Ottery players win trophies at Keith Brealey Memorial Pairs competition

Peter Smith and Yvonne Brown receiving the cup from Jean and her son Rob Brealey.

Peter Smith and Yvonne Brown receiving the cup from Jean and her son Rob Brealey. - Credit: Archant

Isca Petanque Club held the Keith Brealey Memorial Pairs competition last Sunday as a tribute to their late secretary and to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance, and in addition to a grand raffle, entrance fees and sales, two lunch time competitions were held to boost funds.

Ottery St Mary players Dave West won the Pointing and Peter Smith took the Shooting titles, but Smith also scored further success on the day.

On the morning of the contest, Peter Smith had made a last-minute pairing with Isca’s Yvonne Brown before Devon chairman John Thatcher organised the main event in the form of a ‘snake’ and, despite a few early showers, all the games were played in a friendly, but competitive manner.

Four teams finally made it to the play-offs; Smith and Brown, Thierry Hacq and Franck Dupreaux from Chudleigh PC, Joan Dixie and Stewart Brown of host club Isca and Brian and Audrey from Tiverton PC.

Brown and Thatcher came from behind and, in a ding-dong finish, snatched a 13 - 11 win over the Tiverton pairing.

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In the other semi-final Dixie and Brown drew level in the closing stages against Hacq and Dupreaux, but it was the Frenchmen who took the game 13 -10.

Delighted, but surprised to find themselves in the final, Smith and Brown seized the chance to take a 3-0 lead after the first end, but the French pairing fought back to make it 3-4 in their favour before Smith and Brown regained the lead at 5-4.

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The French duo, playing off scratch, had no answer as the lead was increased to 9-4 and, with further great pointing and shooting, Smith and Brown scored successive ends of three, two and three to secure a popular 13-9 victory.

A good day’s sport had been enjoyed by one and all and with great Brealey family support the sum raised for Devon Air Ambulance was coasting towards £350 before the final count.

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