23rd July 2023.
Having won the National Veterans Triples in 2021, Simon Bird, Ian Barnes, Eastern Counties Pétanque, and Adrian Emson (from Chiltern) were due to play in The European Veterans Championships the same year. Unfortunately, due to covid, this was cancelled. They were then offered the opportunity to play in another international competition, hence the short flight across to The Liberation Pétanque Club on Jersey who hold an International Singles, Doubles and Triples with the Swiss Ladder system over three days every year. The competitions were played in Liberation Square, St Helier which meant a very windy (and sometimes wet) couple of days as right on the seafront. The Doubles resulted in Ian and Simon against Myra and Adrian which was a very close all the way with Simon and Ian just pipping them to the post. In the triples, again some very close games with Simon, Ian and Adrian coming a very respectable 4th. The organisation and hospitality of the Liberation Club couldn’t be faulted.