Sunday, 27 December 2009

New Piste Anyone? - Recommended Contractor

For any of you who can, rather than playing on a section of gravelled car park or such like, persuade your landlord or Parish Council etc to fork out for a purpose-made piste, here is the contact details of our current recommended Contractor who has so far been responsible for the pistes built at Playford, Bealings and most recently Woodbridge.

Mr P A Moyse, Wilford Rise, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, IP12 3DL
Telephone : 01394 387821

Mr Moyse is VAT Registered and any negotiations that you may have with Mr Moyse direct are not something the League can get involved in.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Accelerating Interest

Despite the Xmas period being upon us, we have established many new contacts over the last three weeks, which will ensure that not only will our 2010 season be the biggest so far, but also will be the most varied, with a considerable influx of new players and interesting venues.

This has mainly come about from careful 'mailshot' marketting and newsletter article placement, covering as much of the Suffolk Coastal area as possible.

Many thanks to existing members who have 'tipped us off' on various locations, which are coming to fruition and should be ready for the start of the new league programme.

Woodbridge Town Petanque Club - Update

Having put out a request for interested persons in the Woodbridge area to come forward and form the Woodbridge Town Petanque Club, in readiness for the forthcoming 2010 season, we are pleased to report that only 3 places remain out of the original 8 and these will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

If you are at all interested, please get in touch.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

League Partner agrees new deal

We are pleased to announce that our two-year League Partner agreement with Shirley Shelley Industrial Cleaners of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich has been reached thereby covering our 2010 and 2011 seasons respectively.

In these difficult economic times, we greatly appreciate the support our League Partner provides and hope that it continues for seasons to come.

Woodbridge Town Petanque Club - New Members required

In time for the 2010 season, (which commences in April), we are looking for persons to be involved in playing for the newly formed Woodbridge Town Petanque Club in the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League.

A ready-made, purpose-built piste is available at Kingston Playfield Field, (at the bottom of Cherry Tree Road), which was grant funded by Councillor Page from her Locality Budget and in conjunction with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council.

So all you need to do is get in touch for more details.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

2010 Registration Venues

Our Registration Nights for the new 2010 season will be at the following venues;

Thursday 25th February - Southern Area registration at Ye Olde Coach & Horses Inn, Melton, near Woodbridge

Friday 26th February - Northern Area registration at Kings Head Low House, Laxfield

Our thanks go to both venues for agreeing to host the 'signing' sessions.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Details Regarding 2010 Registration

Here is the latest news regarding Registration for the 2010 season.....

As we are expecting a significant increase in our team numbers, it will make sense to hold 2 individual Registration Nights as follows;

Thursday 25th February 2010 - Registration for 'Southern' based sides/players

Friday 26th February 2010 - Registration for 'Northern' based sides/players

Registration will remain at £12 per team for the season but needs to have been paid by your respective registration nights.

If you are unsure as to which area your team may be eligible for, please contact us as soon as possible.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Confirmations Already for 2010

Following our request to our existing teams to advise whether they intend to re-register for the 2010 season, we can advise that 13 teams have already said yes and 1 new team as well.

So we are only into November but we know next season will involve at the very least 14 teams.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Season 2010

Any ideas, suggestions, new player contacts, potential venues etc, would be most welcome from all of you out there, as the hard work starts from now, preparing ourselves for the 2010 season.

Either e-mail me or post a comment on here.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Review of the 2009 Season

From 9 teams last year to 17 for the 2009 season, an 89% increase, this season has seen many more players take part (153 players in a total of 82 matches). Matches have been, in the main, on the 'prefered' Sunday timeslot but many matches have been moved around and fitted into the overall league programme by all teams involved but at least were all completed by the time we had the End of Season Play-Offs.

Many thanks to Virginia and Carl and indeed all the staff at The Star Inn, Wenhaston who made us all feel so very welcome earlier today, by hosting our seasons play-off event. They are sure to be a very welcome addition to our leagues set-up next season, judging by the players they had play a few games against us at the end of the afternoon.

I'd like to thank you all for playing and taking part this year. There are so many I could thank personally but I fear I might miss a few, so thank you to all those who did help, you know who you are. I hope you all enjoyed this season and are eager to re-register for the 2010 season, I already have the Registration Forms if you need them.

Congratulations to the teams that made this years play-offs and thank you to those of you who didnt but came along to The Star to cheer on the ones that did. It just goes to show the spirit in our league that so many of our leagues players turned up to support something that they themselves weren't actually involved in.

Special mention to The Golden Key Snape for winning the Leagues Best Newcomers title and to the Kings Head Laxfield for getting the 'Getting Most People Playing' Award. There are certificates for ALL teams for their 2009 final positions and those of you who couldn't pick them up on the day, will receive them via post over the next week.

2010 promises to be even bigger as our recruitment campaign goes into over-drive between now and February, so get out there and be looking around for new players, teams and venues and at the same time get yourselves organised and re-registered as soon as possible.

Once again, thank you,

League Co-Ordinator

Walberswick & Ipswich - 2009 Grand Final

Having witnessed the third/fourth place play-off go to a deciding game, both The Bell Inn Walberswick & Ipswich PC '09 lined up to face each other in this years climax to the 2009 season.

Both sides had had the best two divisional records in their groups and had won each group respectively, thus earning the coveted Grand Final play-off spots. With around 50 to 60 interested spectators, the match got under way and again some tight tactical play saw the match stand at 1-1 by the half-time point. Ipswich then edged ahead in the 3rd pair, only to see Walberswick peg them back in the fourth game.

