Merry Men Are Top Petanque Players In Sussex

Far from Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, the Multi-Award winning pub at Icklesham, boasts teams that can play the French game Pétanque (boules to the uninitiated) at a near National level.

Two teams set off recently to Hayling Island and competed in the Regional Championships. They made up two of the eight three men teams that represented Sussex in this national competition. Dave Court, Rob Wren and Kevin Earl were the best team from Sussex, winning nine out of ten games, and finished 3rd. overall out of the 48 teams that took part. Robin Hood’s other team were the second in the Sussex team ratings, with an eight out of ten win record and were 11th. overall. What a performance from the Robin Hood boys.

Dave Court, Rob Wren and Kevin Earl – The best Sussex
Petanque Team in the County

Following this very successful weekend, at Hayling Island Hampshire, the Sussex Petanque squad, including the vital contribution by the Robin Hood teams, finished as runnersup in Division 2 of the Inter-Regional Championship and are therefore promoted to Division 1 for next years event. This is a magnificent achievement and the first time in the regions history that Sussex have been in Division 1 of the Main Championship. Well done and congratulations to everyone involved in the squad.

Sussex Squad Are 2014 Inter-Regional Div 2 runners-up
Joe Phillips, Rob Newell and Steve Mortimer

As the final standings table shows, Sussex were top of the division after day 1 and finished second in the day 2 results table. In the combined overall results, Sussex narrowly missed out on winning the division but were well clear of the region in third place.

“Rye’s Own”  November 2014

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