Magpies (D1) move to Manston Sports and Social Club (formerly Hoverspeed)
Woodpeckers (D1) (formerly Northwood) will be at Manston Sports and Social Club
Manston Vikings (D2) (formerly some from Northwood HGB and some from Bottles) will be at Manston Sports and Social Club
Charlotte Court A and B (D2) are new teams in the league
The East Kent (D2) is a new team from Whitstable
HATTON CUP DRAW, PRELIMINARY AND ROUND 1 The new season starts on 11th April 2017 with the preliminary round of the Hatton Cup. Finals day is scheduled for Sunday 3rd September, venue to be advised. LEAGUE FIXTURE LIST League matches begin on 18th April 2017 and the last round of matches is on October 3rd. The season will be declared closed one week later and no results will be accepted after that date.
3rd January 2017 Revised Official Petanque Rules
The official body of world petanque, the FJPJP has issued a revised set of rules which apply with immediate effect. A copy of the English version of the new rules is below with the significant alterations shown in BLUE. One of the most most significant changes is that the team throwing the coche has only ONE opportunity to throw a legal coche. If this is a illegal throw then the opposition will PLACE the coche in any legal position of their choice. Another is clarification about filling in holes - a team about to throw may fill in any one hole but any other alteration to the piste may not be made, with particular reference to clearing or sweeping the area in front of a boule which is about to be shot. There are other changes and references to official umpires and organising committees and even TV cameras which will probably not be relevant to our league.
Alan Cregeen was elected to the committee as Secretary and Paul Dennis was elected as a committee member
The Committee issued clarifications as to some rules relating to; Boundaries and Strings; Postponements; Abandoned Matches. These are published below and will be part of a revised playing guide which will be issued before the start of the 2017 season.