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175 players, 52 teams, 16 U3As – a national weekend of Petanque

Six U3A members in blue shirts play pétanque

U3A has held its second national weekend of Pétanque has taken place at Hayling Island arranged by Pétanque Subject Adviser, Andrew Lloyd (Malmesbury & District U3A) a national Pétanque player, coach and manager of over 20 years’ experience.

Andrew said, “There are over 100 Pétanque groups in the U3A movement. Pétanque is one version of the generic grouping of games of ‘boules’. It involves throwing a ball to a jack intending to score more points than the opposition.

“The weekend went very well. This year, there were 175 players in 52 teams from 16 different U3As. We had one large group of ten teams from Stanford-le-Hope, 6 from Richmond (Surrey) and teams came from as far away as North Devon, Guernsey, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire. It was a progressive two day competition.

“This year, we had about 175 players in 52 teams from 16 different U3As. We had one large group of ten teams from Stanford-le-Hope, 6 from Richmond (Surrey) and teams came from as far away as North Devon, Guernsey, Nottinghamshire and Cheshire. It was a progressive two day competition.

“The Championship winners who came out top in the Gold main competition were from Kings Hill U3A in Kent who beat a team from Torridge U3A (North Devon). The winning team are all aged over 80. Thank you to Chief Exec, Sam Mauger who came to support us on the final day”