Cardiff was greatly appreciated with each player receiving bacon roll on arrival and lasagne at lunch. Trophies were presented to each player by Tony Smith the Welsh Petanque Association President. CIRCLE IN THE SAND PAIRS 2011- Sunday 14th August Wanderers St Faiths Petanque Club's 24th anniversary Circle in the Sand beach tournament at Walcott attracted a good entry with teams from as far afield as Kent, Bury St Edmunds and Diss participating in an entry from eight different clubs. It was pleasing to note that seven Juniors associated with the promoting Club and five novice players were involved with each benefiting from a two point bonus start per game. Early arrivals at the seafront were greeted by a high tide but this soon subsided to produce an excellent and varied playing surface at commencement of play. It was good to see last year's winners Sally Sadler and Peter Griffiths in attendance and unfortunate that Sally could not defend the title due to a recent hip operation. We all wish her a speedy recovery. Format for the day was two rounds before lunch, a reasonable break to enable participants to consume their picnics, purchase food from adjacent pubs, local cafe or fish and chip shop and thereafter dip their toes or bodies in the sea or maybe just relax. The afternoon session comprised a further three rounds play followed by presentation with individuals thereafter either departing, staying on the beach or purchasing further food. At the conclusion of the event it was apparent that the winners were the Bury St Edmunds combination of Chris Cunningham and Michael Neal with a maximum 5 wins plus 37. Fred and Rob Booth from Kent claimed second place with 4 wins plus 28, whilst Glen Harcourt and Eric Whatling finished third with 4 wins plus 24. Dave Smith and Lindsay Penny were awarded fourth place trophies with 4 wins plus 13, closely followed by Shaun Rix and Josh Wilcox with 4 wins plus 11 and Jane and Les Pridham with 4 wins plus 10. The day is best summed up on a postcard received shortly after the event from Dave and Lindsay - “What a lovely day at the beach on Sunday! It was nice to forget about jobs, riots, serious league games/competitions and remember that petanque can be fun. Thank you for all your hard work in organising it – much appreciated”. We look forward to the 25th anniversary Circle in the Sand tournament next year and hopefully a record entry. ENGLISH NATIONAL JUNIOR PETANQUE TOURNAMENT 2011 James and Chloe Urquhart of Wanderers St Faiths with Christopher Peel of Exning representing the Anglia Region claimed the English National Junior Petanque title at Burnham Petanque Club and subsequently qualified to represent their country in the 2011 World Junior Petanque Championships to be held in Turkey during the autumn of this year. Their task appeared to be particularly difficult when they were drawn to play two former winning combinations in their first two matches. In the opening stages of their game against Chiltern the Anglia team missed some scoring opportunities and subsequently found themselves 7-1 down after a few ends. Despite this they were not overawed and gradually clawed their way back into the game with some impressive play, to eventually claim a 13-10 win. They followed this up with a comprehensive 13-2 win against last year's champions from the Southern Region, who succumbed to some excellent attacking play. Thereafter the Anglia team won their remaining matches including a close encounter against a young combined team from the West Midlands and Anglia Regions that included Jessica Shoesmith, also of Wanderers St Faiths. All matches in this tournament were played in good spirit and participants a credit to the game. Final Placings 1st Anglia 100% success rate 2nd Chiltern 75% success rate 3rd Southern 50% success rate Jessica Shoesmith played with Harry Waldie and Meredith Young from the West Midlands Region and they acquitted themselves well losing two games 13-12 one of which was against the eventual champions. NINE BOULE TRIPLES - 2ND JULY 2011 The Nine Boule Triples held at the St Faiths Centre again attracted last year's winners from Kent as well as two teams from Suffolk.  After the five random draw timed games the trio from Kent Geoff Booth, Rob Booth with Russell Brewis again came out top of the pile with 4 wins and 1 draw +26. Runners up were Tony Deposito, Paul Critten and Richard Green from Norwich Petanque Club with 4 wins +22 and third place were Chris Cunningham, Peter Griffiths and Michael Neal from British Sugar 3 wins 1 draw + 12. Fourth place were Andy and Tania Cowlin with Martin Cobbold from Stowmarket with 3 wins +5. The trophies were presented by Irene Andrews, Treasurer and the admin was done by Lynne Urquhart. ANGLIA REGION JUNIOR PAIRS - 12TH JUNE 2011 The Anglia Region Junior Pairs was held at the St Faiths Centre on the above date and was won by James Urquhart with Chris Peel (Exning) and runners up were Jessica Shoesmith and Chloe Urquhart. NORFOLK COUNTY JUNIOR PAIRS AND NORFOLK COUNTY MIXED PAIRS - 4TH JUNE 2011 The above tournaments were held at the St Faiths Centre, in the morning the Norfolk County Junior Pairs title was retained by Jessica Shoesmith and Chloe Urquhart . The Norfolk County Mixed Pairs was held in the afternoon and was won by Bob and Chloe Urquhart, second were Linda Shoesmith with Peter Astle (Gt Yarmouth) and third were Judy and Mick Sadler. NORFOLK COUNTY TRIPLES - 8TH MAY 2011 The Norfolk County Triples was held at The Cottage and was won by Derek Shoesmith, Peter Astle (Gt Yarmouth) and Jerome Morais (Sporting Club). Runners up were Bernice and Peter Walker with Tony Desposito (Norwich) and third were Les Pridham with Alan Crabtree and Enzo Diprata (Norwich). RUSSELL HARRIS FUN PAIRS 2011 - 7TH MAY 2011 Wanderers Petanque Club's annual Russell Harris Fun Pairs tournament attracted 17 entries at the St Faiths Centre and proved to be an enjoyable occasion for all participants. Specific bonus starts given to differing age ranges of young people and novice adults ensured that matches were closer than normally expected, whilst a pre-selected double score round added to the unpredictability of the event. At the conclusion Michael Neal and Chris Cunningham from Bury St Edmunds won the competition with a maximum 6 wins and a plus 39 points differential. Chloe and Bob Urquhart of the home club also recorded a maximum 6 wins, but an inferior points differential of plus 20 meant that they had to settle for the runners-up spot. Wanderers St Faiths also claimed the next three placings with Lynne Urquhart and Dean Hill third with 4 wins plus 27, Amee Kennett and James Urquhart fourth on 4 wins plus 17, with Colin Pestell and Andy Lorenzi recording 4 wins plus 13 for fifth place. In addition sixth place was claimed by Josh Wilcox, another home player, partnered by Fleur Guilmain-Beales with 4 wins minus 2. The tournament co-ordinator and home club Chairperson Louise Robinson thanked all for participating and a £200 cheque was presented to Wendy Alcock, the grandmother of Jackson Robinson for a fund in his name for the Quidenham Children's Hospice. Wendy stated that she had thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon promotion and was very pleased with the sum raised for the fund in her grandson's name for the Quidenham Children's Hospice. She advised that Jackson has the rare condition Autoimmune Enteropathy, which causes the body's immune system to attack the intestinal wall, which results in him suffering from allergies and experiencing difficulties in gaining weight. The result of his condition means he has to spend hours a day being fed through a tube and the family are indebted to the East Anglian Children's Hospice at Quidenham in their time of need.

