They Thought It Was All Over …………..

………. at yesterday’s 2nd Leg of the annual Winter Friendly against Caerleon when Monkstone had a disastrous morning, Caerleon were sure that they had done enough to retain the trophy but Monkstone mounted a spirited comeback.

That was how I was going to start my report of yesterday’s dramatic encounter but I can do no better than reproduce, with the kind permission of Kon Tomczyk, the account published on Caerleon’s Facebook page. 

“Sunday saw the conclusion of the 5th annual friendly winter cup competition between Monkstone P.C and Caerleon P.C.
The cup is played in the same format as the European cup for clubs, singles, double and triples, the only difference being the amount of games played and in an attempt to maximize each clubs member participation it was 18 aside therefore 6 singles, 6 doubles (played at the same time) and finishing with 6 triples with home and away fixtures.
As always this is a very closely contested event and although played in a friendly atmosphere there is enough competitiveness to rival any competition, this year being no exception.
The 1st leg held at Monkstone on the 26th of November saw both clubs winning 9 game each, Monkstone just took the leg with 31 points against Caerleon’s 29, coming away with a 2 point lead going to the away leg at Caerleon.
Caerleon, although losing the leg, were it must be said quietly confident for the return match, having the home advantage and only 2 points behind.
The match was played on Sunday 7th January a fitting start to the new year.
Caerleon’s home advantage seemed to be working when they took 4 out of 6 singles and 5 of the 6 doubles before lunch giving them a lead in the 2nd leg 23pts to 7pts ( 16pts ) and a total lead including the 1st leg of 52pts to 38pts so a 14 pts lead overall with 30pts to play for in the triples.
Caerleon now looking red hot favourites to win the event only having to take 2 of the 6 triples on offer.
After a rousing team talk by their captain and, now including a late comer who had flow home from Australia and came straight to the venue, luggage included, they set about the task of making a come back.
Well, whether it was something their captain said or just the sheer competitiveness of the Monkstone players, they started to claw back the points they needed with the Aussie (Sean) leading his team to a the first win (13 -7) 4 more needed. Caerleon responded with the second result (13 – 10 Win). 1 more game needed (for a Caerleon victory) however as the results started to come in, the lead was gradually slipping away from Caerleon result 3 ( 13 – 7 Monkstone).
Result 4 (13- 9 Monkstone) it was now totally evident that Monkstone were intending to take the cup back home.
Result 5 (13 – 11 Monkstone ) it was now down to the last game playing on the most difficult piste at Caerleon,
After 35 games it was all on the 36th game result, winner takes the cup.
With all the supporting players cheering every boule that took the point throughout every end, it turned into a nail biting finish with some players staying in the club as they couldn’t bear the suspense.
Caerleon were in control in the early part of the game and went into a 10 – 8 lead and looking favourites to win but every time they looked like they were going to cross the line Monkstone produced a point or a shot to take the end and denied them the win.
The score now at 12 – 11 to Caerleon, was Monkstone going to finally get the win to pull off an incredible comeback, the end was as intense as the rest put together. With Caerleon holding boule close to the cosh it looked as if at last Caerleon might have done enough. However, Monkstone again produced a incredible shot and made a carreau on the Caerleon boule, Caerleon now back under pressure with only 2 boules versus Monkstone’s 3, the Caerleon team discussed what shot to play and decided to go for a heavy point into Monkstone’s boule. This was executed to perfection and bumped the Monkstone boule back and sat in the same spot, pressure now back on Monkstone. The crowd was deadly silent as Monkstone tried to take the Caerleon boule out but this time it was not to be, with Caerleon taking game 13 -11 and as a result, winning the cup for Caerleon, final overall score after 36 games, 62- 58 just 4 points difference.
It was a shame there had to be a second place in this fantastic battle, well done to Monkstone for their resilience and never say die attitude and well done to all the Caerleon players, a well deserved win.
Kon Tomczyk
Thanks again to Kon for allowing us to republish his report and congratulations to to Caerleon for a victory which will be long remembered and in which Monkstone PC is proud to have taken part.
Both Teams before the Afternoon Drama
Monkstone Captain, Bernard Adshead, presents the trophy to his opposite number, Kon Tomczyk

Christmas Melee

The 2023 Christmas Melee was held today at the club. The weather was dull but the rain held off and the event attracted 52 members, a record for a melee at Monkstone. The traditional mulled wine and mince pies were on provided by the Club during the competition which was played in a friendly atmosphere and plenty of Christmas spirit, or mulled wine.

