Wales give their all in European title quest

Tansy Mayfield, Julie Bailey and Gemma Foster represented Wales at the Ladies’ European Championships held in Ghent, Belgium.

At the same time Tony Smith, the Welsh Petanque Association executive member,  was elected to the European Confederation, the governing body of the sport in  Europe.

Mayfield represented Wales in the precision shooting where she scored 17  points.

In the pre-qualifying round for the European Championship, Wales was drawn  against Ireland, Jersey and the Czech Republic.

Their first game against Jersey saw the Welsh ladies work hard to win the  game 13-9.

Their second game produced Wales’ best result where they came back from 7-0  down to win 13-10 against the Czechs with a combination of positive play,  refusal to give up, and good team spirit.

The last game saw Wales lead Ireland all the way and on the final end they  were winning 11-8.

However, the luck of the Irish took over and Ireland scored five points to  take the game 13-11.

Wales’ final score, however, was enough to ensure that they went through as  the top team into the main competition – the only home nation to do so.

Unsurprisingly, the European Championship the next day was much harder work.  In the first round, despite good play, Wales were beaten soundly 13-3 by an  on-fire Poland who played a virtually faultless game.

This, on top of the Irish game, seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Welsh  team and they played their most patchy and loose game against Belgium losing  13-1.

However, they rounded it off by playing well against Turkey. Despite the 13-4  scoreline it was a long, well-played and aggressively-fought game and the score  didn’t do the game justice.

South Wales Echo, November 2012.