Spring Open International TriplesWhitnash, England April 2019
Whitnash Windmill Pétanque Club have their home at the Whitnash Sports & Social club, near Leamington Spa. A Petanque club with excellent facilities and some challenging terrains that test your technical abilities, Whitnash Windmill Pétanque Club play host to their annual Spring Open International Triples competition in April.
Now a staple event in the Petanque calendar in England, the spring triples always draws a good mix of teams from across the UK as well as teams from France who usually make the trip from Villebon-sur-Yvette, a town just South of Paris that is twinned with Whitnash.
The 2019 event was held on Sunday 14th April. Whilst the teams from Villebon-sur-Yvette couldn’t make the trip this time around, there was still a full house of 32 teams. Order of play consisted of a morning of 8 leagues of 4 to rank players for the afternoons 4 knockout competitions. Most groups saw the favourites finish top and progress to the main “Gold” knockout, but the morning wasn’t without its surprises.
The biggest of these surprises was perhaps a team from John Street Petanque Club, overcoming one of the teams from London Petanque Club; one of the clubs in contention to represent England at this years EuroCup, in a fiercely contested match that finished 13-10 to John Street. However, it wasn’t enough to see them into the Gold, with the London team eventually making it as far as the Semi-Finals.
Overall winners were a team from Baldock Town Petanque Club, Jack Blows, Sarah Huntley and Ross Jones were on fine form throughout the day. A last minute entry into this year’s tournament after a late drop out by another team, this seems to be a winning formula for Ross Jones, whom last year at La British Open in Heckmondwike came out winner having been a last minute entry there also.