2-2 now and another decider required.

Ipswich, having 5 players, put together the two players who had only played the once so far in this match, whilst The Bell put on the pair who had taken the match to 2-2. Unfortunately for The Bell, they never got going in the game and dropped to a 13-0 loss, handing Ipswich PC '09 the 2009 Suffolk Coastal title.

A fine match between two very good sides, who had shown the reasons why they had got to the Grand Final in the first place, by good use of teamwork and tactics.

'Seasiders' claim bronze medal position

At the neutral setting of The Star Inn, Wenhaston earlier today, The Three Horseshoes North Cove, (qualifiers by virtue of their best 'runners-up' record this season), crossed swords with Aldeburgh Boules Club, in the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League 3rd/4th place play-off match.

Evenly match throughout the early exchanges, at half-time the score was locked at 1 game all. By the end of the second round, the match was still delicately poised at 2-2. In normal events this would be a drawn match, but today we required a winner. Therefore a tie-breaker game was required.

Despite the considerable best efforts and skill shown by the North Cove side, Aldeburgh managed to edge ahead and finish the match 3-2.

Well played to both sides in what was to be the pre-cursor to the main event.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

2009 Final Overall Positions - 5th to 17th place

Whilst we await the outcome of Sundays play-offs to determine who finishes 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place respectively, we do at least know where everyone else finished overall.

Based upon the average league points per match ratio formula, the rankings are as follows;

5th Hollesley Shepherd & Dog
6th Suivre Les Boules Playford
7th Harbour Inn Southwold
8th Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton
9th The Exiles Bealings
10th Golden Key Snape
11th Kings Head Laxfield B
12th Royal Oak East Bergholt
13th Rushmere Rugby Rollers
14th Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies
15th Deben Vikings
16th Kings Head Laxfield A
17th Greyhound Pettistree

Monday, 21 September 2009

Petanque Boule sale

At this weekends End of Season event, there will be a limited amount of new and used leisure and competition boule for sale.

These will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

End Of Season Play-Off line-up confirmed

Following completion of the relevant matches earlier today, we can confirm the line-up for the 2009 End Of Season Play-Offs, due to be held on Sunday 27th September at The Star Inn, Wenhaston

Grand Final (Playing off for the 2009 Suffolk Coastal League Championship) with 2pm start approx
Bell Inn Walberswick (Blyth Division) v Ipswich PC'09 (Orwell Division)
Third/Fourth Place Play-Off with 12.15 start approx
Aldeburgh Boules Club (Deben Division) v Three Horseshoes North Cove (Blyth Division)

Final Play-Off place determined

With three divisional winners now decided, the remaining play-off place is awarded to the best divisional runner-up from the three divisions.

As one divisions teams played a different amount of matches, the formula applied will be the total league points secured divided by how many league matches that team played. (This gives the points per match ratio with the highest ratio therefore being the best record).

Divisional Runners-Up
BLYTH - Three Horseshoes North Cove 14 points from 10 matches = 1.4 pts per match
ORWELL - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 14 points from 10 matches = 1.4 pts per match
DEBEN - Suivre Les Boules Playford 11 points from 8 matches = 1.375 pts per match

From this we can see that North Cove and Hollesley need to be seperated by the next best differentiator, ie games difference (the amount of games a team won minus the amount of games a team lost, the highest + difference the better)

Games Difference
Three Horseshoes North Cove - Games For 26 Games Against 14 = Games Difference +12
Hollesley Shepherd & Dog - Games For 21 Games Against 15 = Games Difference +6

Therefore the fourth play-off spot is awarded to Three Horseshoes North Cove

Aldeburgh earn divisional title

Whilst the Bell Inn Walberswick and Ipswich PC'09 had both secured their respective divisional titles and play-off spots, going into todays matches, the Deben Division was the only group that hadn't decided the title.

Aldeburgh needed to avoid defeat at home against The Exiles Bealings to snatch the divisional championship but a defeat would see Suivre Les Boules Playford as the group winners. In the end Aldeburgh ran out 3-1 victors and thereby win the group by one point, earning their Play-Off spot in the 3rd/4th play-off match in two weeks time.

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Remaining Matches

Sunday 13th September

Blyth Division
Kings Head Laxfield B 0 Bell Inn Walberswick 4
Three Horseshoes North Cove 2 Harbour Inn Southwold 2

Orwell Division
Ipswich PC'09 4 Deben Vikings 0
Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 4 Royal Oak East Bergholt 0

Deben Division
Aldeburgh Boules Club 3 The Exiles Bealings 1
Greyhound Pettistree 1 Golden Key Snape 3

Tuesday 15th September

Orwell Division
Rushmere Rugby Rollers 3 Deben Vikings 1

Wednesday 16th September

Blyth Division
Kings Head Laxfield A 1 Kings Head Laxfield L 3

Friday, 11 September 2009

Deben Division - UpToDate League Table

Suivre Les Boules Playford PLAYED 8 WON 5 DREW 1 LOST 2 FOR 19 AGAINST 13 PTS 11
Aldeburgh Boules Club P7 W4 D2 L1 F18 A10 PTS 10
The Exiles Bealings P7 W4 D0 L3 F17 A11 PTS 8
Golden Key Snape P7 W2 D2 L3 F13 A15 PTS 6
Greyhound Pettistree P7 W0 D1 L6 F5 A23 PTS 1

