Ottery St Mary Petanque Club host another splendid Charity Shield

PUBLISHED: 09:24 17 May 2018

John Thatcher presents the Charity Shield to Torridge petanque players Ged Ann Barton after their win at Ottery St Mary

John Thatcher presents the Charity Shield to Torridge petanque players Ged Ann Barton after their win at Ottery St Mary

Archant

The first major open tournament of the season in the region is the Charity Shield, hosted annually since 1999 at Ottery St Mary.

Last Sunday, the doubles event attracted a strong field of 20 teams from all over Devon and Cornwall.

After the morning’s group stages, teams progressed to the knockout phase in either the Main or Plate competitions. This followed the lunch break where skill-based games raised further funds.

With all the talk these days of summit meetings, petanque had their own as the final was contested between the presidents of both Devon and Cornwall regions, and their partners. The Devon pair came out on top as Torridge’s Ged and Ann Barton overcame Graeme Kirkham and Sue Williamson from Tregony, 13-3 in the final. The Cornish duo were defending the title from last year.

The Plate final was won by Isca’s Stewart Brown and Joan Dixie, who narrowly beat host club pair Paul Puddicombe and Keith Tizzard 13-12.

Ottery chairman John Thatcher presented the trophies at the end of a long and competitive day, when he also expressed his gratitude to all concerned in raising a highly commendable £510 for Hospiscare - the other winners of the day.

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