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Start of the 2024 Season

The website is now fully loaded with all the information that teams should need. The 2024 competition promises to be the fiercest yet as the quality of our teams continues to improve.

This season sees two more new teams added to our ranks, bringing the league strength up to fourteen. Parley have entered a third team, Parley Blues, and, having joined the league at the Pre Season Meeting, Lymington have entered their Lobsters. A warm welcome to both.

Both new teams have joined Division 2, so it will be interesting to see how the battle for promotion shakes out in 2024 after the closely fought scrap in Division 2 last season!

With our individual competitions kicking off earlier than last year, you should soon see details emerging for the Doubles (6th June) and Singles (4th July).

2023 AGM

The League AGM took place on Thursday, 23rd November 2023. Full minutes have been circulated to club captains and club secretaries. As League President, Perry Ellis thanked Nigel Perrin for his hard work and dedication as Fixtures Secretary as he has decided to stand down from the role. John Nurser from Parley Petanque Club has agreed to become Fixtures Secretary. All other committee members have agreed to stay on and were reappointed.

Trophies were presented to the winners of the two divisions and to the winners of the Cup & Plate competition...

Division 1 presentation

John Denis of Marauders receives the Division 1 trophy

Division 2 presentation

Paul Nurser of Parley One receives the Division 2 trophy

Cup presentation

John Denis of Marauders receives the Cup trophy

Plate presentation

Steve Bassett of Falcons receives the Plate trophy

Obituary - Alain Gastaldi

As 2023 draws to a close, Flight Refuelling mourn the loss of a second much loved character within the last six months.

Born early in the Second World War, Alain Gastaldi was a Monegasque and a true raconteur. Growing up in such a small place as Monte Carlo, he bumped into many famous film actors including the legendary John Wayne in his formative years.

He moved to England with his family in the late 50s with more than one string to his bow. An engineer by profession, he also worked as a waiter in Westbourne. It was there that he served Winston Churchill and proudly recounted being given one of the great wartime leader's famous cigars!

Along the way, of course, and being so nearly French, he had learned to play petanque and was a stylish and accomplished player. In recent years, he fell victim to the cancer that eventually claimed his life. Stoic and cheerful to the end though, he continued to enjoy his petanque and his friends until only a few weeks before his death. He leaves a wife and daughter and will be sorely missed by his friends.

Cup & Plate Finals (21st September 2023)

Congratulations to Marauders who have won the NFPL Cup for 2023, again completing the League and Cupb double. Marauders beat Southampton City 4-1 in the Final. The Plate competitition was won by Falcons who had a convincing 5-0 win over Parley One.

Both finals were played at New Milton on a mainly (but not totally) dry night. Many thanks to them for hosting. Pictures of the winning teams are below. More pictures from the evening are available here.

Marauders with the Cup

The winning Marauders team with the Cup

Falcons with the Plate

The victorious Falcons team with the Plate

Final League Positions for 2023

Marauders have won Division 1 for this year, finishing just ahead of Maniacs and Southampton City in a tight-fought contest that went right through to the last round of matches. Division 2 was won by Parley One who will be promoted along with Magic. Harriers and Seahorses finished bottom of Division 2 and are relegated.

NFPL Shooting Competition (14th September 2023)

The first ever NFPL Shooting Competition was held at Parley Petanque Club. The winner was Clifton Gonsalves from Muscliff with Peter Aldersey from Flights in second place. It was great to see a decent turnout for this inaugural competition and also good to see some juniors taking part. Many thanks to Tom Wilson for organising the event and to Parley for hosting.

Tournament winner

Winner Clifton Gonsalves being presented with his prize

Terrain set up

Terrain set up for the shooting competition

Junior tournament entrant

One of Muscliff's junior entrants taking aim

NFPL Triples(24th August 2023)

The NFPL Triples tournament for 2023 was held at Parley. The winners of the Gold competition were Hilary Annicchiarico, Adrian Gingell and Alan Cannard from Flight Refuelling Petanque Club. The winners of the Silver competition were also from Flight Refuelling - Sergio Calcinotto, Mike Gillingham and Anne Hand.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to Lynn Wilson and the Parley team for their organisation and hosting skills.