Orwell Division - UpToDate League Table

Hollesley Shepherd & Dog P10 W6 D2 L2 F21 A15 PTS 14
Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton P9 W4 D1 L4 F16 A16 PTS 9
Royal Oak East Bergholt P9 W1 D5 L3 F15 A21 PTS 7
Deben Vikings P8 W1 D2 L5 F10 A22 PTS 4
Rushmere Rugby Rollers P9 W2 D0 L7 F11 A25 PTS 4

Blyth Division - UpToDate League Table

Bell Inn Walberswick Played 9 Won 8 Drew 0 Lost 1 For 27 Against 9 Points 16
3 Horseshoes North Cove P9 W6 D1 L2 F24 A12 PTS13
Harbour Inn Southwold P9 W5 D1 L3 F23 A13 PTS11
Kings Head Laxfield B P9 W3 D2 L4 F17 A19 PTS8
Kings Head Laxfield L P9 W1 D1 L7 F9 A27 PTS3
Kings Head Laxfield A P9 W1 D1 L7 F8 A28 PTS3

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Result from Tuesday 8th September

Orwell Division
Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 1 Rushmere Rugby Rollers 3

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Who will be the leagues' best runner-up?

As you should already know, the fourth place in the play-offs will be awarded to the team who is the best divisional runner-up, based upon how many league points they accumulate divided by how many matches they played in their group. (This is because one group will only play 8 matches whilst two divisions teams play 10 matches).

Current Contenders

Blyth - Three Horseshoes North Cove....13 points from 9 matches
Blyth - Harbour Inn Southwold....11 points from 9 matches
Orwell - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog....14 points from 10 matches
Deben - Suivre Les Boules Playford....11 points from 8 matches
Deben - The Exiles Bealings....8 points from 7 matches

(Aldeburgh Boules Club cannot be runners-up in their group regardless of their final match result).

Deben Division still up for grabs

One division remains unclinched as we go into the final round of matches. The Deben Division has been probably the tightest group with as many as 4 of the teams only 2 matches ago, all having the chance of being 'top dog'.

However recent results have sorted matters out......but only a bit.

Suivre Les Boules Playford sit top with 11 points from 8 matches (but have completed their programme). Second is Aldeburgh Boules Club (10 from 7 matches) and third is The Exiles Bealings with 8 from 7 matches.

By a quirk of fate, the remaining match for Aldeburgh is at home to The Exiles at the Moot Arena piste. If Aldeburgh avoid defeat, they will be crowned group winners but if the Bealings team wins, Aldeburgh will be pushed to third place and Playford will be the divisional champions, thereby qualifying for the play-offs.

Orwell Divisional title secured by Ipswich PC '09

Due to their 4-0 away win at Rushmere Rugby Rollers new venue of the Bramford Cock PH, Ipswich PC '09 clinched the Orwell Division title despite them and Hollesley still having one match left each.

Mathematically even if Hollesley won 4-0 and Ipswich lost by the same scoreline, both sides would be level on points but Ipswich would have a far superior 'games difference' (ie the difference between the number of games won less the number of games lost).

So congratulations to them as we now know 50% of the play-off contenders, with the Bell Inn Walberswick having already won the Blyth section.

Results from Sunday 6th September

Blyth Division
Harbour Inn Southwold 3 Kings Head Laxfield B 1
Kings Head Laxfield A 0 Three Horseshoes North Cove 4

Orwell Division
Rushmere Rugby Rollers 0 Ipswich PC'09 4

Monday, 31 August 2009

2009 End Of Season Play-Offs - Global Press Release

The 2009 End of Season Play-Offs will be held on Sunday 27th September at The Star Inn, Hall Road, Wenhaston, IP19 9HF (Tel: 01502 478240)

The 3rd & 4th Place Play-Off will start at approximately 12.15pm, finishing around 1.30/1.45pm.

The 2009 Grand Final match will start at approximately 2pm, finishing at about 3.30/3.45pm.

Trophy Presentations will be at 4pm, with the opportunity afterwards for new players and interested persons to play on the two-lane Wenhaston piste.

Whilst seating is available, we are expecting a big turnout so you may wish to bring your own seating. The pub are happy to arrange restaurant bookings and overnight camping but you need to organise this youself direct with Carl & Virginia at The Star.

Absolutely everyone is welcome including all persons interested in playing or forming a team for our 2010 season.

We would love to see at least one person from each team as there will be other awards to be picked up at the Presentation Section of the day.

See you all there.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Sunday August 30th

Matches scheduled for Sunday 30th August

Blyth Division
Harbour Inn Southwold v Kings Head Laxfield B - Match To Be Re-Arranged

Orwell Division
Royal Oak East Bergholt 1 Ipswich PC '09 3
Rushmere Rugby Rollers v Deben Vikings - Match Re-Arranged to 15th September

Deben Division
Golden Key Snape 1 Aldeburgh Boules Club 3
The Exiles Bealings 1 Suivre Les Boules Playford 3

New home piste for Rushmere Rugby Rollers

Orwell Division

Nick Bentley and his team, Rushmere Rugby Rollers, are changing their home piste to the Bramford Cock for the rest of the 2009 season.

This will then be their proposed home base for the 2010 season and beyond.

