Results 2015

Circle in the Sand Pairs 2015

Wanderers St Faiths Petanque Club staged their 28th annual Circle in the Sand tournament at Walcott Beach on Sunday 27th September 2015.

The initial tournament, a triples competition, was held on Happisburgh beach during the summer of 1988, and this format continued until it was changed to a pairs competition in 1992.

From the initial tournament to the conclusion of this year's event only four individuals have recorded a hat trick of victories, namely Glenn Harcourt, Keith Burgess, Ted Hamlin and the late John Durrant. Twelve others have won on two occasions, whilst a further twenty-four are able to claim just one victory.

Bright sunshine greeted participants to Walcott beach for this year's event and bonus starts per game of plus 4 per minor, plus 3 per cadet, plus 2 per junior and plus 2 per novice adult were duly applied.

The weather forecast enabled organisers to agree on a five round forty minute per game format with a lunch break scheduled after the conclusion of second round.

Following an initial draw play proceeded on a terrain comprising mainly of varying levels of compact sand plus pools of water surrounded by rocks and sea defences.

It was apparent from the outset that many matches would be close and this proved to be the case with an average score of 10.5 to 8 recorded on the day.

At the conclusion it was somewhat surprising that four teams recorded a maximum five wins and two others none at all, although one of these only recorded a minus 18 deficit for the day.

The ultimate winners were Mark and Mervyn Bell of Norwich Petanque Club with 5 wins plus 35, thereby completing a double for the weekend, having won the Norman Guest Memorial Pairs on the previous day.

Dave Smith and Cyril Goodwin of Bressingham Petanque Club finished second with 5 wins plus 30, whilst James Urquhart and Anna Creasey of Wanderers Petanque Club claimed third place with 5 wins plus 23, followed by Les and Dianne Shilling of Bressingham Petanque Club in fourth place with 5 wins plus 18.

Novices Jon and Helen Creasey benefited from bonus starts of plus 4 per game to gain fifth place with 4 wins plus 30, whilst the evergreen Ted and Margaret Hamlin claimed sixth place with 4 wins plus 19.

It has been acknowledged previously that the format and terrain for this tournament is a great leveller and this proved to be the case with several players with regional team experience finishing in the bottom ten places.

All 19 pairs in attendance appeared to enjoy the day and thanks are due to those involved in the organisation of the event, particularly Chairperson Louise Robinson and tournament co-ordinator Lynne Urquhart.

We look forward to next year's event with confidence.


The Nine Boule Triples was held on Saturday 20th June at the St Faiths Centre.
Winnners were Jessica Shoesmith (Wanderers), Chris Cunningham (British Sugar) and Chris Peel (Red Lodge), runners up were Bob and James Urquhart (Wanderers) with Darren Watling (Bressingham) third place were Robert and Geoff Booth with Russell Brewis from Kent and fourth place were Mary Almey (Wanderers), Melvyn Parkerson (Wanderers) and Louise Desposito (Norwich).

The Russell Harris Fun Pairs was held on Saturday 9th May at the St Faiths Centre. This always proves to be a fun tournament with the joker round providing an extra element to the day.

Winners were Beth and Dean Wright, runners up Bob and James Urquhart, third place were Irene Andrews and Derek Shoesmith and fourth place were Josh Wilcox with newcomer McKenna Leigh. A clean sweep for Wanderers in the placings!