Diss to host major petanque tournament

COUNTY honour is at stake in Diss on Sunday when the town's petanque club hosts its first major tournament.Norfolk's top players will be going head to head at the Diss Waveney Petanque Club at Diss Town Football Club, Brewers Green Lane, in the county triples championships, 10.

COUNTY honour is at stake in Diss on Sunday when the town's petanque club hosts its first major tournament.

Norfolk's top players will be going head to head at the Diss Waveney Petanque Club at Diss Town Football Club, Brewers Green Lane, in the county triples championships, 10.30am.

Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Derby honours went to Diss Duval on the opening night of the Norfolk Petanque League season. They beat Diss Vikings 4-1, dropping just one point in their Division Three match.


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Roger True, Peter Turner and Steve Penny put the 'hosts' 1-0 up in the triples but Shirley Coe, Tony Bigley and Ronnie Bartrum pulled Vikings level with a 13-12 win. True and Penny won the opening doubles and Chris and Jackie Johnson ensured the match points before Turner and Joyce Goodey completed a 64-46 aggregate victory.

Le Diss Sportif were also celebrating success in their opener, beating five-man Eccles Les Garnier in Division Two. Liz Rudling, Mick Clarke and John Barsby beat a short-handed visiting triple 13-8 with Dave Smith, Lindsay Penny and Jan Barsby making it 2-0 after the first half.

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The Barsbys romped to a 13-4 over lone 'double' Peter Lotarius to confirm victory. Del Switzer and Linda Hensley pulled one back for Les Garnier but the best was saved until last when Sportif's Smith and Penny came back from 11-2 down to win in two ends, thanks to five and six-point hauls.

Diss and Hoxne both made winning starts to the Suffolk Coastal League against teams from Wenhaston Star.

Diss-based Sunset Boulevards romped to a 4-0 away success against the Star's B team, while Hoxne Swan beat Star A 3-1 at home. The pairings of Liz Rudling/Mick Clarke and Lindsay Penny/Jan Barsby won their games comfortably for Boulevards.

Wenhaston put up more resistance in the second round of games but Rudling and Barsby overcame the experienced Ron Stone and newcomer Leslie Dorey.

Dave Smith and Penny wrapped it up with a entertaining game against John Blades and Duncan Cameron, winning 13-7. For Hoxne, captain Chris Johnson won both his games with Jackie Johnson also recording two wins. Derek and Iris Sutton added the third win.

Meanwhile, three players from Harleston L'Arbre Cerise were in action on Sunday. Steve Penny captained the City of Norwich Winter League Division Two B team, which included team mate Scott Marsh, to third place in the annual inter-divisional match at Thorpe St Andrew Cottage, while Dave Marsh guested as the Diss Dimanche rep in the Division Two A team, which finished second. The competition was won by the Premier Division sextet.

Meanwhile, Hoxne Swan Petanque Club won their first match at home in the Suffolk Coastal League against Wenhaston Star first team. A friendly and spirited match saw the hosts romp to a 3-1 victory.

Chris and Jackie Johnson from Hoxne took the first game 13-4 but in the second, Iris and Derek Sutton went down 11-13 to Dee Best and Ron Stone from Wenhaston.

In the third game, Chris Johnson partnered Derek Sutton to beat the opposition 13-5, while Jackie Johnson and Iris Sutton took the last game 13-10.

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