International women's day doubles competition was a great success - by Giselle Whiteaker

On Saturday March 9, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens saw the first International Women’s Day Doubles, sponsored by London Petanque Club. 14 women from across the region made their way onto the piste to battle it out with the aim of qualifying for Petanque England’s National International Women’s Day event and taking the cash pot. Despite uncertain weather - sometimes sunny, sometimes blustery - spirits were high, possibly due to an excess of sugar from the cakes at morning tea. The day ran smoothly, with Paul and Christian managing admin, timing, and cake icing, and the women injecting their enthusiasm into the proceedings.

Congratulations to Melanie and Christine from LPC, who won all of their games and qualified first, and Sue and Cecily from Croydon, who took second-place honours. We wish both teams all the best in representing the region at the national event.

Take a look at some photos from the day.