Good luck

Walberswick secure play-off spot

Blyth Division 22nd August

Last Saturday saw The Bell Walberswick travel to the Kings Head Laxfield for not one, but two, away fixtures in a 'double-header' against Laxfield A and Laxfield Lovelies respectively. Obviously conditions favoured Walberswick and they recorded a 4-0 win over the A team and a 3-1 triumph against the Kings Head ladies team.

These two wins put them clear at the head of the table with 8 wins from 9 matches and a total of 16 league points. Second placed Three Horseshoes North Cove have two matches left but cannot catch up the 5 point margin between them and the Bell.

Therefore its congratulations to The Bell as they have secured the Blyth Divisional title this season and will be one of the four teams contesting the End of Season Play-Offs.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

The Greyhound secure their first league point

Deben Division - Sunday 23rd August

With a slightly earlier Sunday morning start, Pettistree Greyhound hosted title chasing Aldeburgh Boules Club in a Deben Division league match. On a deep gravelled area of the car park, the hosts earnt their first league point of the season with a worthy 2-2 draw. This result means that Aldeburgh will probably need to win their remaining two matches to secure the divisional title but with Snape away and Bealings at home, this will be a stiff test.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

2009 End Of Season Play-Off Announcement

The official announcement of the venue and associated details for our End Of Season Play-Offs on Sunday 27th September, will be released on this website on 1st September, so please come back and check for some exciting news.

Draw specialists finally break duck

Having drawn 5 of their 7 league matches so far this season, the Royal Oak East Bergholt finally got the elusive first win of the season last weekend with a 3-1 home victory over Rushmere Rugby Rollers, in the Orwell Division of the 2009 Suffolk Coastal Petanque League.

They remain in fourth place with 2 matches left to play whilst Rushmere are sixth with 3 matches to complete before the season 'cut-off' point.

Apparently the after-match nibbles were very good as well.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

And They Are Coming Into The Final Furlong!!

With the majority of teams having only 2 or 3 matches left in the 'regular' season, we take a quick look at how things are 'panning out' in each division as we near our Leagues Play-Off Day.

Blyth Division
With the Bell Inn Walberswick (12 points from 7 matches) leading the way by one point over Three Horseshoes North Cove (11 from 8), only the Harbour Inn Southwold (7 from 7) and Laxfield B (8 from 8) have any mathematical chance of catching them and perhaps being in contention for a play-off position. Walberswick & Southwold have 3 matches left whilst the others have two but a lot will depend on who plays who in the final few weeks of the season.

Orwell Division
In this section, there are probably just 3 teams left with a chance of qualifying mathematically. Hollesley Shepherd & Dog (12 points from 8 matches) lead the way but have played 2 matches more than second placed Ipswich PC '09 (10 from 6) whilst Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton (9 from 7) are just a point behind with 3 matches left. Melton & Ipswich meet next week in a Monday night fixture, so Hollesley will be keeping fingers crossed for a draw between these two I'm sure.

Deben Division
The tightest of all 3 groups with 4 out of the 5 teams still jostling for a play-off spot, with only Pettistree Greyhound out of the running this year. Suivre Les Boules Playford (9 points from 7 matches) lead currently but only have one match left whilst second placed Bealings Exiles (8 from 6) have two still to play. Aldeburgh Boules Club (7 from 5) are tucked in third whilst newboys Golden Key Snape (6 from 6) could feature in the final shake-up.


Blyth Division
Sunday 16th August
Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Kings Head Laxfield A 1
Kings Head Laxfield B 0 Three Horseshoes North Cove 4

Thursday 20th August
Harbour Inn Southwold 4 Kings Head Laxfield 0

Orwell Division
Monday 17th August
Deben Vikings 1 Shepherd & Dog Hollesley 3

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Sunday August 16th - Forest Heath Charity Pairs

On Sunday August 16th at the world famous Tattersalls yard at Newmarket, Exning PC in association with Forest Heath District Council are hosting their annual Charity Pairs, in aid of the CLIC Sargent charity.

Several of you, like myself, met young Liam at last years event and whilst being young in years, showed great maturity in facing up to what lie ahead of him. Sadly Liam lost his fight earlier this year but meeting him has left an indelible mark on myself and others and will long remain an inspiration.

If you are looking for something to do next Sunday, log onto for further details regarding the competition and entry requirements.

Open Day Sunday August 16th @ Ye Olde Coach & Horses Petanque Club

Ye Olde Coach & Horses Petanque Club
Melton, Woodbridge

Petanque (pronounced Pay-tonk) derives from pieds tanque,
or tied feet. It is a great social game and for those who wish
to take it further there is a lively Suffolk Coastal League with
some 17 teams competing, as well as numerous local open
tournaments throughout the season. We can’t promise you
sunshine but there will probably be some Pastis at the bar!
Heath Lodge, Elmham Drive,
Nacton, Ipswich,
IP10 0DG.
Telephone: +44 (0)1473
Facsimile: +44 (0)1473

You have probably seen boulistes playing Petanque whilst on
holiday. Now it is your turn to have a go. If you are over eight
years old and under 120 years old, the recommended age for
retiring from Petanque, Then come along and throw a few
boules with us on

Young or old, male or female,
able bodied or disabled, all can
play. The game was developed
so that those in a wheelchair can
participate at the same level as eve-
ryone else. A truly inclusive game.


