Petanque players gearing up for start of the 2018 season

PUBLISHED: 16:23 03 April 2018

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Petanque players in the Devon Region have been dusting off the their boules as the new season gets underway, though the hardier players have been involved in club sessions throughout the winter months, writes Chris Bigmore.

In the North Devon area there was even a Winter Doubles League which has just been completed.

The gold medal winners in that competition were Colin Brooks and John Phipps with silver win by the pairing of John Stotesbury and Maurice Adams and the bronze was claimed by Mike Anderson and Ian Ash.

Players from across the south west the region are now looking forward to the start of the Devon League season, which begins on Sunday, April 15 with a full programme.

For 2018, there are seven clubs contesting the Devon League; Plymouth, Chudleigh, Isca, Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Pig On The Hill and TorridgeU3A.

A change at the top of the sport in regional terms has seen the election of a new regional president in the shape of Torridge’s Gerald (Ged) Barton who has taken over from the long serving John Thatcher.

Although new to this position Ged has vast experience in the game, both playing and in administration, and was involved in running the sport at national level before his retirement to Devon some eight years ago.

He paid tribute to the work of his predecessor, saying: “I want to carry on that good work, but have some of my own plans and hopefully some fresh ideas to bring to the region.

“Of course, the smooth running of affairs is the priority, and I am looking forward to getting involved with a busy programme of events this year.

“But there has been strong growth in recent years with the game here in Devon, and I would also like to build on that for the future.”.

New players to the sport are always welcome and anyone interested in playing this all inclusive game should visit the Devon Petanque website, or call Chris Bigmore on 07815 710810, to find out details of their local club.

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