North Stainley family blaze a trail in the boules world

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A North Stainley family continue to blaze a trail in the world of boules.

Dad Matt Blyton recently represented England in a tournament in Wales. Despite a strong performance they finished second.

His son and daughter, meanwhile, played for England in Kayl, Luxembourg recently.

Their reward in qualifying was to be part of a four-strong team who recently played in an International event in Kayl, Luxembourg (14/15th July). Despite this being their first taste of competition at this level, the team exceeded expectations winning half of their games, including victories against teams from Israel, Luxembourg, Germany and the much fancied Belgian national side. They were coached by their father, Matt, who is currently the head coach for the Northern region of the English Petanque Association.

Matt, who has been playing for over 30 years, has also represented England recently having qualified with his team of three to be one of eight senior teams to play against squads from Scotland and Wales in an annual Home Nations event. This was played over the weekend of July 22 and 23 in Cardiff, when the experienced team of Matt (North Stainley), Kamel Mouloudi (Sheffield) and Jerome Rosseau (Rugby) won 10 of their 12 games.

On target to be the weekend’s strongest team, a narrow defeat in the last game of the event against the Wales 1 team saw them finish as the second best team. However, England were the run away winners for the thirteenth year in succession. Jerome will be one of three players to represent England in this year’s World Championships in Marseilles in October.

The family are currently involved in developing a playing area at the Staveley Arms Public House in North Stainley, which is currently being refurbished under new tenants and due to reopen in the middle of August. They would welcome new members - no prior experience needed. For further information, contact