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.