Monday, 15 September 2008

2008 Season - Final Positions Overall

Final Positions of ALL teams;

Winners - Hoxne PC (Blyth)
Runners Up - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog (Deben)
3rd Place - Harbour Inn Southwold (Blyth)
4th Place - The Exiles Bealings (Deben)
5th Place - Suivre Les Boules Playford (Deben)
6th Place - Aldeburgh Boules Club (Deben)
7th Place - 3 Horseshoes North Cove (Blyth)
8th Place - Bell Inn Walberswick (Blyth)
9th Place - Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton (Deben)

Hoxne PC secure Coastal League title

The Grand Final of our Play-Offs on Sunday 14th September saw Hoxne PC came up against Hollesley Shepherd & Dog at the neutral venue of The Greyhound Inn, Pettistree.

Each side carried the hopes of their divisions with them as the sides were both group winners in the league stage, with each side only losing once each during the normal league programme.

Hoxne PC started off brightly and some good pointing and shooting saw them take a half-time lead of 2-0. Despite the Dog pulling back one game, everything rested upon the final game. A win for Hoxne and it would be all over but a victory for Hollesley would see the match at 2-2 and needing a 'fifth game decider'.

However greater experience shone through and a spot carreau by Hoxne captain Chris Johnson plus a pointed boule gained 4 on one end and put the match away at 3-1 to Hoxne.

Presentation saw both sides presented with team trophies to mark winning their respective divisions, silver medals for Hollesley and gold for Hoxne team members.

Hoxne went away with their very own 'Hoxne hoard' when they also received the overall Suffolk Coastal Petanque League trophy, to finish off what has been an excellent first season for this new league.

Harbour Inn Southwold sails away with 3rd place

As the opening match of our Play-Off Day, held Sunday 14th September, at the Greyhound Inn, Pettistree, the Harbour Inn Southwold faced The Exiles Bealings, for the honour of third place overall in the 2008 season.

Each side were the respective runners-up in the Blyth & Deben Divisions and both had spectators either rooting for the 'North' or 'South'.

Southwold took early control of the match and seemed to find the piste reasonably to their liking, as although the early stages saw the match stand at 1-1, two subsequent 13-0's put paid to The Exiles hopes and saw Harbour Inn take third place, leaving The Exiles in fourth place.

Both sides received bronze medals for their efforts in reaching the Play-Offs and we wish them both well when we hope to see them again for the 2009 season.

End Of Season Survey Awards

At yesterdays Play-Off Finals, the following awards were made via certificates, based upon the Captains Survey forms recently sent out, meaning that the awards were based upon how other teams perceived one another

Deben Division
Best Away Venue - Aldeburgh Boules Club
Friendliest Team - Suivre Les Boules Playford

Blyth Division
Best Away Venue - 3 Horseshoes North Cove
Friendliest Team - Bell Inn Walberswick

League Award
Best Effort in 2008 Season - Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton

Unfortunately some teams weren't present to collect their awards but these will be posted in next few days.

Final Positions for teams not involved in Play-Offs

Based upon results within their respective divisions during the course of the season, the final positions for the 2008 season for teams who didn't make the Play-Offs are as follows;

5th Place - Suivre Les Boule Playford (Deben Division)
6th Place - Aldeburgh Boules Club (Deben)
7th Place - Three Horseshoes North Cove (Blyth)
8th Place - Bell Inn Walberswick (Blyth)
9th Place - Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton (Deben)