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Eels Foot Results


After a years hiatus the Eels Foot Cup returned to the calendar yesterday - we had 29 teams after a late drop out so 3 teams played a 4th morning game to avoid bye’s and one of their matches was not counted (randomly drawn prior to any match being played!).

The weather was extremely good to us until midway through the final(s) but given the forecast we were lucky all day.
After the morning qualifiers Simon & Bill, Dave & Julie and Simon & Sandra were the only 3 teams with 3 wins and qualified as the top 3 seeds, the top 8 moved into the gold and particular mention to Joy and Sharon, a late replacement who qualified 4th.

In the gold, Simon and Bill won through easily to the semi’s as did Simon and Sandra, joined by Martin and Richard. The best match of the round however was Dave & Julie against Baillie & Matt, in a see-saw match Dave and Julie were leading 11-9 going into the last end only to see Matt and Baillie secure a 3 for a 12-11 win.

Meanwhile the silver moved through the rounds to deliver a final line up of Pierre & James v David & Josh and the silver consolation saw Paul & Kim line up against Chris & Michael.


In the gold semi’s Matt and Baillie ended the run of Sandra and Simon with a convincing win whilst Martin & Richard edged past top seeds Simon & Bill whilst in the consolation round last years winners Lil’Quinn won through to play Stefan and Alan.
Kim & Paul were victorious in the silver conselation whilst Pierre and James won the silver.

In the gold consolation Stefan and Alan just managed to squeeze past Lil’Quinn 13-11 whilst in the gold final Baillie and Matt got off to a flyer leading 9-1 and despite a bit of a fight back they never really looked in danger, winning the final 13-5.

Thank you to everyone who stayed behind to watch the rain interrupted finals and to John, Pat, Michael, Wendy & Hils for helping set up and so on and to Richard for making scoring/seeding so much quicker!

Singles Competition Results

On the 26th June, our first post COVID tournament saw 28 players, and several horses, head to The Eels Foot for the Singles Tournament.
Following three rounds in the morning, the players were seeded, with Seeds 1 to 8 playing in the Gold, whilst Seeds 9 to 28 played for the Silver.
At each Quarter Final stage, the losing players went into a Gold or Silver Consolage tournament.
Full singles results:
Gold - Dan Cooper beat Richard Baker in final, losing semifinalists Simon Fletcher & Andy Wilson
Gold Conselage - Baillie Inglis beat Pete Etheridge, losing semi finalists Phil Richardson & Michael Quinn
Silver - Martin Inglis beat Paul Fletcher
Silver Conselage - Matt Conway beat Steve Bell
Thanks to Martin, Pat and John Willis for organising another great tournament, which judging by the Facebook comments was enjoyed by all (especially our International Super Star Super Sub Tracey who handed out quite a beating to her other half).

SCPA vs Mercia


On July 11th, 8 triples teams from the Mercia region headed down to Suffolk for our (usually) annual competition.These are always hard fought, but friendly battles, and it was good to see a lot of the regulars, along with some newcomers in their side. The Suffolk side saw representatives from 16 of the leagues teams come together.

This year we were at the new venue at The Meadlands in Stowmarket, which provided a varied and challenging set of pistes. With 4 rounds of 8 matches, there were a total of 32 points were up for grabs.

So with the welcome and briefings done, we got down to business, with the Round 1.


The Suffolk Coastal got off to a good start, winning 4 games to Mercia's 3, with the last game finishing as a 9-9 draw, giving SCPA a narrow 4.5-3.5 lead into round 2.

Round 2 saw SCPA take a decisive lead into the halfway point, winning the round 6-2, to pull ahead at 10.5-5.5.

Following a short lunch break, the Mercia team regrouped, refreshed and took Round 3 by 5.5-2.5 to pull SCPA's lead back to 13-11.

With all to play for in the final round, some close games ensued, but unfortunately for Mercia, all 4 of the games which were won by a 2 point or less margin all went to the SCPA team, who repeated their second round score of 6-2.

So after the 4 rounds, it was the home team of SCPA that came out 19-13 winners.

Thanks to our friends from Mercia for making the trip, particularly given what was taking place that evening!

A really great day of Petanque, well organised by Simon Fletcher, with thanks to Paul Shaw for ensuring the pistes were all ready, and the staff at the Meadlands for dealing with 60 odd thirsty and hungry Petanque players. Lastly thank you to Paul Fletcher for allowing me to use some of his excellent photos of the day.

Looking forward to next year, when the plan is to have a three way competition with Mercia and our friends from Middelburg in Holland.


Tournaments and Finals day update

Forthcoming tournaments:

We have 3 upcoming tournaments – first on the list is the Eels Foot Cup on the 8th August, this is now full but if any pair wish to be put on the reserve list please let us know at, then on 29th August we have Moules & Boules at Aldeburgh – still spaces available so please register via….

Finally we have the Memorial triples – this takes place on 19th September, potentially at a new venue but still tbc – no need to register a triple, simply register individually as a pointer, middle or shooter and you will be drawn into a triple, please use as address to register

Finals day will take place on 3rd October – further details to follow…..

May 22nd Update on Finals day & Summer Cup

So just a quick update for everyone – Winter League fixtures need to be completed by 20th June – Winter Cup (to Quarter Final) need to be completed by 12th June – our end of Winter finals day is going ahead on 13th June at Meadlands, we will have 5 finals including all 3 Comeback Cup finals, the Winter Cup final and the Singles league final, the Day will commence with the Winter Cup semi finals…..

For clarity only 3 players can be used in the Comeback cup as that was the format throughout…

The Summer cup closing deadline for entry is 5pm 23rd May, the format and draw will be confirmed later that week with play commencing from 21st June – we currently have 42 teams registered!

Finals Day June 2021

So finally we can confirm the date for the Comeback Cup Finals, the Singles league final and the Winter Cup Final will all take place on 13th June, provisionally we have agreed these will take place at Meadlands who now have 8-10 pistes available – it would be great to see lots of you come and support the 5 finals!!!

2021 – One day tournaments

We will run a number of 1 day competitions – currently, as a minimum we aim to hold the following events (subject to venue agreement, lockdown dates remaining as is etc):

Saturday 26th June: Singles Tournament

10th July: Memorial Triples

8th August: Eels Foot Cup

29th August: Moules & Boules

Once we confirm venues we will start to take entries and public’s here and via our Facebook page

2021 Doubles league details

In addition to the Summer Cup this year we will be running a doubles league across the whole summer – each team can consist of 3 named players but only 2 can play in a particular match. We have 38 teams registered so far but be quick as the closing date is 16th April! A match will consist of 2 games with 3 points to the winner, 1 point for the draw, but in the event of a draw an extra point will be awarded to the team with the aggregate high score. The league will be around 9 teams each with 8 games to be arranged between the teams involved, we are catering for daytime only players in a league and will look for some geographical limitations unless teams specifically indicate they want to travel further field.

The league will run between late April and September and break into gold/silver & bronze knockout once the fixture list is complete – entry fee is £10 per team and all entries via please !

2021 Summer Cup

In place of our usual league we are looking to kick off a Summer cup once all restrictions are lifted in mid June! This is free to enter and so far we have 31 teams registered, with a deadline of May 23rd for entry. We aim to give teams a minimum of 4 games in a group stage and then irrespective of finishing position at least 1 game in a straight knockout phase leading to a finals day in late September. Each team can consist of a minimum of 4 players and each match will involve 4 doubles matches (in knockout this may lead to a deciding 5th match) – all matches should be played on a Sunday unless mutually agreed – entry is free so please register or ask for further details from any of the committee members !