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This is an article published in the Christmas 2018 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter….

The U3A has held its third successive national weekend of Pétanque, which took place at Mill Rythe Holiday Village on Hayling Island on September 22nd and 23rd.  This was arranged by Pétanque subject adviser Andrew Lloyd (Malmesbury & District U3A), a national Pétanque player, coach and manager of over 20 years’ experience.

48 teams from 19 U3A’s took part, including the Hayling Hawks (Sheila Partridge, Sue Humphrey, Judy Adams, Peter May, Bill Tait, Pat LeClerc, Tony Higham and Geoff Belding.)

It was a very rain-soaked event! Teams came from all over the country, from as far afield as Guernsey. We played 5 games on the Saturday, giving everyone a turn in the 3-player per side games. We only lost one game, and that was to one of the teams from Torridge, North Devon, who ended the weekend as finalists. Sunday morning games were cancelled because of heavy rain, but the knockout rounds were played in the afternoon in brightening weather. Sadly our Hawks lost their first knockout game, but were very proud to have finished 10th overall on the Saturday.We thank the organisers for putting on this large event, and coping with the prevailing conditions. We hope to enter at least one team in next year’s event.

Geoff Belding (Co-coordinator for the weekend)

The Pétanque group is very sad to hear of the death of Tony Higham, who was part of our team at Mill Rythe.  We would like to send our condolences to his family.

Group report

This is an article published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Hayling Island U3A newsletter...

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The Hayling U3A Petanque Group has been enjoying playing at Seacourt's petanque terrain for a year. We are a relatively new group and in our first season we have attracted an enthusiastic membership and have gone from every other Wednesday to every Wednesday and Sundays!

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The highlight for us this year was to take part in the National U3A Petanque Tournament which was held at Mill Rythe Holiday Centre in September, over two days and attracted 52 Teams from all over the country including one from Guernsey!

We entered two teams for whom this was a new experience and they acquitted themselves incredibly well. After the first day they came in the top third of the table and progressed to the knock-out on the second day. Finally, we are very pleased to report that one team did even better and secured a runners up medal in their section.

The weather was good and the teams really enjoyed the experience of meeting other competitors in such a friendly atmosphere and we are looking forward to entering next year's tournament which is an annual event here on Hayling.

Steve Walker and Geoff Hollis