Ottery St Mary Petanque Club Open Pairs win for French pair from Chudleigh.
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Ottery St Mary Petanque Club staged its annual Open Pairs competition at the Isca club last Sunday, writes Dave West.
It was certainly a day when the weather could have been imported from the south of France - an element that might have favoured the winners!
Competing for a £50 first prize ten teams entered from Dorset, North Devon, Ottery St Mary and Isca.
Three qualifying rounds were played before lunch to decide which teams moved on the afternoon knock-out stages.
Otters Pete and Sue Smith reached the play-off for third and fourth places and found themselves up against Ged and Ann Barton from Coombe Martin.
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The North Devon pair raced into an impressive 12-2 lead, but the Otters pairing staged affine comeback to level things up at 12-all!
Unfortunately, that’s as good as it got for the Smith’s with the Coombe Martin pair bagging the all important winning point.
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In the grand finale Isca’s Stuart and Yvonne Brown found themselves up against Franck Depreaux and Thierry Hacq from the Chudleigh club, and with wins of 13-0 and 13-1 in the qualifying rounds the Frenchmen were strongly fancied for the top honours.
The Brown’s played well in a closely contested match, but it was the French dup who prevailed thanks to a 13-9 score line.
Depreaux and Hacq receved their winnings from event manager John Thatcher who was gracious enough to play them in sterling and not euros!