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Wait continues for petanque club

PUBLISHED: 09:33 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:04 12 July 2010

THE wait goes on for Diss Waveney Petanque Club. Five seasons after being formed, the club is still awaiting its first knockout competition win.

All three teams lost in the first round of the Knockout Shield to stretch the club's losing run to 13.

THE wait goes on for Diss Waveney Petanque Club. Five seasons after being formed, the club is still awaiting its first knockout competition win.

All three teams lost in the first round of the Knockout Shield to stretch the club's losing run to 13.

Le Diss Sportif came closest to ending the run, going down 3-2 at Drayton Bob Carter Leisure. Mick Clarke, Lindsay and Steven Penny came back from 8-4 down to lead 11-8 in the opening triples and, had they managed two more points, it would have secured an away win.

But they lost 13-11 and the team had only the satisfaction of seeing 13-year-old Adam Penny extend his personal winning run to three games with victories in the doubles, alongside captain Dave Smith, and in the triples with the addition of Liz Rudling. Diss Duval also lost 3-2, at home to Bob Carter Centre. Chris Johnson led the way with wins in both his games, paired with Yoshi Shinagawa and in the triples with Pat Foreman and Dave Booth.

Diss Vikings faced a tough task at Premier Division Freethorpe Ferrets and had only a 13-12 last game victory for Robin Coe and Les Pegg to celebrate in a 4-1 defeat.

It came as relief for the pair, having lost 13-0 in the triples with Peter Atkins.

All three teams will be hoping for a change in fortune when the Knockout Plate gets under way on June 18.

Diss Waveney Petanque Club has three club sessions per week, at which newcomers are welcome. Sessions are held at Diss Town FC, Brewers Green Lane, on Mondays, 6.30pm, Wednesdays 2pm and Saturdays 10.30am. Equipment and instruction is provided.

Results: Norfolk League Tavern Tasty Meats Knockout Shield, first round: Drayton Bob Carter Leisure 3, Le Diss Sportif 2 (aggregate 53-48). Triples (Diss names first): D Smith, A Penny, L Rudling beat R and J Creamer, J Arnold 13-8; M Clarke, L and S Penny lost 11-13 to M Skillings, J Shreeve, P Cracknell. Doubles: D Smith, A Penny beat L Smith, P Cracknell 13-6; L Rudling, M Clarke lost 4-13 to D Kerry, R Creamer; L and S Penny lost 7-13 to M Skillings, S Wither. Diss Duval 2, Drayton Bob Carter Centre 3 (aggregate 44-53). Triples (Diss names first): T Dickinson, Y Shinagawa, P Turner lost 9-13 to P Bradbury, J and I Webb; C Johnson, P Foreman, D Booth beat D Steele, J McMillan, S Picton 13-7. Doubles: J Goodey, J Johnson lost 6-13 to I Webb, S Picton; C Johnson, Y Shinagawa beat P Bradbury, J Webb 13-7; P Foreman, T Dickinson lost 3-13 to D Steele, J McMIllan.

Freethorpe Ferrets 4 Diss Vikings 1 (aggregate 64-32). Triples (Diss names first): T Bigley, K Roberts, J Byrne lost 7-13 to S and G Goodson, J West; P Atkins, R Coe, L Pegg lost 0-13 to C and A Goodson, A Nicholls. Doubles: T Bigley, K Roberts lost 6-13 to S and A Goodson; P Atkins, J Byrne lost 6-13 to M Smith, St Goodson; R Coe, L Pegg beat C and P Goodson 13-12.

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