The competition began with groups of 4 teams with the top 2 finishing teams moving into the ‘Gold Draw’ and the bottom 2 teams into the ‘Silver Draw’. Both draws used the knockout format and 31 teams participated in a quest to win arguably the finest Petanque trophy in the country! The main results were as follows:
The Gold Draw
Winners: Margaret & David Baxter (Kent)
Runners-up: Osman Jibril (NCPC) & Peter Johnson-Marshall (Air Hostess)
Semi-Finalists: Christian Seville & Mark Binley (East Midlands); Margaret & Brian Eldridge (NCPC)
The Silver Draw
Winners: Annie & Roger Allen (Nutbrook)
Runners-up: Maggie & Tony Maclean (NCPC)
Semi-Finalists: Sabrina Saville & Simon Cotton (East Midlands); Sally Holyland & Tania Beadsmore (East Midlands)
Best performing Juniors (based on event progression and total points scored)
Winner: Ben Fowler
Runner-up: Joel Baker
It should be noted that Joel Baker, playing with Nigel Ashby from NCPC, defeated the Gold Draw winners 13-1 in the group stage! Further congratulations are therefore given to Joel Baker and Nigel Ashby for this outstanding performance.
The top finishing teams are automatically seeded next year and will be determined based on the number of entries. Thank you to all those who participated!