Jones becomes first player to claim petanque championship four times

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Bridlington-Millau Petanque Club’s Aled Jones set a new record as he claimed his fourth Club Championship title.

Although a record 36 members entered the 2013 event, Jones was undeterred in his quest to become the only player to win the coveted title four times.

It was a long, hard slog to the final with lots of exciting matches and the key for Jones was to make sure he put his boules on the jack every time.

Jones’s adversary in the final was Mick Stubbs who had pulled off probably the biggest shock by beating one of the club’s most experienced players 13-8 in the quarter-final.

He was unable to deal with his opponent’s highly accurate pointing skills, Stubbs unfortunately never got going and lost the match 13-0.

However, actually being in the final was a great achievement itself for relative newcomer Stubbs.

Reaching the semi-final stage was a notable achievement as well for Keith Marshall in only his second season as a club player.

The other losing semi-finalist was previous three-times champion Peter Thompson who narrowly lost 13-11 to eventual winner Jones.

Members knocked out in the first round automatically qualified for a special plate competition as long as they had not won any tournament in the past three years.

This year’s plate was in many ways just as thrilling as the main club championship. It was certainly as eagerly contested with the semi-finals seeing Betty Farnaby vanquishing a much more experienced player in Trevor Croft and Peter Jordan beating talented newcomer Jez Carter.

The final match was played at a well judged pace by both players with Jordan eventually coming out on top 13-6.

Taken together, the main and plate competitions witnessed a staggering 47 matches with every one of them completed on time and several 13-12 nail-biters.

If anyone is interested in taking up petanque, call Christine Cann on 678278.