On Sunday 9th October 2005 the Cockle Bay Petanque Club celebrated their 10th anniversary with a tournament held at the Cockle Bay Terrain, 51 players members & ex members from all over Auckland took part, it was the largest group of Petanque players to play at Cockle Bay for some time, and although the weather was not the best everyone had a great time.
By Warren Barrett.
After two games we all congregated in the Scout Hall out of the rain, for afternoon tea, a birthday cake was cut with our oldest member Peggy Smith 91 and the cake icer June Walker doing the honours.
The competition was won by the previous Club president Clifford Owler with Jim Wills second and a relative newcomer to the gameTony Irvine third.
In the evening a fully catered function was held in the Howick Bowling Club premises and was attended by 68 past and present members. Founding members Rita & Peter de Beer were granted Life membership of the Club much to their surprise & delight.
Our special guest for the night was Cam Calder founding Secretary of the NZPA, who brought along his display of how boules are made, which answered many questions of those who had often wondered.
As the evening progressed a lot of past friendships were re-kindled.
Thanks to the generosity of the Howick, Botany, East Tamaki, & Highland Park businesses donating goods and services to the Club we were able to run a mystery envelope style prize draw where all of the players received a prize, ranging from a main prize of a magnificent set of competition boules courtesy of "Boules to You" (Devonport) to vouchers for coffee and meals at local cafes bars and restaurants.
Rita de Beer came up with a novel way of how to draw the prizes, we set an entry fee of $2-00 per player which entitled each person to a numbered cochonnet (theirs to keep), the number on the cochonnet was also their lucky number.
The main prize was won by Jim Wills, a very popular winner.
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