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John Bailely (L), League Captain of Handcross Receives the Runners-Up Trophy at Crondall Following a Thrilling Final

The League final held at Crondall on the 30th September was a fitting finale to an excellent season for Handcross Petanque club. 

On the way to becoming League A champions Handcross won 7 out of 10 matches, setting up a final against the League B champions from Oxshott.

Oxshott went into the finals as favourites having won the competition on numerous previous occasions.

It was a difficult decision for team captain John Bailey to pick 6 from the squad of 13 that had fought to reach the final as any team would give a good showing. 

Play was over 3 rounds of 3 timed games of 50-minute duration. Oxshott settled to the terrain sooner in round one to take a 2- 1 lead but were shocked when Handcross pulled the match level at 3-3. Light rain for the final round changed the terrain and Oxshott pulled ahead to secure a 5-4 victory.   

Handcross squad for the 2017 season:

John Bailey captain, Brenda Steptoe Vice captain, Anne Stanton, Moira Harlow, David Leech, 
David Ransome, Gary Foster, Gerard Poirier, Michael Greenaway, Mike Stanton, Mike Steptoe 
Roger Buxton, william Mackrell