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It is with great sadness that we report the death of two of our long term players and members:

Peter Steeples played in the triples section of a league match for Seahorse Flyers and then sat out the doubles phase, he was in good form, played well and was full of quips and jokes. After the match he felt unwell and was assisted back to his car where he collapsed and despite the efforts of other players and paramedics he died. Peter & his wife Sheila (who was also playing that evening) have been stalwarts of the Flyers team for some years. Peter was well known as a skilful player and great competitor.

Richard Hunter died recently after a long and debilitating illness. Richard, with his wife Trish, played for many years for the Seahorse team and then on moving house to West Parley they transferred to the Parley team, I understand a large fee of a couple of pints was paid. Richard was a skilful pointer and good shooter, he won many a match for the teams he represented. He was always, first and foremost, a great sportsman and friend to his teammates and opponents’ alike. Richards funeral will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium on Wednesday 14.6.17 at 11.30am.

Our league & sport was enhanced by the presence of both of these guys, they brought humour, sportsmanship and skill to the game, they were key members of their teams and will be sadly missed by all that knew them. Our thoughts are with Shirley and Trish and they should know that they have many friends in our local Petanque community who will offer any support that might be needed.

Final's Night 29th September 2016

Redlynch hosted the New Forest Petanque League finals night on Thursday 29.9.16. Three events ran simultaneously during the evening.

The main final was between Southampton City, new to the league but already making a big impact and the holders, Flights Falcons. After the triples segment the score was 1-1, but the Saints put on the pressure in the doubles winning two of the three matches to win the trophy 3-2.

On the adjoining piste Bournemouth North Rotary took a 2-0 lead in the Plate Final against the Three Tuns but the Bransgore team came back strongly in the doubles and punished the Rotarians taking all three legs to complete a worthy 3-2 victory.

So both the League Cup and the League Cup Plate went to teams from the second division which shows the strength of Petanque throughout the league.

Alongside the two finals were played the annual finals night triples. Playing on their home turf Redlynch 2 achieved 3 wins from 3 to win the shield with Pitton Pythons runners up, third place went to Hamworthy.

The competition went smoothly and was well organised by Tom Bailey. Sheila & Dave Hopkins and the Redlynch Club provided an excellent venue with a stunning supper to follow.

NFPL League Triples Competition

The New Forest Petanque League Triples were played at Southampton City on Thursday 1.9.16. Twelve teams from five clubs took part on a beautiful evening.

Each team played three timed matches and amazingly not one came through unbeaten. Seven teams accumulated three wins with Bournemouth North Rotary 1 (Mike Edwards, John Spurgeon, Steve Maidment) inflicting two fannies on opponents to achieve a final points difference of +28. Pitton and Southampton combined to form Pitton +1 (Brian Cudby, David King, Bernie Miles) and they took second place with a very creditable + 22points. Third place went to Southampton City 2 (Andy Powell, Tim Jewell, Jim Hotchkiss) who overcame being fannied by Parley to take three wins, and plus 14 points.

Southampton 3 managed to beat the champions and runners up but their +11 points score did not get them on the podium.

The event was run by Peter Galton from the Southampton Club, he and his helpers provided a great venue and smooth organisation which ensured good competition and enjoyment for those taking part.

The President of the NFPL was present but did not trouble the scorers, leading his team to four ignominious defeats.

NFPL Singles Competition

The NFPL Singles Championship was held on the 11.8.16 at Flights Cobham terrain. Organised by Colin Clark the event was fully subscribed with 16 players from six Clubs, the competitors played four matches each of 40 minutes.

Jason Wilcox from Redlynch is the 2016 Champion winning all his games with a + score of 29; Tony Giordano (Parley) was the only other player who won all four games, he took second place with + 18. Third place went to Dave Tyrell (Seahorses) he was unbeaten but drew one match 12-12, his + score was 22.

Three players from the Cliff House Hotel, Barton, played, the newest team in the league and the only second division team represented. Mike Pixley, John Saunders & Steve Pillinger each achieved a win, with Steve’s final score, just -5 points, a great display from a group of players with tremendous potential.

Jason Wilcox also won the NFPL doubles with his Dad, Pete. Can they complete the triple by winning the league triples on 1.9.16, one wonders?

Our future opponents!

After six months of coaching at Ferndown Upper School Tom Wilson organised a tournament for schools in the area. The Committee of the NFPL agreed to support the event by providing the trophies. Friday 15th July, 2016 saw nearly 30 year 9/10 youngsters congregate on the sports area at the rear of the Ferndown Sports Centre (the same location as that used for the New Forest Open Doubles in the spring). The young petanquers played in triples with two pairs; after two rounds of matches just two teams remained undefeated, they then competed in the final which was closely fought.

The overall standard of play was good with some of the players showing a real flair for the game, if we can keep them interested they will be competing in the district Junior events soon and then challenging the established players in the New Forest league.