Picture of tournament in progress

View of both Parley terrains as the tournament was in progress

NFPL Doubles(10th August 2023)

On a perfect summer's evening for petanque at Muscliff Park the winners of the NFPL Doubles title for 2023 were Leo Black & Mike Gillingham from Flight Refuelling Petanque Club who beat Neil Ryder & Graham Ashworth from Muscliff in the final. The full list of winners is as follows:

Gold Winners & NFPL Doubles Champions 2023 Leo Black & Mike Gillingham
Gold Consolage Winners Stuart Brown & Ray Stanton
Silver Winners Jean-Pierre Elena & Gilles Martin
Silver Consolage Winners Hilary Annicchiarico & Adrian Gingell

Full results are available from the evening are in the attached sheet

Huge thanks to Muscliff for hosting and to Boyd Parker for his hard work organising the evening.

Victorious Doubles Winners

Champions Leo Black & Mike Gillingham with their winners prize

NFPL Singles (13th July 2023)

Congratulations to Steve Bassett from Flight Refuelling Petanque Club who won the League Singles competition held on Thursday 13th July. The runner-up was Ray Stanton from Muscliff Park. The beaten semi-finalists were Leo Black (Flight Refuelling) and Matthew Butcher (Muscliff Park).

Thank you to Flight Refuelling for hosting the evening and, in particular, to Adrian Gingell for keeping the event on track.

Phil Winfield

It was only three years ago that Phil Winfield joined Flight Refuelling, by that time already suffering from the leukemia that eventually claimed his life on 27th May. A keen sportsman, Phil had been involved in many different activities over the years, from tennis to cycling to badminton to table tennis. Swimming never really worked for Phil, though. In fact, he is probably one of very few ever to swim the Pier-to-Pier doing only the breast-stroke the entire way!

Phil’s love of joining in and trying something new had made it all the more frustrating for him as his health and strength deteriorated. So, along with his best mates, Rob and Jon, he set about finding a sport in which he could continue to pursue his love of sport in a more sedate fashion. He hit upon Flights on Tuesday evenings, and decided to give it a go.

The rest, they say, is history. Phil joined the Club really just to try a new sport, but what he also found was the most wonderful community of eclectic and lovely people, who gave him the chat and banter he craved. And they loved him back. Phil genuinely enjoyed his petanque evenings at Flights, particularly looking forward to the melee evenings despite winning the wooden boule, not only once, but TWICE! He took it all in his stride with the self deprecating wit and humour that were his trademark. He will be sadly missed.

Shape of the 2023 Season

At the pre-season meeting held on 2nd March it was agreed that there would be two divisions in 2023, each consisting of 6 teams. The League is pleased to welcome two new teams, Jets (from Flight Refuelling) and Parley Players (from Parley) who will join in Division 2.

It was also agreed that there will be an expanded Cup and Plate competition this year with the 12 teams split into 4 groups of 3 teams. Each team will play 4 matches home and away against other members of their group. The 4 group winners will compete in semi-finals and a final for the Cup and the 4 runners-up will similarly compete for the Plate.

The Fixtures Secretary has been hard at work setting up the fixture list and it is now available on the relevant tabs on this website.

Results from the 2022 Season

Congratulations to the Marauders team, winner of both the 2022 League title and the League Cup. Across the whole season Marauders had a total of 14 wins out of 18, beating the Harriers (13 wins) into second place. It was the same first and second place in the League Cup.

Team captain with trophy

John Denis, captain of the Marauders team, receiving the League Champions trophy from President Perry Ellis

Winning team

The victorious Marauders team wearing their winners medals

The Plate competition was won by Southampton City who beat Monarchs in the final

Winning Plate team

Ian Kennard, captain of the Southampton City team, receiving the Plate trophy from Perry Ellis

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