Petanque Club
members will be on
hand to offer advice
and instruction and all
equipment will be
For further information and instructions on how to find the venue, you
can either look on the website at
or contact
Mike Rios-Hall on 01473 655187 or email to

Aldeburgh Carnival Boules Tournament...Places Left

Saturday 15th August 2009
Starts at 10.30am

Maximum of 16 teams of 2 players
Deposit of £5 per team

Please arrive at the Moot Hall piste (opposite The White Lion Hotel) at 10am to find out the order of play.

There are a few spaces left for this tournament, so to enter please contact Councillor Caron Hill on 07890 159320

Monday, 3 August 2009

August fixtures & results service

The following matches are due to be played during the month of August.

Blyth Division
5 August - Laxfield Kings Head L 0 Laxfield Kings Head B 4

16 August - Harbour Inn Southwold v Laxfield Kings Head Lovelies
16 August - Bell Inn Walberswick v Laxfield Kings Head A
16 August - Laxfield Kings Head B v 3 Horseshoes North Cove

30 August - Harbour Inn Southwold v Laxfield B
30 August - Laxfield L v Bell Inn Walberswick

Orwell Division
2 August - Ipswich PC'09 3 Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 1

9 August - Deben Vikings v Hollesley - POSTPONED TO BE RE-ARRANGED
9 August - Ipswich v Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton POSTPONED TO BE RE-ARRANGED

16 August - Royal Oak East Bergholt v Rushmere Rugby Rollers

30 August - Royal Oak v Ipswich
30 August - Rushmere v Deben

Deben Division
9 August - The Exiles Bealings 4 Pettistree Greyhound 0
9 August - Aldeburgh Boules Club 3 Suivre Les Boules Playford 1

23 August - Pettistree v Aldeburgh

30 August - Bealings v Playford
30 August - Golden Key Snape v Aldeburgh

Normal service resumed - Recent Result Updates

Following a short break, here are the latest received results (other matches may have been played but I've not received either a telephone call or posted scoresheet);

19 July - Rushmere Rugby Rollers 1 Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 3
22 July - Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Laxfield Kings Head Lovelies 1
26 July - 3 Horseshoes North Cove 3 Bell Inn Walberswick 1
26 July - Laxfield Kings Head A 0 Harbour Inn Southwold 4
26 July - Suivre Les Boules Playford 2 Golden Key Snape 2
27 July - Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 4 Deben Vikings 0
28 July - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 2 Royal Oak East Bergholt 2
2 August - Ipswich PC '09 3 Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 1

Friday, 24 July 2009

Bell make it 5 out of 5

Blyth Division - Wednesday July 22nd

Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies 1

The Bell Inn made it five wins unbeaten in the Blyth Division with Wednesday nights home win over the Kings Head ladies team. With 2 more points 'in the bag' they have extended their lead at the top of the table to three points, with most teams in this division still to play 4 matches till the end of the season.

More action happens this Sunday in the Blyth Division, especially as The Bell are on their travels with an away fixture at The 3 Horseshoes North Cove, match scheduled to start at 4pm.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Suivre Les Boules keep rolling along

Dateline: Sunday 19th July 2009
Deben Division of the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League

Earlier today, Suivre Les Boules Playford inflicted a 3-1 defeat upon The Exiles Bealings team, making this the Bealings sides' second defeat of the season and in doing so relinquished the lead in the Deben Division to the Playford side.

The Suivre side have now won 4 out of 5 of their matches so far and currently hold a 2 point advantage over second placed Bealings with Aldeburgh a further point behind but with a match in hand. Suivre might have an opportunity to reinforce their advantage when another home match sees them play Golden Key Snape, but an away victory could see Snape move into second place.

Melton defeat Rushmere..and the rain!

Dateline: Sunday 19th July 2009
Orwell Division of the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League

The half time nibbles, the homemade cheese straws, chutney and scones, washed down with a chilled white wine or beer all made for another successful meeting at the Rollers HQ.

Although the sun made an appearance, the competitors needed to play under umbrellas for the last 10 minutes of the match. With the score laying at 2-1 to the visitors, it was a fine display of wet weather control by Bernie and Oli to seal the match for the Coach & Horses.

The final score being Rushmere Rugby Rollers 1 Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 3

(Thanks to Nick Bentley, Rushmere for match report)

Friday, 17 July 2009

Remaining Fixtures for July 2009

As far as I have been advised by teams, here are the remaining fixtures for the month of July. I'd recommend going along to watch a match if your own team hasn't got a fixture, especially if its in another division.

Sunday 19th July
Orwell Division - Rushmere Rollers 1 Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 3
Deben Division - Suivre Les Boules Playford 3 The Exiles Bealings 1

Wednesday 22nd July
Blyth Division - Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies 1

Sunday 26th July
Blyth Division - Kings Head Laxfield A v Harbour Inn Southwold
Blyth Division - 3 Horseshoes North Cove v Bell Inn Walberswick
Orwell Division - Hollesley Shepherd & Dog v Royal Oak East Bergholt
Orwell Division - Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton v Deben Vikings
Deben Division - Suivre Les Boules Playford v Golden Key Snape

Monday, 13 July 2009

Half Term Report....Deben Division

The tightest of all groups, the Deben Division sees teams changing positions on the basis of every result that comes in.

Suivre Les Boules Playford, flushed with the success of their latest 3-1 away win at Pettistree Greyhound, moved level on points (6) with The Exiles Bealings, who were unbeaten until the rapidly improving Golden Key Snape beat them recently.

The Playford team therefore leapfrogged both Aldeburgh Boules Club and the Snape team in the process but its the Aldeburgh team that are the only team so far to have beaten the Suivre team. Aldeburgh themselves suffered their usual 'hoodoo' with the Bealings side beating them by 3-1 in a recent evening fixture.

