Revisions to Constitution

Revisions to the Constitution were approved by the membership at last night’s AGM and a link to the updated Constitution v3.1 is available on Documentation tab above

Updated Playing Calendar

The 2019 Playing Calendar has been updated and is available on the Calendar tab above

Bernard Bradshaw

So sad to hear of the passing of Bernard Bradshaw.

Bernard was a ‘ life member’ at the Monkstone Petanque Club, and , in his late 80’s, could still throw a consistent ‘ point ‘ when he visited. Bernard was an important influence in my early years of playing Petanque . One of my first league games (going back to the 1990’s) was with Bernard.   For many years, Bernard was part of a formidable team of myself, Barney, Roger and John Chich. Bernard was easygoing, supportive and always helpful as we learned the game.

On behalf of myself and all Monkstone Petanque Club members who enjoyed his company, I send our condolences.  Our thoughts are with Phil and family at this difficult time.

Mike Jones


Monkstone Petanque Club

First Melee of 2019

Last Sunday the Club held its first melee of 2019 organised by Roger Green.

In Round 1 there were some closely fought games but when all the scores were in, Phil Roberts and Roger Green had taken an early lead with a win and +12.

In Round 2 the fierce, but friendly, competition continued and this was confirmed when at the end of the round there were only 4 players on 2 wins:

1 Roger Green +24
2 Jayne Dunn +18
3 Barabara Kensett +11
4 Keith Nott +10

It looked very much as if the winner would come from this group of 4 with Roger Green in pole position but he still had to win his last game to be sure of victory. When the scores came in, 2 of the players on 2 wins had converted that into 3 wins – but 2 had fallen at the last hurdle – which raised the prospect of someone else with a good third round win getting into the prizes.

This proved not to be the case and it was Keith Nott who fell out of the top 3 and, following in the best Mike Jones tradition, the organiser had consolidated his lead and was declared the winner.

1 Roger Green 3 wins +28
2 Barbara Kensett 3 wins +18
3 Jayne Dunn 2 wins +17

Thanks again to Roger for his organisation – your correspondent is thinking of doing the next one as it seems the only way he will get near the prizes.



Winter Friendly – 2nd Leg

On Sunday 13 February we hosted Caerleon in the second leg of our Winter Friendly tournament, our visitors having won the first leg in November by 7 points to 5.. A good win for our club was a necessity if we were to have any chance of carrying off the fine trophy generously donated by Gareth Spencer.

The format remained the same, with four triples kicking off proceedings. At the end of the round, honours were even at 2-2, with Roger Griffin, Gill Clark and Peter Kensett winning a tight game 12-11, while Gareth Spencer, Phil Roberts and Ian Baildon-Smith produced a convincing 13-5 win.

Round 2 saw both squads splitting into four doubles and four singles, with eight points on offer. In the singles there were wins for Roger Green, Roger Griffin and Tony Smith, giving our club a lead of 5-3. Everything rested on the doubles and Sean Smith and Michelle Spencer came up trumps with an impressive 13-1 win, making it 6-3. But Caerleon rallied and took the next two doubles, reducing Monkstone’s lead to the slender margin of 6-5. All eyes were on the final game, with Phil and Ian playing the formidable duo of Tansy and Paul. It proved a very tense game and as time ran out Tansy and Paul saw their lead whittled away by the dogged play of Phil and Ian who snatched victory on the final end, winning 11-10. Monkstone had won the leg 7-5! – making the overall score 12-12

But which club had won the two-match series? After a thorough scrutiny of the stats of both legs, the teams were equal on wins and losses but a bonus point to Caerleon for a team winning all three games in the first leg gave them the spoils. However, in the end it was the game of petanque that was the winner in terms of the spirit of healthy competition and fair play that both sides displayed throughout these Winter Friendly games.


So, our thanks go to Caerleon for a really enjoyable tournament and to all the Monkstone players who took part in the series. Thanks also to Joy for preparing a delicious hot meal after the game and to Lynda for her help in the kitchen. One mystery remains unsolved – who raked our pistes before the match? But thank you anyway.

We look forward to the Winter Friendlies becoming a regular feature between our two clubs in the years ahead.