Father-Son team wins Kapiti Open Petanque

Kapiti Open Petanque champions Andre and Kelan Noel from Rotorua at the trophy presentation with club president Lynne Shepherd (left) and club patron Liz Koh.

This year’s annual Kāpiti Open Petanque Tournament, played in perfect weather over Anniversary weekend, drew a top quality field of 35 teams competing for the Liz Koh trophy.  

Players came from all over New Zealand including the South Island.  Club President Lynne Shepherd commented “The standard of play was high and although the competition was fierce, the amazing camaraderie shown between the teams was superb.”

She says a lot of laughter and good-natured sledging was heard, adding to the atmosphere.

“As usual, the various clubs who regularly visit Kāpiti grabbed their favoured spots, although it was a race to see who could stake their claim for the shadiest parts.”

Special mention must be made for members of the Rotorua Youth Academy.  The three representing the youth held their own magnificently, with Kelan Noel, playing with his dad Andre, taking out the Trophy. Liz Koh, who is Kāpiti Petanque club’s patron, spent some time watching the brilliant finals, before presenting the Trophy and other awards.    The eventual winners were:

Trophy Winners: Andre and Kelan Noel

Trophy Runners up: Dez Grant and Sarah Wright

Trophy 3rd equal: Kevin McFadgen and Alan Taylor; Christine Strichen and Clair Wilson

Trophy consolation: Michelle Maxwell and Sharon Cannon

Trophy Consolation Runners up: Yvonne Fultcher and Tony Simpson

Plate Winners: Annick LeGuen and Steve Frampton

Plate Runners up: Clair Bradburn and David Gwerder

Plate Consolation Winners: Ngaire Eriksen and Graham Jackson

Plate Consolation Runners up: Christine Daykin and Vaughan Husband

Bowl Winners: Raylene Frost and Richard Turfrey.