All eyes will now be cast on the Playford v Bealings match, which is due to be played on Sunday 19th July, with the Aldeburgh & Snape teams hoping for a draw between the two evenly-matched sides.

The Pettistree Greyhound are still looking for their first league points and the next scheduled match they have is away at Bealings in early August.

Half Term Report....Orwell Division

Last years league silver medalists, Hollesley Shepherd & Dog, lead the way in the Orwell Division, with four wins and one draw from their five matches so far, and therefore have accumulated 9 league points to date.

New-boys Ipswich PC '09 have had a good first half of the season, and other than losing 3-1 to Hollesley early in the season, they have won their other four matches all by 4-0 scorelines to be just a single point behind Hollesley. The big match-up will be on 2nd August when these two teams meet for the second time this season and this perhaps will determine the likely divisional champion in this group.

There is a three point gap between 2nd and 3rd places and Ye Olde Coach & Horses currently hold that position, on 5 league points, with new teams Deben Vikings and Royal Oak East Bergholt jostling for position, with 4 league points apiece.

Bring up the rear but soon to be proud owners of the leagues newest piste are the Rushmere Rugby Rollers, who have had minor successes so far without picking up as many league points as they deserve. Currently every opponents favourite venue for the apre-boules refreshments!!

Half Term Report....Blyth Division

With just over half the matches played in this division, there is no clear indication yet as to whom might be in pole position come the end of the season. Currently 4 teams are divided by just three points at the top with the other two a further two points behind.

The Bell Inn Walberswick sit at the summit with a 4 wins from 4 record although they have more away matches to play than home matches left, so whether home advantage is playing its part is yet to be seen.

Just one point behind, but having played 2 matches more are the 3 Horseshoes North Cove, who jumped up from 4th to 2nd with their recent 4-0 away success against the Laxfield Lovelies last Sunday.

Third and fourth place are between Laxfield B (6 points) and Harbour Inn Southwold (5 points) and either of them could still have a greater second half of the season and move into the reckoning by mid-September. Further back are the Laxfield Lovelies and Laxfield A team locked on equal points and only seperated by 16 shots difference.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Matches - Sunday July 12th

Blyth Division
Laxfield Lovelies 0 Three Horseshoes North Cove 4

Orwell Division
Deben Vikings 0 Ipswich PC '09 4

Deben Division
Pettistree Greyhound 1 Suivre Les Boules Playford 3

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Royal Oak await first win but still gain league points

League newcomers Royal Oak East Bergholt have now gone 6 Orwell Division matches without being on the winning side but Tuesday nights result was probably as good as a win.

Visiting team Hollesley Shepherd & Dog (last years Silver Medalists and this seasons Orwell league leaders) paid a visit to the Royal Oak, with a record of played 4, won 4, in a match that was re-arranged from a previously postponed date.

Obviously home advantage is a major factor, as whilst Hollesley have never lost at home in 2 years, the Oak have yet to lose themselves at home this season and put a dent in Hollesleys championship march with a very very respectable 2-2 draw.

This was the Oaks fourth draw of the year and sees them just off the foot of the table with some results yet to be received.

Golden Key Snape find the right combination to defeat Bealings

With the unbeaten Exiles Bealings team due to visit, the Golden Key Snape must surely of hoped for a better result than the 4-0 loss they suffered right back at the start of this years league fixtures.

With the Deben Division shaping up to be the most likely to be the tightest of all three divisions in the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League this year, the Golden Key have already come along way since the start of the 2009 season and have seen results steadily improve.

The Snape team have the leagues largest 'squad' with around 16 potential players to call upon, and certainly the 7 who were on duty last Sunday did themselves and their team proud with a big 3-1 win and thus spoiling the Exiles' unbeaten record.

This result brings the Key right into the melting pot as far as the end of season play-offs are concerned and with another 'big' encounter at the end of the month versus Suivre Les Boules Playford, anything can happen in this group.

Happy 'chimes' for Walberswick Bell

In a top-of-the table clash on Sunday, local rivals but good friends, the Bell Inn Walberswick entertained the Harbour Inn Southwold, in their Blyth Division match-up.

Both sides were occupying the top two spots in the division, with The Bell holding a 100% record so far this year and had already won 3-1 at Southwold earlier in the season.

Despite only just less than half of the league programme left, a significant result was obtained by Walberswick with another 3-1 triumph, putting them 3 points clear in pole position and with matches in hand over their nearest opponents in the table.

Mid-week Result

Match played Tuesday 7th July

Royal Oak East Bergholt 2 Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 2

Monday, 6 July 2009

Suivre Les Boules re-arranged matches

Deben Division

Suivres Les Boules Playford announce their re-arranged fixtures as follows;

Sunday 12th July

Greyhound Inn Pettistree v Suivre Les Boules

Sunday 19th July

The Exiles Bealings v Suivre Les Boules

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Busy Sunday for most of the league

Matches scheduled for Sunday July 5th

Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Harbour Inn Southwold 1
Kings Head Laxfield B 3 Kings Head Laxfield A

Deben Vikings 2 Royal Oak East Bergholt 2
Ipswich PC '09 v Hollesley Shepherd & Dog - Match now 2nd August

Rushmere Rugby Rollers v Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton - Match to be re-arranged

Golden Key Snape 3 The Exiles Bealings 1
Suivre Les Boules Playford 3 Greyhound Pettistree 1

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Lovely win for the Lovelies

Winning local derbies are one of the best moments in sports and the Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies enjoyed sweet success over their 'stablemates' Laxfield A, last Wednesday evening (24th June) with a 3-1 victory.

