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Town is on target with petanque contest

COMPETITIVE petanque was enjoyed under sunny skies in Moffat over the weekend.

The Moffat Petanque Club hosted their first open competition, with players travelling from far and wide.

Over 60 contestants descended on the town for the event, a little over a year since the terrain was built in Hope Johnstone Park.

The fun kicked off on Friday evening with some socialising between players and also the Dark Sky Spirits Melee – which was won by Portugese/Glaswegian Miguel Cosme and second was Moffat’s David Jack.

The ‘ice-breaker’ evening allowed everyone to mingle and get to know each other.

Players travelled from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Lowestoft, Surrey, France, and from all over Scotland, with many staying in the town’s hotels, B&Bs and campsites.

The triples competition on Saturday involved teams of three or four players competing for the main trophy, donated by Integrity Support Solutions, or for the plate competition (designed and made by local wood turner Charles Hampton).

Miguel’s team took top spot again, with the Moffat teams giving a fair showing and appearing in the winners lists.

The final competition on Sunday was for teams of two, the busiest day on the piste by far.

Miguel Cosme’s team was pipped into second place by a pair from Fochabers, and Moffat players made the winners list again.

A competition spokesman has thanked all the contestants and volunteers who helped over the weekend, as well as the sponsors.

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