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Five people from Comet country are off to an international petanque tournament this month. Myra Huntley and her two daughters, Sarah and Amy, from Baldock recently qualified as the ladies team to represent England at one of the most prestigious petanque

Five people from Comet country are off to an international petanque tournament this month.

Myra Huntley and her two daughters, Sarah and Amy, from Baldock recently qualified as the ladies' team to represent England at one of the most prestigious petanque competitions in Europe, the International North Sea Petanque Tournament.

Reece Gould from Wymondley has been selected to play in the Junior England team at the same competition, and Phil Claydon who plays from The Engine pub in Baldock is part of the senior England team.

The English Petanque Association will be sending four teams to this competition from June 26-28 (next Thursday to Saturday) in Copenhagen, Denmark.


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Teams from England, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden will all compete against each other over three days.

More details about petanque at www.chilternregion.petanque.org or read more about next week's North Sea tournament at www.northseapetanque.com

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* Stevenage darts ace Denis Ovens reached the semi-finals of a second players championship of the year.

He was beaten 3-1 by Alan Talbern in the semis of the Bristol Trade Centre Players Championship at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Ovens landed a 180 in taking the game's opening leg, with Tabern levelling and then landing a maximum of his own in breaking the throw to take the first set.

The Stevenage ace broke throw in the second set's opener and added another maximum in the next leg, only for Tabern to land double top to break back and then land a 180 of his own in taking a two-set lead.

Ovens came from a leg down to win the third set in a decider and stay in the game, but Tabern edged the fourth 2-1 on double 11 to move into the final where he was beaten by Phil Taylor. Ovens won a final-leg decider against Vincent van der Voort to reach the semis, having come from two sets down against the Dutchman.

* Andy Pollard of the TS Kickboxing Club retained his ISKA British title on Sunday.

Pollard won on a unanimous decision against Al Osta from Leicester. It was a tough and entertaining fight from start to finish and it had the crowd on their feet.

Pollard was back to his aggressive best for this fight but also showed excellent defensive skills.

During the later rounds it was the lead leg round kick of Pollard that really began to wear down his opponent and catch the eye of the judges. Also his fitness was the key and from round five he began to close the distance on the taller Osta and work him over on the inside and then back to the round kick on the outside.

Coach Trevor Spencer said afterwards: "We are really pleased for Andy who had trained long and hard for this fight.

"To defend your title in another person's home town and get a unanimous decision is not easy to do but Andy did it with lots to spare.

"He had another three rounds in him at the end of the seven. It was a great performance."

Anyone wishing to take kickboxing classes should call Trevor Spencer on 07940 715717.

Read more about next week's North Sea tournament at www.northseapetanque.com

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