This was the Lovelies first league win and will start to push them up from the foot of the table and with half the league fixtures still to go, they have plenty of time to push further up the table, especially as the league positions are so tight in the Blyth Division.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Deben Division top of the table clash

On a cool and pleasant Tuesday evening (30th June), The Exiles Bealings played host to the visitors from Aldeburgh Boules Club at the Bealings Piste.

With honours even at half-time the home team squeezed ahead in the remaining two games to run out 3-1 winners and move to the top of the Deben Division.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Matches To Be Re-Arranged

Currently we still have several matches that have yet to be re-arranged. For your information I list them below and ask that the respective captains contact each other and sort new dates out;

Orwell Division
Originally 3rd May - Royal Oak East Bergholt v Hollesley Shepherd & Dog

Deben Division
Originally 19th April - Greyhound Pettistree v Suivre Les Boules Playford
Originally 7th June - Suivre Les Boules Playford v The Exiles Bealings

Blyth Division
Originally 7th June - Bell Inn Walberswick v Laxfield Lovelies
Originally 17th May - Laxfield A v Bell Inn Walberswick

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Results From Sunday 21st June

Blyth Division
Harbour Inn Southwold 1 Three Horseshoes North Cove 3
Bell Inn Walberswick 3 Kings Head Laxfield B 1
Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies 3 Kings Head Laxfield A 1 - Played 24th June

Orwell Division
Royal Oak East Bergholt 2 Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 2
Deben Vikings v Ipswich PC '09 - Re-Arranged To 12th July
Rushmere Rugby Rollers 1 Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 3

Deben Division
The Exiles Bealings 3 Aldeburgh Boules Club 1 - Played 30th June
Golden Key Snape 4 Greyhound Inn Pettistree 0

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Tournament invite from our Hoxne friends

Any Coastal League player interested in a Pairs Competition hosted by our old friends at Hoxne?

On Sunday 28th June at the Hoxne Swan Public House, there is an Open Doubles competition with registration @ 11.00am for an 11.30am start, at the reasonable cost of £2 per player.

There will be Main & Plate competitions with a minimum of 4 games per team and as well as the hospitality of the pub there will also be a raffle.

However there is limited space so you will either need to phone Hoxnes captain, Chris Johnson, on 01379 668220 or e-mail him on to get your entry in.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Latest Results - 7th June 2009

Deben Division
Aldeburgh Boules Club 2 Golden Key Snape 2
Suivre Les Boules Playford v The Exiles Bealings - Match postponed due to team bereavement

Orwell Division
Ye Olde Coach & Horses 1 Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 3
Ipswich PC '09 v Royal Oak East Bergholt - Match Result awaited

Blyth Division
3 Horseshoes North Cove 1 Laxfield Kings Head A 3
Laxfield Kings Head B 1 Harbour Inn Southwold 3

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Away Day Success For Aldeburgh

The re-arranged Deben Division match between Suivre Les Boules Playford and Aldeburgh Boules Club (originally scheduled for Sunday May 24th), was played out earlier today in glorious sunshine and resulted in a 3-1 away win for the 'beachcombers'.

This win keeps them level with The Exiles Bealings at the top of the division, with only 3 shots seperating these two teams.

Sunday May 31st Deben Division
Suivre Les Boules Playford 1 Aldeburgh Boules Club 3

Friday, 29 May 2009

Reached Our Century!!

By having detailed scorecards sent in on time (normally!), I'm pleased to report that even at this early stage of the season, we've already had over 100 people play in our Coastal League in the 2009 season.

Several teams are getting between 6 and 8 players play for them regularly, so lets hope that continues right through to the end of the season when we hope to welcome more teams in readiness for the 2010 season!

Pick Of The Recent Scores

Whilst its too early to say who are going to be the main contenders in each division, (as everyone seems capable of beating each other), it was nice to see one of our newer teams get their first league win when the Rushmere Rugby Rollers achieved a 3-1 home win against the Royal Oak East Bergholt, in the Orwell Division.

Well done to 'The Rollers' but also fingers crossed for the Oak to savour a victory soon.

Re-Arranged Matches

Now that we seem to be coming into the slightly better weather, I am aware that a few previously postponed matches have yet to be re-arranged (or if they have I haven't been notified!) and am suggesting that these get played sooner rather than later, as we don't want a bottleneck of matches at the end of the season.

General Comment

May I remind teams that I need to have received match scorecards reasonably soon after the completion of a match or at least an e-mail letting me know if a match has been cancelled and/or re-arranged.

Also scorecards please need to have name & surnames on, not just first or nicknames.

Thank you.

The Management

Results Update

Match Results.....

Orwell Division
Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 0 Ipswich PC'09 4
Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 3 Deben Vikings 1
Rushmere Rugby Rollers 3 Royal Oak East Bergholt 1

Blyth Division
Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies 2 Harbour Inn Southwold 2
3 Horseshoes North Cove 3 Kings Head Laxfield B 1

Deben Division
Pettistree Greyhound 1 The Exiles Bealings 3
Suivre Les Boules Playford v Aldeburgh Boules Club - Match to be played 31/5/09

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Latest Results

Matches played Sunday 10th May

Orwell Division
Deben Vikings 3 Rushmere Rugby Rollers 1

Blyth Division
Harbour Inn Southwold 4 Kings Head Laxfield A 0

Monday, 4 May 2009

Week 2 Results

Sunday 3rd May should of seen more matches played in the 2009 Coastal League season. As results filter through, we'll list them here.

