Match has french flair

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Supervised by organiser Carol Carter (centre) Bunbury's Adrian Pike (left) regretfully hands his Eiffel Tower trophy to Bridgetown's Petanque team vice-captain Greg Randle.
Camera IconSupervised by organiser Carol Carter (centre) Bunbury's Adrian Pike (left) regretfully hands his Eiffel Tower trophy to Bridgetown's Petanque team vice-captain Greg Randle. Credit: Dennis Lingane

Francophiles in Bridgetown and Bunbury came together for an inaugural Petanque match, organised by current and former Bridgetown residents.

The Bridgetown team travelled to Bunbury, claiming the inaugural championship 14 games to 12, with the games taking part on 11 pitches.

They were presented with the Eiffel tower trophy, was constructed by former Balingup resident Adrian Price. Carol Carter and Lesleyann Lingane started the games while living in Bridgetown.

Ms Carter continued to play after moving to Bunbury, organising her neighbours to play the game while still attending monthly matches in Bridgetown.

The Bridgetown contingent of players has now grown to 20 people, all retired, who take turns hosting the monthly games.

Ms Carter said the game was so much fun.

“Given the pitches we play on range from sloping lawns to gravel, nobody can be an expert,” she said.

Music for the post game party was provided by Bridgetown musician David Bardsley on the accordion, playing some French-themed tunes.

The success of the first day has led to more matches being planned, alternating between Bridgetown and Bunbury.

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