Results 2011

WANDERERS ST FAITHS PETANQUE CLUB INDOOR TRIPLES – 6TH MARCH 2011

Wanderers St Faiths Petanque Club's Indoor Triples at Whittlesey attracted a sixteen team entry and proved to be an enjoyable event played in good spirit.

The promoting Club provided approximately 25% of the entries with similar amounts from other Norfolk clubs, Suffolk clubs and various Regions of the country.

Format for the day was a progressive system with a proviso that no team played another on more than one occasion.

Surprisingly the first random draw round resulted in the closest matches with an average of 4.38 points between teams. This increased to 5.38 points for the second round and 7.87 points for the third before reducing to 6.50 points for the fourth and 5.50 points for the final round.

At the conclusion a triple comprising Graham Elcome, Dean Seville and Gemma Stretfield proved to be worthy winners with a maximum five wins plus 30.

Phil Hichens, Teresa Hichens and Peter Ward claimed the runners-up spot with four wins plus 14.

Glenn Harcourt, Keith Burgess and Glen Fusco finished in third place with four wins plus 10 following a keenly contested last round match with victory gained on the last end.

Thereafter four triples finished with three wins, seven with two wins, one with one win and just one without any success at all.

The main benefit of this tournament was that the younger participants present and other inexperienced players were able to compete, mix with and gain knowledge from individuals who have played at higher levels.

Votes of thanks were recorded to Vernon for providing the facility, Phil Hichens for preparing the terrain and Lynne Urquhart for organisation on the day.