Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Coupe d'Antibes a great success

What a great day for the Alliance's annual Coup d'Antibes petanque competition and Christmas celebration! We had enthusiastic participants and observers (some new faces and first-time players, as well as some long-term members), first class food and the odd thirst-quenching glass of wine/ale, and a beautiful location. To top it all off, the clouds stayed away and everyone enjoyed the mild summer weather.

Our 2010 champions and Coupe d'Antibes winners are Mary Brady and Graeme Gerard, who defeated Glenys and Derek Lambert in the final. Making the win even more special is the fact that it was Mary's first game of pétanque, and to top Mary's day off, she also won first prize in the raffle. Although the games were played on grass rather than the usual gravel pistes at Mandeni, the change in surface made for a much more even competition. Thanks to Dorothea for organising the event and to Danielle for organising the draw!

The Seahorse Inn at Boydtown is congratulated for the very well cooked turkey lunch (and the best crème brûlée imaginable for the price), and the attentive and capable serving staff. All in all a terrific day out.

The Seahorse Inn is a beautiful location, and we had great luck with the weather too.

Mary (a complete beginner) and Graeme (with very little playing experience) managed to outplay some much more experienced players to win the 2010 Coupe d'Antibes.

Many positive comments went around the room regarding the great food, relaxed staff and attention to detail over lunch - a great location for functions!

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