After 2 rounds there were 11 players on 2 wins – who would be able to get the 3rd win that is usually necessary to win the competition.

In the event only 5 players managed to achieve the 3 wins and the results (which were later amended slightly after further scrutiny without affecting the result) were announced confirming a win for Francis Ryan with Roger Griffin and Claude Le Razavet hot on his heels.

Well played to all the competitors and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

President Mike Jones presents the trophy to Francis Ryan


December 100 Club Draw

The December draw was made today at the Club and today it was “El Gordo – The Fat One” – the normal monthly draw with the Christmas bonus ball. The lucky winners were:

Bonus Spencer Bartlett £160.00
1 Margaret Dyer £91.50
2 Vickie Adshead £30.50
3 Beryl McCarthy £15.25

The 100 Club now has 61 members with a monthly prize pot £137.25. And remember there is a bonus draw in December for a prize of around £150 (depending on the number of members). If you are not a member please consider joining.  The more people that join the bigger the prizes and the more improvements we can make to YOUR Club.

Congratulations to the winners but don’t forget:


Contact Bernard on treasurer [at] monkstonepetanque [dot] org [dot] uk  or speak to him at he Club if you would like to join or for more details.

Winter Friendly – All to Play For

The annual Winter Friendly with Caerleon RFC PC started today with the 1st leg at Monkstone PC.  Caerleon won the competition last year so Monkstone were looking to get off to a good start to take to the 2nd leg in Caerleon after Christmas to try to bring the trophy back to Cardiff.

The format of the competition was tweaked slightly this year. When it was found a large number of people wanted to play, instead of the normal 3 rounds of 12 singles, 6 doubles and 4 triples with any number (minimum 12) of players allowed, it was decided to have a fixed number of 18 players. The other thought was to avoid players having to sit out one of the rounds and, as neither club could accommodate 18 singles at the same time, it was decided to have just 2 rounds – Round 1 being 6 singles and 6 doubles played at the same time and Round 2 being 6 triples.

The match got underway under leaden skies with rain threatening.  In the singles half of the 1st round, Caerleon managed to gain an advantage of 4 games to 2 giving them a match point lead of 4 points. In the doubles, which were being played alongside the singles, Monkstone came out on top by 4 games to 2 giving them a match point advantage of 12 – 6.  So at the end of Round 1, the games were equal at 6 – 6 but Monkstone held an all important lead of 2 match points.

After a short break for lunch, Round 2 commenced with light rain threatening and both teams looking for a decisive score to take a good lead into the second leg. The competition was fierce but friendly but neither team managed to break away and when the dust settled it was 3 – 3 in games and 15 – 15 in match points with Monkstone retaining their slight lead of 2 match points to carry into the 2nd leg.

Thanks to all the players who took part and when the teams meet again in Caerleon on 7 January 2024,   IT’S ALL TO PLAY FOR!



A Little Bit More Magic

Monkstone PC is pleased to announce that we received a Magic Little Grant through the partnership between Localgiving and Postcode Community Trust. Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Localgiving is the UK’s leading membership and support network for local charities and community groups. Our project received £500, plus £50 Match Funding, to help us buy more equipment for non members to play, and to invite local groups and schools to play petanque. With the interest generated from young people we intend to start a junior section of the club in 2024. Localgiving | Home

Monkstone Petanque Club is extremely grateful to Localgiving and the Postcode Lottery for their continued support following the awarding of a grant last year towards the cost of the roof extension to our clubhouse.