The annual Queen Square pétanque competition reached its thrilling conclusion on 14th July, with Eunomia once again challenging the coveted title.
This year, two Eunomia teams qualified through the weeks of league action to make it into the last 16 knock-out tournament. Unfortunately, the Eunomia Queen Square House team were narrowly pipped by Bishop Fleming in the first round, leaving Eunomia Glory to carry the hopes of the large number of staff who stayed around to spectate.
In the round of 16, Team Glory made short work of Peter Brett 2, which featured players who denied Eunomia the title in a the hard-fought 2015 final, setting up a clash with the Bishop Fleming team that had just dispatched the other Eunomia side. Clearly, the first round had taken a lot out of them, and while it was hard fought, Team Glory emerged victorious.
As the shadows lengthened, a skilful team from Aspire awaited in the semi-finals. Inspired by our Captain, Maxine von Eye, Eunomia cut their opponents’ aspirations down to size and progressed to their second successive final.
Only one opponent stood between Team Glory and ultimate pétanque triumph – Queen Square newcomers, National Friendly. The game started off as a cagey affair, with stout defensive play keeping scoring down as the street lights came on. But National Friendly proved very competitive, and slowly eased out to a 10-5 lead. A dramatic end closed the gap to 10-8, but then it all went to pot for Eunomia, with a wayward end conceding the three points that propelled National Friendly to victory.
Team Glory would like to thank all of the colleagues who bore with us through the finals to drink Pimm’s provide support – and the event’s organisers from Metcalfes Solicitors and Graze Bar. Next year, surely, the story will be different….