43 members of Mercia Petanque Association descended upon Mill Rythe holiday village, Hayling Island, on the weekend of 10th and 11th September 2016 for their first serious event in National competition.
Saturday dawned dry and bright for the initial preparations and briefings for almost 900 players and the Team Managers for this mammoth happening, but by 9.00 the forecast rains began and continued until well into the afternoon.
Players and officials were soaked and cold but nothing seemed to spoil the amazing atmosphere. It was Mercia’s first foray into this competition and although the team finished bottom of the list on day one, there had been some close matches which could have gone our way, but sadly not. On day two, the results were better as we moved up two places on that list but not enough to improve overall.
Best memories were the ever-smiling faces and the camaraderie amongst all teams in such a serious competition and in such conditions. Sunday brightened up considerably as Sou’westers were exchanged for sun creams and the playing conditions dried out but were still difficult.
Mercia teams can hold their heads up high as their playing abilities and team spirit were brilliant. Jim.