The Winners, on the right, and the runners up of the inaugural New Forest Petanque League schools championship. A great follow through, but keep your feet on the ground!

League Doubles Competition

The New Forest Petanque League Doubles Competition was held at Redlynch on 30.6.16, with 15 teams entered the event was restricted to timed matches of 30 minutes; the competition was tough and no one team was undefeated. Four teams won three out of four games, the winners were the home, father and son pair of Jason and Pete Willcocks with the best points difference. Full result:

1stRedlynch 1Jason & Pete Willcocks who won three games and lost one but had the best points score, as winners they recd a trophy and £50 cash.
2ndSeahorses 1Chris Greenhalgh & Dave Tyrell who also won three games and lost one as runners up they recd £30 cash
3rdSeahorses 2Ken Ranford and Barbara Lawson who also won three games and lost one
The competition was organised by Sheila and Dave of the Redlynch Club.

New Forest Petanque League Open Doubles 2016

The first ever New Forest Petanque League Open Doubles was held on Sunday April 3rd on the vast spaces of Ferndown. Thirty two teams from three regions enjoyed some interesting petanque as the rain held back till the end of the day. This was the first competition of its kind in Dorset and was a steep learning curve for Parley Petanque Club who hosted the event. This was a club who hadn’t been heard of a year ago but now with this terrain and some ambition has the potential to put on some larger competitions in the future. It was a pity that there were so few teams from the New Forest although those that were there showed that they were more than a match for teams from other regions.

Winners of the main event were Mick and Joyce Nash from Hartley in Kent. After a good morning playing steady petanque Joyce was enjoying the terrain and put on an excellent display of pointing which complemented some accurate shooting by Mick. The final, against Graham Galton and Steve Daykin was a very tight affair. Graham and Steve had played some excellent stuff in the morning so when it suddenly went wrong in the final with a couple of loose ends it let the Kent pair build a good lead and despite resorting to desperation tactics sadly it was something Steve and Graham could not recover from.

This was the first time that Ferndown Leisure Centre has been used for such an event and some teams found the terrain very challenging. There was a disappointing number of Dorset players present although one or two did manage some shock results as for example local favourites Trish and Richard Hunter beat one of the pre tournament favourites 13-0 in the first game of the day, although sadly they were to fall by the wayside later in the competition. Winners of the Plate Etzil Bouzhobza & Colin Crofts Cody PC got better and better throughout the day as did their opposition David Kilshaw & Carrie Litchfield from Fareham PC who didn’t manage a win in the morning but clicked in the afternoon. So it was a close and tense final from which the Cody crew eventually prevailed.

The first round of the event produced a number of strange results, in addition to Richard and Trish’s great victory, Graham Green and Mike Edwards from Bournemouth North Rotary Club beat the losing finalists, Graham Galton (who also plays for Southampton in the New Forest League) and Steve Daykin, 13-0. Unfortunately their successful run ended at that point but it does prove anything is possible in our game. Neither Graham or Mike have made it into the Rotary team this season, after the team’s opening two defeats perhaps they should step up.

Winners of the main:

  • Mick & Joyce Nash Hartley, Petanque Club.
  • Runner Up Steve Daykin and Graham Galton, Cobbetts PC

Plate Winners:

  • Etzil Bouzhobza & Colin Crofts Cody PC,
  • Runners Up: David Kilshaw & Carrie Litchfield, Fareham PC

Consolation winners:

  • Lee & Diane Redfern Cobbets PC.

More news from the Winter Indoor League

The third phase of the Winter Indoor League yielded a narrow win and a close defeat for the two New Forest teams.

NF 1 - captained by Tom Bailey, just lost to Fareham Acorns, 5-4. Stars of the show were Una & Pat who scored two good victories before falling at the last; Tom/Pete & Chris /JF weighed in with one win each but time interrupted Chris/JF's final game which they lost 12-9, without the clocks intervention they might have pulled back.

NF 2 - started brilliantly taking the opening three matches, Hilary & Chris recovering from 2-9 & 4-12 to win 13-12. The team then faded only taking two more legs to win the match 5-4 when a more decisive victory looked on the cards.

We now await the knock out stages starting on 5.2.16

Further update on the Winter Indoor League

Three pairs for the New Forest league travelled to Arundel on the 28th December to compete in the Club’s Winter Open Doubles event and all brought back a prize.

Tony Giordano was partnered by his son, Carlo, and they progressed from the preliminary league unbeaten to qualify for the Main draw (gold) in the afternoon session. Here they met some high quality opposition and having been eliminated from the knock out they went on to win the Gold Consolage defeating a pair from Kent in the final.