Deben Division
Aldeburgh Boules Club 4 Pettistree Greyhound 0
Golden Key Snape 1 Suivre Les Boules Playford 3

Orwell Division
Ipswich PC '09 4 Rushmere Rugby Rollers 0
Deben Vikings 1 Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 3
Royal Oak East Bergholt v Hollesley Shepherd & Dog - POSTPONED

Blyth Division
Bell Inn Walberswick v 3 Horseshoes North Cove - POSTPONED
Harbour Inn Southwold v Kings Head Laxfield A - POSTPONED
Kings Head Laxfield B 3 Kings Head Laxfield Lovelies 1

Monday, 20 April 2009

Scorecards......Final Reminder

1. Home Team provides scorecard (we would recommend visiting team brings a spare just in case)

2. Its filled in with full names, not just first names and signed by both captains upon completion of the match.

3. Winning Team posts scorecard to League Co-Ordinator - unless it is a 2-2 draw

4. In the event of a 2-2 draw, the HOME team posts the scorecard to the League Co-Ordinator

5. Late scorecards may incur've be warned!!!

Arranging Matches....Reminder As Well

When arranging matches, it is normally the 'rule of thumb' that the home team contacts their forthcoming opponents with a suggested time and venue details.

However, there are some more 'forward' teams than others who will usually make contact first in any case.

We don't mind how or when you re-arrange times/dates etc but ask that you keep the League Co-Ordinator advised.

Start Times.....A Reminder To All

Can we remind ALL teams that although 10.30am Sunday is a prefered start time, it is up to ALL captains to arrange with their respective opponents an agreeable start time if 10.30 doesn't suit.

We ask that ALL teams respect the fact that other teams, may on occassions, have the need to play matches at different times and ask that you ALL remain as flexible as possible..........there is enough days in the year to get the match fitted in somewhere in the calendar!!!

Up & Running........Week 1 Results

The opening round of matches for the second season of the Suffolk Coastal Petanque League commenced on Sunday 19th April. Welcoming 17 teams into this years league has made for a frantic yet exciting start to the campaign.

Blyth Division
Harbour Inn Southwold 1 Bell Inn Walberswick 3 - Match played Wednesday 29/4/09
Laxfield Kings Head A 2 Laxfield Kings Head B 2
3 Horseshoes North Cove 3 Laxfield Kings Head Lovelies 1

Orwell Division
Royal Oak East Bergholt 2 Deben Vikings 2
Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton 3 Rushmere Rugby Rollers 1
Hollesley Shepherd & Dog 3 Ipswich PC '09 1

Deben Division
Pettistree Greyhound v Suivre Les Boules Playford - To Be Re-Arranged
The Exiles Bealings 4 Golden Key Snape 0
Aldeburgh Boules Club - No match

Saturday, 28 March 2009

2009 Play-Off Format

Due to the fact that we have three divisions this year, the Play-Off format will be slightly different as follows;

The Grand Final will consist of the best two group winners (based upon their average points per match ratio).

The 3rd/4th Place Play-Off will involve the remaining group winner PLUS the best runner-up from the 3 groups (again based on the average points per match ratio).

The venue for the Play-Offs have yet to be determined but further details will follow during the course of the season.

2009 Registration Completed

Following a huge turnout at last nights League Registration event, we are pleased to announce that we have a total of 17 teams for the 2009 season.

The teams have been split into 3 groups, with the Northern area containing one group of 6, whilst the Southern area has a group of 6 and a group of 5. (If Saturdays post contains any late registration, then this team will fill the blank in the group of five).

Following an independent draw, the groups are divided as follows;

Blyth Division (North)
Harbour Inn Southwold
3 Horseshoes North Cove
Bell Inn Walberswick
Kings Head Laxfield A
Kings Head Laxfield B
Kings Head Laxfield L

Deben Division (South)
Aldeburgh Boules Club
Golden Key Snape
The Exiles Bealings
Greyhound Pettistree
Suivre Le Boules Playford

Orwell Division (South)
Royal Oak East Bergholt
Rushmere Rugby Rollers
Ye Olde Coach & Horses Melton
Ipswich PC '09
Hollesley Shepherd & Dog
Deben Vikings Woodbridge

Thursday, 12 March 2009

The Real Countdown Begins

There are just 21 HOURS left to get your teams registration in for the 2009 Suffolk Coastal Petanque League.

The fee is just £12 per team (believed to be the cheapest petanque league in the Anglian Region) and you need a minimum of only 4 players.

Everything is shaping up for an exciting season with new teams and venues to play against, so get your forms in or come along to the Registration Night itself on Friday March 27th at Ye Olde Coach & Horses Inn, Melton, near Woodbridge, from 7.30pm onwards.

For more info contact the League at

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Leagues Latest Piste

Thanks to funding received from both Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council, we now have a 2-lane piste constructed at Kingston Playing Field in Woodbridge. Built by the same contractor as the existing piste at Bealings, the new piste will have a new team playing on it in time for our forthcoming 2009 season.

It is available for use by anybody and there are both refreshment and toilet facilities located at the pavillion to the left hand side of the playing field.