Sunday 17th Aug saw the third annual Pétanque challenge held by City of Bath Petanque league in Queen Square, sponsored by local pub, The Raven, Queen Street. 31 teams of three competed in games of Boules on the recently refreshed pistes in Queen Square. Many of the teams are part of the regular Tuesday evening league tournament. As always an atmosphere of friendly competition pervaded the Square with rival teams taking a seriously playful attitude to the tournament, which is a feature of Boules.
The morning session consisted of three games each with the top 16 teams going on to compete for the main Prize of a dinner for three at Tilley’s Bistro and the lower 15 going for the plate. The Main competition was won by ‘The Good, The Bad and the Ugly’ and the plate by The Cool Boulers, Martin, Alice and George Ellis.
The event is organized by The City of Bath Pétanque Club to raise money to build new pistes in and around Bath. The first two years culminated in a new piste at Alexandra Park, which is open to all.
Thankfully the rain held off for the day and a good time was had by all those playing, watching and supporting. The Raven sponsored the event and further prizes were donated by Tilleys Bistro and The Salamander.
The Harington Club provided the Ploughman’s lunch, which went down well after the exertions of the morning.
Jill Forsey, landlady of The Raven, said
‘We are very happy to be part of this event which is great fun and will benefit the community in Bath by adding another piste helping more people to play this ‘
Don Grimes, Chairman of City of Bath Petanque Club, said
‘ We have had great support from both the public and business sector in raising the awareness of Pétanque. The club is increasing in size and with fundraising events like this we will be able to provide more facilities for everyone to enjoy.’
If you are interested in joining the club or just coming along to watch or play the website is www.bathpetanque.co.uk