Steve Maidment and Chris Chubb were defeated in their opening game but went on to win their next two matches 13-12, 13-7. Consolation came later when their victorious rivals won the main event in style. The Rotarians qualified for the Silver draw and in the first round met junior international Sam Thatcher and her cousin Declan, Sam gave the local boys a lesson in shooting, not missing a thing, and they moved onto the consolage where after two good victories they emerged winners.

Tom Wilson and Alex Hepburn found themselves in an extremely tough preliminary group and although they put on some good performances they only managed to garner one win. That took them into the bronze draw where they dominated until the final. The local team faced a pair from Worthing, they recovered from 7-10, to 10-10 and then from 10-12 to 12-12 but the final point would not come and the Worthing duo squeezed home to take the Bronze medal.

The competition attracted some high quality players from all over the south, great competition, great skill and a lot of fun.

Update on the Winter Indoor League

The second phase of the Cobbetts Winter Indoor League produced mixed fortunes for the two New Forest League teams Tom Bailey and his Gleneagles based squad faced what was certainly the strongest team in the competition, full of regional and international players. Tom and Pat Hall started well defeating Alex Hepburn and Keith Jejada, 13-9, but then things fell apart. The rest of the team of JF, Peter Ratcliffe, Una Ratcliffe and Chris Ashworth took a ‘bit of a spanking’ to use Tom’s words, and the team went down 8-1.

Alongside them, New Forest 2 were faring better. Playing the Porchester Penguins who were first round winners, the local team won a tough encounter 5-4. The outstanding performance of the night was from Tony Giordano who maintained his unbeaten record in the league, taking all three matches with a points difference of +21.

Breaking new ground!

Two teams from the NFPL broke new ground last night (20/11/15) playing in the Cobbett’s Winter Indoor League. The venue is a large equestrian centre, not sure how to describe the surface, a rough sort of matting, but it was bouncy and the only way to shoot was ball to ball, drop a bit short and your ball flew over the target.

New Forest 1 – Captained by Tom Bailey and consisting of players from Gleneagles they faced the ‘Leftovers’ team who appeared to be a mixture of Hampshire Rose and Cobbett’s players. They went down 6-3 on the night but learnt a lot from the experience and will come back stronger next time.

New Forest 2 – from the west of the Forest & consisting of players from Flights, Parley & Bmth North Rotary were drawn against Cobbett’s 7, featuring Dave Stubbs, Mike Porter, Chris Barron, Ritchie Greeves and others, Southern league Division 1 players all. The first round started ominously with Chris/Hilary & Tom/Lyn both losing but Tony and Mario gave some hope taking their game to seven. Round two saw the Foresters draw level, Tony and Mario continued their winning ways and Chris & Hilary recovered from being 8-12 down to win 13-12. Start of the third round, 3-3. The Italian pair scored their hat-trick beating Chris Barron and Rich Greeves, 13-4. Chris & Hilary raced into a 9-6 lead over Dave and Lyn Stubbs, only to be pegged back to 9-9 on the penultimate end, time restraints meant only one more end could be played and the Cobbett’s pair made it 9-11 to take the game and the overall match, 5-4.

A good evening on a challenging surface but the New Forest teams showed they were no pushovers.

Next round 11.12.15.

Winter Games

The New Forest League has entered two teams in the Cobbetts Winter Indoor League.

The competition is held in an equestrian centre in Botley, just north of Southampton. Our two teams come from either end of the New Forest. Tom Bailey is leading a team based at Gleneagles, and the second team comes from the Bournemouth area with players from Parley, Flights, and Bournemouth North Rotary.

This is a new challenge for our players and we wish them well. First match 20 November 2015.

Watch this space for match reports and results.


At the league's recent AGM, it was decided that for the upcoming season, starting in April 2016, the league will be split into two divisions. The current membership of the league is 16, which will translate to two divisions of 8. However we have one additional application to join the league from Parley 2, and two other Clubs expressing interest in joining. Additional Clubs will increase the number of teams in each division.

After many years service Terry Perch (Hamworthy) and Paul Whettingsteel (Gleneagles) have stood down from the managing committee, their input was recognised by the presentation of trophies. Their places will be taken by Adrian Gingell (Flights Falcons) and Tom Bailey (Gleneagles).

BNR Charity Petanque Tournament

The Bournemouth North Rotary Charity Petanque Tournament took place on Sunday 19th April at the Merley Community Centre.

Twenty one teams of two took part in the main competition each playing five matches during the day. Just one team emerged unbeaten. Di Poynton and Ian Tindall (Hamworthy) swept the opposition aside with a great display of shooting; Six pairs won four matches with Barry Pearce and Dave Slattery from the Odd Boules Club at Hythe taking the runners up medals with a points difference of thirty.

In the ‘improvers’ competition six pairs played in a hard fought league, no team dominated but Marie Caley and John Ravenhill from Bournemouth U3A emerged as winners with three victories and a points difference of thirteen. Steve Bassett from Flights Falcons took the shooting competition with a narrow victory over Steve Leaf from Hamworthy.

