Boule is back – a little bit of normal

The New Forrest Petanque League got underway this week, albeit a little late and in a slightly revised format after a break of nearly 2 years. But never mind – it was good to see a little bit of normal and to be able to see people face-to-face again.

On a warm sunny evening Bournemouth North Rotary welcomed this week’s visitors to Merley from the Redlynch Petanque Club.

The BNRC team included Steve Maidment (C), John Spurgeon, Anne Green, Graham Green, Gabriel Shead, Mike Edwards and Malcolm Jefferies 

The two triple games finished all even with one game won by each side. Then it was on to the three pairs games which BNRC managed to win 2-1 which meant a 3-2 win on the night. 

BNRC Captain Steve Maidment said that “it was good to see old friends and adversaries after such a prolonged period and the result was somewhat incidental to the friendly and thoroughly enjoyable atmosphere on the night and whilst we managed to win the game, the banter was a draw”.

BNRC are now looking forward to the next match on Thursday 1st July when they will welcome Muscliffe Maniacs to Merley. 

Maintaining Covid Rules and additional specific precautions agreed be the League Management Committee, it is hoped that a full schedule of matches can be completed by the end of September or early October by the 16 teams that have entered.