European Cup victory for petanque team

Maurice Hunter, Ted Beetham and Steve Golden, were in the top two pairs at Woodstock.

Maurice Hunter, Ted Beetham and Steve Golden, were in the top two pairs at Woodstock.

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Playing away from home tends to be a tricky proposition in a premier competition like the EPA EuroCup, but six members of the Bridlington-Millau Petanque Club managed to be at the top of their game against Doncaster recently.

The result was an excellent 3-2 win for Bridlington, with the talented South Yorkshire club being unable to cope with the body blow of going 2-0 down after the triples round.

It meant that Bridlington only needed to win one out of the three remaining pairs games, a task expertly accomplished by Ted Beetham and Christine Cann.

Bridlington will now meet Wigginton PC at home in the third round, the exact date to be announced.

The victorious Bridlington squad were composed of Aled Jones, Malcolm Oates, Christine Cann, Maurice Fidoe, Madge Jordan and Ted Beetham.

The in-form Beetham was also successful in a ranked pairs competition at Woodstock Petanque Club in Stockport, Cheshire, on September 29.

Playing alongside Doncaster’s Colin Smith, he won all his six rounds to clinch first prize and cannot now be caught in the race to be crowned Northern player of the year for 2013.

Truly, it has been an impressive display all season from the ex-teacher who has also represented Yorkshire and England at the sport.

In addition to the accolade of being the most successful player in the North of England, Beetham wins a special embroidered shirt to wear with pride.

Two other Bridlington players, Maurice Hunter and Steve Golden, were delighted to grab the runner-up spot at Woodstock by only losing a solitary game all day.

The Northern Region’s season ends with a ranked pairs competition at Dukes Park on October 13.

For petanque enquiries contact the club’s chairperson Christine Cann on 678278