Even the spectators were intense in their concentration!!

The children are: Katie Corrigan, 6yrs; Alice Butcher, 2 yrs; Finlay Corrigan, 4 yrs & Matthew Butcher, 4yrs.

New Forest Members take the fight to Salisbury

Six New Forest League players travelled to Salisbury on the 9.3.15 to play the Winchester Gate Pub in a early season friendly.

The Winchester Gate play in the Hop Back League and the landlord, Bill Duncan, is Chair of the league.

The visiting team consisting of: Terry the Money; John the Rotary; Big Pete from Flights; Big John from Sway; Brian the Pitton Panther and Chris the Chair, swept to a 5-0 victory against a team that had not yet got going this year and will play a return fixture in September but the competition will be far stronger then.


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Match against Southern Region Clubs

You will be pleased to know we have a team of 12 for Saturday against the Southern Region Clubs at Fareham. After great deliberation of League Co-ordinator has sorted out the teams as follows:


Steve Maidment (Bmth North Rotary)
Terry Perch (Hamworthy)
JF (Gleneagles) - contact via

John Denis (Sway) – contact via – tel 01202 471926
Pete Willcocks (Redlynch) – contact via – tel 07921 261893
Mike O’Shea – (Bmth North Rotary)

Tony Giodano (Hamworthy) 01202 745407
Paul (Hamworthy) contact via Colin
Brian Cudby (Pitton) contact via

Tom Wilson (Flights) contact via Colin
Colin Clark (Flights) 01202 677201 - 075635 46012
Chris Chubb (Bmth North Rotary ) 01202 425063 07968 486762


Steve Maidment
Brian Cudby

John Denis

Colin Clark
Tom Wilson

Chris Chubb
Pete Willcocks

Tony Giordano
Mike O’Shea

Terry Perch

We have 7 of the teams from the NFPL represented which is excellent.
We need to be at Fareham Petanque Club, Henry Cort Drive, Fareham, PO15 6PH by 1pm on Saturday 11.10.14. After the match there will be a tea of nice stuff!! And I would expect we will be on our way home by 5pm. We have been asked for a match fee of £5 per head.

Regarding travelling I hope I have provided enough contact details so that people can get together, I was hoping the Pete from Redlynch and Brian from Pitton might be able travel together and perhaps John from Sway and JF from Gleneagles? I appreciate that might not fit your own needs, if anyone has a problem with travelling please call me.

NFPL Triples Competition

Redlynch hosted the NFPL triples on Thursday 8.5.14. A slightly disappointing entry of 10 teams from five clubs enjoyed a good evening of sport with Flight Harriers emerging unbeaten as the Champions. Second place was keenly fought over with three clubs recording three wins; Bournemouth North Rotary 1 edged in front of Seahorses 1 having scored 42 points to their rivals 38. Sheila & Dave were thanked for organising the competition.

Annual Charity Match does the work

The Bournemouth North Rotary Club’s annual charity pairs competition took place on the 13.4.14 at Merley and raised £530 for the Merley Pre School Group and the Kinson Food Bank, a great success. The event attracted 31 teams with entries from Pitton, New Milton, Sway, Flights, Hamworthy & Odd Boules, as well as the host club. There were also entries from Ashley X, Upton House and U3A groups which are not in the league. New Milton got three teams through to the quarter finals and then two into the semi’s, there they fell to John Dennis (Sway)/ Pete (Flights) and Tony Giodano (Hamworthy)/Roger Wojciechowski (Upton House).

In the final the combination of Italy and Poland won through and took the trophy for the third year running.

Photo shows - left to right Tony, Steve Maidment & Roger

Local gents do good!!

Four players from the New Forest Petanque League travelled to Harrow on April 6, 2014 to compete in the English Petanque Association National Veteran’s Championships.

Novices to this type of competition, the team of Tony Giordana (Hamworthy), Colin Clark (Flights), Steve Maidment & Chris Chubb (Bmth North Rotary), expected a whopping but in the preliminary rounds they beat teams from Kent, Isle of Wight and Chiltern which took them to the quarter finals.

There they met a team from East Midlands and were again successful.

In the semi-final they played a team from Nottingham including two full English Internationals and were finally eliminated.

They then faced London in the third/fourth play-off and completed their 5th victory of the day to take third place.

The event was won by last year’s winners, a team drawn from various parts of England.

The result means that the local team will now represent the English Petanque Association (EPA) in a major invitation tournament to be held in Normandy in September, 2014.

I hear many of you shouting ‘if they did it so could we’, probably true, but you have to be in it to win it! Entry was restricted to members of the EPA, a mere £18 per year. So if you would like the chance to show your skills on the national stage you know what to do!!