Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Eels Foot step into history

Following on from their Adnams Plate Final success the previous day, the Eels Foot Inn II went into the Grand Final semi-finals as, in theory anyway, the outsiders/underdogs. Having achieved runners-up spot in their own division and being awarded the Seed 12 position in the league's play-off format, the odds were stacked against the Eels Foot'ers.

In each successive round they faced a Divisional Winner, starting in the Last 16 against a well-fancied strong team in the shape of Parrot & Punchbowl Aldringham. However a fifth-game decider saw the Eels clip the Parrots wings and take their place in the Last 8.

There they came up against the newly formed yet very experienced Bromeswell Boules Club, who had somewhat a bad day at the office and came unstuck against the Eels by a scoreline of 4-0.

By this time the Eels Foot team had already reached the Adnams Plate Final, facing their own team-mates Eels Foot Inn I on the Saturday at Aldeburgh.

Having dispatched them by 3-1, it was onto the serious business of the Coastal Semi-Finals. Up first was Kettleburgh, who had won the Tally Ho division, and had only qualified on Thursday evening themselves by beating Crown Inn Snape 3-2 at Stowmarket.

With young Baillie Inglis playing like a seasoned adult (despite only being 7 years old), the Eels never let Kettleburgh in and sent them packing with a 4-0 victory, setting up the Coastal Final against Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse, who themselves had already secured the Adnams Cup the day before.

Some it was somewhat fitting that the Cup and Plate winners were now facing each other in the Coastal Grand Final and a real see-saw battle commenced. At the halfway point it was 1 game apiece and this deadlock remained in the second half, seeing the match reach 2-2 and a fifth game decider in front of the vast assembled and our corporate sponsors.

A tense game saw both teams moving the score peg but then Finborough got a six on end end to seemingly gain the upper hand. This however wasn't the case and the Eels fought back to reach 12 points and be holding with the match-winning boule. Surprisingly Finborough couldn't do anything about it and the Grand Final finished 13-9 to the Eels Foot.

A tremendous effort, having beaten 4 Divisional winners along the way, and becoming the lowest seed to ever win our Coastal Championship. Also great from a sponsors point of view as they become the first ever actual Adnams pub to win the Coastal title.







2014 Season Awards

Presented at the Grand Finals Weekend, the league introduced some new awards. Similar to the Oscars, and in tribute to one of the leagues original driving forces, the ''Jimmies'' were handed out as follows;

Friend of The League -

Mr Doug Benger (for his sterling work in co-ordinating results, league tables etc, all available by clicking the link on the right hand side)


Forwarding Petanque -

Eels Foot Inn Eastbridge (for promoting petanque by virtue of building an additional 4 pistes this season and hosting two very well attended tournaments, the Eels Cup and the Eels Melee)

Player of The Year -

Jointly presented to Mr Mark Adamson and Mr Paddy Rosseau (Parrot & Punchbowl) for their success in winning the 2014 Moules & Boules at Aldeburgh and the 2014 Eels Cup Plate competition, as well as being part of the Parrot team who won the Ghostship division this season

Application to Join our 2015 Season

Over the Grand Finals Weekend, attending teams and spectators were able to pick up the 2015 Application Forms, with the ability to sign up there and then at the Early Bird price of £15 per team.

From that offer 4 teams have already entered our 2015 season, but if you missed out on a form, please contact the League Co-Ordinator asap.

The Early Bird price runs until the 30th November, whereafter it rises to £20 per team until close of registration, scheduled for the first week of February 2015.

Adnams sign up for another two years

With the culmination of our 2014 season at the weekend with the honours of the Adnams Cup, Adnams Plate and overall Coastal Championship all settled, the various trophies from the season were awarded, very kindly by Mr Bradley Adnams, of our corporate sponsors, Adnams of Southwold.

Having withheld the ''secret'' news for a few weeks, the announcement was made to the assembled crowd of nearly 100 players and spectators, that Adnams have agreed to continue their sponsorship of the league for the 2015 and 2016 seasons respectively.

This is great news for the league and shows the belief that they have in our own ''petanque product'' and long may that continue.

2014 Adnams Coastal Petanque League - GRAND FINAL RESULTS

Sunday 28th September at The Jimmy Robinson Pistes, Aldeburgh

Grand Final Semi-Finals

Kettleburgh  0  Eels Foot Inn Eastbridge II  4

Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse  3  Hare & Hounds East Bergholt Sharks  1


Bronze Medal Play-Off Match

Kettleburgh  0  Hare & Hounds East Bergholt Sharks  4


2014 COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND FINAL

Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse  2  Eels Foot Inn Eastbridge II  3

Saturday, 27 September 2014

2014 Adnams Cup Final & Adnams Plate Final Results

Saturday 27th September at The Jimmy Robinson Pistes, Aldeburgh


Adnams Cup Final

Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse  3  Carlton Crown  1



Adnams Plate Final

Eels Foot Inn II  3  Eels Foot Inn I  1

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Kettleburgh clinch last Grand Finals spot

An epic struggle ensued earlier this evening as Kettleburgh came from 2 games down, to win a fifth game decider by 13-9 and thus the match by 3 games to 2 over Crown Inn Snape.

Played under the floodlit piste at Meadlands Stowmarket, nearly 3.5 hours of playing saw the Kettleburgh team edge past Snape and now progress to face Eels Foot II in one of Sundays semi-finals.